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It’s amazing how much wisdom has been lost to the ages. There are so many simple life hacks that used to be common knowledge. In this video, Household Hacker tries out some life hack inserts that were printed over 100 years ago in 1916.
The first card reads…
How to Pull Out Long Nails: It is often rather difficult to pull out a long nail from wood into which it has been driven, for when drawn out a short distance, there is no purchase from which to pull it further. If, however, a small block of wood be placed under the pincers, the nail can be pulled right out without difficulty.
Don’t you just love the way they used to avoid dangling prepositions? Anyway, I already knew that one, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t. The next card reads…
How to Take Ink Stains Out of a Handkerchief: A fine linen handkerchief which has had the misfortunate to become stained with ink can be restored to its original spotlessness. When the accident occurs, the handkerchief should at once be plunged into milk. After soaking for some time it will be found that the ink stains have disappeared.
I can’t believe I never heard this tip before! It’s simple and effective. The next card has to do with cutting bread…
How to Cut New Bread into Thin Slices: The difficulty of cutting new bread into thin slices can be readily be overcome by the following expedient. Plunge the bread knife into hot water and when thoroughly hot wipe quickly. It will be found that the heated knife will cut soft, yielding new bread into the thinnest slices.
Of course, this trick was used before the modern bread knife was invented. But if you don’t have one, this is a great hack to know.
That’s just three of the life hacks, but in the video below there are five more. Watch it so you can see them all demonstrated.