Husbands whose brilliant hacks made their spouses think they married a genius

Husbands whose brilliant hacks made their spouses think they married a genius

It’s funny how the perception of marriage has changed over the years. And you may not know this, but there’s a reason why men tend to be so clever and — shall we say, unconventional? — in how they fix those little problems that crop up in our daily lives. Yes, the wedding vows are to blame.

In the past, written within traditional wedding vows, there was an unspoken clause for husbands. It went something like this: “To have and to hold, and to constantly impress with how clever I am, from this day forward” is the full, original phrase. (Okay, so we’re joking a little bit here, but we’re still trying to figure out how men got to be so dang clever in their life hacks!).

That said, here are several ingenious men who are still upholding their side of that timeless matrimonial bargain with some crazy, incredible husband hacks. Without a doubt, they’ll make you marvel at their genius…while also scratching your head in puzzlement that they actually worked.

Facing the heat

This husband wowed his wife when she told him to keep an eye on dinner. Rather than hover in the kitchen and carefully monitor the cooking, he just started a video chat between their two phones.

Facing the heat

One he left in the kitchen pointed at the stove, and the other he took with him into the living room. Best of both worlds: watching dinner while watching a television show! We only wonder which of the two finished first.

Reinventing pour-over coffee

These days, trying to get a good mug of pour-over coffee can seem like a sisyphean challenge. Not only is it hard to even find a good pour-over rig, you can find yourself forking over several dollars for a single cup of the good stuff.

Reinventing pour-over coffee

Instead of throwing away all of your money on a fancy pour-over system, you should do what this genius husband did. He merely rummaged through his garage and produced an oil funnel for the task. However, if you go this route, make sure you thoroughly clean the funnel first!

A very silly straw

Waking up with cottonmouth can be terrible. You’re too parched and hoarse to call out for someone to bring you a drink, and too bleary to go fetch your own.

A very silly straw

Fortunately, this genius husband discovered that all you need is duct tape and a few straws, and every drink is within slurping range. For now, he’s limited this feat of engineering to just reaching his wife’s bedside table, but in the future we wouldn’t be surprised if he just runs a straw straight to the water faucet and skips the cup entirely!

Who’s cutting onions?

Normally slicing onions is a sad task that’s known to bring even grown men to tears, but this clever husband figured out a better method. What do you do when all you need is some protective eyewear, but the welding mask is too much?

Who’s cutting onions?

Just grab a pair of swim goggles and tighten them up. Now you look awesome and husbandly anywhere you go, even in the kitchen slicing up those pungent vegetables for tonight’s dinner.

A trashy solution

Balancing work with your domestic life is a real challenge. Sometimes, you just don’t have enough time in the morning to tackle all your chores and roll into the office early for that overdue presentation.

A trashy solution

This man demonstrates perfectly the principle of “multi-tasking”, making him both a perfect employee and the perfect husband. In a rush to beat the morning traffic, but needing to take out the trash bin, he just rolled down the window and grabbed it as he pulled out.

Wrapping up the holidays

Once per year for a single month, people who celebrate the season go all-out on decorating the Christmas tree. It can take hours to meticulously hang up every ornament, perfectly drape the tinsel, and carefully top the tree with a star.

Wrapping up the holidays

And then, once the holiday is over, you tear it all back down. What a waste, right? This genius husband decided to save some time next year, and preserved the family tree, baubles and all, in plastic wrap.

The mix master

In the olden days, it was believed that all you needed to fix any hardware issue was a roll of duct tape and a can of lubricating spray. Likewise, all you needed to make any meal delicious was salt and pepper.

The mix master

Improving beyond the basics requires our tool belts to expand over the years, both in the garage and in the kitchen. This quick-thinking husband saved the morning when the mixer broke down, by jury rigging up a solution and adapting his cordless power drill to the task.

Don’t be a drip

There’s nothing better in the warmer seasons than a chillingly refreshing scoop of ice cream. Unfortunately, summer wouldn’t be summer without the blistering heat, and being caught without a napkin to wipe away the melting dairy can leave your hands a mess.

Don’t be a drip

This smart hubbie figured out a way to serve these coned treats without the slippery, gooey spillage. Similar to how coffee carriers let you carry multiple cups without mess, he turned an egg carton into a surprisingly effective cone carrier.

Melting hearts (and arteries)

The saying “as smooth as butter” definitely applies here. In a rush to prepare some macaroni and cheese for their famished kids, this husband realized that he could combine a few steps.

