We all have random objects lying around our house that we use time and time again. Interestingly enough though, many household items actually have surprising hidden functions that can help you in certain situations.
There are a lot of household items that are versatile, have more than one purpose, and can even be used to create something new or as a DIY storage solution. After reading this list, you might be surprised to find out just how versatile many items can be, so jump in and see if they can help out with your household.
40. Unscrew A Broken Lightbulb With A Potato
You probably never thought of using a potato to unscrew a lightbulb. If you have a broken lightbulb, all you have to do is stick half of a potato onto it to cover the sharp, pointy parts of the broken bulb. Then, turn the potato gently, until the broken parts of the lightbulb come out. Toss the broken glass and potato into the garbage (via Trendy Matter).
39. Use Chinese Takeout Boxes As Disposable Plates
No more digging around in those tiny Chinese takeout boxes and leaving with greasy fingers! The containers unfold into a plate. Now, you can also avoid pouring food onto plates and having to deal with dirty dishes. All you have to do is fold the takeout box sides down and start munching on those greasy noodles (via Huffpost).
If you’ve ever been left with an unraveled aluminum foil roll, you’re not alone. To prevent this, all you have to do is grab your foil, look at the end, and push in the little perforated tabs so the roll stays inside the box (via Trendy Matter).
Filling a bucket to mop the floor is one of the most frustrating things we have to do to clean our house. One of the best household items to use to fill the bucket is a dustpan. You can use it as a spout to fill the bucket (via Trendy Matter).
Did you know that the lines on plastic cups are there for measuring drinks? Each line is a measurement for wine, beer, and liquor. That way, you know how much you need to pour so you don’t over-serve yourself and get too drunk (via Trendy Matter). It’s also a great way to prevent any future embarrassing nights from happening.
One of the reasons we might avoid cooking pasta is so we don’t have to clean up the water that spills over the pot. To prevent your pot from boiling over, use one of the most common household items you have, a wooden spoon. Lay the wooden spoon on top of the pot. It keeps the bubbles inside the pot and under control (via Trendy Matter).
Trying to remove the tops of strawberries is frustrating. It can take forever to take them off the top. A straw, one of the most ordinary household items lying around in our kitchen, can take off the tops of strawberries with one easy push. Just slide a straw through the berry starting from the bottom and the tops come right off (via Trendy Matter).
33. Keep Peanut Butter Even By Storing It Upside Down
When peanut butter and its oils get separated, it may deter us from eating it. To prevent this, store the peanut butter upside down. The oil will travel down towards the lid. Then it mixes nicely with the peanut butter and you have your silky smooth butter (via Trendy Matter).
Picking up a milk carton and smelling it is nasty. At least it’s better than drinking spoiled milk, and learning that it’s gone bad by tasting it. The inverted circle is there to show if the milk has expired. Milk expires when it’s left in the fridge for too long. Gasses build up on the inside, which causes the carton to expand. The inverted circle design allows the natural gas expansion to occur without having your carton explode. If the circle pops out, this indicates that your milk has gone bad (via Trendy Matter).
Trying to guess how much dry pasta is equal to one serving is like trying to cook pasta with your eyes closed. Luckily, one of the most familiar household items – the spaghetti spoon – is the solution to all our pasta portion problems. Use the hold in the center of the spaghetti spoon to guide your portioning decisions (via Trendy Matter).
Did you know that you have an oven drawer that keeps your food hot? You should see the words “warming drawer” as a button option, and if you have a gas oven with a narrow drawer, it would be a broiler drawer. However, keep in mind that if there is no button and the drawer is deep, then it’s only made for storage and don’t put food into it (via Trendy Matter).
If you’ve ever rented a car and couldn’t remember which side the gas tank was on, there’s a quick trick to fix that. On the gas gauge, there’s an arrow that shows the location of the gas tank. If the arrow is pointing to the right, that means that the gas tank is on the right (via Trendy Matter). This is one of the sneakiest household items on this list.
This is one of those household items you probably had no idea had an alternative purpose. Even though they’re cute, the pom-poms aren’t there for style. They’re there to protect the heads of the sailors, so they wouldn’t hit them on the ship’s low ceilings. Back then, many ships had low doorways, and the pom-poms prevented an accidental blow to the head (via Trendy Matter).
Kids seem to damage everything – furniture, walls, pillows. Luckily, you probably have a few household items lying around that can fix any holes punctured in the wall. Just take a white crayon and use it to fill the hole (via Trendy Matter) .
There’s nothing worse than opening your closet and finding your favorite jacket damaged by moths. Wooden hangers – one of the most common household items – are made of cedar, which is known for its ability to repel moths and other insects that could potentially damage your clothes (via Trendy Matter).
There’s a small hole inside the lock, which is there as a preventative measure against rust. This is especially helpful if your lock gets jammed, which could make things difficult if you’re trying to get into your house or a safe. If you pour WD-40 or oil in this small hole, it should help in case it is jammed (via Trendy Matter).
One of the most common household items, cooking spray, has more than one purpose for cooking. You can use it to grease up any squeaky hinges. It’s a great alternative in case you don’t have any WD-40 lying around. It’s more likely that you’ll have cooking spray (via Trendy Matter).
23. Reinforcement Stickers Are A Great Manicure Tool
Trying to give yourself a manicure is like trying to put lipstick on with your eyes closed. If you don’t have the precision or skills to give yourself a manicure, chances are, it usually comes out messy, with nail polish all over your skin. Luckily, you probably have some household items lying around that can help with that. Reinforcement stickers are great for helping you with your manicure. Just apply a hole-punched reinforcement sticker to the bottom portion of your nails. Then, paint the tops in whatever color you want (via Trendy Matter).
