13 Simple Life Hacks We Bet You Don't Know

Sure, we love Anthropologie for their adorable prints and charming houseware, but they also have one of the best selections of coffee table reads—The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier and More Beautiful being one of them.

We were totally taken in by not only the hundreds of inspiring hacks themselves, but also, the cutest little artwork *swoon*.

SoCal-based author Yumi Sakugawa sure knows how to nail pretty much all of life's obstacles (in the kitchen, in the house, in health, in social situations—yes, everything), and we figure we should share some of her pearls of wisdom that surprised even us.

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Keep scrolling for 13 lifehacks we bet you don't know:

1. Flower Food Hack

No nutrients in store to keep those petals alive? All you need is two tablespoons of white sugar and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

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2. Mattress Cleansing Hack

Need a quick fix for that old mattress that has been collecting dirt and odor all these years? Simply spray the stripped surface with undiluted white vinegar, allow it to air-dry and sprinkle baking soda on top. Then vacuum and good as new.


3. Cake Freshness Hack

Want to keep your sugar, floury fluff moist? Just add a halved apple to your storage container and the moisture from the apple will prevent your cake from drying out.

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4. Egg Replacement Hack

Need an egg for baking sweets? Grab 1/2 a banana or a 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce and voila.


5. Lemon Water Hack

Have some extra squeezes left in your lemon or lime? Why not put it into an ice cube tray and freeze for later use? You'll never have unflavored water again.


6. Nutella Hack No. 1

Nutella makes everything better, amirite? So imagine our excitement when we found none other than a Nutella-bacon hack (yes, you read that correctly). Just bake bacon slices covered in brown sugar and black pepper and then spread warmed nutella on top of cooled slices and allow them to harden in fridge.


7. Nutella Hack No. 2

We just had to include two Nutella concepts here, because why not? So for our second, you can make a Nutella-avocado shake with a mere two tablespoons of the special spread, 3 tablespoons of condensed milk, 1/2 a cup of coconut milk and half a handful of ice.


8. Popsicle Hack

Mix together one fresh, peeled avocado, 1 cup of coconut milk, two tablespoons of honey and juice of two fresh limes. Blend everything until smooth and then fill molds with mixture, add sticks and freeze. There you have one delicious 'sicle.

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9. Toxin-Removing Hack

Add fresh, grated ginger or ginger powder into your bath and your toxins will sweat out in no time.


10. Splinter-Removing Hack

To remove a splinter, pour a drop of Elmer's Glue on the affected area, let dry and then peel the dried glue off your skin. The splinter should come right off without a hitch.


11. Headache-Removing Hack

All you need to remove that head pain is a foot-soak in a bowl of hot water laced with mustard powder.


12. Sunburn-Relieving Hack

Okay, this one may seem a little icky, but to relieve a sunburn, all you need to do is slather mayonnaise liberally on your burn.


13. Sleep-Inducing Hack

Who knew cherry juice could put you straight to sleep? Sip on this melatonin-heavy liquid and kiss your insomnia cares goodbye.

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