Life can get pretty rough. However, there are certain hacks that promise to simplify the difficulties of everyday life. Life hacks help you save time by empowering you with the knowledge to do certain things in a more productive manner. Let’s take a look at some brilliant life hacks that can be real game-changers.
Avoid Boiling Water From Spilling
Those who spend decent amounts of time in the kitchen would understand the struggle of trying to keep boiling water from spilling over. Many of us end up getting distracted after some time, hoping that the water won’t, somehow, magically spillover.
While you can’t always successfully control your habit of getting distracted, you can control the flow of boiling water by placing a wooden spoon across the rim. The spoon will act as a barrier, thereby preventing the water from overflowing.
Transport Your Clothes Easily
Moving to a new place can be stressful. Even the most experienced moving services can do a lousy job when it comes to packing clothes. Therefore, this hack will come in handy if you’re planning to move to a new place in the near future.
Wrap your clothes in a trash bag, while they’re still on the hanger. This hack would save you much time and effort as you can simply remove the trash bag and re-hang your clothes once you move into your new home.
Clean Your Toilet With Soft Drinks
Pour your favorite soft drink into the toilet. No, we actually mean it, as your favorite soft drink can be one of the best toilet cleaners. Apparently, the soft drink contains many ingredients that can help in cleaning the rust and stains from the toilet bowl.
The carbonated drink even works on the stubbornest of stains, making your job a lot easier. The key here is to let it sit for a few minutes, before you start scrubbing.
HDMI, VGA, USB, AUX, and plenty of other cables have begun infesting our lives since the technological revolution kicked in the front door. A great, and environmentally-friendly, way to organize them is to use toilet paper rolls and an old shoebox.
Roll your cables and place each in its own paper tube. This would spare you the hassle of trying to find the cable you need or waste minutes trying to untangle them.
This is our favorite life hack so far, it’s ingenuity at its best. What’s a better way to preserve hot pancakes if not by putting them in a CD holder?
A pancake has roughly the same shape and size as a CD, so why not just replace CDs with pancakes? Since you can’t eat CDs, you know. So, the next time you are making pancakes, just make sure you have one of these.
Cleaning the stain of a spilled drink from the upholstery of a car can be a tedious experience as it can seriously test your patience and scrubbing skills. Would you believe us if we told you that such spillages can be avoided?
You should believe us. You can prevent your drink from spilling over by using a shoe to hold it. While this is not the most eye-catching hack you might have come across, it still gets the job done.
Is it Toaster or a Grilled Cheese Maker?
Did you know that a toaster can turn into a grilled cheese maker? Well, now you do. To convert your toaster into a grilled cheese maker, unplug it first, and then flip it on its side.
Now, toast the bread, as you have been doing all your life, but put the cheese on top. Use this hack to make restaurant-quality grilled cheese sandwiches in the comfort of your home.
DIY Ice Pack Kit
With temperatures rising in many parts of the world, you might want to learn a few tips and tricks to keep you cool without having to break your bank. This DIY ice pack kit is one such hack you can follow to keep yourself cool.
All you need to do is fill a Ziploc bag with three parts water and one part rubbing alcohol before keeping it in the freezer. Take it out after some time and use it whenever you need it.
We hate to break it to you, but you have been misusing your home dustpan for years. We’re kidding of course. This is just an alternative way to utilize your dustpan. Getting ready to mop the floors?
Instead of wondering how to fill out the bucket with water, just use your dustpan as a funnel. This is a quick and efficient way to fill out a bucket that doesn’t fit in the sink.
Scratch it Out With a Walnut
Wooden furniture tend to accumulate scratches, especially when you have a cat at home. These scratches can ruin your beautiful furniture, unless scratch-covered furniture is the decor you are going for.
But, these scratches can be easily fixed with the help of walnuts. All you have to do is to keep rubbing a walnut over the scratched surface for some time. The oil in the walnut will help cover up the scratches, making your furniture look as good as new.
