Household Items That Some People May Be Using Completely Wrong

Did you know that there are many common household items that you've been using incorrectly this whole time? When repurposed the right way, these items can solve many pesky little issues. Here are fifteen everyday items that are probably somewhere around your house that you can use in a much more efficient way, with a cool hidden purpose!

On The Measuring Tape

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Image credits: Youtube

The black diamonds that are printed on almost all standard measuring tape are called "Stud Finders." Its purpose is to show you the exact center between two studs on your wall. You can find the first mark is at 19.2", and then it repeats at 38.4", 57.6", 76.8" and 96" inches. To make it simpler, if you are sure that your home was built using standard 16" stud spacing, you can use these brands to find out exactly where the studs are. There is no need to buy an electronic stud finder!

Long Neck Bottles

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Image Credits: Pexels

It is not by accident that adult beverages often come in bottles with long necks. First of all, its shape makes it more comfortable to hold for long periods of time. In addition, the long necks help distribute the heat throughout the entire bottle when you're holding it with your warm hand. Ultimately, long necks help beverages stay cooler for longer.

Using Electrical Outlets & Walls As HDTV Antennas

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Image Credits: Youtube/ ben8jam

Today, the average American household spends around $200 a month for TV, internet, and telephone, so there are new technology disruptors making devices using old-fashioned TV antennas and an electrical outlet. These "HDTV antennas" stream HDTV from stations like ABC, NBC, FOX, PBS, TheCW, BET, and many more. As you can now pay around $10 a month for a Netflix subscription, it seems insane to pay $200 a month for HDTV channels. 

Loop In Back Of Shirt

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Image Credits: Steemit

First of all, it's important to mention that this trick doesn't apply to garden-variety shirts. We are positive that you own at least one nice, collared shirt that has this mysterious loop at the back, in the middle. We can thank the Navy for this loop. While they were out at sea, men in the Navy would have loops on their shirt so that they could hang them on hooks. In the 60s, the loops were also used by college students to hang their shirts and keep them wrinkle-free while exercising at the gym. Today, these hooks are put on shirts as a sign of class and quality.

Golf Ball Dimples

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Image Credits: Pexels

Technically, golf balls aren't round, so they're not really balls. If you've ever held one in your hand, you will have noticed that the outside of the ball is full of little dimples. They weren't always like this, but with experience, savvy golfers realized that older balls with bumps and nicks would go further than smooth ones. 

Arrow On Gas Gauge

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Image Credits: Pinterest

In all cars manufactured after 2010, there is an arrow next to the gas on Most of us don't need a reminder, because we fill our cars up with gas regularly, so it has become a routine. However, this trick will come in handy if you are driving a rental car and pull up to a gas station. You don't want to look foolish by going to the wrong side.

Apple Power Cord

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Image Credits: Mac-fusion

If you have a MacBook, you might have noticed that there are wings on the power cord that you can pull up. These are not just there at random; they have a purpose. They are there because if you flip them it makes it easier to wrap the cord around the power block so it doesn't get in the way. You don't have to use it, but some people like to.

Blue Part Of Eraser

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Image Credits: Pexels

Why on earth would an eraser need to be two different colors? As a kid, you might have heard the rumor that the blue part was there to erase ink. Well, that is not exactly true, as on thicker types of paper than common notebook paper. The paper artists use are more sensitive to friction, so they need a different eraser.

Square Patch On Backpacks

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Image Credits: Credit: Herschel Supply Co.

Do you think the square patches at the back of your backpack look cool? Well, they do, but they also have a purpose. The pig snout, as it is called, is there so that you can carry extra gear on your backpack, such as cords and strings that you can pull through the tab. Pretty neat, right?

Ice Cream Scoops

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Image Credits: Williams-sonoma

I am embarrassed to admit that I've worked in an ice cream stand for many years, but I had no idea why they all had different colors! Well, each color is actually a different size of scoop, as they come in many different sizes, depending on whether it goes in a cup or how many scoops are needed to fill a 32-ounce container. 

Brass Doorknobs

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Image Credits: Peakpx

You probably never paid too much attention to a door handle, but if you have, you may have noticed that they're all made of brass. This is not by accident, as surfaces made of brass are more resistant to bacteria so that doorknobs stay germ-free. This is important as people pick up germs from all sorts of places and hold the doorknob, which is then going to be held by other people.

Keyboard Bumps

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Image Credits: Fredex

Look at any keyboard, and you will realize that the F and J keys have two little bumps on them. Have you ever wondered why they were there? Well, this is so that users can find their way on the keyboard without looking at the keys. You can then keep your eyes on the screen and type more comfortably, especially with some experience.

