Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it—sometimes, the dumbest-sounding ideas turn out to be diamonds in the rough, real pearls of wisdom that make our lives a shade better. We’re talking, of course, about life hacks! Specifically, the kinds of hacks that sound like fake nonsense but are real lifesavers for some people.

After redditor Rat-avec-London asked other users of the site to share exactly those kinds of life hacks, they responded with over 26.6k comments. The thread quickly went viral, getting more than 75k upvotes at the time of writing, as well as attracting media attention. Check out some of the most intriguing life hacks that people shared below and upvote the ones that you liked the most. And remember—just because something sounds fake doesn’t mean it is (and vice versa).

#1

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Using your turn signal actually can help other drivers know which direction you plan to go and makes driving safer for everyone

Itsallaboutthecones , rmkoske Report

troufaki13
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3 weeks ago

And pedestrians too

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#2

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Whenever you accidentally set off your smoke alarm, give your pets a treat so they learn to come to you when there actually is a fire and you need to escape.

kataklysmiknut , Richard Kelland Report

Jo Johannsen
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3 weeks ago

Good idea!

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#3

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work There is absolutely nothing wrong with showing up to work, doing the absolute minimum to maintain a job, and going home and enjoying your life. massive lifesaver to one's mental health.

hrpeanut , Alex Kotliarskyi Report

Tomas Holicka
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3 weeks ago

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Or maybe, if you have a job which brings you this much enjoyment, change employers or careers. You'll be way happier in the long term than if you become a corporate leach and completely drain your sense of self-worth as the "hack" suggests.

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In an earlier interview, I spoke about life hacks that sound absolutely silly with British comedian Ariane Sherine, from London. She helped me settle the age-old question about whether something that sounds and looks dumb is actually stupid or not.

“It’s actually very smart, and it’s a shame if people don’t use it for fear of looking dumb!" Ariane told Bored Panda, pointing out that we sometimes prioritize our reputations over what actually works. And we’re sometimes scared to test something out because it might make us look like utter fools.

#4

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you've forgotten an acquaintance's name, just ask them what their name is, and after they tell you, say "no, your last name." Works like a charm and they never suspect a thing.

maleorderbride , Tim Douglas Report

Shelp
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3 weeks ago

Except in France, where a popular TV show made that one of its main jokes, so virtually everybody is aware of the trick now

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#5

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If at a place where you don't speak the language, learn the words for please and thank you. Those, and a smile, will get you far.

AichSmize , Zen Chung Report

Tomas Holicka
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3 weeks ago

I'd start with the local version of Hello, but any knowledge of the local language is good.

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#6

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work 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 , Steve Garner Report

Emilie Ruiz
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3 weeks ago

Works wonders with kids too !

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Ariane explained that people often look down on ideas that sound dumb on a theoretical level because we want others to think we’re way smarter than we might actually be. That’s how much our reputations matter to us (whether we’re aware of this or not).

#7

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Wear the same colours as the zoo employees, the animals will come right up to you.

Comfortable_Figure27 , Allan Ferguson Report

Jozie
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3 weeks ago

cool!

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#8

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work From the amazing book ‘The Gift of Fear’ by Gavin DeBecker: “A woman alone who needs assistance is actually far better off choosing someone and asking for help, as opposed to waiting for an unsolicited approach. The person you choose is nowhere near as likely to bring you hazard as is the person who chooses you.”

DeeboComin , Andrea Piacquadio Report

Scagsy
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, in modern times, it's better not to be in this situation if you can help it. Even then, Google is a good choice.

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#9

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you feel suicidal or depressed....don't focus on hope. It is enough to just stay curious. Curiosity has the power to keep you alive far longer than hope ever will. Curiosity leads to engaging work and this leads to opportunity.

_Asher451_ , Andrew Neel Report

Scagsy
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3 weeks ago

Curious how?

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"Everybody wants to think they’re smart (even if they’re actually Donald Trump!) and people hate feeling stupid or being duped. If a piece of advice doesn’t sound helpful, I guess people who see themselves as clever will automatically reject it rather than try it and risk feeling dumb," the comedian said this is why we may avoid doing silly things.