Rake Glass Holder
This is a neat and aesthetic way to hang your glasses and to put your old rake to good use. In fact, this is a great way to spruce up your old kitchen a bit, by giving it a rustic touch.
What’s more, you need not spend a single dime to make it happen. Just pick an old rake from your garden shack and hang it on the kitchen wall upside down (pole facing upward).
Seat Belt Key Holder
There is a simple way to make sure you will never forget where you last put your keys. You can achieve it by transforming seat belt buckles in to key holders.
By attaching the latch (the metal strip that goes into the buckle unit when you strap up), to your key, you can just put it back in whenever you come back home. If it can keep you safe during a car accident, it certainly can hold your keys.
A Makeshift Sprinkler
Want to make your summers exciting? How about making a DIY sprinkler for your garden? This hack can be done with minimal resources, as it just needs a clean two-liter bottle and a Swiss knife to carve some holes in it.
After you are done carving holes, place it on your garden hose, secure it with masking tape, and then you are good to go. Now, turn the water supply on and see your creation coming to life. What bliss, isn’t it?
Stow Away Emergency Cash
Sometimes, when you are traveling, you tend to spend more money than you originally planned to. And just when you need money, you will find it difficult to find an ATM or come across those that are out of service. Therefore, it’s wise to keep some emergency cash stowed away in two to three different places.
You can hide this emergency cash in an empty ChapStick container. However, remember to clean the container thoroughly before hiding your rolled wad of notes in it.
Finding Small Objects
We have all faced this problem. You lose something small, like an earring, but you know approximately where you have likely dropped it. When the search and rescue party returns empty-handed, it’s time to for some clever tricks.
Just put a sock on your vacuum cleaner and start vacuuming. There’s a good chance that at some point you’d find your missing object. It’s important, however, that you don’t forget to put it somewhere safe once you find it.
Paint Can Rubber Band
Spilled paint can be a nightmare to clean, as it’s not an easy stain to get rid of. But, you can avoid this by following a simple hack.
To prevent the paint from spilling from the can, place a sturdy rubber band vertically across the rim. The rubber band can be used to wipe off the extra paint from the paintbrush.
Spreading the Fertilizer Properly
The Parmesan cheese shaker can also be used to sprinkle granular fertilizer on potted plants. To make this hack work effectively, clean your cheese shaker before filling it with fertilizer. We recommend using an organic one.
Now, shake the fertilizer over the potted plants at regular intervals and let the magic happen. This genius hack lets you do the gardening without having to worry about dirtying your hands.
Wrap Shoes in Shower Caps
Who knew that shower caps could also protect the shoes aside from protecting one’s hair from getting wet? Wrap your shoes in shower caps to prevent them from catching dust and moisture. This hack does not only preserve your shoes but also helps organize your shoe rack in an effective manner.
Adopt a color-coded system to wrap various types of shoes. For example, you can use a white shower cap to wrap your sneakers, and a blue-colored cap to wrap your flip-flops.
Coffee Filters in Pots
Coffee filters can be used in flower pots to hold the soil in them. Lining the flower pots with coffee filters results in better water distribution. It also prevents the soil from flowing out through the drainage holes.
These filters also absorb water and can save your plant when it isn’t adequately watered. Try lining your planters with a coffee filter, your blooms will thank you for this.
Glass Candle Holders
You can upcycle your glassware. Give your old glasses a new life by turning them into candle holders. To do so, turn your stemmed glasses upside down. You can decorate them with ropes and stick-ons if you want.
Place a small candle on the base of the glass, but first make sure that the candle is not too heavy, or else it wouldn’t hold.
Stick Post-its on Your Laptop
Want to clean the keyboard of your laptop? Just use post-its. These post-its, though, aren’t a reminder for you to clean your laptop’s keyboard. They will, in fact, actually clean the laptop by gathering all the dirt which adheres to their sticky surfaces.
Think of it as a magnet for all the dirt in your keyboard. The post-it will also clean the areas which are otherwise hard to reach. You can thank us later.
Storing pins safely in one place can be tricky. If you are someone who likes to sew a lot or just prefers to keep things organized in one place, this hack is just for you. All you need is a cork to keep your pins in one place.
