Home hacks are a great way to fix common issues that otherwise seem like a very expensive endeavor. There’s a multitude of things one can do to fix their own problems without constantly having to consume supplies and materials from a general store.
Luckily, some people would rather use their creativity rather than their wallet when solving these cases. These 37 home hacks proved to be a little odd at first, but regardless, they were more than effective in getting the job done.
1) Phone-y Fix
This granny encountered a problem we’ve all faced in modern society: her phone made contact with water. She used a container of white rice to act as a sponge to absorb as much moisture as possible. Since it proved to be a lifesaver, granny bought over 1 kilo of rice to make sure she has a backup the next time something like this should happen again.
2) Keyboard Wrapper
A young man decided to purchase a keyboard and decided to put an insurance policy on it. By that we mean he had to devise a way to protect it since he couldn’t find an appropriate plastic bag. The result was a combination of two Ziploc bags and was able to piece it together to encase his keyboard. Not bad for a little DIY project!
3) Book Keeper
Ever struggled reading paperback books when turning the page? One moment you’re on chapter 3 and the next you lose your grip and end up back in the prologue. With this nifty book holder you can hold your book in a way that you can continue reading without interruptions.
4) Spam All You Can
Now, this is a cool trick! Putting a “+spam” at the end of your email will revert all received messages from that sender directly to your spam folder. Since we live in a PC world, rejections no longer have to leave a sour taste on anyone’s mouth.
5) Sitting For A Minute
This man was very determined to take his breather. After laying down some groundwork, he popped open a beer and it was off to the races. Who knew a wheelbarrow would come in this handy?
6) Watch Your Back
Ever wanted to check over your shoulder in case your supervisor was lurking around the corner? A trusty spoon next to your monitor acts as a shiny mirror that reflects your background in your view. No more unexpected visitors trying to spook you when you least expect it!
7) You Can Look But Not Touch
This broken screen rendered the touch-screen feature useless. It wasn’t until this smarty pants thought of a way to hook up a USB bluetooth mouse to one end of a the cable and somehow managed to access his apps on his phone! Very impressive and very useful indeed.
8) As Long As I Have My Suit & Tie
Headshot pictures are an invaluable part of the application process. It could be the difference between getting rejected or getting hired. Luckily for this lad, he made sure to use all his resources to his advantage.
9) Cover Your Book When You Read
This book was duct-taped to death for the simple reason of remaining incognito during church sermons. The gramps who created this stated he would duct tape his books in order to look as if he was reading from the Bible. Don’t try this at home unless you want a good scolding from your pastor because you tried to cut corners!
10) Safe and Sound
No matter the project, make sure you keep count of your loose nuts and bolts. They can easily be lost in the midst of you shuffling things around if you have nowhere safe to put them. Keep a styrofoam block close so that way you can just plunge those itty bitty nails on it and prevent them from getting lost again.
11) Man Meets Measurement
Trying to measure something but don’t have a ruler around? You can place your thumb against a ruler and mark a quarter of an inch on your nail. This way, you can safely measure any object using your finger!
12) Bubble Bath Bonanza
After a long day at work, all you want to do is evaporate in a tub of hot, bubbly-rich water. This young lady didn’t have one in her bathroom, so she decided to make one using a plastic container. Yeap, you read that right! Even though she may not fit nicely, props for making it work and motivating others to follow suit after a long day at the office.
13) Marking Territory
Some animals use their bodily fluids to mark comfortable places for territorial reasons, while humans mark places to gain a sense of direction. Neither applied with this wholesome gesture of a complete stranger who laid out wooden sticks to indicate the location of car keys. The owner of the car misplaced her keys and luckily had a stranger leave a mark on the ground to indicate the key’s location. That’s what we call using your environment effectively!
14) Coffee Crave
Coffee is the average adult’s wake-up ritual. It satisfies and reinvigorates like no other and it certainly hits the spot when everything seems so slow and monotonous at times. The styrofoam cup is used to indicate when the coffee will be ready since it appears there’s no other way to indicate when it is. Gotta appreciate a little creativity to help people out when they most need it.
15) Organizing the Organizer
Drawers help us organize our miscellaneous junk in a very useful way. However, what if we forget which drawer we stored things in? This grandpa crafted a drawer with tool attachments to label each one for ease of usage.
16) Paint Stain
Sometimes old clothing shouldn’t be tossed away so easily. This grampa decided to pour some bleach into a cup and dip the end of a paintbrush into the bleach to help design this shirt. Not a bad look considering the mess it was in the first place.
17) Recycle, Reuse, Restore
Ever seen how clumsily dogs drink their water? They spill almost half of it by simply gulping it with such ferocity. This woman decided to build her own feeding bowl box where it would help use the spilled water as a way to help maintain her plants.