Melting hearts (and arteries)

While the water was boiling, he put a pad of butter in a ceramic dish and melted it in the same pot. A genius way to save time while saving the day, and impress your wife and kids with your unique culinary skills.

Griddle me this

What to do when you’ve already prepared up the burgers and toppings, but then discover that you forgot to get hamburger buns? Just toss some pancake batter on the grill and make your own!

Griddle me this

Crumpets (thick griddle cakes) are a quick and easy solution you definitely should keep in mind the next time you grill. Not only does it cut down on waste, but like this clever husband, you can take credit for making everything — even the buns!

Don’t screw up

Pop! The sound of the cork coming off a fresh bottle is a distinctive part of the culinary experience. But what to do if you forget the corkscrew?

Don’t screw up

Just screw the cork — literally. It’s in the name, which is how this witty husband realized that there was really no difference. An old piece of hardware from the tool shed, one manual screwdriver, and a bit of elbow grease later, the fancy dinner service was saved.

Toaster oven

If you have leftovers in need of reheating, look around the kitchen. Several of the gadgets in there are designed for exactly that purpose, with just a little ingenuity. Take for example the toaster, long consigned to just warm up bread.

Toaster oven

However, if last night’s dinner is solid enough and small enough, a few seconds on the high setting will warm it up faster than the microwave or even a conventional oven. This husband impressed his wife with what he was able to cook using just this small appliance.

Leggo my charger

When she said she needed a way to keep her phone charger on the table, her husband dragged out his old toys. Far from ignoring her problem to instead play with his plastic figures, he quickly used the building blocks to create an adorable charger mount.

Leggo my charger

What’s great about this is he definitely has the parts remaining to expand it into a proper phone holder. He could even build her a phone case, should she desire to go all-in on the aesthetic.

Happy Valenfries Day

Most husbands by now know that when it comes to fancy chocolate, there are two rules. One: they’re appropriate for every holiday. Even for the little ones, like International Pillow Fight Day, better get a box of fine chocolate. Two: hands off.

Happy Valenfries Day

That’s her chocolate, no exceptions. What most hubbies don’t know is that there is one thing wives love more than delicate candies. The way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach, so a burger and french fries to show you adore her will never go wrong.

Why isn’t jarred spaghetti a thing?

This one is so clever, it actually begs the question why companies haven’t made this happen on a larger scale. They already serve delicious sauces in airtight jars, and premade noodles come in both boxes and bags.

Why isn’t jarred spaghetti a thing?

Just combine the two together, like this genius husband did on the spur of the moment. Not only is it a clever way to cut down on prep time, but it also means that there’s less cleanup and waste afterwards.

Pole noodles

This husband really used his noodle in coming up with this solution. He didn’t want to risk having his wife bang up the car door on a nearby pole every time she got out.

Pole noodles

So, he simply sliced an old pool noodle in half. The two pieces of squishy foam wrapped around the potential obstructions neatly, and formed a soft bumper to harmlessly absorb any shocks and impacts. Even she had to admit that it was genius.

Men really leaf their cars

Some people will spend hours meticulously washing, waxing, and buffing their mechanical babies. Everything has to be done perfectly, and with exactly the right tools.

Men really leaf their cars

Other people, like this smart husband, are willing to adapt different solutions to common problems. In this case, rather than wait for his freshly washed car to dry naturally (which risked streaking, and delayed the next beautification steps,) he just grabbed the leaf blower from the garage and rapidly air-dried the exterior.

Eggxcellent organizational skills

Practical problems call for practical solutions. Rather than continue dealing with cluttered sinks, full drawers, and medicine cabinets stuffed with personal care items, this genius husband made an organizer from egg cartons.

Eggxcellent organizational skills

This allowed him to keep everything neatly arranged, while also recycling those old containers. As an added bonus, his impressed wife had to admit that it was easier to find everything she needed to freshen up, when it wasn’t mish-mashed together in a pile.

A light drink

Recycling your old glass bottles is important for the environment, so this handy and conscientious husband took an old lamp that was missing its base and renovated it.

A light drink

Although this style of handmade decor is something you’d normally see hidden away in his designated “man cave”, the addition of a cute pink lampshade turns it into a tasteful work of art. This is now something that they can both proudly display in the living room.

Burnt bread

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what to do when the toaster is on the fritz? Thankfully, this quick-witted husband was able to astound his wife with just a wire whisk beater and a lit stovetop.