Clean the cork and let it dry completely before you start sticking pins in it. Keep it on top of your workstation or somewhere its easily accessible.
Separate Yolks From Whites
Separating egg whites from the yolks can get messy. But, not anymore, as we bring to you a tried and tested egg separation trick. For this hack, you will need a clean plastic bottle and a bowl to transfer that prized yolk.
Break the egg and place it in a bowl. Now, try to fish out the yolk using the bottle. Squeeze it a little before releasing it into the bowl. Go on and make your grandma proud!
Clean Sticker Stains
The sticker stain can get you out of almost any sticky situation — stain-wise. Spray the affected surface generously with this laundry stain remover.
Now, let the spray sit for a while. Once it starts drying down a bit, wipe it off gently with a clean cloth and watch how those hard-to-get-rid-of stains magically disappear.
Use Nail Polish on Button
Nail paints are capable of doing a lot more than making your nails look pretty. Just imagine that you bought a new shirt, but the threads are coming off from the buttons.
One way to go about it is to sew the affected area. Another way of dealing with this problem involves applying a coat of clear nail paint and watching how those threads neatly fit back in again.
Keeping a scented soap in the luggage can be a great traveling hack, especially if you are planning on going for a long trip. The scented soap can effortlessly mask the odor of dirty laundry and any other foul smells, in general.
You can also replace the soap with potpourri to keep your clothes smelling great. The best part is that you can choose the fragrance you want, to make your laundry smell like roses, jasmine, or any other flower.
Ever wondered what to do with all those old corks stoppers that have been piling up in your kitchen drawer for ages? If you like plants and have an ample amount of cork stoppers, you can create your own succulent wall without too much effort.
All you need is a few succulent seedlings and a drill. You will need to put the succulents in the cork stoppers and hang them on the wall.
Imagine the following scenario. You went camping, but you only brought one flashlight. What are you going to do? Chances are that you also brought with you a few plastic water containers.
In that case, we suggest you do the following: attach your flashlight (or headlight) to the water container and watch how it transforms into a lamp in a blink. You will need to make sure, however, that the container is milky white and not opaque.
If you are using a pair of earphones with wires, you often need to untangle them every time you take them out of your pocket. It can be rather frustrating. If you don’t want to wake up to a tangled pair of earphones or to spend a good 15 minutes untangling them, then you should tie them up with a rubber band.
The other option is to get a cord organizer or purchase a pair of wireless earphones. These would make your life a tad bit easier.
We have a great hack for you, one that would make your next party a lot more exciting. Just put a candy stick in a glass of water and turn it into a fun drink.
The lollipop will not only look great, but it will also make the water taste sweeter. Try this, and watch your party turn into one of the coolest parties your friends ever attended.
British archaeologist Ken Dark has claimed that he found the lost Biblical city Bethsaida. This declaration made by Dark garnered a lot of attention. People have stood with anticipation in hopes that Dark could find the answer to the question – can we really learn about the childhood of Jesus? It would certainly revolutionize biblical archaeology. Let’s look at the research and its outcome step by step here.
Can He Answer the Century-Old Question?
The claim made by British archaeologist Ken Dark about finding the long-lost Biblical city of Bethsaida astonished people. In the year 2006, while working in the depths of a crypt, a sudden thought struck his mind.
This thought led to deeper research. With all the anticipation about finding the city where all the miracles happened, another greater question arose. Would he be able to answer the century-old question?
Convent of the Sisters of Nazareth
Dark was researching into a crypt. This crypt is said to be of the Sisters of Nazareth’s Convent. This remains near the Basilica of the Annunciation situated in Nazareth, Israel. There are clear indications that there was once a building in this place.
The walls of stone that remain show a clear indication of that. There are entryways, pottery pieces, and containers too. However, Dark had to dig deeper to find out if that really is true.
Buried Past of Sisters of Nazareth
The convent was established in the mid-19th century — to be specific, in the year 1881. It was founded by the nuns who arrived from France at that time. They wanted to build an establishment somewhere in Nazareth.
