Videos of domestic tricks have taken the internet by storm, leaving viewers baffled as to how they had ever lived without them.
But many hacks aren’t worth attempting, and last month one such tip was exposed as a op.
A video of someone peeling garlic by twisting a knife to pull out the clove went viral.
But it has proved impossible to repeat.
Our Life Hacks guru Charles Wade-Palmer puts some other ideas to the test…
GARLIC – FAIL
Here’s the peeling trick which turned the heads of cooks everywhere last month. I thought I was copying it perfectly, but I must have gone wrong somewhere because the result was not exactly as promised.
HACK: By stabbing every clove with a sharp knife and pulling them off the bulb in the same movement, the fiddly peeling process is skipped completely.
REALITY: If a clove stayed whole – several got sliced up when I plunged the knife into it – various layers of skin were still attached when it came out. Was the garlic too small? Was my knife a bit too sharp? Or does the hack only work if time is spent taking layers of skin off first?
ORANGE – SUCCESS
Getting into an orange has never been the cleanest of tasks, no matter the method.
But one citrusy hack using just a spoon makes it look easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
HACK: Push the end of a dessert spoon into the skin of the orange and keep it steady.
Using your other hand, rotate the fruit until it has been scored all the way round. Slide your fingertips underneath the skin and remove.
REALITY: I was expecting disaster but it worked a dream.
A gentle approach was needed while applying force to peel off the skin without destroying the fruit, but I managed it.
PINEAPPLE – SUCCESS
This pineapple hack was a huge hit on Twitter in March after a video surfaced of a new way to tuck into the fruit by peeling off segments.
But nobody tells you how hard it is to first slice off the top. I ended up just tearing it off.
HACK: Each chunk can be effortlessly pushed towards the middle and eaten.
REALITY: It took some practice but it’s a genius revelation.
HERBS – FAIL
Herb lovers know all too well the tedium of picking leaves off stems. Whether they are taken from a windowsill plant pot or out of a packet there is no escaping the chore.
HACK: Thread anything from parsley to basil through the holes of a colander so the stems hang out the bottom. Pull the stems and the leaves should gather in the bowl.
REALITY: I may have messed up this one…and I paid the price. basil went everywhere as it bounced off the colander, sending me to my knees to pick up the pieces. I lost the plot eventually and ended up with the colander upside down and basil all over.