#10

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work When you're freaking out, need to relax, e.g. when a chiro is about to crack your neck or anything along those lines, wiggle your toes. Apparently your brain can't do both, freaking out and wiggling toes, tensing up and wiggling toes etc

cheerylifelover123 , cottonbro Report

Kitty
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This really works

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#11

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work 25% of 18 is the same as 18% of 25. Percentages are reversible and one is easier to figure out than the other one.

DetroitJim , Karolina Grabowska Report

Y T
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3 weeks ago

Whoa!!

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#12

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work It you start to cough while eating or drinking, essentially the “went down the wrong pipe”, immediately lift both your arms up in the air and keep them held up for a few seconds. The act opens your airways and will allow you to catch your breath. Also helps food or drink travel downward.

Ecstatic_Consequence , Annie Spratt Report

SykesDaMan
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3 weeks ago

Just throw ya hands in the air... And waive around like you just don't care! :)

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One of the British comedian’s favorite life hacks has to do with avocados and how to check if they’re ripe. Ariane pointed out that avocados have an “inbuilt ripeness sensor” that lets you distinguish if it’s still green, ripe, or overripe.

#13

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you’ve got a splinter below your skin surface, wrap a banana peel around it. Wet side against your skin. It will draw the splinter out most of the time. I don’t know how but it fricken works. Banana voodoo. Banavoodoo. Banadoo?

Rusty_is_a_good_boy , Ryutaro Tsukata Report

Tina Ciancia
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3 weeks ago

Also helps heal bruises faster!

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#14

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If your car is overheating, turn your heat on full blast.

When you turn the heat on in a car, it pulls heat from the engine into the cab, thus cooling the engine.

Bryarx , Richard Berg Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 weeks ago

And roll down the windows. Working in Little Rock, AR, had to do this often in the summer rush hour traffic...which didn't rush.

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#15

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you're watching YouTube on your phone just scroll to the end and restart the vid to skip all ads.

j_prince_47 , freestocks.org Report

Kathryn Baylis
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3 weeks ago

Why TF does YouTube think abruptly cutting away in the middle of a video that’s less than 10 minutes long won’t royally piss people off—-especially not even doing it in a section of the video where it would make sense? YouTube is playing a very dangerous game with that practice. Piss enough people off, and viewership will drop dramatically.

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“You know how hard it is to tell whether an avocado’s ripe before cutting into it? Simply twist the stem. If it doesn’t come off, it’s underripe; if it comes off and is green underneath, it’s ripe; if it’s brown underneath, it’s overripe. Voila—no more rock hard or mushy grey avocados!" she shared. The comedian added that it’s ironic how avocados marketed as ‘ripe’ in supermarkets are usually anything but.

#16

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Sleep on big decisions.

You think most clearly in the morning, and often after some time passes you realize you were about to make a big mistake.

uniadminthrowaway , Andrea Piacquadio Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 weeks ago

German expression "I' ll sleep over it", in French "La nuit porte conseil - The night brings advice"

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#17

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Makeup remover on deodorant stains.
My husband has a lot of T-shirts with white/stained armpits, so I gave it a shot.
It worked. :o

kannakantplay , zdp480 Report

AJ
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I regularly use makeup remover to the most stubborn stains in the sink. Though the fact that makeup remover removes almost any stain from almost anything, has made me doubt do I really want to put that stuff near my face.

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#18

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Counting really slowly with the goal of reaching 150 is a decent way to fall asleep. If you have any thoughts during it just let them play out, and if you forget what number you're on just go from what you last remember. If you make any major movements just start again.

The goal is to force your brain in to slowing down and not having any jerky motions or thoughts, and eventually reaching such a level of carelessness that you eventually fall asleep without realising. Helped me quite a few times, especially with rain sounds, hope it helps some of you too!

Solacekia , Free-Photos Report

troufaki13
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3 weeks ago

I don't usually have trouble sleeping but when I do what best works for me is taking a random letter from the alphabet and trying to find as many vegetables and fruit starting from that letter.

