Everyday Items You've Been Using Wrong Your Entire Life

We need them everyday and yet we use the items wrong all the time! We'll tell you how to use them correctly – it'll make your life so much easier!

The hole in the handle of frying pans has a certain purpose.
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There are certain items we use everyday and don't even think about how we use them anymore. Many of them have a specific, built-in function that we had no idea about! So we use them in the wrong way, possibly making our lives a bit more complicated. But don't worry, we have the solutions for you!

#1 Saucepan Handle

Many pans have a hole in the handle and it's there for a certain reason. Where do you usually put the cooking spoon when you're not stirring? Some use a plate, others simply put it on the countertop. However, you can use the hole in the saucepan handle to balance the cooking spoon. Super easy, right?

Let's continue...

The quick-wash program isn't as useful as many people think.
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#2 The Quick-Wash Program 

It's easy to believe that using your washing machine's quick wash program will not only save you time, but also money. The faster the wash cycle, the shorter the run time and thus less energy consumption, right? Well, unfortunately, that's not how it works. If you want your washing machine to achieve the same effect as a longer wash cycle, where your laundry has more time to soak, the washing machine has to use more energy to achieve the same result in less time. 

What's next?

We've been wearing in-ear headphones wrong all this time.
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#3 In-Ear Headphones

You usually wear your in-ear headphones like the guy on the picture above, right? So did we, until we found out that you're actually supposed to wear these kinds of headphones upside down! Wrap the cable around your ear from the back and place the headphone inside your outer ear. by doing that, there's nothing dragging the cable down and your in-ear headphone won't fall out anymore. Peace at last!

What's the “hidden function” of spaghetti spoons?

Spaghetti spoons are more useful than you thought.
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#4 Spaghetti Spoon

If you're as obsessed with pasta as we are, you're surely using your spaghetti spoon several times a week. Have you ever noticed the hole inside spaghetti spoons? Most people think its purpose is to drain excess water from the pasta, but it actually has a completely different purpose. You can use it to measure one portion of pasta. Simply put as many uncooked spaghetti into the hole as will fit. We had no idea!

Let's move on to the next hack:

Most people incorrectly use soda cans.
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#5 Soda Can

The best way to drink an ice-cold soda is by slurping it through a straw. Most people simply put the straw inside the can, but there's actually a better way to do it (yep, once again!). You can use the soda can tab to stabilize the straw, since the straw is usually pushed up when placed in a can. Push the tab into the opening of the can and thread the straw through it. Drinks with carbonic acid won't push the drinking straw up anymore. Fun!

The next one is a real game changer:

What's the purpose of the drawer underneath the oven?
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#6 The Drawer Underneath the Oven

You use the drawer underneath the oven to store pans, dishtowels and other kitchen stuff? What a waste! The oven increases the temperature in said drawer, so you can use it to keep your freshly baked goods warm. So simple, so effective!

You probably use the next item regularly, but also regularly loose and search for it:

We've been using bobby pins wrong all this time.
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#7 Bobby Pins

Searching for bobby pins takes up a substantial amount of our time. Apart from that, we've been using the practical little helpers all wrong all this time! When you use bobby pins, the wavy side faces up, right? Well, you're supposed to do it the other way round! The straight side doesn't only look smoother, the wavy side provides a better grip and secures the bobby pin way better than the smooth side.