For years, we have been using some items all around our household but did you know that there are some proper ways in which these things were meant to be used? Going through the list that we have curated here, you will find many items that you use on a daily basis are being used by you and your family members in a totally wrong way. Let’s see all the things that you have been using wrong on an everyday basis.

Measuring Tape Diamonds

You may have never noticed these black diamonds on a measuring tape before. Why would you? It is not as if you were looking for them. However, they come in quite handy when you are trying to find the center point between two studs which is why they are also known as ‘stud finders’.

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The Saucepan Handle Holds Your Spoon

Did you know the purpose of the hole in the saucepan handle? It is there to place your spoon after you are done stirring whatever is in the pan. This helps avoid any messes on the countertop and it is something that you will not forget any day soon.

That Top Hole On Your Running Shoes

When it comes to running shoes, we might think that we know all that there is to know about them. After all, they are just running shoes. You might be interested to know that if you use those extra holes that they provide, you will have a tighter grip on your steps and also have a lower chance of getting blisters on your feet.

Soda Cup Lids

Now, this is an interesting one and something that we have not seen before. If you are drinking out of your cup while you are standing, you might just want to continue using the lids as you were. However, if you are sitting down, you might want to fit your cup into the lid so that you have an extra grip on your cup and also use it as a temporary coaster.

The Loop On The Back Of Your Shirt

Most of you might think that the loops on dress shirts are just there for the sake of it. However, they do have a use and it is to hang them on hooks when you do not have a hanger around.

No More Spills From Drink Cartons

You might want to give this a try. Pouring milk out of the other side of the carton allows for a smoother flow of the liquid and also does not allow the milk to get out of the carton too quickly. You might want to give this a try the next time you are having cereal, you definitely won’t regret it.

Wooden Hangers Hidden Use

You might want to go out and buy wooden hangers if you do not have them already. This is because, not only do wooden hangers provide you a place to hang your clothes, but they also repel moths.

Keychain Bottle Openers

We have all been given gift bags that include these bottle openers. While you can use one side to open up bottles, you can also use the other side to open up cans. No more opening cans with your fingers when you can do so easily with the openers, frustration will no longer be a thing.

Takeout Containers Turn Into Plates

When you are having takeout, you do not need to scrape the bottom of the container for the last of the noodles. You can open up the container and create a makeshift plate out of it. This will also help you avoid using any more dishes.

Car Headrests

There is a rather strange reason behind the fact that the headrests in the cars can be removed completely. This is in case you are stuck in the car and need to break the glass. The two steel bars on the headrests can be used to do exactly that, don’t forget this one!

Backpack Patches

There are many backpacks that have that diagonal leather patch on them. Have you ever wondered why it is there? It is there so you can attach your hiking gear, joggers, or any other equipment that you might want to take outdoors.

Aluminum Foil Boxes

On the side of the foil boxes, you might have seen the little tabs that can be pushed inside. These are there so that you can hold the roll in place while you pull out the aluminum foil. Simple and yet so elegant.

Soda Can Tabs

When you drink out of a can with a straw, the straw often just floats up and falls out of the can. However, you can use the soda tab to secure your straw by just pushing the straw through it into the can.

Pasta Ladles

Have you ever made pasta and ended up cooking way too much and have to throw some of it away? Have you ever noticed that hole in the middle of the pasta ladle? It is there so you can measure a sufficient amount of pasta for one.

Fuel Gauges

The next time you sit in your car, look for this arrow beside the fuel gauge. It will tell you which side of the car has your fuel cap and save you the trouble of parking your car the wrong way at a gas station.

Oven Drawers

Did you know that you can use the oven drawers to store food, which you might have already cooked until you are ready to serve it? This will save quite a lot of utensils in the sink and also save some storage space.

Condiment Cups

Have you ever noticed that the condiment cups that they provide are just not large enough to fit any of your food items in it, making them essentially useless? You can flatten out the cups before you pour in your condiments and then the cups will be large enough to fit in your nuggets.

Shopping Cart Loops

Have you ever run out of space in your shopping cart and had to push around another cart? Well, you could also hang your grocery bags on the little hooks and loops that are available on the shopping carts.

