Top 9 Everyday Life Hacks That Take 10 Seconds Or Less

Sometimes, you can do something the fast way, or you can do it the right way. Other times, those two things are one and the same. Here are nine everyday tasks that you can do in 10 seconds or less.

9. Tie An Emergency Tie Knot

Ever get to the point where you're already five minutes late, but haven't even tied your tie yet? With this method, you can sort out your tie in five seconds flat, meaning you can get out the door faster. It'll take a bit of practice to learn — and you may have to adapt it to fit your preferred type of knot — but once you get it down, you'll feel like a well-dressed version of The Flash.

8. Cure Your Hiccups

You've probably heard a million hiccup cures over the years, but when our own Adam Dachis got hiccups that lasted over 36 hours, the one remedy he — and many others — found worked best was just a quick shot of apple cider vinegar. It only takes a few seconds and works surprisingly well.

7. Deseed a Pomegranate the Easy Way

I think the deliciousness of food is directly proportional to how much work it takes to eat. Case in point: pomegranates. They're delicious, but you have to work forever to get all those little seeds out into a bowl to eat it, right? Wrong! All you need is a wooden spoon and a little instruction. If you're of a plum fan, though, we've got tricks for that too.

6. Tie Your Shoes Faster With The Ian Knot

Tying your shoes isn't exactly a long, drawn-out process, but every second counts — especially when you're in a rush. The Ian Knot is a super-speedy way of tying your shoes and while it takes a few minutes to learn, it's pretty easy. Check out the video above to see it in action, and while you're at it, check out this method for untying double-knotted shoes with ease.

5. Open A Bottle Of Wine (Without Struggling With The Foil)

Most wine bottles come with a foil wrapper on top that, often, is a task to get off. Many of you wine experts may already know this, but for the rest: don't try to unwrap the foil. Just grab it, twist, and pull — you'll be enjoying your wine in no time.

4. Peel An Entire Head Of Garlic

Peeling garlic is messy and sometimes difficult, particularly if you have a lot of cloves. Why go one by one when you could stick them all in a bowl, shake it up, and be done in less than 10 seconds? It sounds crazy, but it works — check out the video above for proof.

3. De-Fog Your Mirror After A Shower

We've all been there: you take a nice, long, hot shower, get out, stand in front of the mirror to shave/brush/whatever and your mirror is fogged beyond belief. Intsead of trying to wipe all that moisture off, just give it a quick blast of hot air from a hair dryer. After a few seconds, you'll be able to use your mirror as it was originally intended.

2. Fold A T-Shirt in Two Moves

Everyone's always looking for a way to speed up laundry, the world's most boring chore, and nothing's better than the tried-and-true Japanese T-shirt folding technique. Check out the video above for more time-saving clothing tips while you're at it.

1. Do All Kinds of Mental Maths

When you were in school, you probably learned all sorts of quick maths tricks, like how to multiply numbers with your hands or square large numbers (if not, you should brush up on those methods now). But those aren't the only tricks you can do: there are a lot of quick solutions for real-world problems too, like converting standard time to military time, converting Fahrenheit to Celsius and even figuring out the day of the week that any date falls on. The complexity of the problem may make it a bit longer than a few simple seconds, but it's amazing what you can do with the right tricks up your sleeve.


    Another method to de-fog a shower mirror - run a bar of soap along the mirror in a Z-shape, then wipe it down with a hand towel.

    Re the tie: tire a Windsor or your favourite knot, then hold the knot and slide it away from the part around your neck, then take the whole tie off of your head. To put it back on- hold the knot- and pull the skinny party behind the main tie. Never tie a tie again.

    Re the hiccups: a shot of straight red cordial does the same thing- and tastes better- and is more likely to be in your household.

      haha really do people still drink cordial? Apple cider vinegar though i do have

      Except if you care at all for your ties you shouldn't keep them knotted when you're not wearing them.

    The big one that I always appreciate every single day is tying a knot in one of your earphone cables, so you know which is left or right instantly- bloody brilliant!

      This is the greatest idea I have ever read. How have I never thought of this? It's so simple, so perfect.

      Last edited 20/05/13 5:06 pm

    Yay!!! I have a knot named after me, I'm famous.......

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