The term “life hack” is defined as “a tool or technique that makes life easier and more efficient.” Ten years ago, the term didn’t exist. A lot has changed in ten years. The world has became a hubbub of technology, speed, social media and smartphones. Even when we don’t factor in all the unexpected surprises that can–and do–pop up every day, life can sometimes seem like one big flurry of chaos.
Let’s pump the brakes for just a minute, pull off the highway of chaos, and take a look at 27 things you can do right now to make your every day life less stressful, more efficient, a touch healthier, and maybe even save a couple bucks along the way. Here are our favorite, simple life hacks–ranging from super quirky to downright genius!
DIY Travel Cup From Cellophane
In this modern, rush and go world, anything that can make our existence even more simple is a plus in my book. To be honest, this hack is so great, and so obvious, that I slapped my forehead wondering why I hadn’t thought of it way before now. You do not have to buy one of those fancy car cups or $65 metal brand name cylinders when traveling with your favorite smoothie or protein shake.
No, now you can enlist a simple product that most everyone already has in their pantry. Just feel up your cup with your favorite protein shake, smoothie or cup of joe, and cover the top with some Glad Press N Seal (or generic cellophone wrap). Then, pop a straw through it, and you have a DIY on the go beverage. Want a little extra seal? Rubber band right around the rim. Boom, done.
Handheld Ultraviolet Light Sanitizers
You’ve seen them for sale all over Facebook with everything going on, and we’re officially jumping on the bandwagon. These little handheld ultraviolet lights have the ability to help sanitize surfaces of viruses, bacteria and pathogens. When bacteria, viruses and protozoa are exposed to the germicidal wavelengths of UV light, they are rendered incapable of reproducing and infecting. UV light wands are frequently used in hospitals, and now is a popular gadget to have at home.
There are a few different brands on the market, but the one we are liking is UltraWand XTR. It’s frequently in stock, priced below the competition, super portable, and feels sturdy and well-built.
The first half of 2020 was a wake-up call for how we deal with germs in our everyday lives, and as the world re-opens it will be increasingly important to sanitize surfaces such as your car, restaurant tables, office desk, and even public restrooms. The UV light emitted by UltraWand XTR is safe on electronics, so we find ourselves blasting our iPhones with its sanitizing beam of light multiple times a day.
**05/17/2022 Update: With cases on the uptick and winter coming, this sold out quickly last month. We just checked and they still have some stock available, but it’s expected to sell out again soon. Here is a working link with 50% discount code applied to order a UltraWand XTR UV Light if you are interested.