Ordinary Items

There are so many ordinary items around the house we use every day but have no idea about the super helpful and surprising purposes they hide in plain sight.

For example, it’s always frustrating when I can never quite get the right temperature setting on my oven. Every recipe I try would end up taking much longer than the instructions called for, but the secret behind the knobs in #10 totally opened my eyes and made life so much better. I can’t believe I never knew what those screws were actually for!

Take a look to see more surprising purposes for ordinary items that we tend to overlook.

1. Tiny Holes On Padlocks

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YouTube / Show Maker

The holes allow water to drain when used outdoors and provide space for you to pour oil into the gears when the lock gets stuck.

2. Holes In Pasta Ladles

YouTube / Rockford’s New Country Q98.5

Surprisingly, this hole is designed to help you measure the amount of noodles needed for one serving.

3. Discs Under Bottle Caps

Wikimedia Commons / J.smith

Without these discs to keep the carbonation in control, your soda would go flat before it even got to the store.

4. Holes In Tennis Shoes

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Jess Catcher

You might think these holes are for ventilation, which is helpful too, but you can also loop the laces through for a snugger fit.

5. Lines On Box Cutters

Wikimedia Commons / Evan-Amos

You can break them off when the blade gets dull for a fresh new (very sharp) blade.

6. Holes In Pen Caps

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Wikimedia Commons / Trounce

Most think these holes are to keep the ink from drying out, but they’re actually to prevent suffocation if a child accidentally swallows a cap.

7. Bumps Between Tire Treads

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YouTube / geobeats

The bumps show the minimum height it’s safe to drive on, so if your tire tread wears down to match these markers, it’s time to replace the tire.

8. Threading On Top Of Childproof Caps

Instructables / SFHandyman

Why is there threading on the tops of certain childproof pill bottle caps? These are designed so adults can flip them around and un-childproof the bottle.

9. Holes In Soda Tabs

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YouTube / Vook Media

After opening the can, you can turn the tab around. Food Beast reports that the hole is meant to hold a straw in place for you.

10. Screws On The Backs Of Oven Knobs

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YouTube / mark witt

Using an oven thermometer, you can adjust them to calibrate the knob to accurately reflect the oven’s actual temperature.

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