Don't believe everything you see
We’ve all been there! After watching a clever hack online, you’ve likely thought to yourself, “That’s brilliant! I have to try it!” In an ideal world, everything goes exactly as shown in the video and you end up learning something new. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world, and many of those ‘hacks’ are staged to get clicks. But how can you sort out the good from the bad? Well, we found some of the most popular hacks out there – related to home, beauty, health, and even a few legal issues – and asked the experts to ID the ones that don’t work in the real world. The truth may be slightly disappointing, but it will save you a lot of time, energy and frustration in the long run.
Keeping an avocado pit in guacamole will prevent it from turning brown
Brown avocado is fine to eat, but it’s definitely less appetising. Unfortunately, two of the most popular hacks to avoid browning – storing it with the pit in it or using a squirt of lime – don’t work, says Mexican food chef Silvia Martinez. “The guacamole will turn brown regardless because it’s exposure to air that causes the oxidation,” she says. “The solution is to put a barrier between the guacamole and the air. For me, a layer of plastic wrap pressed against the entire surface of the guacamole is what works every single time.”
Putting a Magic Cleaning Eraser in your toilet will remove stains
Magic erasers can be almost, well, magical in their ability to remove stains from all kinds of surfaces. So, you might be tempted to try this cleaning hack. We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but cleaning stained toilets isn’t that easy, says professional cleaner, Leanne Stapf. “Many people assume that Magic Cleaning Erasers will dissolve and the chemicals inside will eat away any toilet bowl stains,” she says. “This doesn’t work because the key to the Magic Eraser is its melamine foam. The foam acts like a fine sandpaper on stains, but you must scrub to see any results. The Magic Eraser doesn’t work on its own!”