10 Tricks From Our Grannies That Still Work

Some tricks and hacks can be really ingenious, and so many generations use them. Yet some are forgotten over time, turning into some kind of “grandpa-style” tips.

Bright Side decided to recall the past and collected 10 utterly useful tricks that were popular among our grannies.

#1. Roses will live twice as long if you put half an aspirin in the water.

Aspirin prevents water decay and helps to preserve chrysanthemums, carnations, gladioli, and roses. As for daffodils, it’s better to add a pinch of salt to the water. Use some vinegar for dahlias.

#2. To teach your child to hold a pen properly, use a rubber band.

Put a rubber band on the hand, and then attach a pen to it with the cap facing the wrist. Now turn it 180°. The pen will now stay in the right position.

#3. Sprinkle salt on a greasy stain on clothes as quickly as possible.

Salt will absorb most of the grease. Just sprinkle, wait, and shake. A large stain will be easier to wash off, and a small one will simply disappear.

#4. Dried nail polish can be diluted with nail polish remover.

Several drops of nail polish remover will make the polish not only more liquid but shinier. However, the main thing is not to add too much or it will become too watery.

#5. A burned pan can be easily cleaned by boiling salted water in it.

You can easily clean even a greasy burned surface without special detergents. Simply add several tablespoons of salt to water, and boil for 15-20 minutes.

#6. You can clean your fingers from beet or berry juice with lemon.

The usual soap only strengthens the purple color. This is why, to get rid of dark stains from beets or berries, it’s better to use lemon juice. Or you can simply rub your hands with a piece of lemon.

#7. Eggs won’t crack and the white won’t leak while boiling if you put them in salted water.

Salt won’t affect the eggs cracking, but it will prevent the egg white from leaking, leaving the natural taste as it is.

#8. To avoid bread crumbling, dip the knife into boiling water.

To ensure that fresh bread doesn’t fall apart when cutting it, first dip the knife into boiling water. You can also pour water from the kettle onto it. Then wipe the blade, and cut smooth slices.

#9. Potatoes help to remove irritation and inflammation from insect bites.

Take a small potato, wash it, and cut it. Attach the cut side to a clean wound or bite, and fix it with a bandage or adhesive plaster.

Potatoes reduce itching and inflammation and help to moisturize a wound, which increases the healing speed. It helps with any bites and irritations.

#10. Define the cardinal directions with a wristwatch.

Take a wristwatch, and rotate it so that the hour hand faces the sun. Then divide the angle between the hour hand and the number 1 in half. The line separating the angle will point to the south.

  • Until noon, the south will be on the right side of the sun, and after noon — on the left.

2 Amazing Remedies With Lemon Peel That Can Help You Treat Joint Pain Forever

Joint pain becomes unbearable in time, so doctors usually prescribe painkillers or different medicines to treat the pain. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary solution.

So, that’s why we’re here today! We’re going to present you a natural remedy to help you treat this kind of pain. The preparation is very simple and the ingredients are easily available or they may even be in your kitchen!

Lemon is a very refreshing fruit full of vitamins like: B6, A, B1, C and minerals like: magnesium phosphorus, potassium, calcium, pectin, etc. Many people usually throw out the peel, but it’s the peel which is filled with plenty of different health benefits!

Lemon peel is abundant in anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. They especially help in the treatment of nerve pain, but also improve our blood vessels. It’s amazing against joint pain.

In this article, we’re offering you 2 different ways to use lemon peel in case of joint pain!

For the first one, you should grate a lemon, but make sure you only grate the yellow part. Put the grated peel on the areas where you have joint pain. Cover them using a bandage. It should rest like that for several hours. The results will amaze you! You’ll feel an improvement very soon!

Here’s another recipe:

  • Eucalyptus leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Two lemons

The lemon should be peeled. The peels should be kept in a glass jar. Cover the peels with the extra virgin olive oil. They should be covered totally. The eucalyptus leaves should go in the end. Make sure you shut the jar tightly. Leave it to stay like that for 2 weeks. After the period, dip a piece of gauze in it. Cover the painful area with it. Fasten it using a bandage.

For optimal results, repeat the procedure before you go to bed every night. You won’t move so the remedy will have a better action.

Natural remedies are excellent! You’ve got nothing to lose! Try these 2 to see which one works for you the best! You’ll be stunned by their effectiveness!