Ozacoter
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3 weeks ago

I do something similar. I chose a topic (let’s say fruits)and try to find one for each letter.

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Kathryn Baylis
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3 weeks ago

So you’re basically rewording the old advice to count sheep.

Karin
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3 weeks ago

150 sheep! Oh my!

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Kyle
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3 weeks ago

I imagine standing in front of a clean blackboard that fills my vision. Every thought is written on the board and I erase it to get back to the clean black void. Distracts me enough to fall asleep quickly.

Dark_flame
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3 weeks ago

For me it works better making up a story and what consequences the actions in the story would make... like, what would I need in which quantities in a bunker to survive x years in case of x disaster

Laugh or not
Community Member
3 weeks ago

My brain does that on its own, but doesn't fell asleep. It just goes on and on, three sequels and two reboot later, I am still awake.

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Alex Hamilton
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3 weeks ago

If you cannot sleep, always move to the very very edge of the bed. You'll soon drop off.

Tina B
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2 weeks ago

😅

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Clandestine
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3 weeks ago

I just focus on my breathing. It feels like I am sinking into my bed when I exhale, super relaxing.

Lis A
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3 weeks ago

This doesn't work for me at all. However, sleep meditations do wonders!

Fixin'Ta
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3 weeks ago

I count backwards from 100. Sometimes I do this in Norwegian (learned from my husband), but generally English (or whatever your native language is) works just fine. I may set a limit and say "I'll do this 10 times, and if I can't sleep by then, I'll get up for a bit." Almost always works before I hit the 10th time.

Debra Timah
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3 weeks ago

I have the most/quickest luck visualizing the color black, and making the color increasingly dark.

Shadow
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Also there are now cheap weighted blankets. My mother bought one fore me for christmas this year and it's made a world of difference in the amount of time it take me to fall asleep. Before the blanket a usual night was 2-3 hours laying in bed before falling asleep, now it's under 30 mins.

Om
Community Member
3 weeks ago

helps if you say the original 150 (or 151) Pokémon too. That's what I usually do lol

Dobby The House Elf
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Another way is listing or naming things. Just start listing thins your head. For example: banana, shampoo, squirrel, pizza, and so on. The more random the better. And just like the method listed, this method works for falling asleep easily too :)

Agnieszka
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3 weeks ago

That actually is a great way to fall asleep. Just remember not to move, it helps the body to relax. And the other way round. If you are sitting still on a boring meeting and feeling sleepy just wiggle your toes or shake your feet

Easily Excitable Panda
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3 weeks ago

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Leo Domitrix
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3 weeks ago

This is taught for panic attacks, and insomnia, in my PTSD peer group.

Martin John
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3 weeks ago

Counting each breath is also helpful...gives your brain a little more focus if you've got other matters keeping you awake!

Jim Ellington
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3 weeks ago

I have to keep a whooshing fan on to drown out the ringing in my ears.

Chris Allan
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3 weeks ago

Tinnitus is a real PITA around bed time.

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Blue of the yams
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3 weeks ago

I do that, except i count backwards from 90.

RollDdice
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3 weeks ago

My Uncle used to use a technique that he called "Super Sleep". Basically, he'd take a slow breath in (5-10 seconds) and release for 10-15 seconds). With each breath he'd flex and release his feet. Then lower legs, then upper legs, etc. Each time he'd imagine himself sinking lower and lower into relaxation and sleep. He wouldn't engage his brain with sheep or puzzles or stories or counting. FWIW, I've used this for years and it really works (for me).

Katharine Rudden
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3 weeks ago

I’ve done this as well and it does help!

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NinaRosario
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3 weeks ago

Rain sounds definitely help, I'll try this too :)

James F. Wilson Jr.
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3 weeks ago

I usually try to remember the girls that I missed in the order.

Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
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3 weeks ago

The military method works super well for me! I fall asleep so quickly.

Heather W
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3 weeks ago

I actually do this in a way. I pick a song, play it in my head, while counting the beats. If I get distracted I start from the beginning.

Xan Maranya
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3 weeks ago

Breathing long slow breaths automatically slows your mind... and calms your nervous system.