However, the team discovered some very strange things after they decided to create the religious house. There were remains of Nazareth’s stories past on that site. Today, the convent operates a school for blind and deaf children.
Based on the Madain Project’s website, the site has a cistern and tombs — along with a church that originated in the Byzantine era. However, the team was more interested in the courtyard and the things surrounding it.
This courtyard featured things dated back to the first century A.D. That isn’t all that was hidden underneath the convent. The convent of the Sisters of Nazareth holds so many secrets and mysteries… many more than we might be able to handle.
House in the Courtyard!
The courtyard is said to surround a house. It’s as if the mysteries beneath the convent do not want to end. The house has windows and doors, and they are all in one piece.
Both the house and courtyard seem to be created from the rock that was around it. This is the same rock that formed the ensemble that was used to build the walls of the home.
Church of Nutrition
Now, let’s move above the house. There’s a church above, which is considered to be the remains of the Church of Nutrition. The Church of Nutrition dates back to the Byzantine Empire. The structure of the church explains Nazareth’s importance in those times.
It might be even more than we assume considering how big the church really is. Though there are disputes regarding why the church is built here, some say it’s related to Jesus’ childhood home.
House of Joseph
This spot has been given the name “House of Joseph’’ by the locals. This name definitely confirms that this place holds much importance. The name might have had some deeper significance, but is it authentic?
Does it raise questions like, how did the experts know about the abode of Jesus? Is there anything that survived from that time? If there is, that can guide us in the right direction. We need to move forward with these questions. Dark’s discoveries may be the answer to all of it.
According to the biblical stories, there will be traces of all the other things mentioned. As per the Holy Book, there should be Mary’s well. Nazareth houses the well, after all. This is the place where Mary learned from the angel Gabriel that she would be the mother of Jesus – the son of God.
This place holds much importance according to people’s beliefs since it’s the place where the mother of Jesus got to know about her magnificent destiny.
West Bank — The City of Bethlehem
The Church of Nativity can be found in the city of Bethlehem — now the West Bank. The Church of the Nativity is built over the place Jesus’ alleged birthplace.
If this is true, then according to the Holy Books and all the biblical stories, this spot is extremely important and sacred. According to UNESCO, the very first version of what we now know as the Church of Nativity came to be in 339 A.D.
Bethlehem to Egypt
Jesus did not stay in Bethlehem for long. It’s believed that his parents went to Egypt because of the agents — the agents who were coming to execute the newborns.
They would settle in Nazareth, which was the hometown of Mary and Joseph. Nazareth is situated within the Galilee area somewhere in the north of Israel. Jesus grew up there. It’s considered between his childhood and the time before ministry.
Was Nazareth a Bustling Town?
Over time, it has been surmised that Nazareth had to have been a center of farming hamlets. According to the Dark’s discoveries, the importance of the Nazareth was not quite accurately painted in history.
In reality, the discoveries suggest it might have been a bustling town. If this is true, a lot of our facts and beliefs based on this might shatter.
The Wells of Nazareth
What made Nazareth so important in all the stories? Nazareth’s prominence is often associated with the number of sources of water it comes with, with Mary’s well being one of them. There is also Apostle’s fountain.
There’s also a spring that’s situated under the convent of Sisters of Nazareth. The spring was known to be exploited by some Crusaders. Many other wells and springs are mentioned in the literature.
Sepphoris of Roman
A question definitely arises about the kinds of people that lived there. Some idea about the kinds of people of Nazareth was found by comparing them with the ones in Sepphoris. Sepphoris is an important Roman town just a few miles away.
Though the places are close, they are very different in terms of people and their likings. The Bas Library suggests that Nazareth may have been the center of Judaism. This theory foregoes the Roman offerings.
Nazareth is a Muslim majority city now. This means that it’s also a completely different scenario today. It’s home to about 80,000 people. Most of them are Arab Israelis; 30% of which are Christians.
