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15 Everyday Objects With Secret Uses You Don't Know About

There are many amazing things that we encounter every single day of our lives without even realizing it. There's so much information out there that it's easy to miss what's right under our noses.

We think that you'll like this. Here are 15 things that you're bound to have lying around your home and 15 incredible uses for those things that you'll almost certainly never have thought of. We hadn't, that's for sure.

These objects are a testament to humankind's creativity and innovation and the fact that we sometimes need to tell people about that too. 

1. Straw-ly Not?

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The little hole in the ring pull of a drink can? It's not for decoration, it's a straw holder. Just swing the ring around like this to use it.

2. Non-Spill

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Those funny little tabs on the sides of drink cartons? Lift them up and you'll find they let just a little more air in, stopping the contents from squirting out when you put the straw in.

3. Eco-Friendly

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The foil tops of yogurt and applesauce packets aren't just to keep the food fresh. They're also there to be used as a spoon. 

4. Watching The Watch

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The small pocket in denim jeans and shorts is often thought of as a place to put loose change, but it was actually designed to carry a pocket watch. 

5. Perfect Measures

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If you've wondered how you get the perfect portion of spaghetti, it's by using the pasta spoon. It's the amount that fits in the hole. 

6. Candy With Care

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You may not know it, but the Tic-Tac packaging is designed to dispense a single Tic-Tac at a time. Have a look at the inside of the lid next time you buy some. 

7. Fold Out

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We'll confess, we normally just eat Chinese food straight out of the container, but if you'd like a plate, all you have to do is fold the container out like this. 

8. Spanky Sauce

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The 57 that is raised on a bottle of Heinz Ketchup isn't a marketing device. It marks the perfect spot to slap the bottle if the sauce isn't flowing. 

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9. Direct Direction

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Ever looked at your gas tank dial in your car properly? You'll find that next to the gas icon, there's an arrow. What's the arrow for? To tell you which side of the vehicle the gas tank is on. 

10. Steady Now

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This is quite incredible. We'd never even given this two minutes of consideration, but it does make sense when you try it out. Instant coasters. 

11. Cunningly Colorful

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Bread tags come in different colors. Why? Until recently, we thought "just because," but it turns out that the color tells you which day the product was delivered to the store.

12. A Dark Secret

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Ever wondered why so many pen caps have a hole in them like this one? It's so if a child swallows it and it gets stuck in their throat, they can still breathe.

13. You Foiled Us

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We've been using these boxes for years and never noticed these tabs at the ends. Fold them into the box, and boom! You keep the roll in place rather than having it fall out.

14. No Peeping

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Apparently, there are people out there that think this hole in elevator doors is for spying on the people inside, but it's not. It's a keyhole to unlock the doors in an emergency

15. A Different Kind Of Panhandling

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That hole at the end of a pan's handle? It's for resting your spoons in so that you don't have to make work surfaces dirty. 

16. Drink In The Awesomeness

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Thread a necklace through a straw to prevent it from getting tangled up. It's a great way to store them for travel.

17. Just Hangin' Out

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A multi-level hanger isn't just a great way to keep cloths organized. It's also a brilliant way to keep your jewelry safe.

18. Put A Pin In That

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Stop static cling by putting a safety pin on the inside of your trousers.

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19. Button Up

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Buttons are a great, inexpensive way to keep small earrings together and keep them from getting lost.

20. No Lost Trinkets

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Even if you don't wear glasses, these are awesome containers for small items like keys or jewelery. 

21. Spruce Up Your Tech

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Makeup brushes are the perfect tool for cleaning off computer keys. Just make sure you don't have any makeup on them.

22. Keepin' It Soft And Shiny

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An emery board nail file is great for buffing out scuff marks on suede.

23. Keep It Together

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A large paper clip is perfect for fastening a bracelt. Just hook it onto the bracelet an hole onto it with the hand that you're wearing it on, and clasp the bracelet with the other.

24. Read All About It

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In a tight spot, you can use some black-and-white newspaper (not color) to give dark shoes a quick polish.

25. Painter's Delight

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Every painter will love this. All it takes to get a nice, clean, drip-free brush is a rubber band threaded across the middle.

Which was your favorite? We liked the foil holder best. We wonder what else in our home has a secret use that we don't know about, yet!

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