Today’s Internet spread life hacks on cleaning and DIY have existed more than a century.
At that time, the tricks and advice did not travel through social media, but people shared them through illustrations and drawings, placed as part of the packaging of everyday products, such as flour, milk, and matches.
One of the most famous series of life hacks is produced by the Gallaher cigarette brand in London, as part of their advertising campaign in 1910.
The Gallaher illustrated cards became a success phenomenon, and recently, the New York Public Library incorporated them into their collection, publishing a copy on the internet also.
Aren’t you curious to see how most of these tips are still useful today? Here we show you a few century-old life hacks, to check them firsthand.
Century-Old Life Hacks That Are Still Useful Today
Prevent Glasses From Fogging Up
The condensation that occurs on the glasses when changing environments with different temperatures is not only annoying, but can also cause an accident. To avoid this, rub them with soap and polish the glass with a cotton cloth. The coating on the glasses will prevent the condensation of moisture.
Fly-Free Trash Bins
Sprinkle a little bit of borax powder on trash bins daily, to prevent flies and mosquitoes from coming and proliferating in them.
Improve The Fit Of Loose Shoes
Fix a piece of velvet on the inner heel of the show, to get them to fit better. Be careful so that there are no wrinkles in the velvet.
Grab The Water Jugs Correctly So As Not To Hurt Yourself
When a jug of water or juice weighs a lot, do not grab it just by the handle. Support the top surface of the jug with your thumb, to avoid wrist damage.
Bandage A Foot Correctly
Rest the injured foot on the operator’s knee, and start bandaging in a spiral fashion, from the heel to the toes. First in one direction, and then in the other, braid the bandage. In the end, secure it with a pin above the ankle.
Elevate the injured joint, bandage it correctly, and support the foot in a comfortable place. Place a jug of cold water nearby and take a piece of cotton cloth. Put one end in the water and the other place it on the ankle. The cotton cloth will transfer the water and the temperature between both points, without you having to do anything.
Clean Oil Paintings With A Potato
To remove the dirt from an oil painting, gently rub its surface with a raw potato. Then, clean the foam with a cloth. Constantly remove the dirty part of the potato. It’s a delicate task that needs to be done little by little, but the result is incredible. In the end, finish the surface with linseed oil. The painting will be as good as new!
Cut Thin Slices Of New Bread
Immerse the knife in hot water, and then wipe it with a cotton cloth. Cut the bread quickly. The heat of the knife facilitates the cutting, and allows you to cut very thin slices, without breaking.
The Best Way To Collect Broken Glass
Use a spongy, damp cloth to pick up broken pieces of glass, without cutting yourself. It’s best to find an old rag, which you’ll be able to throw out with the pieces glass in the trash.
Remove A Tight Ring Easily
Soap your finger to remove the tight ring easily. If your joint has swollen a lot, visit a jeweler.
Remove Foreign Eye Particle
Drip a few drops of castor oil in the corner of your eye, to remove the foreign particle.
Increase Your Lung Capacity
Stand straight on the tips of your feet, with your head tilted to the back. Inhale deeply until your lungs are filled with air to the fullest. Then, exhale gradually, allowing your rib cage to contract first and then the lungs. Repeat this exercise several times in the morning and at night.
Check Lobster Freshness
If you suspect the freshness of the lobster you just bought, pull back its tail. If it’s released suddenly with a snap, it’s fresh. But, if it goes back slowly, then the lobster has been boiled and kept for several days.
Boil Broken Eggs
Add vinegar to the water to boil broken eggs, without the white being scattered in the pot.
Treat An Animal Bite
Use a cotton cloth to tightly tie the area between the bite and the rest of your body. Clean the wound thoroughly. If you suspect of madness, cut the surrounding flesh with a clean knife and cauterize it with a hot iron. Make sure to visit your doctor.
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