5 minutes challenge. No cream, No Wax. Just use this soap and your body will become hair free

Soap, you can use any glycerin soap
Barium supphide
Tea tree oil

What to do:

  1. Grate soap using grater
  2. Now melt this soap using double boiler method
  3. In this melted soap add 1 table spoon of barium sulphide
  4. Also add few drops of tea tree oil in this
  5. Mix it very well
  6. Now take a clean plastic container. apply petroleum jelly on its inner walls
  7. Now transfer all this soap mixture to this bowl
  8. Freeze it for 2 hours
  9. After this remove this soap from container and it is ready to use

How to use it

First apply this soap to area from where you want to remove hair. Leave it for 5 minutes. Barium sulphide make hair roots weak so they come out easily. After 5 minutes soak a thin cotton cloth in water, squeeze it out to remove excess water, with help of this wipe off your skin in opposite direction of hair growth

Do You Keep The Gases? When You See What Is Happening To You, You Will Stop Immediately

The gases are the product of air trapped in the body. A part of the air we swallowed by chewing and swallowing, a part of the product of bacteria that live in our intestines. According to etiquette at all costs should refrain from releasing gases, and how dangerous that is?
Average human gas composed of 4% of oxygen, 7% of methane, 9% carbon dioxide, 21% of hydrogen and 59% nitrogen. A nuisance odor pleasantness and depend on the changes in the percentage of these gases. The sound produced by gases generated by the vibration of the rectum and the volume depends on the strength of the sphincter muscles and of pressure that causes the gas.

The smell of gas is determined by several factors, of which the most important food. If your diet is rich in foods such as broccoli, cabbage and beans, the smell will be more unpleasant.

What happens when you keep your gas?
The consequences are heartburn, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, and abdominal pain. When long retain gases, increases heart rate and blood pressure. And because doctors generally advised to leave the gas as soon as you get a chance.

Gases have to go out, and if they persistently retain, absorb them to the walls of the colon, and one of them goes into the bloodstream. Then the blood passes through the lungs and in some cases the cause of bad breath.

To reduce the amount of gas, be careful how you eat. Chew carefully so as not to enter and unnecessary air, using a tube when you drink, avoid chewing gum and sweets, and alcohol. In addition, these are foods that can help, but also set back.

The biggest challengers gases are: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, peas, milk and dairy products (for those who do not have enough of the enzyme lactamase), onion, soy and turnips.

Moderate challengers gases are: Apples, bananas, bread and rolls, carrots, celery, eggplant.

The weak challengers gases: eggs, fish, meat, oil, poultry, rice.

10 Body Language Mistakes That Will Harm Your Life

Whether you are on a date, a job interview, at a conference or a party, or just interacting with someone you’ve met for the first time in your life, the rules of communication state that 58% of your success depends on your body language.

Health4u  collected the most common body language issues that can ruin your image without you even realizing it.

10. Poor posture

Standing with your shoulders drooped makes you look insignificant, weak, and unconfident. If you slouch in your seat or lean too far back, it signals to others that you are too comfortable and disinterested in what you are doing. If you are still not convinced, there is scientific proof that slouching can lower your mood and self-esteem.

9. Poor legs and feet position

The position of your legs and feet are more subconscious and, therefore, more difficult to control. Yet it can convey your insecurity and give away your state of mind or hidden intentions. The way you place your legs when sitting can also reveal something about your personality.

  • People choosing position A (knees together, feet apart) project an image of somebody childish, insecure, and dreamy.
  • Crossed legs like in picture B may reveal a defensive, distant, or closed-minded attitude.
  • Position C signals dominance and significance. However, it also reveals arrogance and is often inappropriate and impolite in formal situations.
  • Parallel legs like in picture D is a neutral position, making you look open and calm.
  • Placing the legs as in picture E is more common for women and makes them look more feminine and attractive.

8. Exaggerated gestures

Monitor your hand and arm movements. When a person is moving their hands wildly, it signals a lack of confidence and professionalism. It’s no surprise that nervous movements such as cracking your knuckles, playing with your hair, or biting your nails and lips make you look anxious and insecure. Yet the absolute lack of gestures can be harmful as well and signal a loss of interest.

7. Crossed arms

Standing or sitting with crossed arms is a defensive position, which can give the impression that you are neither impressed nor interested. Holding your arms parallel to the body, on the other hand, shows that you are open for conversation. Even better, holding your hands back shows your superiority, power, and confidence. However, according to some research, crossed arms indicates greater persistence when dealing with difficult tasks.

