Life Hacker

February 19, 2021
How to Research the History of Your Home

How to Research the History of Your Home

Whether you live in an older home, or just appreciate them (and can lose hours scrolling through the Cheap Old Houses Instagram account), you may have looked at a house and wondered about its history: How old it is, who lived and died there, and what other events took place there over the years....

How to Get Better at Promoting Your Small Business on Social Media

How to Get Better at Promoting Your Small Business on Social Media

Whether you’re content with keeping your side hustle on the side or want to turn it into your full-time job, you need customers and a strategy. And you know where the customers are: Scrolling Instagram and sending TikToks to their friends TikToks. But how do you get their attention on social...

The Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant (and How to Know Which to Use)

The Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant (and How to Know Which to Use)

Everyone has their reasons for wearing (or not wearing) deodorant or antiperspirant—whether it’s to avoid sweating, smelling, or giving in to societal norms. But if you’re someone who opts to glide or spray on one of those products, do you know the difference between them?Read more...

How to Look for a New Job Without Tipping Off Your Boss

How to Look for a New Job Without Tipping Off Your Boss

If you’re looking for a new job, there’s a chance you’re feeling unfulfilled in your current position and you’re so over your boss that instead of bringing this up to them and hoping for a change, you’re ready to jump ship entirely.Read more...

The Best and Worst Foods for Composting

The Best and Worst Foods for Composting

As proponents of composting (or at least using kitchen scraps as plant food) we’re always on the lookout for tips and tricks that could improve the process, or (better yet) make it easier. This includes knowing what should—and, just as importantly, what shouldn’t—end up in the compost pile or...

7 of the Best VR Games That Will Actually Give You a Great Workout

7 of the Best VR Games That Will Actually Give You a Great Workout

When we last left the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, I was donning a VR headset and clearing out a space to play. I’ve now tried a bunch of different fitness apps and I have opinions. Here are my picks for some of the best ways to get your sweat on in virtual reality.Read more...

How to Aerate Your Lawn (and Why You Should)

How to Aerate Your Lawn (and Why You Should)

Depending on where you live—and your mentality about yard appearance—lawns can be hard work. If you don’t want to go the artificial route (which has its own environmental and physical challenges), there are other ways to make lighter work of lawn care. There are lots of little steps you can take to...

How to Finally Block Someone in Google Drive

How to Finally Block Someone in Google Drive

Google Drive is finally rolling out its long-awaited “block user” option. While it was previously possible to remove users from a shared document or prevent them from downloading and sharing files they collaborate on, you can now block all interactions directly in Drive.Read more...

How to Fake Like You Know What's Going on In the Olympics

How to Fake Like You Know What's Going on In the Olympics

Did you know the summer Olympics include competitions in canoeing, BMX racing, handball, trampoline, and judo? Maybe you didn’t, but fans of those sports definitely do, and you might encounter those big brains and need to play along.Read more...

Make This Cocktail in Memoriam of the Perfect Peach

Make This Cocktail in Memoriam of the Perfect Peach

Peaches are a great source of consternation for me. I am convinced that the last good peach I ate was consumed during my childhood, in 2001 or 2002, somewhere in the neighborhood of Kisela Voda in Skopje, Macedonia. Most likely, it was one I had picked from a neighbor’s tree on my way from one...

Why Back-to-School Shopping Is More Expensive This Year (and How to Spend Less)

Why Back-to-School Shopping Is More Expensive This Year (and How to Spend Less)

Welp, parents, it looks like you’ll need to leave even more room in your budget for school supplies this year: According to the National Retail Federation, families will spend an average of $849 on supplies in 2021, $59 more than last year, due to pandemic-related supply chain issues. Here’s a look...

6 of the Weirdest Dog Behaviors (and Why They Do It)

6 of the Weirdest Dog Behaviors (and Why They Do It)

To observe a dog is to bear witness to a great many animal mysteries, such as why do dogs sniff other dogs’ butts, and why does my dog pee multiple times during the same walk?Read more...

12 Picturesque Waterfalls You Can Visit Without a Passport

12 Picturesque Waterfalls You Can Visit Without a Passport

Earlier this summer, we wrote about the 15 U.S. islands you should visit. Now, we’re turning our attention to the magnificent waterfalls our country has to offer—and that you should experience at least once in your life. There are actually tens of thousands of waterfalls across the United...