Flat Takeout Boxes

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Image Credits: Twitter/Eric Alper

When we order Chinese food, most of us bring it home and dump it onto our own plates, or simply eat it straight out of the carton. However, this is all wrong. Chinese takeout boxes are actually designed to be their own plates! While the food is still in the container, carefully pull the sides apart and set it flat on the table. It's so much simpler this way!

Zigzag Side Of Bobby Pin

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Image Credits: Bhg

Even if you've never used a bobby pin in your life, you've probably still noticed that one side is straight, and the other is a little wavy. Well, the side helps to keep the pin in place all day by helping catch a big clump of hair, while the zigzag pattern is facing toward the scalp, so you can't see it.

Lines Of Red Solo Cup

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Image Credits: Red Solo Cup

You were probably too busy having fun to notice a series of horizontal lines on these cups. Well, they have a purpose; they're there to tell us how much alcohol to put in the cup. At the bottom, the first line measures one ounce, which is one shot of hard liquor. The next line is five ounces, a perfect amount for a glass alone, while the last line denotes 12 ounces, which is the size of one beer.

Tab On Rearview Mirror

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Hopefully, we all look at our rearview mirrors when we drive, but you may have done so for years without realizing that there was a tab at the bottom of the mirror. Well, it is there so you can change the position of the mirror to avoid being blinded by the headlights of the car behind you.

Discs Under Bottle Caps 

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/ProjectManhattan

One day in your life, you've probably looked under the cap on a soda bottle and noticed a little plastic disc. At first, it seems unnecessary, but the disc is actually there to help with carbonation. Don't ask us to get all scientific, but in basic terms, the discs trap carbon dioxide so that the soda doesn't lose its gas. 

Pom-Poms On Winter Hats

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Image Credits: Etsy

For people who live in cold places, winter hats are crucial. But have you ever stopped to wonder why so many of them have a fluffy ball on top? This fashion can back to Scandinavia, and to gather the seams in a time where knitting was uncommon. Over the past several hundred years, many types of headgear have had this pom-pom on top, and it is still trendy today.

Charcoal As An Air Purifier & Odor Remover

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Image Credits: 9to5toys

We are not talking about those heavy bags of charcoal that you use for BBQs. Activated bamboo charcoal, which can be found in any home goods store, can be used to remove odors and purify the air. Unlike Febreeze, baking soda, or chemical sprays, bamboo charcoal can purify the air, remove bacteria, and a lot of allergens. You can get a BreathGreen Charcoal bag for only $10. The best part of it is that every month, you can simply leave it in the sun to recharge, with the bag "reactivating" itself.

Margins On Lined Paper

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Image Credits: Needpix.co

Have you ever wondered why notebook paper had margins? Well, many years ago, when rats would often go into people's homes, they would chew on paper. With margins on it, a rat could eat the edges of the work. Obviously, this feature anymore, but they still help protect what's written from general wear and tear.

Extra Fabric With Clothing

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Image Credits: Scoopwhoop

You're probably familiar with the tiny bag with an extra patch of fabric that comes with some clothes. Most people think it's there in case the shirt or pants rip, to sew up the hole with the fabric. However, that's not why it's there. The extra fabric is there so you can test out washing the material a certain way, to see if the colors will bleed or if the material will shrink. ?

Paper Condiment Cups

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Image Credits: Reddit

Why do we have to fill around twelve of these tiny paper condiment cups every time we order fries? They're so tiny that if we order chicken fingers, we can't even dip them in our sauce! Well, we have been using them wrong all along. These tiny cups can easily be unfolded so they look like a little plate, just like in the photo above.

Holes In Airplane Windows

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Image Credits: Flickr/Chris Waits

Have you ever freaked out on the plane after noticing a tiny hole in the window? Yes, it is a little odd at first, but that hole, called a breather hole, is there so that when an airplane climbs and the air pressure outside drops, the cabin stays at a safe and comfortable level. That little hole allows the plane to deal with the pressure difference.

Cylinder Toward End Of Cable Cord

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

We've all used some kind of cable or power cord before, and you might have noticed a big cylinder-shaped lump at chokes or ferrite cores, and they' prevent any electromagnetic interference. One such interference, for example, is the kind you get when your cell phone gets too close to a speaker and you can hear a weird noise in your call.

Soda Can Tab

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

If you've ever opened a can of soda, which you probably have unless you live in a cave, you may have noticed the tab at the top of the can. It might have annoyed you one day, as it sometimes detaches and falls into the can with the rest of the liquid. Actually, the tab is there to be flipped over and used as a holder for your straw, just like in the image above.

