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Determined People Reveal Which Life Hacks Actually Work For Them

Life hacks are designed to make living easier, but do they work? Well, what good woud Reddit be other than to test hacks and share whether or not they do. Did you know coffee filters will clean glass without leaving streaks?

hey_im_cool asked: What "life hacks" have you tried that actually worked?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

Mind. Blown.

It's way better to pour oil or other liquids from those "square" shaped containers in the way that seems backwards, where the opening is at the top of the container.

Here's a video:

It makes a huge difference in preventing glugging.

You got up didn't you.

I learned the other day that, when trying to touch your toes, you should focus on touching your head to the ground rather than fingers to toes. It added a few inches of stretch with no other effort.


It's science.

Swirling the liquid in a bottle you need to empty fast. Creates a vortex that lets the air in and the liquid out without all that messy glug glug noise.


How thoughtful.

At the start of the year I'll flip all my clothes hangers around so they're facing the wrong direction. As I wear random items, I'll flip it back to the normal direction. If by the next year I haven't worn something, I know I never will, and so I donate anything that's still flipped backwards.


The natural equivalent to writing Knowables.

First thing in the morning when you wake up, drink a big glass of water (leave it on your nightstand), walk outside and get like a minute of fresh air while looking at the sky. (Obviously depending on weather).

100% works better for quickly waking you up and consistently as opposed to groggily chugging down coffee. Seriously, give it a try.


Or just not having kids.

Clear packing tape over the speakers of plastic children's toys. It muddles the sounds enough that I still have some of my hearing.


Try it at work.

Blinking fast for a minute to help fall asleep at night. Read it in another post, tried it out one night when I couldn't sleep, and I was fast asleep within 3mins (guessing because I fell asleep quickly).


This works well.

Leaving my keys on stuff I need to remember (USB drive, medicine I need to take with me to work, that book I borrowed and need to return).


Never use a microwave!!!

Fry left over pizza in a pan with a lid on it, crust down! The crust goes amazingly crisp, the toppings heat up and you don't have soggy disappointment. It is arguably better than fresh pizza in my opinion.


I'm just cheap.

Intermittent fasting has resulted in less appetite overall.


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You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, or so the saying goes.

The same can be said for your interactions with cops, most of whom are perfectly happy to let minor infractions slide––When was the last time you were actually ticketed for jaywalking?––provided you're not a total Karen should you interact them.

Your local police officer likely doesn't care about jaywalking or the fact that you went five miles over the speed limit unless you give him a reason to, as we learned when Redditor Takdel asked police officers: "What stupid law have you enforced just because someone was an a-hole?"

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