It’s more likely than not that we’re using bobby pins upside down. Usually, we put the flat side against our scalp. It works better if you place the bumpy side down (via Trendy Matter). This is one of those household items you probably thought you were using correctly all along.
Part of the reason we disliked studying as a kid was because our sticky notes were always curled at the bottoms. We’d probably sigh, throw them out, and then have to write a new note, only to have it happen all over again. Luckily, these household items don’t have to curl. All you have to do is peel them from the side to help the note lay flat against the surface. This stops the edges from curling upwards (via Trendy Matter).
Pill bottle caps don’t only have one purpose. The other side of the bottle can also be used to seal the bottle. It’s a two-for-one. This is one of those household items that hold a mind-blowing secret (via Trendy Matter).
19. Convenient Trick For Eating Fast Food In The Car
Getting fast food only to have it spill all over your lap and car stains your clothes and seat, and your car is left smelling like grease for several days or weeks afterward. If you find yourself eating in the car, there’s a way to prevent your food from spilling all over the place. Just slide your straw through the middle of the meal container, so your burgers, fries, and nuggets are supported by the lid of your drink. Your entire meal will fit inside your cup holder. The straw seems to be one of those household items that are quite versatile (via Trendy Matter).
Have you ever noticed that extra matching piece of fabric on your clothes? It actually has a purpose. It’s there so you can test cleaning products on the fabric, so you can make sure the cleaning product doesn’t ruin the material of your clothes before you wash it (via Trendy Matter).
That 57 number on ketchup bottles serves a purpose. It helps you get the ketchup out of the bottle. All you have to do is locate the “57”, angle the bottle towards your fries, tap the number with the heel of your hand, and watch tons of ketchup pour onto your fries (via Trendy Matter).
We’ve all fallen victim to messy mustard caps. Luckily, this is one of those household items that has a hidden function. If you take a look at the back of the cap, there’s a tab there to lock the open lid in place. Simply click the lid down to lock it (via Trendy Matter).
Placing a wet spoon on your counter can make more of a mess, especially if you’re constantly stirring a pot of pasta and then placing the spoon on the counter again. Luckily, you can use the hole in the handle of a pot as a spoon rest (via Trendy Matter).
14. Car Seat Headrests Come With A Safety Function
We can consider car headrests as household items since many people who have a home, also have a car. They serve more of a purpose than just helping your head rest. If you need to get out of your car as quickly as possible, headrests can be used to smash the windows of your car for a quick escape (via Trendy Matter).
There’s nothing worse than drinking from a bubbly soda can, only to have it spill all over you. Next time, use a straw through the hole. These household items are extremely versatile and can be used many different ways (via Trendy Matter).
If you’ve ever woken up your roommates from your midnight microwave snack binge, you’re not alone. However, these household times have a secret silencer feature that won’t wake anybody up. Each microwave is different, but if you hold down a single button on the microwave for a few seconds – we recommend trying the “1” button – it will activate “silent mode.” No more annoying beeping (via Trendy Matter).
Let’s say you’ve just arrived at a picnic, only to realize you forgot a spoon to eat your applesauce with. Pouring applesauce into your mouth is pretty pointless. It ends up dripping down the sides of your face and onto your shirt. Luckily, the lid of the applesauce has a hidden function. You can turn the lid into a makeshift spoon in order to eat your applesauce (via Diply).
Did you know that the F and J keys on your keyboard actually serve a purpose? Your fingers automatically reset to the F and J keys, so you know exactly where on the keyboard your fingers are (via Diply).
Have you ever tried to dip into your ketchup cup, only to find out your food doesn’t fit and you’re left with a dry nugget? You’re not alone. Fortunately, the ketchup cups have a hidden function that will blow your mind. If you unravel the ketchup cup, it opens up just a bit and becomes a perfect match (via Diply).
Those little pockets on your jeans have a hidden purpose. It’s actually called a watch pocket, originally intended as a safe place for men to store their pocket watches, dating back to Levi’s first-ever pair of jeans from 1879 (via RD).
The dishwasher is one of those household items that serves more than one purpose yet again. We’re used to washing our dishes in the dishwasher, but have you ever thought about washing your toys? You can actually wash and sanitize children’s toys, pet food bowls, office supplies, bathroom containers, and small trash cans in the dishwasher for a deep clean (via Trendy Matter).
We were all led to believe that the margins in our notebooks were there to help us with our writing, but we couldn’t be further away from the truth. They’re there to protect our work from rats. Earlier in history, rats were a common resident in many homes and one of their favorite snacks was your paper. By applying wide margins to paper, it helped safeguard against losing important work. It left blank spaces around the edges for the rats to chew through first. They were also there to protect the writing on the outer edges from general wear and tear (via Bored Panda).
The screwdriver is one of those household items on this list you might be surprised to see. Many screwdrivers can slide through a wrench and are used to create more torque, which is especially helpful at complicated heights and angles (via Bored Panda).
Use extra eyelets on your shoes to tighten them for hiking or running. If you loop your laces through them, then you tighten the shoe around your ankle. This helps prevent the shoe from moving around. You can increase the stability of the shoe and prevent your foot from moving around while climbing or hiking hills and trails (via Bored Panda).
Everyone has unconsciously chewed the caps of their pens. While it’s definitely a health hazard, the creators of the pen kept this in mind. The holes in the caps allow people to breathe in case they swallow the pen cap and start choking (via Bored Panda).
1. Double-Colored Eraser Works On Different Papers
Those different colored sides on erasers aren’t there as just a decoration. They’re actually used to erase marks made by different pencils on different types of paper. The pinkish-orange side is used for light grades of paper and soft pencil marks, while the blue side is meant for tougher paper and darker marks (via Bored Panda).