Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Still Work Today

Are you a crummy bread slicer?

Take the knife in which you plan to cut the bread, and let it run over hot water for about 30 seconds. Wipe off the water and start slicing. This should make the slicing much faster and easier, even better for cutting thin slices of bread. Try it on cake or other baked goods.

Ink Stain on Your Shirt?

The original life hack was actually for ink stains on handkerchiefs, but if it works on handkerchiefs it should work on other fabrics as well. And back in the day, an ink spill was probably more serious than it was today. So here’s the trick. Pour milk into a bowl and dip the stained fabric in and let soak for about 20 minutes. Take the fabric out and you will still see a light amount of ink. Dip a sponge or towel in water and rub on the stained area until you can barely see it. It’s almost impossible getting ink stains out of clothes using any method but this works pretty darn good! Great alternative if you don’t want to use chemicals or need a quick solution.

Polishing a Boot with a Lemon?

Now this is a golden one, especially if you have old leather boots or shoes that need some polishing.

Get half a lemon and just rub all around the boot, then wipe the booth down with a wet cloth. That’s it. You’ll see it works pretty much instantly. If you want to take it up a notch, use actual polish after the lemon technique for those tough spots.

Natural Flower Power

This original trick was for sending flowers in the mail and keeping them persevered, but you can also use this hack to make them last longer. If you have a sack of potatoes lying around, what you want to do is punch holes into the potatoes and stick the stem of the flowers inside. You can stick more than one flower in a potato if you want as long as the potatoes are big enough. The potato will keep the flower fresh and watered and also serves as a flower stand.

No More Crooked Picture Frames

Are you frustrated when you go to hang a painting or frame on the wall and you can’t seem to get it level? Get a clear bottle of soda. Dark soda like Coke or Pepsi works best. Drink or empty out the bottle until the liquid is barely touching the bottom of the label on the bottle. Now when adjusting the painting or picture frame, place the bottle on the top of the frame and you should now get accurate leveling.


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