Juririn
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3 weeks ago (edited)

I use to to count cities/ countries/animals etc beginning with a certain letter, I usually fall asleep before moving to the next letter🙂 (edit: I just saw troufaki's answer, hello, my fellow !🙂!)

Arctic Fox Lover
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3 weeks ago

Yep, a few years ago (like 2 or 3) I starting counting whenever I was bored. I kept going and still do it occasionally when I'm super bored. I've gotten to 2,550.

Zucchini
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3 weeks ago

For me the problem is that I WANT to have my thoughts. lying in bed is my thinking time! Any other time I an laying in bead doing nothing, I get weird looks.

Gandalf the Pink
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3 weeks ago (edited)

For me, it works to just "free think". I don't try to solve a problem or think about a scenario, that just keeps me awake forever. Instead I let whatever thought that pops up in my head sit there, without paying much attention to it, and letting it go wherever it wants to, or leave room for a new thought whenever it happens. Even if it doesn't make any sense or any good connections. That's exactly what I am aiming for 😌... It feels like surfing on my thoughts. Or like if my thoughts are my kids and I let them play in the yard while I am relaxing on my lounge chair. This works like a charm every night. It's personal I think, what works. But try this if you haven't!

Easily Excitable Panda
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3 weeks ago

I try to remember the alphabet backwards.

Heather Makemson
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3 weeks ago

You can also say "goodnight" to individual body parts if counting isn't your thing. Feels like an episode of Sesame street- way more fun.

Paul Davis
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3 weeks ago

The great scientist and thinker Mitch Hedberg once said "If you're counting animals to fall asleep do not count endangered animals because you will run out"

Donkey boi
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3 weeks ago

I get so tired I'm able to accurately predict exactly how long it will be before I fall asleep. I'll often say to the wife, 'you've got [x number] minutes' if she's talking to me.

StrawberryParfait
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2 weeks ago

If you want to fall asleep quickly, move your eyes back and forth rapidly behind your closed eyelids. It tricks your brain into thinking you are in REM sleep, and you relax instantly and fall asleep faster.

TV Junkie
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2 weeks ago

When I have trouble sleeping, I breathe in for 7 seconds, then breathe out for four, over and over. I read it somewhere long ago, and it actually works for me and doesn't take long.

Šu Ma
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3 weeks ago

as an insomniac for the past 26 years, let me tell you: this does not help. nor does counting of any kind :(

somnomania
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3 weeks ago

i just pop a quick-dissolve melatonin and i'm usually out cold by the time it's through dissolving

zite
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3 weeks ago

Sleep paralysis in 3..2..1

boredkitten
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3 weeks ago

For me what helps to fall asleep almost every night is bored panda, articles like this. And also watching at 🐱 videos.

M Dream
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3 weeks ago

Like counting sheep?

Louchebert
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3 weeks ago

You can count sheep as well. Well, that's to say unless you're from Wales or some remote continental country...

third molar
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3 weeks ago

1345, 1346, 1347 ......

Niall Mac Iomera
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3 weeks ago

Used to try this as a kid, I would give up around 2000...

Erik Granqvist
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3 weeks ago

That only work if you have no real problems sleeping. There are a lot of reasons for insomnia, and it many of them are very complex.

Chris Lawson
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3 weeks ago

I do the math tables, I never make it pat the 10x group.

Id row
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3 weeks ago

Also not laying under a giant sky light is helpful.

GaeFrog
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3 weeks ago

Watching yt with the volume at 1 and brightness lowest helps me ik screens usually dont help but it helps me :)

rehanne garvey
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3 weeks ago

Yes, bores yourself to sleep

Lsai Aeon
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3 weeks ago

Tried this, I give up at 300.

Legen ( wait for it ) dary
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3 weeks ago

Count backwards (help to keep the focus, because normal count you do on pilot automatic) and draw the number in your mind ( will avoid that your mind go away in thoughts)

Dynein
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3 weeks ago

No, the key is to allow your brain to LOSE focus but still have something to occupy your attention. Anything that requires you to think hard will keep you awake, just as distracting thoughts or worries would. You NEED your focus to slip to fall asleep!!! So what's best is a dull, low-key "goal" to get back to when you get stuck in thoughts that make you focus too hard. Personally I like to imagine some moving scenery and then just going with whatever my brain comes up with.

