People Are Sharing The Fake-Sounding Life Hack They Actually Swear By (20 Tips)

Life is full of difficult, everyday situations. And for those situations, there are life hacks. Some life hacks seem too good to be true, but time and time again they’ve proven to work.

On Reddit, people are sharing the life hacks they have used and that have made small inconveniences no problem at all.

From cleaning hacks to health hacks, these tricks will ensure you never have to cry while cutting an onion ever again or get a ring stuck on a swollen finger.


“If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.” — coykoi314


“That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum. I’d go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.” — omgIamafraidofreddit


“Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.” — Caspers_Shadow


“I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I’ve never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven’t gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!” — ASS_LORD_666


“True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.” — IAlbatross


“Nail polish remover gets permanent marker off skin. You know, in case someone draws a d-ck on your face.” — WearingCoats


“Eating candied ginger helps with nausea. Any ginger really, but candied ginger is much better tasting.” — MisteeLoo


“Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It’s crazy how well this works.” — PaulRuddsButthole


“Clean jewelry with dish soap, since other cleaning supplies might scratch it (like hand soap or anything that exfoliates) or chemically react with the metals (usually that’s harsh cleaning supplies) and dish soap is intended to clean glass and ceramic without scratching it and silverware without reacting with the metal, etc.” — mojomcm


“If you’re in college, don’t buy your textbooks until you actually need to use them. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars by not buying ‘required’ textbooks that we never used.” — JustSeanAgain

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Patricia Grisafi, PhD, is a freelance writer and educator. Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Bitch, Bustle, Broadly, The Establishment, and elsewhere. She is passionate about pit bull rescue, cursed objects, and designer sunglasses.