Peeling A Banana

Have you ever tried to peel a banana and had the peel not come off? Try flipping the banana around and peeling it from the bottom. It comes off much more easily and is the reason why monkeys peel the banana from the bottom.


You may not think that there was a wrong way to use a plunger. However, there are different plungers for different drains and you use a flat plunger for a sink and a tapered-end plunger for the toilet.

Juice Boxes

The next time you want to squeeze a juice box without making a mess, you might just want to open up the flaps of the box so that you can have something to hold on to. Also, the juice comes out of the box easily without any of it being left behind.

Highway Signs

Many people have a hard time figuring out which side of the road is the exit for their destination. This is where the highway signs come in. You can see your destination on the signs and if your destination is on the left, the exit is on the left, and if it is on the right side of the board, the exit is on the right.

Dental Floss

Even your dentist will not tell you how to floss properly. In order to ensure that you do not lose your grip on the floss, tie up a knot and create a circle with it. The tension in the floss makes it easier to tie the knot.

Plastic Cup Lid Spoons

You might take your favorite yogurt to the office and then realize you have forgotten to bring a spoon. However, you can make a makeshift spoon with the lid since it is sturdy enough to create a spoon out of it. All you have to do is twist the lid into the right shape.

Toilet Seat Covers

When you are in a public restroom, you might want to use a toilet seat cover. However, while most people would struggle with the handle, try leaving it at the front so that you can pick it up when you are finished.

Tic Tacs

Many people already know this but if you don’t, you can use the space on the lid of the box to bring out one tic tac at a time and not have the trouble of spilling multiple tic-tacs coming out at once.

Fabric Samples

This fabric sample is not just there to annoy you while you wear your clothes. It is there so that you can test it out in your washing machine with the products that you use to know the end result.


Overusing detergent can cause damage to your clothes. This is why, you should always use the cap of the detergent, which usually has a marker to help you measure the right amount of detergent.

Hair Pins

Most people around the world are using hairpins the wrong way. They face the bumpy side up but they do not know that facing the bumpy side down will help your hair stay in place even more securely.

Staple Removers

Did you know that you could use staple removers for other things besides removing staples? They can also be used to remove keys from your key chain without using your fingernails.


When you are brushing your teeth, you should try and use the right amount of toothpaste. Too little, and your smile won’t be as good, and too much will simply be a waste. Check the packaging of the toothpaste to know the right amount that you should be using or consult your dentist.


If you have an oily and greasy scalp, you should focus your shampooing on the scalp rather than the hair since that is where all the oil and grease in your hair comes from.


In order to avoid the mascara from getting clumped up and ruining your entire day, you should make sure that you are not leaving it out to dry. Also, ensure that you are not pushing air into the bottle since that will also dry out the mascara quite quickly and create clumps in it.

Heinz Ketchup

When the ketchup does not come out of the bottle, you might be tempted to smack the bottle as hard as you can in order to get the ketchup out. However, you might want to try something else. On a Heinz Ketchup bottle, try tapping on the ’57’ with a few solid taps and the ketchup will come out quite smoothly.


Your hands might get really sticky when you peel an orange. A better way is to just cut the orange on both ends, top and bottom, and then just open up the orange and you can enjoy the slices without any mess.

Natural Peanut Butter

Many of us have faced the problem that when we go to use the peanut butter after storing it, the oil gets separated. To avoid this, try storing the jar upside down and it will make things easier when you try to mix the oil with the peanut butter.

Slow Cookers

The only way to get your meal prepared at the quickest rate in a slow cooker is not to keep on checking on it every ten minutes. The more heat inside the cooker, the faster your meal will be prepared. So, just be patient.


You may think it’s quite straightforward to load a dishwasher, however, there is a specific way to do it. All you have to do is not get anything in the way of the detergent dispenser and keep an eye on where the spray is coming from. Also, face your dirtiest dishes towards the spray.

Vegetable Peelers

If you want thinner slices of vegetables such as onions, you might want to consider using a peeler rather than a regular knife. The results will be quite amazing.


Try putting in the liquids first and then the solids so that you can make your smoothie more quickly and the blades of the blender do not get stuck.