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Avery Jones
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3 weeks ago

No joke, thats exactly how I fall asleep.

Vicky Z
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3 weeks ago

Me reaching 16745 and still trying to sleep🙄🙄🙄

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Like with plenty of new ideas and inventions, chance plays an important element when it comes to discovering new and useful life hacks. Whether through experimentation or lucky coincidence, we might end up finding a pearl of wisdom among the weeds.

#19

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work More life advice than a life hack, but: “A dropped knife doesn’t have a handle.” If you ever drop a kitchen knife or other bladed instrument, just let it fall. Trying to catch it will almost certainly give you a nasty slice on the hand.

Stillwater215 , Gary Barnes Report

Jo Johannsen
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3 weeks ago

My involuntary reaction has always been to try to lift both feet off the floor at the same time.

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#20

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Run your wrists under cold water or rub an ice cube on your pulse points to cool down all over quickly when you get overheated. It seems obvious but I didn’t realize it until last summer working in a warehouse with no ac.

mannershmanners , Anna Shvets Report

Jo Johannsen
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3 weeks ago

It does work.

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#21

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you’ve written on a dry erase board (or any glossy surface) with a permanent marker (like a Sharpie) just draw over it with a dry erase marker and it will wipe right off.

TheNoisyNomad , bark Report

Your Average Pooh
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3 weeks ago (edited)

Hi! I'm pooh & I just use hand sanitizers (100% recommended by a fellow bear)

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And despite how funny it might sound, life hacks are an expression of how wonderful the scientific method is, riding on the wave that is human ingenuity. We might lose hope in humanity from time to time, but just the fact that there are hundreds of people sharing useful life hacks is enough to restore our faith in our intelligence as a species a tiny bit,

#22

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work 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.

A_LORD_666 , Dayvison de Oliveira Silva Report

Eva
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3 weeks ago

It also helps to put up your feet on sth like a stool (best way would be to squat down on sth, but thats just not practical lol)

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#23

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Dawn dish soap is better for cleaning tubs than any bathroom cleaner. Consider that when you bathe you’re mostly washing of body oils/dirt/skin. Dawn is so effective at cleaning oil it’s used to clean up after oil spills. You can use a small amount and it cleans pretty effortlessly with circles on a sponge.

_manicpixie , https://www.pexels.com/@karolina-grabowska Report

LesAnimaux
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3 weeks ago

Dish soap also works best for cleaning makeup sponges.

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#24

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work When putting a paint can lid back on the can, first put down a layer of cling film (saran wrap). This will stop the lid sticking to the can once the paint on the lid has dried.

DoubleDeckerz , Sven Brandsma Report

grafxgal60073
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3 weeks ago

Very cool!

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Which of these life hacks did you find to be the most useful? Which ones were a complete surprise to you, dear Pandas? Do you have any fake-sounding-but-real hacks to share with all the other Readers here? Drop us a comment below!

#25

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Crayons are flammable and will provide about an hour of light as a candle if you lit the top.

RockyL15 , Miesha Maiden Report

ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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3 weeks ago

DIY candles

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#26

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Use a wet knife to chop onions, it reduces tears if you have sensitive eyes.

It really works!! I could barely make it through chopping half an onion without needing multiple breaks before I tried this. Just keep the faucet running and dip your knife under periodically while chopping. I still get a little reaction, but nowhere near as bad.

1nd1anaCroft , Chris Gladis Report

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Drip fresh onion juice in your eyes three times a day for a month and get rid of that pesky eyesight.

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#27

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work "Pay yourself first". No matter how much or how little you make. Take 10% of your paycheck and put it in an emergency fund before you buy or pay for anything else. That strategy has saved me on numerous occasions.

anonymous , Karolina Grabowska Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Not necessarily 10%. Calculate how much you need a month (rent, utilities, food etc). See how much money you have left (if you do) and take at least half of it (or all) to the savings account.

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#28

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Mosquitos Bites be gone!

