Potato Peelers, Bobby Pins, And Other Everyday Items You’re Probably Using Incorrectly

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

How is it that most people attend school for at least 12 years, and yet none of us know how to use a bobby pin correctly? If you buy a new vacuum or TV, it’ll likely come with an instruction manual.

But everyday objects don’t usually come with a manual — and most people assume they don’t need one. You already know how to use basic objects, right? There can’t possibly be a “wrong” way to use a bobby pin, right?

And yet. There is.

Most people use bobby pins with the smooth side facing their head — it just feels right that way. But apparently, it’s totally wrong. The bumpy side is supposed to be face down to help the pin stay secured in your hair.

Not only are you probably using your bobby pins upside down, but you’re probably also using your potato peeler and pasta spoon wrong.

Not to mention your oven drawer, your blender, and a bunch of other everyday objects.

As it turns out, there is a right way to use all of these objects. And what you’re doing probably isn’t it.

The oven drawer is another item that’s very, very easy to misuse. It looks like a storage drawer. It acts like a storage drawer. It smells like a storage drawer. But honey, it’s not a storage drawer. Instead, it’s a warming drawer, designed to keep your food at serving temperature. Turn the oven on, pop your food in there, and keep it warm until you’re ready to eat. No more lukewarm dinners.

Now, time to find another place to store all those baking sheets.

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