5 Life Hacks That DO NOT Work

We see websites, blogs and Pinterest Boards dedicated to Life Hacks – everything from time management to empty pill containers.  The goal of a Life Hack is to spend little money to deal with daily dilemmas.  Those of us who choose to live in tiny spaces, such as a RV or van, add space as criteria as well.  Regrettably, not every Life Hack you find is a good choice.  Some Life Hacks actually cause more frustration and problems.  In fact, some will cost you more energy, time and money.  Here is a list of Life Hacks you should totally avoid.

1.  Storing batteries in the refrigerator

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CLAIM: Extends battery life
REAL PROBLEM: Cold temps shorten life.  Condensation breaks battery seals and makes them corrode fast.
 

2.  Hammer and nail used as a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine

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We actually attended a get-together last weekend and saw Millennials try this Life Hack – and failed miserably!

CLAIM: Forget the corkscrew-just hammer a nail into the cork and then use the claw to remove nail with cork.
REAL SOLUTION: It is funny to watch people try this and really think it will work.  Honey, just buy a corkscrew!

3.  Wooden spoon keeping boiling water in check

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CLAIM: Rest a wooden spoon across the top of a pot so it does not boil over
REAL SOLUTION: Turn back your heat a bit so water remains in motion while staying in the pot.  

4.  Peeing on a jellyfish sting

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CLAIM: Simple claim, get stung – have someone urinate on the area
REAL PROBLEM: Urine actually aggravates the venom.  Here is what WebMD recommends for treatment

5. Ketchup bottle for pancake mix

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CLAIM: Ok, this technically works BUT….
REAL PROBLEM: First imagine trying to fill a clean ketchup bottle with the pancake batter. Does not seem like a time or frustration saver.  Next, think about taking a bite. Yeah, in my dream I still can taste the ketchup.  Stick to mixing bowl and measuring cup or ladle.

QUESTION:
What are some Life Hacks that you thought sounded great but turned into total fails?