Three Handles On Jerry Can

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Image Credits: Needpix

You've probably seen a Jerry can before, especially if you traveling and camping. If you have, you may have wondered why there are three handles at the top. Well, these are there so that the fuel evenly while carrying the can, especially if it is being carried by two people. With two people, they should each grab both outside handles.

Wooden Coat Hangers

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Image Credits: Pikrero

Yes, we agree that wooden coat hangers are fancy and classy, but that is not why wood to help repel moths and other insects that may want to damage clothing. Heavy clothing, in particular, is prone to this, and the cedar wood has a pleasing smell that moths and other bugs.

Vegetable Peelers

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Image credits: Cutco

Not everyone uses their vegetable peeler to its full extent! You can use it for way more than just peeling the skin off your carrots and potatoes. For example, you can use it onions! Not only is it faster, but it also helps to prevent those onion tears.

The Hole in the Spaghetti Spoon

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Image credits: Pinterest

When you think of a spaghetti spoon, you might wonder why it’s such a strange shape. Well, the middle of the spoon is actually designed that way to help you figure out how to portion spaghetti for dinner. The more you know, huh?

Black Grating In Microwave 

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Image Credits: Severin-international

Be honest - when have you ever at your microwave? Well, if you have, you've probably noticed the black grating on the microwave door. Faraday shield, and it's there to prevent electromagnetic fields from harming us while we are waiting for our food to heat. 

Vacuum Cleaner Attachments

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Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Do you know all of those things that come with your vacuum? You know, the ones you throw into the back of the cleaning closet, never to see the light of day again? Well, it’s time to get them out and start cleaning! Those things can save you a lot of time because they’re for particular spaces.

Keyboard Feet For Better Visibility

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Image Credits: Neogaf

You know those little hinges underneath your keyboard? Most people believe that those are there to raise your keyboard and make it easier for your wrists, but actually, the angle for user visibility. At that angle, you can see the keys better, allowing you to type faster and more accurately!

Loading Your Blender

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Image credits: Camille Renk Camille's Kitchen

If you want your smoothie to be the best of the best, you must add items correctly to your blender. Yes, there is a better way than just dumping the items in there randomly! You want to start with liquids like milk, juice, or oil, and only add the solid components last. The movement created by the swirling liquids will push the solid items down, avoiding the blades tunneling through the solids.

The Art Of Loading A Dishwasher

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Image Credits: Youtube

There's a great chance that you've been loading your dishwasher the wrong way all along. The right way to do it is to place the dirtiest dishes, like heavily soiled plates, pots, and pans in the middle of the bottom rack. Also, make sure not to block the detergent dispenser with a large item as this could keep the soap from being distributed evenly.

Clean Your Sponges!

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Image Credits: Needpix

If you're not sanitizing your sponges on the regular, you are probably wiping your dishes with bacteria and thinking you're cleaning them. Nobody wants to clean anything with a dirty sponge! To properly sanitize it, immerse it in boiling water for five minutes. Another trick is to soak the sponge in water and leave it in the microwave for sixty seconds.

Using a Slow Cooker

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Slow cookers function by trapping heat and using it to cook food evenly over a long So, you don't want to lift your cooker's lid every few minutes to check on your progress! Doing so causes the heat to get out, and it will take longer to cook your meal. There is no point in checking it every couple of minutes!

The Correct Way To Shampoo Your Hair

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Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

, but you lather it up completely! You want to start at the very top of your head and focus on the scalp, as this is where the oils linger. Unless it is grimy, you shampoo the entire length of your hair.

Staple Remover To Remove Keys From Your Key-Ring

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Image Credits: Youtube

You know that feeling when you have a key in your key-ring, but it seems impossible to remove it? Many of us will use a pen or even our teeth, but we highly advise against that as it can be dangerous. Instead, grab a staple remover and wedge its teeth in between the metal coils, creating more space by pressing down. Voila!

How Much Toothpaste To Use 

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Image Credits: Pexels

We are all familiar with toothpaste ads, where they show a long curl of toothpaste running along the entire toothbrush. don't need that much, and companies advertise it that way so you use more toothpaste and buy a new tube more frequently. To clean your teeth,  a pea-sized amount of toothpaste will do the trick.

We bet that there were a few items on this list that caught you by surprise. We felt stupid when we realized that we've been doing some things wrong, drinking sodas with a can without using the little tab. It is so obvious, yet we often do things the way we are used to doing them, without thinking whether it's the best option. .

Source: Good Housekeeping, Boredom Therapy  Insider

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