TikTokers Are Sharing Their Most Useful Life Hacks, and How Did We Not Know These?
Aside from endless hours of entertainment, TikTok is home to more than a couple life-changing hacks. Users of the social media platform have taken to the app to share their best fashion, cooking, beauty, and lifestyle tips that have made their day-to-days easier than ever. For example, did you know that your clean clothes might not be as clean as they seem? There's a hack for that. Or do you ever wonder why opening coffee creamer is a such a pain? Yep, there's a hack for that. And if you want to get the most gorgeous curls ever, there's a 10-second hack for that too.
Whether you're looking for tips in the kitchen, help for the home, or fast fashion fixes, these life hacks from TikTokers will give you all that and then some. Check out some of our favorites below, and prepare to say, more than once, "How did I not know this?!"
How to Cut an Avocado
Love avocados but hate the mess? This video shows you how to cut an avocado into perfectly even pieces. Instead of almost slicing your fingers off when you try to open the avocado, place it down on a hard surface, cut around the surface, then cut side to side. You can then peel apart the four chunks of the fruit with the pit still in the middle, making it easy to discard.
How to Disguise Your Apps
To disguise an app into a different app on your iPhone, follow this easy hack. Go to Shortcuts and hit "Create," select the app you want to hide, and add it to your home screen. Then you can change the name and image to whatever you want it to be.
How to Open Coffee Creamer
Ever wondered why opening a bottle of creamer is such a pain? Well, that's because there's an easier way to do it. This TikToker learned that the quickest and easiest way to pour creamer isn't actually by removing the seal itself but rather puncturing the seal with the groove inside the lid — we know, revolutionary!
All you have to do is flip open the bottle lid (as if you were going to pour the creamer), then, using the upper groove outline, press down into the sealed tab until it breaks. Clasp the lid shut, and screw it back on. Now you're ready to add your creamer without the hassle.
How to Get Bathrobe Curls
The latest game-changing hair hack is dubbed "bathrobe curls," and you'll see why. This new technique involves using the sash of a bathrobe to make heat-free curls overnight. To do so, start by placing a belt from a robe on the top of your head, letting it fall to each side. You then divide your hair into two sections and wrap it around the robe belt. Once you finish wrapping your hair, sleep on the curls-to-be.
How to Make Crispy Salmon
TikTok users have been sharing their tricks to make crispy salmon, and for that we thank them. The Feedfeed (@thefeedfeed), a cooking hack and recipe tutorial account, recently shared its method, and it's so simple!
All you need to do is heat olive oil in a pan, place your salmon down skin-side first, and let it sizzle for about three minutes. Then, flip it over for another two or three minutes. Once the center is pink, it's ready to be served, or you can leave it on for another minute for extra crispiness. And if you're curious about how you can add some extra flavor to your salmon, there are TikToks for that, too. With ingredients like herbs, lemon, lime, butter, and even brown sugar, there are so many ways to influence the taste of your dish.
How to Take Off Acrylic Nails
Take off acrylic nails with the help of argan oil, soap, and warm water. You'll just need to put the warm water and soap into the sink or a bowl, add a couple drops of argan oil, and let your nails soak. You'll notice that they'll begin to come off in just a matter of minutes.
How to Use a Bobby Pin to Apply Winged Eyeliner
Get a picture-perfect winged eyeliner look with the help of a bobby pin — no, really. Simply coat the open end of the bobby pin in liner pigment before using it as a stamp to outline a pointed wing shape. Sounds easy enough, right?
The bobby pin creates the perfect wing shape, but you still need to line it up with the outer corner of your eye. After you get the placement right, press down and you'll see that you're left with a hollowed-out wing shape. Extend the wing to your lash line, color it in, and repeat on side two.
How to Really Eat Cereal
Some TikTokers have very strong opinions on the right way to eat cereal: put it in the freezer. All you have to do is put a bowl of cereal (without milk) in the freezer, let it sit for a while, then add milk and eat it like normal when you're ready. It sounds a little weird at first, but it actually works wonders. Once you add the milk, your cereal remains cold, crisp, and crunchy — no more soggy Cheerios!
People on TikTok seem to be freezing their cereal for different periods of time. Some do it for about 30 minutes, while others keep their bowl in the freezer overnight. But the main takeaway is that everyone seems pleased with the results regardless of the time frame, so the next time you're craving a bowl of your favorite cereal, stick it in the freezer beforehand and experience the crunchy, cold magic for yourself.
How to Strain Pasta
Instead of straining pasta the way we've all been taught, follow this hack for an easier way to do it. You're going to want to put the strainer into the bowl with the pasta, and then flip both over. The water will come out, leaving you with a bowl full of water-free pasta.
How to Reheat Leftover Pizza
Have leftover pizza in the fridge that's been there overnight? We got you. To start, put a single slice of refrigerated pizza into a nonstick skillet or frying pan and place it over a burner turned to medium-high heat. Cover the pan with a lid, and allow the pizza to cook for two to three minutes, or until the lid becomes clouded with steam. Once your lid is steamed up, lift the lid and add just about a teaspoon of water to the pan. The small amount of steam generated by the water will allow the cheese to melt and the toppings to finish heating through without drying things out or leaving your crust soggy. Once that water has cooled off, you can take your pan off the heat and (carefully!) transfer your slice to a plate. Though your pizza will probably look delicious, it will also be very hot, so try to give your slice at least a few minutes to cool down before you dig in.
If you don't mind the taste of cold pizza, then you do you. But if you want your day-old slice to taste just as hot and delicious as it did when it first came out of the box, then give this handy hack a try.
