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Life hacks are supposed to live up to their names and make your life easier, right? Not so.

Life hacks can have dire consequences! Just ask the following people who were brave enough to share what happened to them after listening to old wives' tales.

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Listen to Mom

When I was a teenager I got impetigo. My mum read on some messageboard that you could get rid of it by scrubbing your face using vinegar. I tried to argue against it but she wouldn't listen and insisted on scrubbing the scabs away with this really rough flannel soaked in vinegar. THE BURNING WAS LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EXPERIENCED. Imagine somebody rubbing VINEGAR into an open wound?!?! I went to the doctors the next day and she proudly told them that she had tried 'the vinegar thing' and they looked at her with a look of horror and were like "yea...that's not something we would advise..."

Listen to Mom
Spud Dud

Broke a light bulb in the socket, did a quick Google search. Eventually, I found someone that removed it using a potato cut in half. I basically ended up with grated potato everywhere.

Spud Dud
Belt Out

I tried opening a beer bottle with my belt buckle. I was at a restaurant with a group of friends and I was too lazy to take the whole belt off so I just unfastened it. I lowered the beer to my buckle and popped off the cap successfully... triggering this massive beer explosion under the table. No one actually saw me lower the bottle so all they saw was this explosion of foam shooting out from my crotch and all over my torso... also it turned out to be a twist-off.

Belt Out
Should Have Paid More Attention in Chemistry

Heard via radio show that you can use bleach when you hand-wash dishes to make them cleaner. Read the back of my dish soap. Didn't see any warnings, so I dumped a capful of bleach in my soapy dish water. The smell was awful and I started getting light-headed. Unplugged the sink, vented the apartment and went outside for a while. Found out later that I had made chlorine gas. Looked up what went wrong. Turns out there's a big difference between adding bleach to dish water and rinsing dishes with bleach water.

Should Have Paid More Attention in Chemistry
Oh Balls

I tried that life hack where you use a lighter to pop dents out of ping pong balls. Well, it ended up catching on fire and I burnt a hole in my mother in law's carpet.

Oh Balls
A Rotten Time

I wanted lighter hair for summer and used lemons for it when I was 13 about 7 years ago. Bad move. Hair was dry.

Staying on the hair theme, I put banana in my hair because seventeen magazine said it would leave it 'soft and silky' when I was 15. Well, guess franking what? It was impossible to wash out and I had to pick banana clumps out of my quacking hair for flipping three weeks. I had rotten banana in my hair!!!

A Rotten Time
Redditor alexandraaasb got the proverbial ball rolling with the following question:

Redditors, what is the worst "life hack" you have ever tried and have you ever tried one with terrible consequences?

alexandraaasb

Redditor alexandraaasb got the proverbial ball rolling with the following question:
Not So Easy Breezy

I once saw a beauty hack that said you should hold your eyelash curler under the blow dryer for 10 seconds so your lashes curl more. I burned my eyelashes off. That was 7 years ago and I swear they've only just recently grown back completely.

Not So Easy Breezy
Grilled Cheese-us.

I tried the life hack where you turn your toaster side ways to easily make grilled cheese. Yeah, a small fire happened and now the toaster has lived in my garden for about a year now.

Grilled Cheese-us.
American Pie, Updated

I tried to make my own fleshlight when I was younger by using Body Wash and a pillow folded up. The Body Wash had tons of those mini hard cleaning beads... never again. Resulted in pain, a messy pillow, and had to shower again in my shame. I also cut a hole in a watermelon to have sex with it. It was cold and unpleasant. Had to throw the whole thing out. My father later asked me what happened to the watermelon, I didn't respond.

American Pie, Updated
Butter Luck Next Time.

Once tried to use butter as tanning lotion. Melted a stick in a coffee mug and had a buddy of mine rub me down. I read it online while sitting by the pool. It didn't work. At all.

Butter Luck Next Time.
Set Them Free

The whole 'if you want someone, date someone else to make them jealous'. Yes, it worked, no, it was not great. It ended in ruin and I'll never think that way again.

Set Them Free
Tipsy Topsy

Opening a bottle of wine with a screwdriver when I didn't have a corkscrew.

Shattered the neck of the bottle.

Sliced open my hand and needed stitches.

...and I'll take dumbass, drunk decisions for $800, Alex!

Tipsy Topsy
Trouble with a Capital Tea

Tried that one that says "putting tea bags on your eyes depuffs them!" when I was about 13. However they did not specify black tea, so my dumbass uses an apple cinnamon tea. Cinnamon is a minor irritant so I had red tea-bag shaped rectangles around my eyes for a few hours.

Trouble with a Capital Tea
The Gall!

Not so much a "life hack" as a really shitty home remedy, but about 15 years ago, I had gallstones really bad. I found some home remedy that said drinking a whole cup of olive oil straight up would grease them enough to make them pass right through with a little pop. I tried it, wishing for anything to ease the pain. 30 seconds later I puked to the point of dry-heaving. Now I had gall stone pain and sore ribs, abs, and lower back. And my mouth tasted like I'd just puked a bucket of piss. I just went and laid down and cried. Edit: The sad irony is, it wasn't even gallstones that was causing the pain after all that ordeal. I later found out that it was an ulcer. I had that H. Pylori shit in my stomach really bad and was eventually hospitalized when the wall of my stomach ripped right open getting out of bed one day. On the plus side, the trip to the hospital revealed the true cause of the pain, and within a day or so it was all fixed up.

The Gall!
Teenage Nightmare

My ex heard that there was pheromones in piss that would attract females. He decided that more was better. He collected his piss for a few weeks and then decided to boil it down to a concentrate that he could use to pick up chicks. His parents weren't home so he got boiling. He boiled piss ALL DAY. He didn't open any windows or turn on any fans. I'm not really sure how but the entire inside of the house was covered in stinky piss steam. Almost totalled off the house according to his dad. They had to redo the walls and the flooring.

Teenage Nightmare
Grease Volcano

Way back when I worked in a snack shack. At close I had to empty and clean out the deep frier, which was always slow to cool down. Genius that I am, I dumped a whole bucket of ice cubes to speed up the process. The grease started bubbling immediately. Then the deep frier exploded as piping hot grease shot straight up to the ceiling and spilled out all over the shack. The eruption continued for several minutes, eventually coating the entire counter, floor and almost every other surface. I was lucky to escape with only minor burns to my arms and legs. My supervisor returned to the shack just moments after the explosion began to subside. He asked what happened, and I played dumb. So he shrugged his shoulders and said "Clean it up" as he left for the night. I commenced to squeegee all that grease into buckets and deposit it into the grease dumpster. Took me hours. I reeked liked French fries for about a week afterward. 10/10 would deep geyser again.

Grease Volcano
Wax On, Wax Off?

I did a DIY gelatin peel-off mask. It was supposed to be like a giant Biore strip. Ow, my skin hurts just writing this. But it didn't peel off, I think I left it on too long and it just ripped off like the first two layers of skin. My face was bleeding/scabby for days after.

Wax On, Wax Off?
Ripe Situation

Freezing bananas helps them last longer.

Also, it turns out you're supposed to peel them first.

Ripe Situation
Common Sense 2.0

I once saw one that suggested, "Instead of buying expensive binoculars, just stand closer to what you wish to view."

Y'know, stand closer to those birds. Climb right on down onto the field at a baseball game. Leap off the top of the Grand Canyon. What could go wrong?

Common Sense 2.0
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