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There are some products out there that we use every day that have secret uses or hacks to them. We’ve put together a list of common items and reveal the secret uses behind them so you can stop wondering.

Airplane Window Holes

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Don’t worry about the holes in airplane windows. It’s to keep the window from fogging up and to handle the air pressure change.

Raised Bumps on the Keyboard

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You’ve probably noticed that the “f” and “j” keys on the keyboard have a little raised bump on them. This is so you can locate where you put your index finger in a resting position while typing.

Hole in a Pen Cap

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Believe it or not, the hole in the top of a pen cap is there to save your life. There are many people who like to chew and suck on these caps. So, there is a hole in case you accidentally swallow it to make sure you can still breathe.

Grating on Microwave Window

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Ever wonder why there is a black grating on a microwave’s window? It’s to keep the microwaves inside the box to warm up your food.

Extra Lace Holes in Shoes

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There are different ways to lace your shoes depending on your foot’s shape. So, there is an extra hole at the top to lace them differently.

Screwdriver and Wrench Tool

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You can use a wrench to turn a screwdriver for those pesky screws that just won’t turn loose.

Threads on a Medicine Bottle

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Sometimes you can flip the cap of a medicine bottle upside down to keep it from being childproof.

Tic-Tac Slot

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The little groove in the cap of a Tic-Tac box is to pull out one single Tic-Tac for your convenience.

Extra Fabric with Clothes

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Sometimes you will receive extra fabric with a new clothing item. This is to try new detergents or stain remover on to make sure you don’t ruin the actual item.

Hole in a Pot Handle

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That hole in the end of your pot handle is to hold your spoon to keep from getting your counter dirty.

Hole in a Spaghetti Spoon

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While the hole is usually used to filter out water, it can also be used to portion out a single serving size of spaghetti.

Metal End of a Measuring Tape

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Use the metal lip at the end of a measuring tape to hook it onto the end of what you are measuring so you don’t need two people.

Tire Tread Marks

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The marks between your tire treads are there to help you gauge when you need new tires. If they are not indented, then it’s time to get new tires.

Gas Pump Lock

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You don’t have to hold the gas pump all the time. Push down the latch to keep it pumping while you sit in your car on a cold winter day. It will automatically kick back and stop when the tank is full.

Gas Gauge Arrow

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The arrow next to the gas tank meter shows you which side of your car the gas tank is on.

Tiny Buttons on Jeans

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Those tiny useless buttons on jeans are actually called rivets. These were used to keep pants together when they were made from canvas.

Hole in a Lock

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This hole in the bottom of a padlock is to pour oil into if the lock gets rusty and you can’t open it easily.

Pom Pom on Hat

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The original use of a pom pom on the top of hats was to keep French marines from hurting their heads on the ceiling of a ship in the 1700s. Now they are just decoration.

Diamond on a Backpack

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That little diamond on the front of your backpack can be used to carry extra items with a string or cord. It’s called a “pig snout” or “lash tab.”

Indent at the Bottom of a Wine Bottle

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This indent is called a “punt.” It’s to help it chill faster and resists high pressure.

Loop on Shirts

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That loop on the back of dress shirts is to hang them in our closet without getting wrinkled.

The Blue End of the Eraser

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The blue end of the eraser is to erase pencil that is on heavier paper. It also erases any smudges created by the pink side.

Colored Square on Toothpaste

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The colored squares on the end of toothpaste tubes indicate whether the package they are in can be cut or folded.

Colored Ice Cream Scoop Handles

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The color of an ice cream scoop handle indicates how many scoops will fill a 32 oz. container.

Golf Ball Indents

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The little ridges in a golf ball are there to help it go faster and farther after hitting it.

Beer Bottle Neck

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The long necks on beer bottles help to keep your beer cool because it helps distribute heat.

Apple Charger

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The little legs that flip out from on an Apple computer charger is there to help you wrap up your cord to keep it from getting kinks.

Grooves in a Bobby Pin

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The grooves in the bottom of a bobby pin are to help grab the hair better. This side should face your scalp.

Soda Pop Tab

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Those metal tabs that help open a soda can also be used to hold your straw in place.

Toothpick Holder

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Sometimes toothpicks have ridged ends. You can break this off and use it as a toothpick holder to keep it from touching a dirty surface.

Side Taps on Aluminum Foil Containers

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Push in the tabs on the side of an aluminum foil box to keep the roll from coming out.

Use Take Out Boxes as Plates

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Don’t dirty a dish when ordering Chinese food. Instead, unfold the take out container to create a paper plate.

Little Pocket in Jeans

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That useless little pocket in your jeans was actually created to hold a pocket watch.

Rearview Mirror Tab

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When you flip the little tab on the rearview mirror, it will deflect the light from someone’s headlights behind you so you aren’t blinded by it.

Starbucks Cup Lid

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Catch the condensation from your favorite Starbucks drink by placing the lid underneath the cup.

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