There's no denying it, taking out the trash takes the crown as the least pleasant household chore. We'd rather do piles of laundry or even clean the bathroom than venture outside and deal with the smelly trash.
Whatever your feelings towards the task, TikToker Hannah Ian says that we've all been using trash bags wrong this whole time. The professional organizer, who runs a company called Stored Safely with her friend Lydia, shared a hack that reveals that many of us are unwittingly replacing the trash bag inside out.
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In the viral clip above, Hannah tells the camera that she's been using trash bags 'wrong' her entire life. She starts by doing what everyone usually does when changing the trash bag - fluffing it up to get air into it.
'The seam is inside out,' says Hannah, bringing the bag to the camera. 'I didn't know that. Apparently, you put it on like a hat.'
Hannah then demonstrates by opening up the top of the bag slightly and putting it on over the rim of the trash can. So it's technically 'upside down' for those of us that usually shake out the bag and put the bag in that way.
She then pushes the bag inside her best kitchen bin, and the whole process seems a lot more relaxed and, above all, quieter than the traditional air-fluffing way. The video certainly got people talking - it has now had over 650,000 likes and received almost 10,000 comments from other TikTok users.
'I tried this today and it was so much easier to put on,' one wrote.
'Why are these directions not on the box???' another asked.
'But shaking it is half the fun,' said a third.
It looks easier, but as some said in the comments, there's something satisfying about loudly shaking open a new trash bag in a dramatic flourish. When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, taking the trash out is just one of those things that can't be avoided.
If it stops your cat from running off terrified by the noise, then it's worth a go. Will you be trying this hack at home?