18) Cancellation Request Approved
Internet companies are treacherous when it comes to business. It’s no wonder that even cancelling with them makes for a sure-fired headache. If ever you need to pull the plug, just pull up the prison card like this fellow and you’ll be on your way to getting your request fulfilled.
19) Window Guru
This optical illusion isn’t really windows with natural light. Instead, they are built-in with LED lights to give the appearance of real windows. It’s a good way to liven up your living space and add some much-needed lighting in dark space.
20) For Crowing Out Loud!
Ever had birds just peck your garden to bits? That’s what happened to one woman who had crows demolish her garden. The solution was to paint rocks the color red so that the crows would peck them instead. It proved to be a fruitful (pun intended) act since the crows never came back after they were placed!
21) From Russia With Love
Russians have to endure cold winters in Siberia. It’s no wonder that they have many scriptures designed to make life a little easier in these conditions. This manual instructs you on how to carry a bucket with a wrench in order to maintain its contents without spilling.
22) Dropdown Laptop
Laptops are prone to malfunction after a given amount of time using them. When you don’t have any extra dollars to spare, you do like this guy did and build your own monitor prop to keep it going. A little ingenuity comes a long way in the tech world.
23) Mirror Mirror
No surprise here. You can use your smartphone’s front camera as a mirror whenever you need to see into hard-to-reach places. This guy needed to know which cables to unplug, so he decided to use his camera to his advantage.
24) Chip Training
This guy used his bag of chips to teach his dogs some cool new moves. It’s as easy as take out a bag and let the rest take care of itself! It looks like the pup’s eyes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
25) Anti-Scratch Hat
Speaking about going anywhere, this doggo won’t be going anywhere to scratch himself anytime soon. This is the impromptu way of making sure your pooch doesnt’ do anything with their skin that they’re not supposed to. Try it if you’re feeling comfortable with it!
26) Kitty Creation
Now for your cats, you’ll have to come up with something slimmer to protect them from scratching. This lady decided to use her cup coaster to make a hole so her cat could fit in snug. It’s not a bad idea considering it fits comfortably and her cat doesn’t seem to mind one bit.
27) Sprinkle Me This
Sprinklers can be a cumbersome and expensive venture for most. This dad decided he was too classy for that and so devised a way for the water in his gutter to reach his garden. The rocks act as a buffer to regulate the flow of water so that it doesn’t tarnish the plants.
28) Splinter Free Penny
We’ve all had those annoying wooden splinters pricked right in our fingers. If you can’t find the tweezers anywhere, you can always use a set of three coins (pennies and nickels work best with their flat edges) to help you with your prickly woes. Just wedge one in between and then clasp the two outer ones on one side.
29) Knot In My House
Untying hard knots is definitely a pain most people can recognize. It’s uncomfortable and requires a good deal of patience and diligence. If you have some bobby pins, tug them at the knot and slowly watch as it becomes undone!
30) Label Be Gone
Trying to repurpose your old plastic bottles? Try putting them in a container filled with soap and water, or you can freeze the bottles as well. If you leave them freezing for a few minutes, you’ll see that the moisture would have undone the adhesive and the label comes right off.
31) Hoodie Pal
Having your puppy around is quite the experience. Sometimes you want them to be everywhere with you and that’s okay! This hoody comes equipped with a puppy sack that is just right to fit your furball without having him/her feel any discomfort.
32) Brush Your Carpet Off
To avoid leaving any wheel marks on your carpet, you can set up a wooden plank or flat surface underneath your chair so that you can avoid leaving any marks on the rug. This will help you navigate with your chair in your room without any obstacles. It’s a little hard to set up, but totally worth it in the long run.
33) Filter Fun
This is a great way to keep out the creepy crawlers wanting to ruin your peace of mind. Just use an old stocking or a thin long sock that can be cut in the length of the drain. Slip the drain inside the tube and secure it in place. Voila!
34) Hold the Toilet Seat!
When nature calls, it’s a race to the finish line as fast as possible. Thankfully, this person knew how to help in this department by already setting up the toilet for the next person who needs to use it. However, this is a way to let them know that there is no more toilet paper and that they should definitely bring their own supply if they’re ready to use it.
35) Food Pulley
For those of you going three flights of stairs with groceries in hand, this one is for you. It’s an excellent gift for those who are elderly or not capable of carrying their bags through many difficult steps. Just be sure it is fastened tight as to not have it break on accident.
36) Ambidextrous Earbuds
If you have a tough time knowing which one is Left and which one is Right, then this hack is perfect for you! We’ve all had those earbuds where we couldn’t tell which ear they go in. Luckily with a little bit of color coding, one could easily identify which is the correct one for each ear.
37) No Escape
This little rascal of a pooch decides to escape to his neighbor’s house every day. To solve this issue, mom put a hotdog outfit on him so that he can get wedged in between the doors and prevent him from escaping again. One day this little doggo will learn of his bad behavior and hopefully, he’ll remember what it feels like to lick his own belly.