The do-it-yourself movement has become all the rage over the decades. With online tutorials for almost anything, we can all teach ourselves how to make furniture, reuse old bottles in new ways, and anything else you can think of. For one man, he found a special DIY book from the 1950s that detailed 1001 How-To Ideas. What happened next would show the world how relevant or irrelevant some of these hacks are. Keep scrolling to see how he showed the world just how ahead of the time, some of these 1950s hacks were. We bet you might just end up using a few of these yourself.
The Household Hacker
A lot of people have online channels now, where they show how to do hair, apply makeup, review online shopping sites, and for this person, try out household hacks. Known as the Household Hacker, this YouTuber decided to do some digging to find some unique hacks.
They knew that they would have to scour some different stores, garage sales, and any other places that might have old books to find some truly unique hacks that had not shown up on online yet.
A Little Bit Creepy
The Household Hacker began detailing their journey to find a classic tome of household hacks. They had access to their grandparents’ attics and basements, which were basically treasure troves of forgotten books. As they opened up boxes and looked at bookshelves, they finally landed on the book they were looking for. It is called 1,001 How-to Ideas. For this YouTuber, they knew they had just unearthed gold.
This book held all of the hacks they would ever need for the next three years of their YouTube show. Now, all they needed to do is choose a couple and get started.
If you have ever watched a spy drama, then you probably know how important it is to be able to open and close an envelope. Messages are often contained in these, and any good spy knows how to open and close one effectively.
To do this, you need the envelope, a damp cloth, and an iron. Place the envelope face down on the damp cloth, and slowly iron over the sealed part. The adhesive will release, and you will be able to lift up the lid. Now, all you need to do is read the message, and reseal the envelope before anyone is the wiser.
The Envelope Hack
According to the book, this envelope hack is actually not for spying purposes. It has been designed to help people to add something to an envelope that they have forgotten to. Essentially, some letter writers would forget to add a piece of paper or perhaps a photograph to their envelope after they had sealed them.
Being able to unseal an envelope saves both money and the environment. You don’t need to use a new one, and you can save some trees in the process. Now, that seems like a win-win situation for us. Save the trees, and always make sure you have your iron ready to use.
Never Lose A Tack
Tacks are something that we all need to use on occasion. They push into cork boards and keep important pieces of paper in place. However, if a tack falls on the ground, it can be quite dangerous. A person can not see the tack and find themselves stepping on one. Nobody wants to have to go to the emergency room.
That is why this particular hack is so handy. All you need is a potato. This is the kind of hack you will want to use if you have a large number of tacks that you don’t want falling on the floor.
Grab A Potato
To safely create this hack, you will need to cut a potato in half. Then, you can push the tacks into the side of the potato that has skin. The flat side of the potato is what will be placed on a smooth surface.
The tacks will stay in place, and you can easily carry the potato around your home as you perform some other DIY tasks. The only thing we would suggest is that you make sure the raw potato doesn’t stain any surfaces.
The Bacon Roll
The smell of sizzling bacon in the morning is enough to get even the most tired of people out of bed. The only problem is that sometimes getting the bacon going can be a bit messy. Bacon always comes in a package, and each slice is placed on top of the other.
Pulling the pieces apart can find the bacon breaking apart and getting gross bacon juice all over the place. To avoid this, there is an easy hack.
Roll It Up
When you first take the bacon pack out of the fridge, you will notice it is quite cold. If you proceed to roll the package up like a newspaper, the individual pieces of bacon will separate from each other.
Then, when it comes time to cut the package open, all you will need to do is pull the individual pieces of bacon out. This eliminates the mess of pulling the pieces out and having them break apart in the package.
A Trusty Can Opener
If you thought a can opener could only be used to open cans, then you should have a look at this hack. It has a lot more uses than simply cracking open a can of peaches. You can adapt the end of the opener to remove two very important items: a tack, and a staple.
Sometimes you don’t have a tack or a staple remover on hand, which is where this handy tool comes in. The sharpened edge on the top can easily lift a staple or a tack.
Making The Tool
The can opener does need to be adapted for this hack, though. The pointy end is not ideal for lifting a tack out. That means you will need a file to create a small notch on the top of the opener.
Once you have done this, you can begin using it to get rid of any pesky tacks or staples that get in your way. This is a great multitool to bring with you to any business meetings, or even camping if you find yourself in need of a classic can opener.