Burnt bread

The only thing we’d recommend changing is using a metal slotted spatula, so that you get the same lightly grilled texture without the risk of having your hard work fall off and literally go up in flames.

A lovely bunch

These delicious yellow fruits in their natural habitat hang in bunches on banana tree branches. This keeps them away from pests, prevents them from decaying too quickly, and incidentally makes them the perfect eye level for hungry human snackers.

A lovely bunch

When asked to put away the bananas before they browned, this husband went for an unexpected, but entirely appropriate, “return to nature” method by hanging the bunch up on the drying rack in the laundry room.

A not-so-fragrant bouquet

Anyone who’s ever celebrated a relationship milestone knows that the best way to do it is with a lovely bouquet of flowers. However, while flowers are a proven classic, this husband took the initiative to think outside the box.

A not-so-fragrant bouquet

Instead of presenting his wife with an arrangement of roses, he instead browsed the produce aisle of his neighborhood supermarket to come up with this bouquet. We have to hand it to him, it’s a stunning arrangement, and it’s practical, too. It probably made for a yummy stir-fry after she was done admiring it.

A nice shirt

Despite the many rumors otherwise, it needs to be stressed that husbands are perfectly capable adults too, and often dislike being mothered by their wives and told what to do.

A nice shirt

After one too many reminders to make sure he wore something nice for an outing, this gentleman grabbed his politest t-shirt from the closet and declared himself ready. Technically, he did exactly as asked — we can’t think of anything “nicer” than wishing the reader to have a great day.

A bright idea

While trying to set up a romantic atmosphere, one wife realized that she was slightly short on candle holders. Rather than sacrifice the symmetry and ruin the ambience, her husband just ate an orange.

A bright idea

You might think that this is unhelpful, but in reality he saved one hemisphere of the peel and voila, a brand new candle holder was made! Not only was it the perfect size for the gently flickering lights, but it also made the cozy warmth have a very pleasant citrusy scent.

Leave snow job unfinished

Most “husband hacks” are invented out of necessity, but sometimes the cleverness is just laziness at play. Take for example this clever husband, who was tired of constantly de-icing and brushing the heaped winter snow off of his car.

Leave snow job unfinished

Rather than spend the time to do the job right, he merely shoved off enough to see out of the driver’s side windshield, and called it good enough. While we can’t deny that it is ingenious, it’s also risky and a tad silly to drive around like that.

Phoning it in

Nowadays, phones are used for far more than just making calls. Many people watch movies, browse television shows, and even read books on their phone.

Phoning it in

They’ve invented kickstand cases for phones to help relieve the strain of holding these 140 gram behemoths for prolonged periods, but for this husband an easier solution was in sight. Literally, in that he had a glass coffee table he crawled under. The only question is, how does he pause or turn the pages without getting up from his cozy den?

A wholesome piggyback ride

There’s something about seeing a couple with a sense of humor that puts a smile on our faces. If that couple has clearly been together for awhile, then we can’t help but fall in love with their relationship, too.

A wholesome piggyback ride

This clever duo has found a way to get around town — while also having a little bit of fun with her wheelchair! The husband let his wife drive, but then he latched on, using a pair of skateboards to help propel him. It’s both brilliant and adorable, and we totally love the couple in this picture.

Coaster cooler

Unless you’re drinking coffee or hot cocoa, keeping your drink chilled and refreshing is always ideal. But ice cubes just water down the beverage, and all the condensation runs down the side and makes a sopping mess.

Coaster cooler

Enter this genius husband hack of just using a frozen ice pack as a coaster. His “two birds with one stone” approach to the problem astounded his wife, and left her baffled and wondering why nobody had invented this before.

Rollaway bed

Let’s face it, sometimes your idea of a good time doesn’t line up with your partner’s. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but too often the compromise is made where one party goes out and has a great time, while the other sits in the car and waits patiently.

Rollaway bed

This handy husband decided to buck the status quo by making a comfortable foldaway recliner bed for their truck. Now no matter whose turn it is to pick a fun activity, the other can relax comfortably and in style until they return.

Is he a witch?

Similar to the “toilet paper goes over / under” debate, how many trips to bring in the groceries can cause strife in a relationship. Half of partners prefer the “we’re going to make multiple trips, don’t wear yourself out” approach, and the other favor the “I’ve still got room on my left pinky, load up one more bag” method.

Is he a witch?

This genius husband may have single handedly ended the age-old argument, by simply grabbing an old broom handle and loading it up like a bindle to carry everything at once without inconvenience.