6. Weak handshakes

A firm handshake is important. Someone with a weak handshake can be viewed as lacking authority and confidence. Although, if your handshake is too strong, you may be perceived as aggressive. One of the worst handshakes is called a “wet fish handshake” — a weak handshake with cold and sweaty hands that gives the impression of a person who is weak in character and cold in nature.

5. Inappropriate eye contact

Avoiding eye contact makes you look unprepared or unprofessional in a business meeting and insecure or insincere during a date or at a party. On the other hand, according to the body language expert Carol Kinsey Goman, too much eye contact could seem rude, intimidating, and hostile.

4. Fidgeting

Fidgeting with your hair, hands, phone, or any other object can be distracting for your communication partner and prevent them from focusing. You, on the other hand, will appear weak and distracted, although a recent study shows that fidgeting helps one to retain information better. Don’t look at your phone or watch while talking to somebody because it is rude and shows that you are not interested in the conversation.

3. Incorrect position of fingers and hands

Rubbing of palms or placing the fingers of one hand over the fingers of the other hand to form a “steeple” should be used with caution. They may give the impression that you are trying to deceive another person or impose your thoughts rather than convince.

2. Not mirroring others

Mirroring allows you to build rapport with others. It also develops trust and allows you to engage in deeper conversations. Research shows that although men find mirroring harder than women, women are more influenced by mirroring and find men who repeat their gestures or posture more attractive.

1. Failing to nod or smile

Smiles or nods can be used as powerful nonverbal cues to let someone know that you are actively listening. Smiles put those around you at ease. While some people won’t pay attention to the position of your legs and arms, everybody will react to the signal conveyed on your face. Besides, smiling makes you feel good yourself! Try it!

The 11 Most Dangerous Things in Your Kitchen You Didn’t Know About

Bright Side decided to share this important information with you. It will definitely change some of your habits.

11. Plastic food storage containers

To make the plastic flexible, some manufacturers add special chemicals, which can cause serious health problems. We are pretty sure you don’t want these chemicals in your food or in your body.

10. Kitchen sink

If food particles from your dishes stay in your sink for some time, they start creating a breeding ground for bacteria like salmonella and many others. The kitchen sink can be a really dirty place.

9. Knives

Your knives should always stay sharp. If they are not sharp enough, they may slip when you try to cut something, damaging your hands or other body parts.

8. Sponges

The average kitchen sponge grows bacteria very quickly. Rinsing it doesn’t prevent harmful pathogens from multiplying. To kill bacteria, you can microwave the wet sponge or soak it in diluted bleach for a couple of minutes. Or just put it in the dishwasher on the longest and hottest cycle.

7. Hand towels

Kitchen towels are one of the dirtiest things in your kitchen. You touch them all the time — even before washing your hands, and then again while cooking. That’s a way for bacteria to get into your food.

6. Air fresheners

Chemicals found in all kinds of air fresheners can cause lung damage or even cancer. So you’d better air your kitchen and take out the trash regularly.

5. Gas oven

Never forget to check if you’ve turned it off before going to bed or leaving the house. It will keep you and others safe from the dangers of the gas released from the burners.

4. Nonstick cookware

Overheated Teflon can emit toxic fumes. So, in this case, it’s better to use some old-fashioned and well-tried tools.

3. Meat grinder

Meat grinders are very powerful. Please, keep your fingers away from the grinder. It always has a special tool to push the meat down into the grinder, which you have to use so as not to damage your hands.

2. Garbage disposal

This thing is only for garbage! You should never put your fingers in it. Even if you drop something in there, don’t try to pull it out with your hands.

1. Cutting boards

Always use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables. Raw meat can contain bacteria that cause serious illnesses. And never use damaged or cracked ones because cracks are perfect places for bacteria multiplication.

10 Inventions That Changed The World Around Us

It actually started when the first ape took a stick. Then there was the wheel, the printing press, the steam engine, electricity, and here you are in the digital world. You can easily read about all these inventions in any school history textbook, but Bright Side has made a list of inventions that we always take for granted when, in fact, they really changed the world. There’s a special bonus for the ladies at the end.
1. Barcodes

These little strips of boring black-and-white lines actually changed the way we shop. Though it normally says nothing to a regular customer, a barcode is of the utmost importance and can be found on almost every single item in a grocery store. Mic’s Chilli and its Hot Wings Sauce is an example of how some companies get more creative and use barcodes to improve the design of their package.
2. Pacemaker

This small but very important medical device maintains an adequate heart rate when a natural pacemaker doesn’t work properly. The latest models are roughly the size and shape of a pill and can be inserted via a leg catheter rather than invasive surgery.