How Contagious Is Delta, Really?

How Contagious Is Delta, Really?

Delta is more contagious than the original COVID-19 virus, and it’s even more contagious than the other variants of concern. That’s why the CDC has recently recommended masking up in some situations even if you’re vaccinated—as many public health experts have been urging ever since Delta started...

11 Tasty Things You Should Be Doing With Corn

11 Tasty Things You Should Be Doing With Corn

To say I enjoy eating corn would be to grossly downplay the truth. I love corn, and I eat a lot of it during the summer. I will eat it raw. I will eat it pickled. I will eat it steamed, and grilled, and sautéed. Read more...

How to Use the Hidden Search Tabs Feature in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox

How to Use the Hidden Search Tabs Feature in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of open tabs between multiple browser windows—sometimes even with the same website in multiple tabs. Instead, use the built-in search tabs feature in your browser to keep things organized. You’ll find this feature in all major browsers like Chrome, Safari, and...

You Can Adjust or Disable the Keyboard Backlight on Your MacBook

You Can Adjust or Disable the Keyboard Backlight on Your MacBook

Most MacBooks have a backlit keyboard—that white light underneath that lets you see the keys when it’s dark. By default, the keyboard backlight is set to turn on automatically when your MacBook detects low-light conditions, and the brightness level is adjusted automatically.Read more...

How to Date Someone Who's Out of Your League

How to Date Someone Who's Out of Your League

Hey, did your phone just ding? It sounded like a match. Congrats! But oh, what’s this? The match is someone super hot you swiped right on with the assumption they’d never actually swipe right back?Read more...

What's New on Amazon Prime Video in August 2021

What's New on Amazon Prime Video in August 2021

Adam Driver’s next role is a far cry from Kylo Ren. In Annette, the new artsy film from French director Leos Carax (the revelatory Holy Motors, which you should watch right now; it’s streaming for free), he plays a toxic, controlling husband to a woman played by Marion Cotillard; their bond grows...

15 Unnecessary Sequels That Are Better Than You Think

15 Unnecessary Sequels That Are Better Than You Think

Sequels are rarely necessary, but that doesn’t mean we won’t watch them, hoping that a follow-up will refine and expand a story in a way that fulfills the promise of the original, rather than letting it down. Any movie fan can list the great and successful sequels, but this is something a bit...

How to Make Simple Syrup in Less Than a Minute

How to Make Simple Syrup in Less Than a Minute

Simple syrup is nice to have on hand for the times when you feel like making a cocktail at home—but buying it from the store seems kind of wasteful when it’s nothing more than sugar and water. Making your own syrup on the stovetop has its own drawbacks, though (namely that you have to wait for it...

7 Bills You Shouldn’t Set to Autopay (and Why You Shouldn't)

7 Bills You Shouldn’t Set to Autopay (and Why You Shouldn't)

Setting up your bank account to automatically pay your bills is easy, convenient, and it seems like the right thing to do. After all, you don’t want to accidentally forget payments and face late penalties or have your service cut off, right?Read more...

The One Question You Should Be Asking in Job Interviews Right Now

The One Question You Should Be Asking in Job Interviews Right Now

Despite the enduring pandemic, companies are luring workers back to the office, even as COVID-19 cases surge in parts of the country and vaccination efforts have largely stalled. Still, the whole transition back to the office after more than a year of working remotely is a big issue for anyone in...

How to Find Childcare When Everything Is Booked Solid

How to Find Childcare When Everything Is Booked Solid

School is about to start up again, which means that, once again, working families have to scramble to find childcare to fill the gap between school hours and work hours. But this year is looking to be even harder than usual—not that usual was ever easy to begin with—as a lot of daycare and...

Are Sumo Deadlifts Cheating?

Are Sumo Deadlifts Cheating?

A deadlift, in which you grab a barbell from the ground and stand up with it, is both one of the simplest barbell lifts and one of the heaviest. But what happens if you do the lift with your feet stretched out to the sides? Does that make it any less of an accomplishment? Read more...