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Here are 10 amazing tips and tricks you can use  to impress your friends, and make your summer a little easier.

I had seen pictures of some useful ideas on the internet, but no videos.  I made this in hopes that all of you would enjoy this compilation of 10 "life hacks" that has helped and inspired me.

I found many of them from http://www.lifehacker.com, http://www.pinterest.com, and http://www.google.com.  The mango and fruit fly projects were inspired by my wife, from a trick she learned while visiting Argentina.

Step 1: Watch the Video!


WARNING:  These projects and results are depictions of my own personal experiences.  Your results may vary depending on your location, and modifications to project ideas.  There may be risks associated with some of these projects that require adult supervision, and possibly others that I'm not aware of.  Use of this video content is at your own risk.

Step 2: Icy Drinks Everytime

When you need a drink to cool down, hot water can taste disgusting.  Try filling your water bottles, a quarter of the way, so that when their on their sides, the water settles just below the bottle neck.  Now stick your bottles in the freezer and go on with your day.  When the water is frozen it will make an ice block on the side the bottle, but doesn't block the opening.  Now when you need to cool off just take a bottle from the freezer, fill it up with your favorite drink, and you've got an instant, icy cold beverage ready to go.

Step 3: Mango Hack

Grab yourself a mango and try this little trick.  Carefully cut off the two sides of the fruit, and hold one piece in your hand.  You can gently cut a few lines vertically, and a few more across, until the pattern resembles a checkerboard.  Now take it with both hands and gently push from the back.  You'll see bite sized pieces pop right up, and they're ready to eat.  You can use a spoon to scrape them into a bowl, or just eat them right off the peel.  It's fast, easy, and they won't get stuck in your teeth.

Step 4: Anti Ant Hack

If you've got ants and you're looking for a natural form of pest control, try measuring out a cup of popcorn kernels.  Put them in a blender, on high speed for about 30 seconds, and you'll end up with a batch of fresh, homemade cornmeal.  Just make a few piles around the ant trails and within a few days, your ant problems will, literally disappear.

Step 5: Eat Your Hamburger Upside Down

The next time you eat a giant hamburger, try turning your sandwich upside down.  The tops are nearly twice as thick as the bottoms, and a lot more durable.  So be smart, and eat your hamburgers upside down.

Step 6: Covert Container

When you're at the beach, reduce the chances of things getting stolen by making a covert container.  Just take your old shampoo bottle and twist the top so that it pops right off.  Clean it out and cut a hole in the top that's just big enough, to stash your valuable items inside.  Now you can snap the top back on, and your items are perfectly concealed.  Anyone who sees this will just think it's a shampoo bottle, and chances are, nobody's wants to steal your shampoo.

Step 7: Soda Cans and Straws

Have you ever noticed that when you put a straw in a can of soda, it doesn't want to stay?  Try bending the tab of the can over the hole and sliding your straw down through the tab.  No more floating straws, because now, it's held in place.

Step 8: Fruit Fly Hack

It's the season for fruit flies, so before they take over your kitchen, slice a few pieces of banana and mix them with some of your leftover mango peels.  Find yourself a couple of small containers, and add the fruit.  Now just stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the top, and use something like the tip of a chopstick to poke a small hole in the center that's just bigger than the fly.  Now you can set it and forget it.  Within a few minutes, the flies will be checking things out, and once one goes in, you can be sure his friends will follow.  Within a couple of days, they'll all be having a rocking fruit party.  And now you can simply, take the lid of the container and press it on, sealing them inside.  Now you, are the lord of the flies.

Step 9: Dripping Popsicle Fix

Summer means popsicles, and popsicles mean your kids are going to get sticky fingers.  Grab a small paper cup, and carefully poke a hole in the bottom, about the size of a popsicle stick.  Now when you push a popsicle inside, you've got an instant drip catcher, and no more sticky fingers.  By the way, this works great with cupcake liners as well!

Step 10: Quick and Clean Condiments

You've probably been to a BBQ where the condiments take up half the table, and the lineups for using them take forever.  Solve the problem with a muffin pan.  This way your condiments are easy to access and your lines will move along quickly.  You'll also dramatically increase your table space, and cut down on the things to clean up afterward.

Step 11: Instant Snack Bowl

The next time you're at a party and someone has bags of chips laying around, impress your friends by making them into custom snack bowls.  You can fold the top edge inside the bag first, then begin rolling the bottom corners, up into the base of the bag, pushing the chips up as you go.  You'll end up with a custom snack bowl, with chips overflowing.

Step 12: Check Them Out

Well there are a few tricks, to make your summer, a littler easier.  If you liked these projects, perhaps you'll like some of my others.  Check them out at www.thekingofrandom.com

Here's the video again in case you missed it!