The demographic of Nazareth actually shifted during the war. The refugees found their way here, which was further fueled by the formation of Israel. Jews live in the Illit of Nazareth (Nof HaGalil).
According to St. Jerome, Nazareth was just a village during his time. We all know Jerome for his valuable teachings in Christian Model life. He’s regarded as a saint and Doctor of the Church. However, the stories of Jesus’ mother, Mary, soon after overshadowed this fact.
The pilgrims began to establish Nazareth as a favored destination lured by all these stories about Mary. The Church of Annunciation was founded on top of one of the village springs.
Did the Site Have Some Relation to Jesus?
The Church of Annunciation still stands there — not in the same form as when it was built. It’s also home to a pair of other churches. One of the establishments serves as a parish for the local Catholics of Nazareth.
The basilica is the Middle East’s biggest Christian Church. The cupola stands as a landmark of the city. It basically has all the rights to be a landmark — we can’t argue with that.
The Mysterious Grotto
There are some interesting things in the Church of Annunciation. If you go into the depths of the bottom level, there’s a grotto. We would express shock with exclamation points, but at this point, we’re just waiting for the next interesting thing.
So, the grotto holds a cave. That cave is said to be the home of Mary. Though this site possesses inherent interest, the site that interested Dark more was across the road.
Early Roman Times
We all know by now that the convent of the Sisters of Nazareth was founded by the French nuns. During the establishment, they found some interesting things. First of all, let’s talk about the cistern. This cistern dates back many years.
This cistern is known to have paved the archaeological journey of the site. The nuns themselves were extremely eager to embark on the journey that would answer so many of their questions.
The Tomb of St. Joseph
The nun began their work of excavating the convent. They got workers and even the school children on their job. They found sets of discoveries from various times of the past.
They found walls and vaults, which were said to be from the Crusader times, according to the Bas Library. They also discovered a church that dates back to the Byzantine era, Roman tombs, and other structures. They were all cut into the rock.
The Text of the Bible
The nuns decided to share their findings from the excavation project. They created a little museum to hold all the objects. In the museum, there were coins, glass, pottery, and other things on display.
The group continued with their work of excavation. This led to more discoveries. They found a big church from the Byzantine era. The floors of the church displayed mosaics and fitting marbles. It was restored in the Crusader times.
Adomnán of Iona
A thought might have struck the nuns that the place must be Holy. People were using it for burial. A connection was made from an account of Adomnan of Iona, who was a pilgrim to Nazareth in the seventh century.
His account wrote the details of his visit. It was called De Locus Sanctis. He mentioned two big churches in the center of Nazareth. Dark made the connection relying on this account and the findings of the nuns.
In the 12th century, the Crusaders were known to have turned up. They were the ones who repaired the church. After all, the church was not in great shape at that time. It’s also suggested that they may have venerated them.
According to Dark’s research findings, the evidence that fits De Locus Sanctis is also for the Holy home. Dark was connecting all the dots that constituted this mystery and began to find the answers.
Jesus’ Childhood Home
According to Adomnan, the other church had been built on vaults’ top. It came with a spring and a number of tombs. The church mentioned by Adomnan is termed as the Church of Nutrition. In between the graves lies a house.
It was the courtyard house that Dark had previously examined. This house is said to be the childhood home of Jesus. The vessels made from limestone clearly indicate the former residence of a Jewish family.
The Two Graves
The graves indicated a lot about the times. The tombs were found to be covered in mosaics. The mosaic structure indicates they were built during the Byzantine era. The vessels made with limestone indicated that a Jewish family once lived there.
You see, limestone is used as a symbol of Jewish identity limestone. With that in mind, the importance of the two graves seems to increase. The burials might be related to Jesus’ family.
So, Is it Jesus’ Childhood Home?
There’s no solid proof as to whether this was the childhood home of Jesus. The archaeological grounds suggest many things. It may not give a solid indication, but it also suggests that the identification shouldn’t be discounted.
It was the Byzantine church builders who believed that Jesus had spent his childhood here. The building and rebuilding of the church suggest that it had much importance. This is at least what Dark concluded.