3. Mauveine

Mauveine, also known as aniline purple, was accidentally invented by a student who tried to synthesize quinine. Instead, he got the first synthetic organic chemical dye, and many thousands have been prepared since then. But mauveine was the one that started a revolution in the world of fabrics and fashion.
4. Teflon

The invention of the material that we normally call Teflon was not just another important scientific discovery — it changed our attitude toward cooking. Nonstick frying pans with a Teflon coating can now be found in every kitchen.

5. Plumbing

Before indoor plumbing was introduced, sanitary conditions were far from satisfactory. In medieval castles, the toilet was just a tiny room with a hole in the floor, and all the waste just dropped below/outside the castle walls. The smell around the castle was quite a stench. Plumbing infrastructure really took public health and hygiene to a whole new level.

6. Vulcanized rubber

The modern process of vulcanization was not developed until the 19th century, mainly by Charles Goodyear. Today a vast array of products are made with vulcanized rubber, including shoe soles, hoses, and conveyor belts, although tires are the main product. Hard vulcanized rubber is used to make items such as clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces, bowling balls, and hockey pucks.
7. Safety glass

Safety glass is a common name for several types of glass. Toughened and laminated glass are often used in vehicle windows and windshields or interior design elements, while wire mesh is more often used in construction. It is hard to imagine our life without these wonderful inventions.

8. Concrete

Almost 2,000 years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome in Rome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. The first concrete-like structures were built in the Middle East region thousands of years ago. As the ingredients and combinations improved, concrete became one of the most widely used man-made materials.
9. Velcro

Velcro is actually a generic trademark for all the hook-and-loop fasteners we use. They consist of 2 fabric strips with tiny hooks (in the photo) on one and even smaller and “hairier” loops on the other. These touch fasteners became highly appreciated by everyone, from regular customers with young children to NASA specialists widely implementing them in spacecraft.

10. Stainless steel

It is believed that stainless steel soap can efficiently neutralize or reduce strong odors such as those from handling garlic, salami, or fish. Though scientific evidence of its efficacy as a soap appears lacking, its corrosion-resistant properties make stainless steel a widespread material in all spheres from cooking to construction.

No more crouching over an unsanitary public toilet! This device is made of medical grade silicone and allows girls to urinate while standing up. Neat, discreet, and hygienic. This is what feminist victory looks like nowadays.

5 Mistakes We Make Every Day When Taking a Shower

Few would think you can do such a simple thing as taking a shower incorrectly, yet in fact there are rules to keep your skin healthy.

Bright Side collected 5 typical mistakes we make when showering.

5. Washing for too long

Like hot water, lengthy bathing dries the skin too much, resulting in rashes and itching. The optimal duration of a shower is about 10 minutes.

4. Frequent use of foamy gels and body washes

The more lather there is the more superficially active substances there are in a shower gel. This means it’s depleting your natural protective oil layer, leading to dryness and roughness of skin. In addition, if antibacterial washing agents aren’t specifically prescribed to you, there’s no need to use them daily.

3. Using old and wet sponges

Wet sponges and loofahs are perfect for bacteria and mold growth, so it’s better to change them once every 4 weeks. Try using a terrycloth mitten or a towel instead.

It’s also important to dry the sponge after use.

2. Overly enthusiastic drying

Dry your body with a soft towel, leaving it a bit moist. Then use your favorite cream, and your skin will remain smooth and healthy!

1. Overly hot water

Hot water makes the skin dry and flaky. It washes away too much skin fat, leaving it defenseless. It also increases blood flow, which often leads to erythema, inflammations, and rashes. 35-40°C is perfect for healthy skin.

Lose 15 kg In 15 Days With This Diet!

