17 Things That We Could Have Been Doing Much More Easily This Whole Time

I don't know about you, but I've always been someone who values efficiency. In college, I would spend the first few days of each semester trying out different routes to get to my classes in order to find out which ones were fastest. We do a lot of things in our lives without thinking about what's really the best way to do them, because most people tend to prefer the "if it ain't broke, why fix it?" school of thought.

Figuring we'd save you the trouble of having to work out these things on your own, here's a list of 17 common things you can probably make a whole lot easier on yourself.

1. Using leftover sauce


You made a yummy pasta dinner, but you've got a bunch of sauce left. Just freeze it in an ice cube tray and it's ready for you to use the next time you cook.

2. Cutting thin cheese slices


I'm literally kicking myself about this - a potato peeler! Excuse me while I devour my cheese, one deliciously thin slice at a time.

3. Squeezing the most juice out of a lemon

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If you don't have a squeezer or juicer available, try heating the lemon up in a microwave for a few seconds and it'll be much easier.

4. Getting the most ketchup out of the bottle


The little embossed "57" on a Heinz bottle is the secret sweet spot. Tap on it gently to get a nice stream of ketchup out.

5. Picking up broken glass


Broken glass is not only dangerous but tricky to clean up. Luckily, you can simplify the task by using a slice of bread. It'll sweep up even the tiniest pieces of glass.

6. Hanging a spoon on the edge of the pot

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Wrap an elastic band around the spoon handle and you'll never have to worry about it falling in again.


7. Remove corn from the cob

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Stand the corn up in a Bundt pan, and use a sharp knife to remove the kernels of corn swiftly and easily - and with no mess to boot.

8. Opening jars

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Use a rubber band in the manner shown above, and you'll find that lid coming off like magic.

9. Measure precise ingredient amounts


Use a piece of tape stuck over the top of the container to measure the perfect amount of powdered ingredients every time.

10. Keep your cutting board in place.

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Put a wet paper towel underneath your board to keep it from sliding around all over the place.

11. Extend the life of wax candles

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This is so smart! Just put a wax candle in the freezer for a day before lighting and it'll burn much slower and last nearly twice as long.

12. The best way to use a utility knife

13. Use spaghetti to light candle wicks that are out of reach


If you don't have long safety matches at hand to light those half-burnt candles, dry, uncooked spaghetti works pretty well too.


14. Strengthen your garbage bags

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Plastic garbage bags can split annoyingly often, but you can strengthen them by attaching the bag to the side of the can using adhesive hooks.

15. Cleaning bottles


Sometimes, it's hard to find a brush that's the right size to clean a certain bottle properly. Here's a great trick: use crushed up egg shells. Sprinkle them into the bottle with soapy water, cap it up, and give it a good shake. The shells help clean the dirt from the inner walls, after which you just rinse it right out.

16. Drying leftover herbs

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If you've got some fresh herbs left over after cooking, just dry them out by putting them in the microwave for a minute or so.

17. Elegant cake decoration


Powdered sugar sprinkled through a piece of lace creates a stunning look that's surprisingly easy to pull off.

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