6 Sanity-Saving Hacks

Pinch hitters for everyday tasks (like opening a stubborn bottle of nail polish or lighting a candle) and trickier maneuvers (like transporting a birthday cake). 

1

Rubber Band as Bottle Opener

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Photo by James Wojcik

You don't need Vin Diesel biceps to open stubborn tops, just an ordinary elastic. Wrap it around tight to get a stronger grip.


2

Spaghetti as Candle Lighter

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Photo by James Wojcik

Singed fingertips take the fun out of birthday cake. Use uncooked spaghetti to light multiple or hard-to-reach candles.


3

Can Opener as Clamshell Cutter

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Photo by James Wojcik

To crack the Fort Knox plastic cases of electronics and toys: Clamp the can opener on the top-right edge of the backside of the package, then cut around the perimeter.



4

Straw as Necklace Transport

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Photo by James Wojcik

For tangle-free jewelry during your travels, unclasp the chain, thread it through a straw, and fasten.


5

Toothpicks as Frosting Protector

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Photo by James Wojcik

Afraid plastic wrap will smudge the icing? Stick some toothpicks in the top of the cake to create a tentlike cover.


6

Bundt Pan as Corn Holder

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Photo by James Wojcik

Keep the cob steady in the center of a Bundt pan with one hand so you can slice easily with the other. The pan's high sides corral flying kernels.