The breakfast is the same throughout the whole diet plan
  • 1 fruit (orange, pear, peach, melon, watermelon,but no bananas or any grapes)



  • 1 orange
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 cup yogurt (about 200ml)


  • 2 tomatoes or 2 dl cooked tomatoes
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 small piece of lettuce or ½ cucumbers
  • 2 pieces of rusk



  • 1 orange
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 cup yogurt (about 200ml)


  • 125 gr boiled beef
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 orange
  • 1 rusk
  • 1 cup of tea or coffee without sugar



  • 1 orange
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1 cup of yogurt (about 200ml)
  • 1 piece of lettuce or 1 cucumber


  • 125 gr boiled beef
  • 1 orange
  • 1 rusk
  • 1 cup of tea or coffee



  • 125 gr cow milk cheese
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 rusk


  • 125 gr boiled beef
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 apple
  • 1 rusk



  • 200 gr boiled meat or fish
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 rusk


  • ½ kilos boiled vegetables (carrot, peas, potato)


The meat and the vegetables are cooked with no or just a pinch of salt.

The 6th and 7th day you should stop the diet, and then continue it at day 8 in the same order.

You mustn’t consume any alcohol during this diet plan.

After the 5th day you’ll lose 5 to 10 pounds, and after the 2 days break, the diet plan should be repeated 3 times ( 5 days + 2 days break) and you’ll have no health consequences and still lose 30 pounds. If you continue eating regularly every day except Mondays, you won’t gain back the pounds. On Mondays, you should eat this:

Breakfast: 1 cup of lemon juice without sugar

Lunch: 1 apple, 1 rusk

Dinner: 1 boiled egg, 1 tomato, 1 rusk

All these foods can be taken hot or cold, but it’s important to be taken in the right order and not to omit any.

12 Time-Saving Beauty Tricks Even Lazy Girls Will Want to Master

Health4u  thinks that’s too much, and that is why we found some tricks that will save you time by very unexpected means. Moreover, most of these recommendations will save you money as well.

12. Make your manicure last longer.

Covering your nails with Shellac or gel is a great thing, but this kind of manicure grows out very quickly. Then you have to visit a manicure master once again. A glittery nail polish will help to postpone the visit for some time. All you need to do is apply it at the base of your nails.

11. Save a button from falling off your shirt.

If you are about to go out but you feel that one of the buttons on your shirt is going to fall off, apply some colorless nail polish on it (as shown in the photo). And here you can find other ways of using nail polish unconventionally.

10. Prolong the life of your liner.

This secret doesn’t work with all liners, but there is a chance that it will work with yours. When the applicator stops giving clear lines, take it out and put it back in with the other end first. Now you have a new liner!

9. Fold your clothes for easier mornings.

Morning attempts to find items of clothing in a chest of drawers can irritate even a monk from Shaolin. Fold your clothes as shown in the photo, and you’ll be able to see with one glance which items you have. There will also be no need to reorder your wardrobe so often.

8. Contour quickly.

If you think that contouring and highlighting are long and dreary activities, get yourself 2 concealers: lighter and darker than your skin tone. Draw two 3s on your face (as shown in the picture), and blend the lines completely. We found some great advice here.

7. Make a long belt fashionable.

6. Create a fan brush.

Fan brushes are very convenient to clean up your makeup or dust powder very lightly. For those who are still wondering if they need this type of brush, bobby pins can help greatly. Please watch the details on this site.

5. Make your perfume last longer.

You will not have to carry a bottle of perfume with you all the time if you first apply something moisturizing onto your skin. Vaseline, for example, can be a great help. After applying it onto your skin, spray perfume over it, and dab it with your wrist.

Here you can see the other ways of using Vaseline.

4. Free your hands while drying your hair.

When you have a lack of time, simply standing and holding a hair dryer in your hands wastes precious minutes. Try to find a place where you can hang it and keep it in an upright position. Here you can find more secrets on how to save time.

3. Treat pimples quickly.

If you have an unexpected pimple, apply some clear eye drops onto it. They will narrow the capillaries, and the pimple will “deflate” right away.

Here you can read what else can help to treat those nasty pimples.

2. Speed up your shower.

Stop wasting your time regulating the water temperature in the shower! Find the best temperature for you, and mark it with a waterproof marker right on the tap (as is shown in the photo). Instead of markers, you could use stickers. Just join them up the next time you take a shower.

1. Do your makeup in NO time at all.

In this case, what you can do is fill in your brows. And that’s it. This will help you look groomed, and it will also make you feel like you are, in fact, wearing makeup.

Here you can find instructions on how to do this nicely.