Practically all the things we do on a daily basis we do automatically out of habit, without even thinking about how we could improve or optimize the way we do them.

That’s why we at Bright Side found these 18 little life hacks to save you time.

Speeding up your battery-charging time

Your smartphone will charge a great deal faster if you put it into ’flight mode.’

Choosing foundation

When choosing foundation, test its color on your neck rather than on your face or wrist.

Sorting your keys

So you don’t get identical-looking keys confused, you can paint each one a different color using nail varnish.

How to peel an egg easily

To remove a boiled egg from its shell with minimal hassle, put a teaspoon of baking soda in the water before boiling.

How to iron without an iron

If you don’t enjoy ironing, you might want to try out this little trick. Place your clothes in the dryer with three cubes of ice, and turn it on for 15 minutes. The steam produced by the drying process will get rid of all the wrinkles in your clothing. Just remember not to put too many items of clothing in at any one time.

Taking a shower

Using too much shower gel or body wash strips your skin of the oils it needs to be healthy. Apart from making your whole body itchy, which is annoying enough, this dryness can aggravate skin problems such as eczema or even cause similar irritations. So, resist the temptation of swathing the bathroom in lather.

Protect your phone from moisture

To protect your phone from water and moisture when you’re at the beach or taking a shower, just use an ordinary sealable plastic bag.

Using the ’legs’ on your computer

The two extendable legs on the bottom of your computer keyboard are meant to help you see the keys better. But if you can already type without looking at the keys, it’s not recommended that you use them — they could cause your wrists to ache.

Another life for plastic bottles

With the help of the neck and lid of an ordinary plastic bottle, you can hermetically seal bags containing food that is likely to dry out quickly.

Using hairpins

Hairpins should be worn with the wavey metal part facing down — this will help you fix your hair much more easily.

Removing lipstick marks

Ordinary hair spray can help get rid of lipstick marks on clothes. Simply spray the mark and leave for about 10 minutes. Then rub it with a wet sponge and put it in the washing machine.

Cooling drinks down in the heat

Fill a large bowl with water and ice at a ratio of 1:1, then add salt (2 tablespoons for 1 liter of water). Place your bottle in the water so that it is completely covered in ice and water. In 2 minutes it will be 8-10 degrees cooler.

Reheating food evenly

When reheating food in the microwave, spread it out on the plate in the shape of a ring. It will reheat evenly that way.

The art of camouflage

If you want to write something in a way that no one will be able to read it, write another word over the top of it.

Defense against insects

Paper cupcake cases are an excellent way to keep your drink safe from marauding insects.

The best way to store ice cream

If you want your ice cream to stay soft even when it’s in the freezer, put it inside a sealed plastic bag.

Stop your headphones from getting tangled

You can use the piece of plastic normally used to seal a bag of bread in order to prevent your headphones from getting all tangled up.

Organizing the space under the sink

You can effectively organize the space under the sink with the help of the tension rods you find there. You can hook various cleaning sprays and fluids to the tension rods, leaving more space for other stuff.