How to Mix Foundation With Setting Powder
Makeup artist Sasha Durant of @sashainspires changes the beauty game with this foundation hack. She mixes her foundation with — yes, with — her setting powder to create the fullest-coverage finish you've ever seen. To achieve this same look, apply a few pumps of foundation to the back of your hand followed by some powder. Mix it together with a small foundation brush and blend it onto your skin. You'll get a full-coverage result that will stay on your face for hours to come.
How to Get Clean Cookie Edges
Melissa Johnson, who says she's worked in several bakeries, learned that the easiest way to get clean cookie edges is to dip the cookie cutter into flour before cutting every cookie. Not only does the flour keep the dough from sticking to the cookie cutter, but it makes for a clean cut with defined edges.
How to Close a Bread Bag
If you really want to keep your bread fresh, follow this tip. You're going to first get rid of the bread bag tag, and then twist the bag in circles. Fold the remainder of the bag inside the other half of the bread, and enjoy superfresh carbs the next time you crack into it.
How to Separate an Egg Yolk
Instead of trying to scoop an egg yolk out of an egg white with a spoon, all you need is a little garlic. Rub the garlic between your fingers, then grab the yolk. The yolk will separate from the whites, leaving you with yolk-free egg whites that you can use to make the perfect egg-white omelet.
How to Keep Cake Fresh
Leftover cake is always a great treat, but keeping it fresh can be tricky. Try placing a piece of bread against each open side of the cake to prevent it from going stale. Trust us, this hack is almost too sweet to believe.
How to Cut a Bell Pepper
Avoid the mess of seeds everywhere when you change up the way you cut a bell pepper. First, cut off the stem of the vegetable. Then, turn it upside down and create a slice down each groove of the pepper. Peel away the bell pepper slices, cut them at the bottom, and you're left with seed-free bites.
How to Use a Can Opener
Apparently there are two ways to use a can opener? And of course, we've been doing the more difficult way this whole time. If you want to open a can the right way, put the grooves around the edge, snap the handle, and start turning the knob. You're left with an open can and a lid that has no sharp edges. Yes, please.
How to Reorganize Your Spice Rack
Messy spice racks are a pain, but this hack from @acozykitchen will clear the clutter in no time. First, get rid of any old spices. Then, grab a labelmaker and glass jars. You can get these on Amazon or at The Container Store. You'll want to transfer the spices into the glass jars, then seal them. Once that's done, just apply a label to the jar, and your spice rack will feel brand new.
How to Clean Clothes
Have you seen the videos on "stripping" your laundry? If you haven't, it goes something like this: Fill your bathtub with water and then add some baking soda, laundry detergent, and borax. Stir it up, add some of your clean clothes, and let them soak for a bit. When you take your clothes out, the water left in the tub is a gnarly color that proves your washed clothes might actually not be all that clean.
Gross, but totally worth it.
How to Clean Your Oven
If you're looking for a nontoxic way to clean your oven, this TikTok user shares how to do just that. First, take the oven grates out and put them on the counter or in the sink. Then you're going to grab a small handheld vacuum and clean out the food residue from the bottom of the oven. Coat the oven in soap (preferably Dawn Powerwash) and a mixture of water and white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes and then use a brush, a scraper, and a Scrub Daddy. You'll notice that the residue quickly comes up and can be easily washed away.
How to Fix a Hair Coil
Hair coils are great when you need to pull your hair back, but not so great when they stretch out. To get a hair coil back to its original shape, simply place a hair dryer on high heat right above it, and it will shrink back. How handy!
How to Peel an Orange
If you've ever struggled with peeling an orange, this hack is for you. Simply slice off one end of the orange, cut four to six slices around the orange, then peel! Aside from being a timesaver, the best part about this hack is that the orange peels are reusable. Use the peels to garnish a cocktail or for a zest of flavor.
How to Clean Baking Trays
You can make your baking trays look brand new by following this quick tutorial that works if you have a self-cleaning oven. Just put the baking trays into the oven upside down and start the self-cleaning process. The oven will clean your pans the same way it cleans the rest of the appliance, meaning these will be sparkly clean.
How to Replace Paper Towels
Swedish dishcloths will save not only your kitchen, but also the planet. They're washable and reusable, and will clean up messes in no time at all.
How to Clean a Fan
We've all been there: you look up, notice how dirty your fan is, and proceed to ignore it. But guess what? It's time to clean your fans, and here's how. Take an old pillowcase and open it up so it encloses both sides of the fan's wing. Then pull. Dust and dirt will come off into the pillowcase as opposed to falling on the floor, or worse, on you.
How to Cure a Headache
If you're dealing with a tough headache, we suggest trying this trick. Arrange a towel so some of it is wrapped around the back of your neck with one end above your head and the other by your waist. Then hold the top of the towel with the hand on the opposite site of your body, and the bottom with your other hand. Turn your head slowly, and pull both ends of the towel.
How to Use Butter When It's Cold
If you're craving toast but haven't taken the butter out of the fridge yet, this hack was made for you. Grab a cheese grater, grate the butter, and your work here is done. It's almost too easy, right?
How to Turn a Purse Into a Backpack
Grab a purse, put it over your head, and put your hands through it. Then flip the purse back over your head, and you'll notice you have made two straps. Voila! Your crossbody is now a backpack!
How to Cut Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are small, meaning they're hard to cut. To make this process easier, simply place all the tomatoes you want to cut under a clear lid (think a Tupperware container) and place one hand on top. With the other hand, slice through the tomatoes.
How to Secure a Belt
If a bit of your belt doesn't fit into your belt loop, use this trick. You're going to put a hair tie behind the belt and pull one end of the tie through the other. Then, wrap the extra amount of hair tie around the extra amount of the belt. Done and done.