We see them on every form of social media almost daily. They get sent to our emails and they even show up on the news, these so called Life Hacks are everywhere. They take almost anything and show us neat ways to make life easier, but are they really useful? Are they good for everyone?

Admittedly I have used some life hacks and my husband has an entire section of the photo album in his phone dedicated to life hacks. Some of them are really useful. When I went to Las Vegas a few years ago, I wrote my name, hotel name and room number on a piece of paper then made it my screen saver on my phone. The thought was if I dropped my phone it could be returned to me. My husband has pictures of our credit cards so if they get lost or stolen he can call and report them. There are also so called life hacks that aren’t very helpful though. Like the kitchen life hack that says to put a wine cork under the handle of a pan lid to keep it from burning you. It doesn’t work and it’s easier to grab a pot holder. It’s hard to know what’s helpful and what is a waste of time and possibly money.

I have assembled useful life hacks that are also accessible. If you have restrictions on how much weight you can lift, sight restrictions, hearing restrictions or mobility restrictions these tips and tricks could prove useful.

  1. Coffee can deicer: Easily salt your porch or walkway without dragging a big bag of salt by reusing a coffee container. This hack takes a small plastic coffee container and deicer. Simply make holes in the plastic lid, add deicer to the empty coffee container, put the lid back on and shake over your porch or sidewalk. You do not have to lift big heavy bags and you have control over how much if placed on the walk.
  2. Laundry jug watering can: Instead of throwing away empty laundry detergent containers, rinse them out thoroughly and then recycle them for watering plants. Drill 1/8-in. holes in the top of the cap, and a 1/2-in. hole just above the handle to relieve pressure so the water flows freely.
  3. Power chair hitch and wagon: For those who use a power chair you can get a hitch attached to the back for fairly cheap to attach a wagon. Use your wagon to carry groceries, firewood or anything else you may need.
  4. Bread tie fan pull: Attach a bread tie to a para cord attached to your ceiling fan to make it more accessible. The tie will make the cord longer and easier to reach.
  5. Kitchen Tongs: Not just for Hotdogs! Kitchen tongs can be used as handy pinchers and extenders. Need help putting on your socks? Use the tongs to grab your socks, put one part of the sock under your toes and pull up! You can also use tongs to pick up pens, fallen ice cubes or anything else that could be hard to reach.
  6. Clothespin straw holder: If you have a cup without a lid (you rebel you!) and you hate hunting for your straw then this one is for you! Simply tape a straw to a clothes pin and attach the clothes pin to your cup. No more floating, runaway straws.

I hope these hacks will help you and we want to hear from you! What hacks do you use and what hacks were a bust?