Introduction: 10 Life Hacks You Need to Know for a Better Summer!

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!


Comments

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RobertC2 made it!(author)2017-07-10

#5. Why waste fruit? Put water up to about a quarter of your container. stir in a squirt of dish washing liquid and a pinch or two of sugar. The sugar attracts them, the soap will get them wet and won't let go. They basically drown when they touch the water. Problem solved within the same time-frame, but without having to actively kill them yourself.

And if you had planned to 'catch' them and let them go, outside, you have much more serious problems than fruit flies! ;-)

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maint1 made it!(author)2017-07-08

Ever notice its subtle little distinctions, that make for a great idea? The "freeze 1/2 a plastic bottle of water, by laying it on its side" idea, is just BRILLIANT! This was one of those "DOH, (head slap) but of course" moments. Thanks for sharing da hacks.

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WildB made it!(author)2017-07-07

Cornmeal alone doesn't kill ants. In fact, most worker ants cannot eat solids at all - they take the solids back to the nest, feed it to the larvae (which do eat/digest solids) and the larval ants create a liquid - just like bees. The worker ants eat that liquid.
When ants chew plant matter, it is being harvested for the larvae, not because they are snacking.
Mixing the cornmeal with either borax & water to make a paste, or a liquid slow acting poison is best, because it can be carried to the whole nest that way instead of killing the worker immediately. You get the adults and larvae this way.

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IlanE1 made it!(author)2017-07-07

From the comments below I gather that the anti-ant cornmeal doesn't need to be freshly ground, huh?

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Lennerton made it!(author)2017-07-06

Why does the ground up popcorn work on getting rid of ants? Does it kill them? Or do they avoid it?

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BenjaminK79 made it!(author)2017-07-06

it depends on the habits, the habitat, and the type of ant (most times it's just a "generic black ant")

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BenjaminK79 made it!(author)2017-07-06

it depends on the habits, the habitat, and the type of ant (most times it's just a "generic black ant")

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Cheese+Queen made it!(author)2017-07-06

The theory is they will eat the cornmeal and it will expand inside them when they drink.

Trouble is, not all ants will eat cornmeal in the first place; some eat protein, some eat sweets, some eat leaves.

Better to get a little boric acid at the pharmacy and mix it with whatever you observe the ants eating.

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DenisS35 made it!(author)2017-07-06

They love corn but they can't digest it so they actually die of starvation. Sure is a cheap effective fix for ant colonies. http://lifehacker.com/kill-ants-safely-with-cornmeal-510414551

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jpkelley1120 made it!(author)2017-07-06

The ants eat the ground up popcorn/cornmeal and when they drink water it expands, killing them.

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stevefah made it!(author)2017-07-06

Cornmeal isn't poisonous to ants, but they can't digest it. They will eat it and it swells up inside them and kills them. Because they take some back to the nest, it kills the other ants too. Use graduated sizes for different sized ants. We got rid of carpenter ants with commercial corn meal, then put some in a coffee grinder to make small-sized cornmeal for little ants.

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The+big+JR made it!(author)2016-05-27

But who takes their shampoo with them to the beach??!!

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DanC66 made it!(author)2017-07-06

See, that's what makes it so crafty, somebody might have it in mind to steal your sunscreen, but NOBODY is going to steal your shampoo!

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Badboyloki made it!(author)2017-07-06

True, but if I was of the thief mind, I would look for the oddity.. Hmm, shampoo bottle on the beach, not normal, must be something in there. Suntan bottle on the beach, normal, why waste time... dirty diaper, not going to take the chance.

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AngieB34 made it!(author)2017-07-06

Maybe they are going to wash the sand out of their hair at one of the outside showers. Duh. They do have those in areas where the beaches have a pier.

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Kalle+Kl%C3%A6p made it!(author)2017-07-06

No one..

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Cheese+Queen made it!(author)2017-07-06

yeah, like THAT doesn't look weird.

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Badboyloki made it!(author)2017-07-06

Exactly what I was thinking, wouldn't a better bottle be a bottle of sunscreen?

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cparshley made it!(author)2017-07-06

Ah, but 5 guys is bigger, better fries, more enjoyable patties, you can get bacon in the shakes. Definitely my preference. In n out is still way better than any normal fast food chain.

I do know of the secret menu. Still would choose 5 guys, myself.

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cglahey made it!(author)2016-05-27

who uses straws for sodas?

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Marguerite+vDM made it!(author)2017-07-06

l do.....

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RobinT6 made it!(author)2017-07-06

plastic straws are the biggest source of plastic found in the ocean. They're light so they can get caught in the wind at a landfill and migrate to water sources. Many recyclers won't take them (for whatever reason). Do you really need to use a straw?

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AnnabellaMarie made it!(author)2016-06-10

Moms

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romulopericles made it!(author)2016-06-01

people who use lipstick

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cparshley made it!(author)2016-05-26

another great summer hack, go to 5 guys instead of in n out . . . ;-P

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

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JonS4 made it!(author)2017-07-06

Five Guys is just a more complex version of In-N-Out for people who want to waste money. Five Guys burgers are literally twice the price and not even quite as good as In-N-Out burgers. ;-P

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mtbike2+ made it!(author)2017-07-06

five guys is only more complex when you don't know about the in and out secret menu. Then it's super complex at in and out and even cooler

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Monty124 made it!(author)2017-07-06

use a two part half &a half cast, remove insert and add a couple of fill holes on the top, works almost every time.

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archerj made it!(author)2016-05-28

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!

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Badboyloki made it!(author)2017-07-06

You can do the mango trick with a sharp knife, it works better, just know your depth.

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lfoss made it!(author)2017-07-06

I can't wait to start hacking up these hacks! Hacking life (for Summer) has never looked so exciting! I'll let everybody know how my hacking goes after I've hacked these hacks for a while. Happy hacking!!

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GingerSnapsAM made it!(author)2016-06-06

Now I'm ready for summer!

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romulopericles made it!(author)2016-06-01

How to build a Covert Container for an iPhone 6 or eihter other brands of smartphones?

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phoe made it!(author)2013-07-28

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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SooUu made it!(author)2016-05-30

?

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jordan.newman made it!(author)2016-05-26

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.

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napje made it!(author)2016-05-16

you could put the tupperware container in th freezer ,then tip em' into the bin when they're frozen. rinse and repeat!

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mrguy19187 made it!(author)2013-07-29

I find this to be a better solution, it is what I use for them. https://www.instructables.com/id/Fruit-FlyGnat-Catcher/
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.

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ShonJ1 made it!(author)2016-05-27

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.

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HarveyDanger made it!(author)2016-05-27

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.

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GuppehsWorld made it!(author)2016-05-27

This is just getting me hyped for summer! Nice job!

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bclamore made it!(author)2013-07-26

Please consider no straw as your first choice. In 20 minutes, it's just more plastic in the trash.

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KathleenY1 made it!(author)2016-05-26

Or use,a paper or glass straw

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jordan.newman made it!(author)2016-05-26

Or just wash the straw.

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Treknology made it!(author)2013-07-26

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.

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fuzzynurse made it!(author)2013-07-28

Cover your drink. Bee problem solved.

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wynirvine made it!(author)2016-05-26

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.

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Barry+Algrim made it!(author)2016-05-26

Did you not notice that he left the bottles open when he put them into the freezer?

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wynirvine made it!(author)2016-05-26

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!!

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mmmelroy made it!(author)2016-05-26

mmm, life hacks