Whether you want to find out an easier way to open a jar that seems to have vacuum sealed itself shut, you want to learn how to cut fruit into artwork like you see at parties, or you’re looking for a way to make your laundry sparkle, a quick trip to YouTube will show you that there’s a lifehack for that. In fact, regardless of what your issue is there’s quite likely a quick and easy solution offered in a book or on the internet.
These sorts of tips have existed for ages. When I was a little girl I used to love reading the tips and tricks in the housekeeping books and magazines that my mom had around the house. And even those books and magazines were far from the inception of lifehacks. In fact, if I had to wager a guess, I’d imagine that folks have been coming up with clever and unique solutions to people’s everyday issues for as long as they’ve had them.
Last year, YouTube user Household Hacker put some of these hacks to the test. He found a bunch of lifehack advice from 1916 and decided to put it to the test. You can watch the video below:
As you can see, just about anyone can find use out of this list. For the handy folks, we have how to create a makeshift level, how to get long nails out of wood, and how to measure lengths without needing the help of a ruler. If domestic tips and tricks are more your thing, we have how to get a stain out of any shirt (I don’t know if there’s anyone who can’t use this one), how to polish a boot (handy for the holidays), and how to cool down a drink quickly (perfect for anyone who ends up running late more often than not). If none of the above strikes your fancy, don’t worry, there are plenty more.
Each one of the 101-year-old lifehacks has been tested by time and Household Hacker, and the results might actually shock you a little. Although a few of the hacks had to be slightly modified in order to remain relevant, each and every last one of them has stood the test of time and still holds up today.
That said, you can probably come up with a better method to remove a stain than milk. But hey, at least you now know that if you need to, you can, and that’s what really matters.
What’s your favorite lifehack? Let us know in the comments section below.