A man’s gotta do…

…what a man’s gotta do, right? In this case, the fella in the picture realized that he didn’t have an adequate TV tray to help him multitask his dinner time with his television watching time.

A man’s gotta do…

Instead of giving up and returning to the dining room to tuck into his evening meal, he got a little bit inventive instead. He found himself a (clean!) toilet seat, wrapped it around his shoulders, and extended the cover. That served as a table for his dinner plate, resting it at just the perfect height for his mealtime needs.

Slummertime

The warm months are intended to be lazy — hence why everyone vacations and parties during them. However, this slumming husband amazed his wife by accidentally inventing a way to maximize doing absolutely nothing all summer.

Slummertime

By putting his cold drink directly underneath his pool lounger, he can sip through the slats with a straw. This means that he doesn’t have to move a single inch the entire day, and can just focus on getting a perfect tan…at least, until he runs out and needs a refill.

Don’t dirty dishes

This husband simply wanted to spend more time with his wife. Since it was an expectation that he clean up any messes he made before joining her in the living room for movie night, he cleverly wrapped the whole plate in plastic wrap.

Don’t dirty dishes

Once he was done with dinner, he just threw away the wrap and put the unsullied plate back on the rack. Now he just needs to figure out how to cover the silverware, and there’ll be no dirty dishes in their house ever again.

It’s a shoe-in

Most husbands know that the first thing their family house needs is a place for all the shoes that they’ll accumulate. A door rack is a brilliant space saver, but the genius hack in this case is his realization that they can be used for anything.

It’s a shoe-in

Cleaning supplies in the laundry room, spices in the pantry, toiletries in the bathroom — anything you need visible at eye level, a hanging shoe rack will accommodate. Hopefully he kept at least one for all the shoes, though…

Letting off some steam

There’s nothing more stressful than needing a freshly pressed and crisp white shirt…only do discover that the iron is nowhere to be found. This husband found himself exactly in that predicament, but instead of wearing a wrinkled shirt to work, he found another way to remedy his problem.

Letting off some steam

By bringing two pots of water to a boil, he was able to generate enough steam to remove all the creases from his dress shirt. He undoubtedly looked amazing, and nobody was any the wiser for how he achieved his flawless appearance.

A cool trick

This hack is an old trick tenders use, but it still left the wife impressed to see her husband perform. Using a bit of engineering, a touch of physics, and a comprehensive understanding of thermal dynamics… okay, actually, he just wrapped a wet paper towel around their drinks to cool them more quickly.

A cool trick

This works because air is a great insulator but a terrible conductor, and vice versa for water. As the wet towels chill, the cold is transferred more rapidly to the bottled contents than if they were exposed to cold air alone.

Getting it done with a carabiner

For some people, carrying in all the groceries in just one trip is more than just saving time. It’s also a way of proving that they have the strength to perform this challenge.

Getting it done with a carabiner

Besides, who wants to walk up and down the stairs several times just to get the groceries into the house? Instead, this husband bound up the grocery bag handles with a carabiner, making it easy to grab them all at once. Then, no doubt feeling very pleased at himself, he hauled all of their food into the kitchen in a single trip.

In the hotseat

Pizza night is a sacred ritual for most families. However, pies are best served when the cheese is still melting hot. This means that going out to pick them up runs the risk of them becoming cold bricks of crust and sauce by the time you get home.

In the hotseat

Sure, you can microwave the pizza to reheat it, but that just isn’t the same. This smart husband solved the issue of keeping takeout hot by simply cranking up the car seat warmer to maximum and putting them in the passenger’s seat on the drive home.

Picture in picture technology

For all that modern mobile technology has revolutionized our lives, they tend to trade lightness for durability. Over time, your favorite devices will slowly wear down and become unreliable.

Picture in picture technology

After the hinges wore out on their laptop, one husband went oldschool for this hack. After all, what is a laptop screen but a portable moving picture? To impress his wife with his cleverness, he used a traditional picture frame as a kickstand to repair their worn-out screen.

Pocket pouch

Anybody who has done cartwheels on the beach knows that baggy pockets aren’t exactly reliable for holding your valuables. You need a designated bag, purse, or carrier for your most important things, which can be a hassle to keep track of when trying to stay light.

Pocket pouch

This husband hacked his own shorts by turning the pocket inside out, then using just a tightly coiled rubber band to clamp it securely shut. Sure, it isn’t the most dignified solution, but you have to admit that it’s ingenious.