Life hacks represent the best of the internet and the worst of the internet. The good ones will make your life better, the bad ones will inconvenience you and may even make you smell. Here’s a heads up on some of the hacks going around the internet that you’d be wise to ignore.
1. THE FROZEN PEANUT BUTTER HACK
This ‘hack’, posted on The Food Network in September 2017, claimed to make school lunches easier. You be the judge. First, spread peanut butter across a large sheet of baking paper, cover with a second sheet and roll it out with a rolling pin. Put it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, use scissors to cut the sheet peanut butter into bread-sized squares. Place one square between two pieces of bread to make a sandwich. Life’s most vexing issue – spreading peanut butter onto bread – is now SOLVED
in five totally unnecessary steps.
2. USE WHITE VINEGAR TO CLEAN THINGS
I know this is practical and cheap, but it just makes your house smell like someone spilled the salad dressing.
3. STICK A PIECE OF SALAMI TO YOUR PHONE TO TAKE A GREAT PHOTO OF YOUR DOG
Allow me to explain. You know how your dog never looks at the camera when you try to take a photo? Well if you put a piece of salami on your phone, your dog will look right at it. Personally, I can’t see anything else happening other than my dog lunging at my phone to eat the piece of salami.
4. ALL OF THE FRUIT FLY CATCHER HACKS
From creating a slush trap in a cup to jumping around with a butterfly net to catch them, I’ve tried everything. I have now come to the conclusion that there’s only one way to get rid of fruit flies: stop buying fruit that your kids won’t eat.
5. ANYTHING INVOLVING A POOL NOODLE
Apparently pool noodles aren’t just for the pool: they can also be used to stop car doors from slamming and as a hose extension for your tap (among other ‘genius’ ideas). Take it from me, leave those things in the pool where they belong.
6. DE-STALK A STRAWBERRY USING A STRAW
We all thought this one was genius when it first appeared a few years ago. Then we tried it. You push a plastic straw through the bottom of the strawberry to the top until the stalk pops out. Then you have to get the stalky bit out of the straw so that you can pull the straw back out again and … honestly, just use a small paring knife to cut that thing off.
7. USE HALF AN ORANGE AS DEODORANT
Forgot to put your deodorant on this morning? No probs. Just cut an orange or lemon in half and rub that sucker under your arms. Not only will this one make your life worse, it will also make life worse for anybody around you because you’ll smell like the inside of a school bag.
What’s the worst ‘hack’ you’ve come across?