Question of the Week: Dumb Life Hacks

Okay this is a little different than previous questions of the week, but I had a genius moment a couple of days ago and I wanted to share. So then I thought I would collect some really dumb hacks together and share them with you 🙂

1. Rubber Band Sleeves!

So I have this really awesome army green sweater that I’m obsessed with, but it has huge sleeves that I am not a fan of. So I came up with a great plan of using regular old rubber bands to hold my sleeves together and then I could fold them and push them up to my normal sleeve place. Here’s a photo for proof.

2. Dryer sheets fixing static

You guys have probably done this before, but I have several sweaters that are get tons of static when I put them in the dryer. And I put them in the dryer to shrink them back up after wearing them, but that makes the static monster happen! To combat this, I use a new dryer sheet and run down the inside of the shirt while I’m wearing it. This also works for your hair if you’re having a crazy static hair day.

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3. Putting a glass of water in with cookies to make them soft

This is probably my favorite hack from college, mostly because I hate eating hard store bought cookies. If you have a hard cookie, put a half full glass of water in the microwave with several cookies and microwave for about 30 seconds. And bingo, you have warm, soft cookies.

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4. Avoid helmet head and fly aways at the same time!

Living in a super humid climate is murder on my hair sometimes, and I definitely fall victim to the frizzball crazy hair days. When this happens, you can use the dryer sheet trick, see #2, or you can spray your comb with a little hairspray and brush it through your hair to catch all the fly aways. This trick also works with dry shampoo!

5. Wash your face with coconut oil!

If you read my review for Two Faced Better than Sex waterproof mascara, THIS ONE, you will know that I had an ultimate panic trying to get that stuff off my face the first day wearing it. Which then led me to trying different ways to removing makeup in a gentle way. Coconut oil was the key! That stuff is amazing, I’m so tempted to buy a huge jug of it at Costco to use literally everywhere in my life.

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With this stuff, I normally take about a dime size chunk and melt it in my hands by rubbing them together. After it’s melty, I rub it all over my face, concentrating on my eyes and eyelashes by massaging the oil in. Once all of the makeup has been dissolved, I wash and kind of scrape my face with hot water and my fingernails to get the excess off and then wipe my face with a clean towel. This has the added benefit of leaving a little moisture on your face and can eliminate some face lotion use!

6. Use a hair straightener to iron hems of shirts or pants

I have been doing this a lot this summer because apparently I bought several shirts that need to be ironed, how dare I, and have no way to iron anything. So I pulled out my trusty straightener, heated it up, and straightened (see what I did there?) the hem of my shirt. Mostly I do this while wearing the shirt, because I’m always in a hurry when I’m doing it, but doing it on a hanger works too.

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7. Paint jewelry with clear nail polish to keep it from reacting to your skin

I have done this trick many many times in my life because I like to buy cheap jewelry and then where it forever, especially cutesy rings. After some green eczema made an appearance however, I freaked out. So, to combat the cheap copper jewelry crises, I paint the inside of whatever jewelry is touching my skin with several layers of clear nail polish. Works every time!

8. Combat deodorant marks

This happens to me all the time, and I finally learned how to fix it. If you notice a deodorant mark on any of your clothing, grab a little extra fabric from that same article of clothing and rub it on the mark. By some sort of magic/friction/good intentions, the mark will disappear!

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Alright, those were only a couple of my silly life hacks, I’m sure you’ve heard of most if not all of these, but I wanted to share! Let me know what your dumb/super genius life hacks are for everyday situations and let me know if you tried any of these yourself!

Question of the day, what is your favorite dumb life hack?

 

As always, find Dressing Optimistically everywhere on the internet by searching @dressingoptimistically, and Happy Life Hack Monday!!

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