Uses for Everyday Items You Don’t Know About

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You may have heard of many life hacks, but this list isn’t a list made up by ingenious users. This list simply gives you the intended uses for many everyday designs. These are uses that creators, designers and developers want you to know!

How many of these uses for everyday items did you already know about? Take a look!

Chinese Take-Out Plates

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Chinese take-out! It often comes in this square cardboard box! But, did you know that box folds out into a plate? It’s true!

Straw Holder

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Everything you’ve ever been told is a lie! The tab that you use to open you can of soda (or pop depending on where you’re from) is made so you can flip it around and put a straw in it!

Tire-Wear Safety

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The average American doesn’t actually know when it is time to change their tires, but what they also don’t know is that most tires have a built in system for this! Once the tread wear indicator will touch the pavement, it’s time to change!

Foil Holder

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Always having trouble with the aluminum foil roll falling out when you try to cut a piece? Truth is: there is a built in system to make it easy! All you have to do is push in the foil holders on the ends!

Cable Interference Blocker

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This little knob on your cable cord is actually called a ferrite bead. It is made to suppress high frequency noise in electronic circuits. Hey, look, a purpose!

Spoon Rest

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When you’re cooking pasta in a pot, it can be hard to find somewhere to set your spoon. But, most pots are created so that the hooks safely secure the utensil in a mess-free way!

No Boil Pasta

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Another struggle when cooking pasta is that it boils over so easy! To prevent that, wooden spoons are the perfect candidate to stop it!

Oven Knob

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I bet you thought that the temperature your oven shows is all it has to offer. This may be true, but it is possible it isn’t calibrated. To do this, most ovens will let you pull the knob off and adjust the screws accordingly.

Fast Food Ketchup

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Fast food ketchup containers are known for not holding enough ketchup. This is because we’ve been using them wrong for years! They actually fold out!

Tic Tac Dispenser

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Normally, you just dump a tic tac into your hand or mouth, but it turns out that little dip in the lid has a purpose after all.

Fizz Container

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Does your bottle of soda always go flat if you don’t drink it right away? Did you take the little rubber thing in the cap out? Don’t. It is there to contain the fizz!

Gas Tank Notification

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How often do you go to get gas and while at the station, you stop for a minute and ask yourself…“Which side is my tank on?” Well, I hate to break it to you, but your HUD already told you.

Pasta Serving

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Back to pasta! How do you know what a serving of pasta is? If you’re lucky enough, your pasta spoon has a built in tool to help you out!

Tube Opener

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When you have trouble opening a tube of something, check the top of the lid to see if it has a puncture point that will open the tube for you!

Bumps on Keyboard

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The next time you look at your keyboard, you will notice that the F and J keys have bumps. This is so typists know where they are at, at all time!

Double Zipper Lock

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The double zipper technique you see on your luggage is for more than just easy access. It is also made so you can lock the zippers together.

Plunger

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Yes, the plunger, or at least, the cup plunger (the red plunger icon) is actually made for sinks and bath tubs. Not toilets. The toilet plunger is a much better fit for the toilet…obviously.

Drink Holder

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When you’re at a bar and you leave your drink, people assume you are done. But if you place a coaster on your glass, it is a universal sign for, “I’ll be right back.”

Suffocation-Free Pen Caps

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That hole in the top of many pen caps is not to ventilate the pen, but is made for emergencies if swallowed. Over 100 deaths a year are caused by swallowed pen caps, so this is a legit measure!

Ink Eraser

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Ever wondered why some erasers have a blue side and a pink side. Legend has it the blue side can erase ink! Imagine that!

Oil Your Padlock

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If you want your padlock to stay secure, you might want to use that mysterious hole at the bottom to oil it every once in a while!

The “57”

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You probably haven’t even noticed that there is a indented “57” on glass bottles of Heinz. This number marks the spot where you are supposed to hit the glass to make the ketchup run smoothly! Bet you’ve been hitting the bottom all along!

Do you ever accidentally type in ALL CAPS FOR NO REASON AT ALL? Instead of retyping the words, all you have to do is select them and press “shift” along with “f3” or sometimes, “fn” plus “shift” plus “f3.” If you want the first letter of each word/sentence capitalized, just do it again.

Lid Coasters

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If you have a to-go drink but need a coaster, you may find that the lid makes a perfect one! It will fit exactly into the slot and lay flat on the table.

Yogurt Spoon

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Have a yogurt on the go but forgot the spoon? Most foil lids are made to be converted into a spoon!

Life-Saving Headrest

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Sure, the primary purpose of a headrest is to “rest your head.” But on the other hand, when in a wreck, the headrest is made to slide out and be used to break a window!

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