A Pointed Flashlight
Sometimes you need to fix things in the dark. That means you need both of your hands-frees. If you have to juggle tools and a flashlight, you could end up injuring yourself. This is where the pointed flashlight trick comes in.
All you need is a funnel, a thick rubber band, and a flashlight to get this one started. Once you have all of the pieces needed, you can begin to put together this hack that will hold the flashlight in place.
The Finished Product
Place the flat funnel side down, and then wrap the strong elastic band around the funnel part and the handle of the flashlight. Once the flashlight is securely attached to the funnel, you can adjust the flashlight until it points in the direction that you want.
Now, when you need to get in some dark and hard to reach places to prepare leaks or other issues, all you need to do is place your flashlight holder strategically.
A Secret Spot
We all have some important documents that we don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. These can be financial records, passports, wills, and anything else that you deem to be important to you.
There are certain places in your home that can be used to hide these documents. This hack details how to create a special hidden area for any documents. All you need is an envelope and a thumbtack to create this special hiding area.
The Perfect Drawer
The back of a drawer is the perfect area in which to hide an envelope. This can be a drawer in any part of the house, but ones that are close to you tend to be the best. The drawer in a bedside table is perfect.
Pull the drawer out, and tack the envelope which contains your important documents to the back of it. Once they are tacked on, all you need to do is slide the drawer back into its normal spot, and only you will know where the documents are.
Transferring liquids between containers can be a pretty messy job. They tend to spill over the edges of the container, and if these liquids are corrosive, they can do some serious damage both to your skin and any surfaces they touch.
There is an easy hack for this as well, though. All you need is a funnel and some steel wool. These two items will make the transferring of liquids extremely easy, and here is how.
The Steel Wool
The reason that steel wool is needed for this hack is that it acts as a splash guard. The steel wool must be placed inside the funnel, and the funnel needs to be placed in the bottle that you will be pouring the liquid into.
As soon as the liquid cleaner being transferred hits the steel wool, the wool keeps it from splashing and swirling around in the funnel. That way, the liquid simply enters the bottle, and there is no worry of corrosive splashes.
Keep The Door Open
Some doors have a tendency to swing open and shut. This can be quite annoying if it is a door that needs to stay open. Once more, there is an easy hack that will keep any door from swinging shut when it’s not supposed to.
For this hack, all it requires is a bit of sturdy wire, in a crucial area of the door. The door will never swing closed ever again if you follow these simple steps. You will need to make sure that the wire is strategically placed, though.
The Door Jamb
The coil of wire will need to be unfurled. Then, look for the hinge on the door that is right at the top of the door. You will need to coil the wire around the middle of the hinge. This will make it act like a spring that holds the door open.
If you want to close the door, you will need to pull it shut. The coil is designed to hold the door open until it is time to close it. Just ensure that the coil is springing the door open, rather than holding it shut.
Paint Brush Cleaner
Whether you are an artist, or simply painting your house, it will be inevitable that you need to get some paint off of your paintbrushes. This can be a time-consuming process, as the brushes need to soak, and then be scrubbed.
That is why this hack for cleaning paint brushes is amazing. All this hack requires is a cup of water, a magnet, and a paintbrush with a metallic part above the bristles.
The most important part of this hack is the magnet. The magnetic needs to be draped over the edge of the cup of water. The metal on the paintbrush will adhere to the magnet, which holds the paintbrush in place.
That way, it can soak until all of the paint has come off. There will be no need to swirl the brush around the glass to make sure that all of the paint is off. This leaves your hands free to continue painting or work on other tasks.
There is one job that nobody enjoys, and that is unblocking a clogged drain. Things that tend to block drains are soaps, and of course, hair. Before a clogged drain occurs, though, you can create a trap to catch anything that might clog it.
All that is needed for this hack is a sturdy ball of steel wool, placed in a strategic location. That way, a clog can be prevented. Nobody wants to stick their hand down a drain.
Stopping The Block
The steel wool needs to be placed in the drain, just above where the water and hair enter it. The steel wool is a material that allows water to flow around it easily, but any hair or other agents that might block the drain will be caught in the wool.
Once the wool is full of hair and soap, it can be removed and replaced with a new piece. This is a relatively cheap hack that anyone who doesn’t have a drain blocker can use.