35 Life Hacks for the Modern Gentleman

35 Life Hacks For The Modern Gentleman

In this guide we’re going to talk about some great life hacks for the modern gentleman.

Our Top Life Hacks

1. Use Windex to Clean Patent Leather Shoes

In a rush? No problem at all. A few shots of Windex on a clean, soft towel will take the scuff right off your patent leather oxfords or pumps and leave them with a mirrored shine.

Fort Belvedere\s Black Grosgrain Faille Evening Shoelaces

Fort Belvederes Black Grosgrain Faille Evening Shoelaces

2. You’ve Been Tying Your Shoelaces Wrong

That’s right, we all have. It’s not your fault, though. Blame your parents for teaching you how and then watch this video to learn how to tie your shoes so they never come undone and always look perfect.

Get wrinkles out quickly with ice cubes

Get wrinkles out quickly with ice cubes

3. Use Ice Cubes to Get Wrinkles Out of a Shirt

Put your dryer on the highest setting, throw in the shirt and place three or four ice cubes in the dryer. As the ice melts, it turns into steam, ensuring a perfectly wrinkle-free shirt when you take it out.

Keep Your Shirt Collar Stiff with a Belt While Traveling

Keep Your Shirt Collar Stiff with a Belt While Traveling

4. Keep Your Shirt Collar Stiff with a Belt While Traveling.

Roll the belt up and put it in the collar of the shirt to keep the shirt from bending or the collar from folding over while traveling.

Sharpen Cartridge Razor Blades with Denim Jeans

Sharpen Cartridge Razor Blades with Denim Jeans

5. Sharpen Cartridge Razor Blades with Denim Jeans

Take an old pair of denim jeans you don’t mind ruining and run the razor blade down the jeans on a flat surface just like a strop. Then save money by getting more use from each blade. Lots of money.

6. Open a Wine Bottle with your Shoelace

Take a sharp paring knife and a boot lace. Tie a knot at the end of the lace and use the paring knife to push it through the cork in the wine bottle. Once it’s through all the way, pull the lace slowly and the cork will pop out. If the lace comes through, just tie a bigger knot.

Use a real clothes brush and forget the hacks

Use a real clothes brush and forget the hacks

7. Un-Hack It: Use a Real Clothes Brush

We’ve tested all the hacks for removing lint, hair, and dust, and nothing does a better job than a real clothes brush. There is no substitute and it’s friendlier to our environment since there’s no waste.

8. Use Your Neck to See if Pants Will Fit

Next time you’re at the store and don’t want the hassle of trying on pants, take the waistband of the trousers and wrap it around your neck. Chances are if it fits around your neck, it will be the right size for your waist.

Use Baby Powder to Remove Oil Stains

Use Baby Powder to Remove Oil Stains

9. Use Baby Powder to Remove Oil Stains

Oil stains are notoriously unsightly and difficult to remove. Thankfully, baby powder can remove them if you put it on fast enough. The oil gets soaked out and you get to wear your shirt once again. If you don’t have baby powder, press a fresh oil stain with something designed to be absorbent, like a paper towel or tissue.

Open Your Beer with Another Bottle

Open Your Beer with Another Bottle

10. No Bottle Opener? Open Your Beer with Another Bottle

Hold the second bottle around the neck and use the bottle cap to pop off the cap of the beer you want to drink. Just be careful not to slip and cut your knuckle. We probably should have bought stock in Band-Aids before testing this trick. It works, provided you’re not a klutz.

11. Use Clear Nail Varnish to Prevent a Loose Button from Falling Off

No sewing kit nearby? No tailor? No problem. Grab some clear nail varnish and apply it to the button and it will hold on until you have a chance to fix it.

Use Stale Bread to Clean Suede Shoes

Use Stale Bread to Clean Suede Shoes

12. Use Stale Bread to Clean Suede Shoes

It’s really as simple as rubbing the bread against the shoe. The staler the better so long as it’s not moldy.

Stretch Tight Shoes in the Freezer

Stretch Tight Shoes in the Freezer

13. Stretch Tight Shoes in the Freezer

Fill two bags with water and place them in the shoes. Put it in the freezer and as the water freezes it will expand, causing the shoe to stretch.

