Want to open a bottle of wine but do not have a corkscrew? Want to organise that messy drawer but don’t know where to start?
A tiny spark of ingenuity is often all that is needed to solve some of life’s problems.
These clever solutions – now called hacks – have become an Internet phenomenon, making their rounds on social media every day.
The term was coined in the early 2000s by a tech journalist, who put out a call for tips from tech geeks on managing copious amounts of information.
In the last few years, it has been used to describe nifty shortcuts for all aspects of daily life.
Yet, not all hacks are created equal.
Some are so elegant, you wonder why you did not come up with them yourself, while others might be more trouble than they are worth (some sites have compiled the most useless ones, just for laughs).
Which hacks are the real deal?
The Sunday Times spent weeks testing out hacks and coming up with this list of hacks, which covers areas such as entertainment, travel, style, food, home and parenting.
From using soda can tabs to increase wardrobe capacity to removing lipstick stains with hairspray, these are some of the neatest hacks around.
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