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"The family cloth" is a reusable alternative to toilet paper, made of rags, old t-shirts, sewn fabric, or purchased cloth wipes. They are mostly used for wiping pee, but some families use them for poop and periods. The practice (common until the modern era) is now mostly featured in eco-conscious and "frugal" housekeeping blogs andEtsy shops.

Yesterday BuzzFeed published a sympathetic explainer about the wipes. (At the end, readers are asked to respond with "Good for them, not for me!" or "I'd try it at some point.") Before it grows any more, let's make it clear: "Family cloth" is not a life hack.

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The hacks in this video are, for the most part, terrible. You know they’re terrible, everyone knows they’re terrible, probably the people who made them know they’re terrible. But they’re so popular that this 20-minute compilation, which collects previous videos from the same YouTube channel, got over three million views in four days. So go ahead, indulge yourself.

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There are good hacks, and there are bad hacks, and at this online publication, we like to give you the good ‘uns. A good hack should make one’s life easier, whether that’s through using a common object in a new way, streamlining a process, or solving a problem you didn’t know you had. I’m not sure this DIY extruder meats those criteria.

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Video: Rubber bands actually make pretty good rubbers, it turns out. They can also hold a pair of pliers shut, or keep a lid on a pot while you carry it around. But they make crappy bookmarks. In this video, The King of Random host Nate tests 10 popular rubber band hacks to see if they really work.

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Geek to live, we’ve always said at Lifehacker. Don’t live to geek. That means you shouldn’t let your “life hacking” get in the way of your actual life. And the DiWHY subreddit shows you why. These hacks should not exist. They’re more ugly, wasteful, useless or time-consuming than whatever normal product or method they replace. And they’re fun as hell to look at.