31 Things You May Have Been Doing Wrong Your Entire Life

31 Things You May Have Been Doing Wrong Your Entire Life

While I’m sure there are plenty of tips and tricks you know that make certain tasks easier, I bet you aren’t aware of the number of things you’re actually doing wrong in your everyday life. Now, this isn’t meant to be an attack on your intelligence or anything like that, but rather a PSA for everyone, because chances are you’re not alone when it comes to mishandling certain things.

For example, did you know there’s a super simple way of getting ketchup out of a glass bottle that doesn’t involve jamming a butter knife into it? To find out about this, along with a slew of other everyday things you’ve been doing wrong, keep reading!

1. Clean Fingers

The next time you reach into a bag of Cheetos, make sure you’re holding a pair of chopsticks! Doing so will prevent your fingers from getting covered in cheese dust.

2. A Perfect Peel

Never struggle peeling a banana again with this simple tip: turn it upside down! If you watch chimps peeling bananas, you’ll notice they start from the bottom.

3. Cupcake Sandwich

Everyone knows cupcakes are delicious, but have you ever successfully gotten an entire bite into your mouth without covering your face with icing? To avoid this common fiasco, turn your cupcakes into sandwiches before diving in.

RedbookThe Wild Cupcake

4. Portion Control

I never make the right amount of pasta — I always end up with too much or not enough. But now that I know the little hole in the middle of my spaghetti ladle measures out a perfect portion, it’s a problem I no longer have to worry about.

Facebook | My Smoko Break

5. The Bobby Pin Revelation

Apparently, I’ve been putting bobby pins into my hair wrong for far too long. This mistake may explain why I’ve never had much luck getting them to stay in place.

Kathleen Kamphausen | Good Housekeeping

6. A Fan Favorite

The direction that your fan rotates should change with the seasons. Who knew?! In the cooler months, a clockwise rotation creates an updraft that forces warm air from your ceiling into your living space. A counterclockwise rotation creates a nice breeze, which is ideal for warmer months.

7. The Built-In Utensil

Just because you don’t have a spoon doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your pack of applesauce! Believe it or not, there’s one built right into the container — you just have to make it.

Imgur | LookeyHere

8. Pick Up The Tab

Stop breaking your nails trying to open a can of soda and let the top slot of a bottle opener do all of the hard work instead.

Reddit | Piyh

9. The Magic 57

Stop shoving a butter knife into that ketchup bottle and smacking the bottom of it with the palm of your hand! To get a consistent stream of ketchup from a glass Heinz bottle, all you have to do is tap the embossed 57 located below the neck.

10. Get A Grip

Have you ever put a juicebox in a child’s hands and watched as they squeezed just a bit too hard, sending juice flying out of the straw? That can be avoided by utilizing the built-in handles located on each side of the box.

11. Bobbing For Straws

Keep your straw in place whenever you crack open an icy cold can of soda by rotating the tab and inserting the straw through the larger hole.

12. The Orange Opener

Follow this simple trick to peel and open an orange. I guarantee once you give it a try, you’ll never want to go back to your old ways.

13. Feel The Heat

The next time you heat up leftovers in the microwave, make sure you create a small hole in the middle of your plate. Doing so will allow the microwave to heat your meal evenly.

Reddit | Omgpolly

14. Scribble Secrets

To make sure no one can read something you’ve written, don’t just scribble it out using a bunch of lines. Instead, cover it with different words and random letters.

Reddit | yourmom46

15. To cool down a beverage as quickly as possible, wrap it with wet paper towels and put it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

That thing will be chilled to the max.

Imgur | nomnomnetwork

16. The Bread Saver

Avoid squishing a delicious, fluffy loaf of bread by flipping it upside down and cutting along its flat bottom. You’ll be left with perfect slices every time — guaranteed.

17. Soft Serve Service

If you’re sick and tired of bending perfectly good spoons whenever you want to indulge in a couple bites of your favorite ice cream, store the tub in a Ziploc bag to keep it soft and easy to scoop.

Reddit | CorbinMontego

18. Trusty Trash Can Trick

“My husband drilled holes in the bottom of our garbage can to make putting in & taking out bags much easier — no suction issues.”

19. Small Sink Solution

If you can’t completely fit a bucket underneath the tap in your sink, use a plastic dustpan as a funnel to fill it up on the floor!

Reddit | mrfitzy

20. Good Sandwich Guide

Ensure every corner of your sandwich is filled with delicious meaty goodness by ripping circular pieces in half, and then following the set of instructions below to cover the entire surface.

Reddit | LauraJesson

21. The Ketchup Roll

You could continue to do what you’ve always done and fill multiple paper cups with ketchup, or you can roll out the top and fit more of everyone’s favorite condiment into one serving.

22. A Secret Warmer

Now, this revelation doesn’t apply to all ovens. However, some lower drawers actually work as warmers. So get out your owner’s manual and see if yours has this awesome function!

Instagram | @cozycourtz

23. Scientifically Proven Burger Hold

To keep everything inside your burger, you need to support both the front and the back of your bun. How? By using your pinkie fingers and thumbs as supports.

YouTube | Foodbeast

24. The less frustrating way of using tinfoil

If you’re like me and want to use tinfoil, you probably just whip it open and start pulling — and the roll pops out every time. Notice the “Press Here To Lock Roll” tab on the side of the box. Do it up and solve all of your problems!

25. The built-in drink coaster.

The lid of a takeout drink isn’t just for holding a straw and keeping your drink from spilling everywhere.

Imgur | Lopefrisava

26. Wait just a second! Are you for real? Hire whoever figured this out immediately.

Stick a fork into the filling of the Oreo for optimal dunking. This allows you to dip the entire cookie without getting those fingers all milky. Genius.

Instagram | @twelve_point

27. The flat iron that does curls

You can actually get some really beautiful curls with a flat iron. So why bother with a curling iron when you can get two for the price of one?

28. The step up from a lint roller.

A shaver will easily break through that stubborn build up. Most people have a shaver kicking around that really needs something to do.

29. The chicken wing hack

If you love drumsticks over flat wings, then you’re not actually crazy. You just didn’t know how to properly eat a flat wing. Luckily, there’s a video to show you how.

30. A Secret Pocket Under Where?

If for some reason you ever thought that the little pocket in women’s underwear was actually meant to store things, you couldn’t have been more wrong.

Health standards require both men and women’s underwear to have a layer of special soft fabric. However, because of the way women’s underwear is made, it’s impossible to attach that layer with two inner seems because one of them would cause discomfort, which is why it’s left unstitched, forming a pocket.

31. The proper way to eat ginger with your sushi.

Many people eat ginger on top of their sushi with a dab of wasabi. But you’re actually supposed to use the ginger to cleanse your palette between different flavors. If you love ginger on your sushi I won’t judge…actually, I probably will.

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