Every day we are surrounded by hundreds our things laying around us. For each of these items, we can give an explanation about what they are and how they’re used. but what if there’s something more to that.
There are a lot of multifunctional items that we only use for one thing because we don’t know their entire function. To learn more about that, we have compiled a list of everyday items which you have been using wrong so far, or have not been using it more than it is supposed to serve its purpose.
From eating an orange to using a microwave scroll down below to learn new hacks for everyday life objects.
1. Oven drawer
Remember that drawer under your oven? The one where you keep your kitchen gear that doesn’t belong anywhere else? It wasn’t actually designed for that. Manufacturers originally made that drawer for keeping food warm until you were ready to serve it. Now tell us how many people do you know who actually do this
2. Saucepan Handles
Eating is something we all do every day, and there’s very little eating that doesn’t start as cooking. The upside of cooking is it inevitably leads to eating, but the downside is it inevitably leads to cleaning up afterward.
3. Drink Cartons
Unless that is, you try this simple trick. If you pour milk from the other side of the carton there’s less milk sloshing around and it’s easier to hold it steady. It may seem weird, but give it a try and see how it works.
4. Keyboard trick
The ridges on the “F” and “J” keys on the keyboard. They help your fingers find their location on the keyboard. This way you can type without having to glance down much easier.
5. Using A Microwave More Efficiently
The limited space inside a microwave has always been inconvenient when you want to have a meal together with your friend or partner. It would be easier and more convenient if you could prepare both meals at the same time. Most of us don’t realize that the whole space in the microwave is good for heating, even above the spinning plate. To heat 2 plates at once, simply put the first plate on the microwave platter pushed to one side, then place an upside-down coffee mug next to it and place the second plate on top of the mug.
6. Soda Can Tabs
Is there anything more common than the tab of a soda can? You pull it, open the can, you drink, you forget all about it. There’s nothing special about it, there’s no little trick — or so most of us think until we learn the use of it.
7. Condiment Cups
If you like ketchup or mustard or some other condiment with your fast food, you might find that the little cups they serve them in aren’t quite the right size for you. There’s hardly enough room for very much of the stuff, and it can be a hassle squeezing your food in there.
8. Shopping Cart Loops
Not quite — there’s another handy feature that many of us might miss. There are loops on shopping carts that can be used to hold your grocery bags, keep them upright if they have fragile items, or store extra if you’ve got a lot of groceries.
9. Dental Floss
Here’s a trick: tie your floss in a knot. It increases the tension of the floss and makes it easier to maneuver. It also makes it less likely that you’ll lose your grip. You’ll never have to disappoint a dentist again.
10. Eating An Orange
Peeling an orange doesn’t have to be hard and messy. If you cut the top and bottom off and then make a cut on its side, it will unroll in a nice line of orange segments.
11. Fabric Samples
These fabric samples are used to test in your washing machine or with whatever products you use for your laundry. Throw the sample through the wash and see how it fares, that way, you’ll know if it’s safe to put your new clothes through the same process.
12. To Chill A Drink Bottle Faster
Wet a paper towel, wrap it around any warm drink, and put it in the freezer. It’ll be cold in literally 5-10 minutes!
13. Analog Watch
If you need to step away from your computer, place your laser mouse over the top of your analog watch. The mouse will read the ticking of the second or minute hand and will keep your computer active, so you don’t have to retype your password.
14. Toblerone chocolate bars
The delicious Toblerone candy bar was first manufactured in Switzerland, so it is easy to see why people assume that the odd triangular shape of the candy bar is a shout-out to the Swiss Alps. Actually, the design of the chocolate bar is all about function, not aesthetics. The pieces are in triangles so that if you press on one of them with your thumb, it will snap off easily and leave you with the perfect-sized serving.
15. Slotted Patches On Backpacks
It’s called a lash tab, and it’s there for you to attach whatever you’d like to your bag. For instance, a hiker could lash a sleeping roll to their bag using the lash tab. Originally, it was added to bags to carry tools like axes.
16. Rearview Mirror
Use the rearview mirror tab to stave off those bright lights. Next time some guy has his high beams on and blinds you through your rearview mirror, remember to press down on the tab of your rearview mirror, so it angles down. That way, the light reflects downwards without impacting your field of vision.
On manual tilt versions, a tab is used to adjust the mirror between “day” and “night” positions. In the day view position, the front surface is tilted, and the reflective back side gives a strong reflection.