10 Time-Saving Hacks For Your Household

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A pair of California men have earned a new cult following with their witty, punchy videos that teach consumers how to solve some of the most common household conundrums.

Under the names “traveller” and “Dylan”, the Household Hackers have only posted two YouTube videos with their tips, but already they’ve garnered millions of page views and tens of thousands of fans on Facebook and Twitter. 

“At Household Hacker our purpose is to influence the human mind to seek out things that may have a practical value to mankind and society in general,” they say. “You must challenge, test and innovate in every way you can think of.”

Stripped screws can be impossible to remove.

Stretch a rubber band over problem screw and you should be able to loosen it out with a power drill or screw driver.

Plastic packaging impossible to rip open?

Grab a can opener.

Spray paint is pretty tough to get off without harsh chemicals.

A quick olive oil scrub is a cheap and natural alternative.

Grimy windows and no window cleaner?

Grab a can of coke (sugar-free Diet or Coke Zero is preferable) and let its acidic properties eat away at the gunk.

There's a simple way to tell how much gas you've got left for the grill.

Poor a cup of cool water over the tank. Drag your finger along until you feel a cool spot.

Gunk and mould can clog up shower heads.

Fill a bag with vinegar and soak the shower head for 15 minutes. All that grime should loosen up.

Everyone has a pair of smelly shoes in the house.

Drop them in a seal-able plastic bag and leave them in the freezer over night to kill off odor-causing bacteria.

Nothing's more frustrating than a pen full of ink that won't write.

Forget the spit trick. Use a lighter to heat up the ink and make it flow again.

Sometimes it takes more than elbow grease to unseal a stubborn lid.

Stab it with a knife to release pressure. It'll pop right off.

Kitchen sponges have a short shelf life before that soggy dish smell earns it a trip to trash land.

To freshen it up, rinse it with water and put a dollop of dish soap on top. Then nuke it for two minutes in the microwave.

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