Readers offer their best tips for dispensing trash bags, storing earbuds, and banishing squeaky hinges.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.
Turn Your Box of Trash Bags Into a Dispenser
This trick works with a lot of brands. Cut a slit in the side of the box so you can pull trash bags out from the center of the roll. It works just like a tube of cleaning wipes, letting you cleanly pull one bag out at a time.
Store Your Earbuds Tangle-Free with Baby Socks
Michael shares a fun way to store different sets of earbuds:
If you’re like me, you have several sets of earbuds; you may have one set for regular use, one set for sport, one for the beach, another for HD sound. However many you have, and however you carry them, you’ve probably spent many hours of your life untangling their cords.
There are all sorts of ingenious devices available to keep them neat, but none come close to the cost, comfort, or cuteness factor of my preferred device.
You can buy baby socks for next to nothing. You get them in all colours and designs. They’re comfortable in your pocket, easily spotted when rummaging in your bag, efficient at keeping your chords untangled, and best of all – never fail to raise a smile when you unravel your buds.
Keep Your Doors Squeak Free with Vaseline
Monroe shares a better way to lubricate those squeaky door hinges:
Instead of using WD-40 (which isn’t actually a lubricant) on your door hinges, turn to another household staple: Vaseline. It leaves no greasy mess on door and won’t drip on your floors. A quick smear will often do the job, but you can also remove the hinge pins one at a time, clean them off, wipe on some Vaseline, and replace for an even more effective solution. Old carpenters can be life hackers too. 🙂
Photo by Zadok the Priest.
Build a Quick iPad Mini Stand With Two Gift Cards
Hey guys, here’s my 1-minute iPad mini DIY stand. All you need are two gift cards (or old debit/credit cards) and some tape. Adjust the top bend for a bit more height if you like. And if you want even more height, just prop it up against something heavy like a stapler.