14. Rub Deodorant on your Feet to Prevent Chaffing and Odor When Wearing Shoes with No Socks

You don’t need a ton, just a little goes a long way. We recommend roll-on or stick deodorant and not spray.

White Wine removes red wine stains

White Wine removes red wine stains

15. White Wine Removes Red Wine Stains

Spilled some red wine? Grab a bottle of white and use it to blot out the red and prevent a stain.

16. Use Lemon Juice to Prevent Sweat Stains

If you’re prone to sweat stains, fill a small spray bottle with lemon juice and mist the armpits of your shirts before putting them on.

17. Use a Paper Clip as a Collar Stay

Can’t find the collar stay you put aside? Did the cat get it? Grab a paper clip for a quick fix when you’re in a rush.

Add Salt to Ice to Cool Things Instantly

Add Salt to Ice to Cool Things Instantly

18. Add Salt to Ice to Cool Things Instantly

Fill a sink or bucket with ice, add cold water, then add about a cup of salt for every three cups of ice and stir. Put the beer, wine or whatever you want to chill in the mix. Move it around and it will be ice cold in about three minutes. Rinse well before consuming.

Use a Hair Straightener as a Collar Iron

Use a Hair Straightener as a Collar Iron

19. Use a Hair Straightener as a Collar Iron

Is your collar flapping in the wind? Grab a hair straightener and use it to quickly press the collar back into shape. It’s perfect when traveling without an iron, and can be used on the rest of the shirt too.

20. Stuff Socks in Your Shoes When Travelling

Instead of carrying heavy shoe trees, stuff your shoes with socks to save room and keep the shoes in the right shape.

21. Use a Safety Pin on the Back of Your Lapel to Secure a Boutonniere

We’re often asked how to secure Fort Belvedere boutonnieres on jackets that don’t have a loop on the back of the lapel. Our answer: Use a small safety pin. It works every time. Just double check it doesn’t show through the front of the lapel.

22. Repurpose Your Wife or Girlfriend’s Old Pantyhose for Polishing Shoes

It’s the cheapest and best shoe cloth you’ll find. Simply use it on your favorite shoes to add polish.

23. Use Conditioner in Place of Shaving Cream

Forgot to pack shaving cream? Ran out mid-shave? No problem. Grab a bottle of conditioner and use it for a quick and painless shave.

Dryer Sheet to Freshen Smelly Shoes

Dryer Sheet to Freshen Smelly Shoes

24. Add a Slice of Lemon Peel or a Dryer Sheet to Freshen Smelly Shoes

Summer shoes sure take a beating. When you take them off at the end of a hot day, throw in a piece of lemon peel or a dryer sheet to keep them smelling fresh.

Use the Urinal Without Backsplash

Use the Urinal Without Backsplash

25. Use the Urinal Without Backsplash

Few things are worse than backsplash at a public urinal. Aim for the side of the bowl next time and you’ll prevent getting hit.

Store valuables secretly at the beach

Store valuables secretly at the beach

26. Protect Your Goods at the Beach

Use a clean diaper, an old lotion bottle (that’s clean) or an empty coffee thermos to store valuables at the beach so no one takes them while you’re in the water or soaking up the rays.

Soda Can Tabs to Hang Multiple Hangers From the Same Spot

Soda Can Tabs to Hang Multiple Hangers From the Same Spot

27. Use Soda Can Tabs to Hang Multiple Hangers From the Same Spot

Running low on closet space? Use the tab from a soda can and run it through the hook of the hanger. Then hang another hanger from the tab and so on and so forth…

28. Put a Corkscrew in Sideways to Get a Cork Out with No Fuss or Mess

Always breaking the cork? Line the corkscrew up with the middle of the cork every time by lining it up from the side. Simply hold the corkscrew sideways so the tip is touching the middle of the cork. Then move it into position while keeping the tip touching the cork to make sure it’s perfectly centered every time.

Use a Clothes Pin to Hold a Nail while Hammering

Use a Clothes Pin to Hold a Nail while Hammering

29. Use a Clothes Pin to Hold a Nail while Hammering

Avoid hitting your thumb or forefinger by grasping the nail with a wooden clothes pin when hammering a nail.