This hack is the most valuable thing I’ve learned in my whole life.

Heat of the back of a spoon with hot water. Then apply the back of the spoon to the bite. I usually do it twice for good measure. The spoon needs to be hot enough to keep on the skin without burning yourself. So test the heat before you press it down. Keep it on until the heat dissipates. Bite will stop itching almost immediately...usually the bite ha completely disappeared within an hour.

This only works with mosquitoes from my experience.

Needaslurpee , Jimmy Chan Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I have used ice cubes for the same result for many years. Rub until the area is numb. By the time it warms up, no more itch. I am guessing the increased blood flow to warm it up helps dilute/carry away the toxin?

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#29

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If you're going to climb a ladder or work on your roof, wear a bike helmet.

waelgifru , Dru Kelly Report

Scagsy
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3 weeks ago

This can also be used if you're going for a bike ride.

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#30

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your D. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer , Dương Nhân Report

JXXXF
Community Member
3 weeks ago

If it doesn't work, don't worry... it will just look like you are flexing your muscles with a boner... noone will think you are odd... promise...

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#31

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work During pollen season... rinse your hair before bed. Otherwise you’re just depositing pollen on your pillowcase every night and then rolling your face in it all night. And then multiply that by how many nights you use the same pillowcase.

blanketsmellslikeham , M. M. SandFollow Report

Rissie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Pollen get caught in your own grime on the pillowcase. First in your hair (where it mostly fell off of when you moved round indoors) and then in all the dead skin and sebum from your whole head. Pro tip: replace pillowcases often.

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#32

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work 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 , Pepper Geek Report

Jo Johannsen
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3 weeks ago

Sounds interesting, but I will test it some other way...just in case.

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#33

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge “water bug” roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

SnooPickles3213 , Domas Mituzas Report

Paul K. Johnson
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3 weeks ago

I know two ways to get rid of roaches. I moved into a place that had an infestation and was working for a guy who had a Masters in Entomology. He said just make sure everything is dry. You can't starve a roach - they will literally eat anything. But always keep your pipes dry, wipe out your sinks, etc. When they have no access to water they will leave. That's all I did. They were gone in a couple weeks and never came back. The other idea is what's stated here but you don't have to spray to roach. Just put out some little dishes of water with a couple drops of soap in them. The roaches will drink it and die.

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#34

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Drinking a cup of water with your alcoholic drink, waking up Alive not dead.

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I think the best ratio is 2 sips of water per 1 sip of alcohol

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#35

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work I hesitantly submit squeegeeing yourself off before getting out of the shower. It's so simple I was dubious, but just use your hands to quickly wipe off excess water and bingo, you're not cold getting out.

BWDpodcast , Max Vakhtbovych Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Plus what's left doesn't saturate the towel, so you dry faster.

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#36

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Microwave tip: Put a cup of water on the tray with whatever you are microwaving, it always makes it taste better and "fresher".

DeadMoney313 , HomeSpot HQ Report

ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
Community Member
3 weeks ago

It really works well for pizza too!

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#37

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314 , Remy Sharp Report

Jozie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

noice

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#38

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Eating candied ginger helps with nausea. Any ginger really, but candied ginger is much better tasting.

MisteeLoo , TheDeliciousLife Report

Batwench
Community Member
3 weeks ago (edited)

Stomach bug? Drink dry flat ginger ale. Has to be stuff with sugar in, not diet. Ginger settles the tum and the sugar and water help you hydrate etc. Works well for hangovers as well. Make sure it is flat, as the fizz can aggravate the tum.

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#39

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Vinegar in a plastic bag with rubber band tied around any faucet will make the faucet like-new. I'm talking decade old rust and stuff gone...and water flows like the first day.

Aakwanderer , Kate Ter Haar Report

Dark_flame
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Why would this be fake-sounding? Isn't it a usual cleaning technique?

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#40

Fake-Life-Hacks-That-Actually-Work Getting 8 hours of time on bed, not necessarily sleep, is mental magic

doro1239 , Kinga Cichewicz Report

Jozie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I spend 24 hours in bed! :D.

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