<p>who uses straws for sodas?</p>
<p>Moms</p>
<p>people who use lipstick</p>
<p>Now I'm ready for summer!</p>
<p>How to build a Covert Container for an iPhone 6 or eihter other brands of smartphones?</p>
It'd be better if this could be tweaked so the contents could be disposed of without throwing out your tupperware at the same time - although if you used yoghurt pots you could just throw them away regardless - just re-wrap the pot in film prior to disposal to minimise the chances of them getting out again !
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<p>Or use plastic wrap to line the bottom of the tupperware first. Then you can just remove both pieces of plastic wrap at the same time, leaving the fruit and flies trapped in between them.</p>
<p>you could put the tupperware container in th freezer ,then tip em' into the bin when they're frozen. rinse and repeat!</p>
I find this to be a better solution, it is what I use for them. https://www.instructables.com/id/Fruit-FlyGnat-Catcher/ <br>In a small dish mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and a squirt of dish soap. The smell of the vinegar is similar to rotting fruit and attracts the flies, and the soap makes it so they can't land on the surface and take off again. It only takes a few minutes to start collecting flies at the bottom of the dish.
<p>You don't do the mango trick with a sharp knife. A table knife cuts through the fruit easily, and if you're careful you won't cut through the mango skin. This is a great way to eat a mango, but a nice juicy mango can get pretty messy. I eat mine over the sink!</p>
<p>For the hamburger hack, I'd suggest assembling them upside down too else the condiments and toppings will be in reverse order. Don't think it matter? Try flipping a favorite sandwich over, it's surprising how flavor changes when you flip things upside down, has to do with sequence you tongue encounters items and contact time.</p>
But who takes their shampoo with them to the beach??!!
<p>Don't slice a mango in the palm of your hand, that's a recipe for disaster. There are other methods you can try that are less likely to result in a bloodbath. Check out Alton Brown's video on Youtube for one method.</p>
<p>This is just getting me hyped for summer! Nice job!</p>
Please consider no straw as your first choice. In 20 minutes, it's just more plastic in the trash.
Or use,a paper or glass straw
<p>Or just wash the straw.</p>
Depending on the environment, unless you are going to empty the can into an open-top container, straws can prove vital for safety--swallowing a bee or a wasp with your drink is not a pleasant experience.
Cover your drink. Bee problem solved.
another great summer hack, go to 5 guys instead of in n out . . . ;-P<br><br>I like storing valuables in a diaper, wrapped like it's a dirty one (saw it on fb or something). no one steals the dirty diaper, lol
<p>When you put water into the bottles to go into the freezer, loosen the lid when you put it into the freezer. The water doesn't leak out and the bottle doesn't collapse as the air inside cools and contracts.</p>
<p>Did you not notice that he left the bottles open when he put them into the freezer?</p>
<p>I didn't watch the video, as I live in a remote area and get internet via cellphone, so I don't watch videos as it takes too long to download and usually hangs before it completes. In the photo with the text, the top is on the bottle and is closed. I live in a desert and have been doing this for the last 2 years!!</p>
<p>mmm, life hacks</p>
<p>mmm, life hacks</p>
<p>mmm, life hacks</p>
<p>mmm, life hacks</p>
<p>i came home to a kitchen full of fruit flies: I just grabbed the vacuum and used the hose to get them all, even off the ceiling tiles. too small to swat, too impatient to wait for those traps suggested.</p>
<p>That is the same in-n-out i go too</p>
<p>That is the same in-n-out i go too</p>
<p>That is the same in-n-out i go too</p>
<p>I love In-n-out!</p>
<p>I thought that was an In-n-out burger. I moved out of So Cal over a decade ago and can spot an In-n-out burger a mile away!!</p>
<p>I thought that was an In-n-out burger. I moved out of So Cal over a decade ago and can spot an In-n-out burger a mile away!!</p>
<p>Gosh, I LOVED this video! Only one question, what did you do with the fruit flies?</p>
<p>It also works if you mix half icing sugar and half baking soda. The granules are basically the same size. Ants are basically made of formic acid, and so---- BOOM!</p>
Popcorn kernels in a blender? Does that damage the blender at all?
<p>should not, it will sound super noisy though. </p>
Ice will do more damage to a blender then popcorn kernels, yet we all do it.
No more than a coffee grinder is damaged when used. I might use one of them instead of my blender, as it's a bigger pain to clean the blender.
<p>You should enter the Summer Fun Contest!</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/contest/summerfun/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/contest/summerfun/ </a> </p>
<p>I miss the old days when normal things people do every day wasn't called a <br>&quot;life hack&quot;...</p>
...and then eat them?...Yummy! haha
<p>Does that count toward your daily protein goal?</p>
Hmm. Why is this? Does cornmeal discourage or kill them? <br>
<p>According to this source: </p><p>http://lifehacker.com/kill-ants-safely-with-cornmeal-510414551 ant's treat it like a food but can't digest it. So they feel full but starve to death.</p>
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hkionqWPc-Q
ground popcorn, grits or plain cornmeal swells when in contact with moisture, ants take the grains back to the nest, feed the queen, the corn swells inside the queen and she dies, the colony dies soon after
Well yes, that's true - but all of the ants eat some of the cornmeal as well. It will kill the workers and soldiers as well as the Queen. Killing the Queen is just the death knell of the colony.

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