Life Hacks You Should Know

We know from countless experiences that in life there is a hard way and the easy way, a long way and the shortcut, and a tedious way and the efficient way. Oftentimes though, we opt for the long, difficult, and tedious solution, when the quick way is right at our fingertips. Save yourself some time and money with these 9 life hacks.

Did you know you could use a crayon as a candle?
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Cut your apple and wrap it up with a rubber band to avoid it getting brown and mushy.

Hold your apple together with a rubber band.
Michael Alarcon
Keep Your Apple Slices From Getting Brown

If you're stuck without electricity and can't find a candle or flashlight, use a crayon! Light the crayon paper and it will burn for up to 20 minutes.

Burn the crayon paper when you need a light.
Michael Alarcon
Use a Crayon as a Source of Light

If you're the type that drinks soda out of a straw, hold the straw in place using the soda can's tab. Slight the tab 180 degrees and wedge your straw in the loop. It will remain completely secure.

Using a straw when sipping on soda lessens the chance of cavities.
Michael Alarcon
Keep Your Straw in Place with the Soda Can's Tab

If you don't have time to iron your entire shirt, use a straightening iron on the visible wrinkles. This works especially well for the collar and the space between the buttons.

A straightener works great for wrinkles on the collar and around buttons.
Michael Alarcon
Use a Hair Straightener to Iron Clothes

Stick self-adhesive magnetic tape to the inside of your medicine cabinet to keep those easily lost toiletries organized.

Never lose a bobby pin again!
Michael Alarcon
Use Self-Adhesive Magnetic Tape in Your Bathroom

To keep your disposable razor sharp, fill a small glass with rubbing alcohol and keep the blades submerged in between uses. If you don't have rubbing alcohol, use mineral oil or baby oil.

Store your disposable razor in a glass of rubbing alcohol.
Michael Alarcon
Store Your Disposable Razor in a Glass of Rubbing Alcohol

Pull off the tab of an aluminum can and use it to connect two hangers together. This trick saves tons of closet space!

Try bundling your favorite garments for easy-to-find outfits.
Michael Alarcon
Double Your Closet Space Using a Soda Can Tab

If you want to keep your jeans in great condition and help save the planet, clean them without throwing them in a washing machine. Fill a spray bottle with vodka and blast the spots that need washing. Hang your jeans to dry.

Don't risk losing your jeans' fit and color.
Michael Alarcon
Use Vodka to Wash Your Jeans

Have you ever used paper clips or Post-It notes as a cleaning tool? Did you know you can use rubber bands to help open those hard-to-open caps and lids? Check out these 24 creative ways to use office supplies.

You can use binder clips to hold gift wrap, grocery lists, recipes or as a chip clip.
Michael Alarcon
Use Office Supplies in 24 New Ways

What do alka seltzer, vanilla extract and scooped out oranges have in common? Our friends at know what's best for the nose... and for your refrigerator.

Don't let your fridge get into a funk!
Use Simple Ingredients to Keep Your Fridge Smelling Fresh
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