30. Fill a 1qt Bag with 50ml Liquor Bottles for a Personal Cocktail Bar While Flying

Stop paying a small ransom for the airplane-size liquor bottles mid-flight. They may not advertise it, but so long as you pack it according to FAA regulations, you can pack as many 50ml liquor bottles as you want and carry them on the aircraft. Then just accept the free soft drink, juice or mix and add your own alcohol to make a cocktail in the air.

Use a ziploc bag and sponge to store cigars

Use a ziploc bag and sponge to store cigars

31. Use a Ziploc Bag and Sponge to Store Cigars

If you don’t have a humidor and need to temporarily store some cigars, put them in a sealable freezer bag with a sponge dampened with distilled water to create a DIY humidor.

32. Pour Cheap Vodka Through a Water Filter to Give it a More Premium Taste

You read that right. On a budget? Need a martini? Filter your vodka in your Brita for a more premium-tasting vodka.

33. Gargle Whiskey and Warm Water to Instantly Relieve a Sore Throat

Many spirits were used medicinally in the past. Some still work that way. Add strong whiskey to warm water next time you have a sore throat and you’ll get some instant, temporary relief, though we don’t recommend driving afterward.

Drip Drop can cure your hangover quickly

Drip Drop can cure your hangover quickly

34. Use Drip Drop to Avoid a Hangover

Had too much to drink? Drink some Drip Drop. It works better than any other trick or life hack we’ve tried.

Use wine boxes to store off season shoes

Use wine boxes to store off season shoes

35. Use Wine Boxes to Store Off-Season Shoes

In most cases, you don’t even need to buy the wine. Most wine stores are happy to get rid of their boxes with cardboard dividers that 750ml bottles are shipped in. What’s awesome is that most shoes fit perfectly in them, which gives you a quick storage solution if you have a lot of shoes with minimal space.

Conclusion

There you have it. Our top life hacks that the editorial team at Gentleman’s Gazette recommends. What life hacks do you use? Any tips to improve on ours?

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19 replies
  1. Todd Gregory says:

    There are some great ideas here, and I plan on trying the tight shoes in the freezer trick, but if my neck is 17.5″, and my waist is 42″, how does my neck size tell me if pants will fit?

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  2. Terry says:

    Great list of suggestions – something for every gentleman here! If appropriate, I’ll offer two more: A very fine grade of sandpaper will also sand off stains on suede shoes without showing signs of wear. Also, oil stains (olive oil, etc.) on washable clothes can be removed by putting lighter fluid on the stain and rubbing it in before washing. Sometimes a second treatment is needed for severe stains.This works if the stain isn’t more than a day or so old. I don’t wear synthetics, but poly-cotton clothes seem to survive the procedure.
    Thanks for another useful article!

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  3. Jeff Casavant says:

    Hey – regarding bringing your own alcohol on airplanes:

    FAA regs say “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage to him.”

    Seems to me you can’t bring your own stuff to drink on the plane (though it would be great).

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/121.575

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  4. TOOTONE says:

    Another great article!
    #30, however, may not be legal. Flight attendants need to “serve” you alcohol — you can’t legally do it yourself. Some friendly flight attendants may be willing to crack open your small bottle and “serve” you. Some may not.
    Keep up the good work!

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  5. Suben Moodley says:

    Great ideas, but I am still confused about the waistband around the neck idea. To stretch shoes I place wet newspaper and then allow it to dry. As the paper dries it expands and stretches the shoes.

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  6. Borys Medicky says:

    The waistband trick could be better explained. Instead of opening the waist up as if you were going to slip your legs into the pants, the insides of the waistband must be pressed flat together, and then the outside of the waist (where the belt loops are) gets wrapped around your neck. My own pants just about meet around my neck, so the trick works.

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  7. Simon says:

    Great article.

    Not sure about the waistband tip. I take a small tape measure with me when I go clothes shopping. A quick measure and a look inside the pants to see how much extra fabric is will tell me if the pants will fit.

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  8. Lorne Phillips says:

    One of my favorite articles and that says a lot with the quality you put on this site. I must say I could have used two or three of these in the last year.

    Reply
  9. Robert Sumner says:

    I have found that using Brasso Duraglit Metal Polish wadding will remove deep scuffs from patent leather shoes. Just rub the scruff with a piece of wadding, then wipe off. Apply again if needed.

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