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We tested four life hacks to light candles, cool drinks, cut cakes and make ice packs!

Posted at 7:11 AM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-05 09:21:37-04

Sometimes we take a break from testing products and test some life hacks to see if they're "Bull or No Bull!" Today, let's see what we can create with spaghetti, paper towels, floss and more!


Have you ever tried to light a candle in a jar, but couldn't make contact with the flame and the wic? Then, grab an uncooked spaghetti noodle. Light one end, and you've essentially created a long match to reach with ease.

This hack is NO BULL!


We know a thing or two about heat here in Arizona. Do you want to turn your warm drink into a cold one? Then, test out this hack!

Get a damp paper towel or two, and wrap it around your bottled drink. Place it in the freezer for 10-12 minutes, and it should be ice cold.

We put a damp paper towel around a can of soda, and another around a water bottle. We placed those in the freezer. We also placed an unwrapped can of soda and unwrapped water bottle inside as well to compare the temperature. 

After 12 minutes, we took all four drinks out. The temperatures were almost the same for each wrapped and unwrapped drink! Though the drinks did feel cold, there was not much of a difference in temperature, and that's why we're going with BULL!


Who cut the cheese? (cue Ba Dum Tss!) Seriously, forget the knife to cut cheese and cakes. Use unscented dental floss instead!

Pull out a length that should go all the way through, pull taut, and cut the slices. It was effortless. Each slice cut evenly!

On our "Bull or No Bull Meter", this one is NO BULL!


Here's one way to make a DIY, flexible ice pack. Take a Ziploc Freezer Bag, or you can double up to make it more durable. Then, add two cups of water, 1/3 cup of Vodka (80 proof), and any color of food coloring that you want. Then, freeze it. It is not supposed to freeze solid, making a flexible ice pack great for an injury or to wrap around food and drinks. HOWEVER, ours was solid, the consistency of a frozen slushy.

This hack is BULL!

We have seen several articles where people use rubbing alcohol instead of Vodka. Here are five other options we did not test that you can try to make a homemade, flexible ice pack.


We saw all of the hacks we tested on several sites. Click here to see other hacks. Click here to see a video on 29 hacks.