11 Secret Design Features Hidden On Products You Use Every Day

11 Secret Design Features Hidden On Products You Use Every Day

Who knew there were all these hidden features on everyday items! Check out my list of hidden designs that will make your life that little bit easier...or at least put your mind at ease.

1. Drinks cans come with an inbuilt straw holder

drinks can
Stop it from shooting out with the tab. 

Not sure how much of a difference this makes to your drinking experience, but word on the street is the hole in a ring pull is actually meant to hold your straw. Who knew!

2. Tic Tac containers have their own serving tray

The little compartment in the inside of a Tic Tac lid is for dispensing one Tic Tac at a time. All this time I've been recklessly pouring them all out into my hand! This might help with my Tic Tac portion control.

3. Paper ketchup cups are expandable

Those paper cups for ketchup at McDonald's and other fast food joints are always so small and don't sufficiently meet my ketchup needs...but wait! Apparently, they're designed to expand out so you can double up on sauce.

4. Chopsticks come with their own rest for good hygiene

chopstick rest
Don't snap down the middle - snap the end off!

Do as the Japanese do, and snap the end of your disposable chopsticks and rest them on the block when you're not holding them. This will prevent you from picking up any germs or bacteria from the table.

5. Works with Japanese toothpicks too!

Found some traditional Japanse toothpicks? You'll find a similar concept. Snap the end off to create a little block to rest them on. Great idea for when you're eating olives and other nibbles.

6. American-style takeaway boxes transform into plates

We don't see them in the UK too often, but if your local takeaway serves Chinese food in American-style takeout boxed then you'll be pleased to know they're been designed to fold out into a plate. Easy!

7. The lid of a takeaway drinks cup doubles as a coaster

Isn't it annoying when your ice cold drink starts to drip with water? Take the lid off and use it as a coaster to prevent annoying wet drips on the table.

8. Hair grips have ridges to keep your hair in place

hair grips
Have you been putting them in the wrong way round?

Most women have at least a few hair grips lying around. I for one used about 50 in my hair at one time when I was desperately growing it out, but according to beauty bloggers, one of the most used hair accessories is being used incorrectly the world over! Most of us use them with the wavy side up, but we're actually supposed to use them with the wavy side down. This means the end of the grip can scoop the hair into the grip and the waves keep hair in place. The straight side then help compress the hair into the waves!

9. Flip the lid of a pill bottle to make it easy to open

Child-proof lids are brilliant when you have kiddies in the house, but if you have no need to keep pills under tight lock then simply flip them over on a traditional pill bottle. They are designed to be able to to be used either side, but will be far easier to open on the non-childproof side.

10. Double yogurt pots are designed to fold 

Do you dip into double pots of yogurt one at a time? Give it a fold and tip the smaller section into the large one - it was designed for easy pouring!

11. Crisp bags can be made into a bowl

bag bowl
It works best with tortilla chips.

Save time on washing up! Did you know you can turn your tortilla or crisp bag into a disposable bowl? Crafty Lumberjacks will show you how.



Anushka F


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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  1. Author Debbie on July 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    As someone who breaks can openers with amazing regularity, may I say that whoever invented the ring pull was a genius. Feeble but I have been known not to buy products because they came without a ring pull!!

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Haha they are incredibly handy!

  2. Author Sheila Stoker on July 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I love your tips. It took us many years the circle the plug chain comes out of is designed for the plug to sit in when not in use

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Oh wow I didn't know that either...

  3. Author Vanda earl on July 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Your tips are great but I know you did a spray to keep flies of you and also mould on shower curtain

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Vanda! An insect repellant spray?

  4. Author Lesley on July 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Will be trying no 10 - that's something I never knew. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Glad you enjoyed them Lesley!

  5. Author Jackie on July 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    The hole in the middle of a spaghetti/pasta stirrer is to measure 1 serving of spaghetti

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Really? Wow I've have never heard of that before. I will have to try that out... thanks Jackie.

    2. Author Kelly H on December 6, 2016 at 2:06 am

      I purposely bought a spaghetti spoon just for that feature when I found out as my guesstimations were appalling!

    3. Author Anushka F on March 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Haha! I could never tell before either...always far too much spaghetti!

  6. Author Janet Hawkes on December 6, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Very good!!


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