Tiktok star reveals the hacks you need to know before you’re 30


A man has become a viral sensation for sharing hacks he wish he knew before he was in his thirties – including how to crack an egg, use a travel pillow and burn a candle correctly.

Sidney Raz,  33, from LA, has racked up more than 2.3 million TikTok followers sharing tips and tricks that everybody should know – but nobody does.

He starts every video by explaining: ‘Here’s something I wish I knew before I was in my 30s.’ 

In one clip, he revealed how to correctly dry a mug on a dish rack – explaining that dangling it by the handles is the best way to maximise space.

Sidney has also revealed that the number on your toaster signifies the amount of minutes bread would be toasted for, while in further video he said that dressing gown ties should actually be put around the front. 

Sidney also revealed how to hang dishes on a rack

Sidney Raz, 33, from LA, has racked up more than 2.3 million TikTok followers sharing tips and tricks that he wish he knew while he was in his twenties (left, a clip on how to crack an egg, and right, on the correct way to hang mugs in a dish rack)

How to use a pick up a hot lid

Racking up more than 66 million likes with his useful tricks, in one video he shared the correct way to use a Brita filter, how to use tongs to pick up the lid of a hot pot and the proper way to use a smoke alarm.

Explaining how to pick up a hot pan he said: ‘Here’s something I wish I knew before I was in my 30s.

‘When you don’t have an over mitt, you can use tongs to pick up a hot pot lid.

‘You don not use the front, you use the middle,’ he explained as he picked up the tongs and pushed them on to the top of a boiling pan lid.

‘Works great,’ he added. 

Racking up more than 66 million likes with his useful tricks in one video he shared how to use tongs to pick up the lid of a hot pot (He is pictured picking up a pan with tongs)

Racking up more than 66 million likes with his useful tricks in one video he shared how to use tongs to pick up the lid of a hot pot (He is pictured picking up a pan with tongs)

How to wear running shoes

In another clip he shared that many people don’t know the correct way to wear running shoes.

He explained: ‘This little hole is called a heel lock, and you’re supposed to use it. It’s the same side lace falls through hole.

‘Opposite side lace goes through the loop  and heel locks.

A ‘heel lock’ style of lacing will prevent your heel from slipping out of the shoe and reduce excessive movement of your foot in the shoe. This helps reduce friction that causes blisters and excess wear.

According to the Asics website this can ensure your laces don’t become loose and prevents your heel from slipping out of the shoe.

They explained: ‘Firstly, lace shoes in the usual criss-cross pattern until the second-to-last eyelet.

‘Secondly, thread the lace through the last eyelet so that the lace comes out on the inside of the shoe, creating a loop between the last two eyelets.

‘Finish by crossing your laces and inserting them through the loops that you’ve created and pull tightly securing the shoe around your foot, and then tie shoes as normal.’

In another clip he explained that many people don't know the correct way to wear running shoes (pictured)

In another clip he explained that many people don’t know the correct way to wear running shoes (pictured) 

How to tie a dressing gown

In another clip he explained how to tie a dressing gown to ensure it stayed tight and comfortable throughout the day.  

Sidney revealed that instead of looping the belt all the way around the gown, people should instead only tie it through the first two loops.

He then pulled the belt back around her front and tied it in a knot, showing off how much tighter and secure her robe was with her simple yet clever method.

‘Take it out, tie the front, it’s nice and tight,’ he said.  

In another clip he explains how you don't tie a dressing gown in the front. 'Take it out tie the front it's nice and tight,' he says. H

He then explains the correct way is to loop the belt in through the front and then tying it at the front using only the back lo

In another clip he explains how you don’t tie a dressing gown in the front. ‘Take it out tie the front it’s nice and tight,’ he says. He then explains the correct way is to loop the belt in through the front and then tying it at the front using only the back loops.

How to check if your trousers fit 

Trying to find jeans that fit can be a nightmare for anyone when shopping – but Sidney shared a simple hack which could help any shopper.

Ensuring they fit at the waist, hip and leg is chore for most women, making them dread heading into changing rooms in order to wiggle their way into a pair.

But Sidney has shared a handy hack to fit into jeans without having to try them on. 

He said you can check the waist size by wrapping your jeans around your neck to see if the ends touch.  

In the video, TikTok user explained: ‘Here’s something I wish I knew before I was in my 30s. ‘You can check how your pants [trousers] fit with your neck.’

He then took a pair of jeans and wrapped the waist around his neck before stating that the pair would ‘fit but will be a little tight’. 

In another clip Sidney explained that you can check how your pants fit by measuring the waistline around your neck

In another clip Sidney explained that you can check how your pants fit by measuring the waistline around your neck 

How to use a travel pillow 

Sidney has also wowed viewers with the correct way to wear a travel pillow on road trips and long haul flights. 

He said the pillows are designed to be worn be wrapped around the throat instead of placed at the back of the head.

He claimed wearing the accessory this way will allow you to ‘actually sleep on a flight’.

Sidney has also wowed viewers with the correct way to wear a travel pillow on road trips and long haul flights.

He said the pillows are designed to be worn be wrapped around the throat instead of placed at the back of the head.

Sidney has also wowed viewers with the correct way to wear a travel pillow on road trips and long haul flights. 

How to crack an egg – without breaking the yolk

While many home-chefs might believe they’ve found the perfect way to crack an egg is on the side of a saucepan, Sidney disagrees.

In one of his videos, he explained how you should crack an egg on a flat surface not the edge of a pan because it keeps the yolk intact.

Meanwhile he also revealed it will ensure no egg shell gets into a dish.

In a recent video he revealed that you should crack an egg on a flat surface not the edge of a pan because it keeps the yolk in tact - and also ensures no egg shell gets into a dish

In a recent video he revealed that you should crack an egg on a flat surface not the edge of a pan because it keeps the yolk in tact – and also ensures no egg shell gets into a dish

How to light a multi-wick candle 

The viral sensation has also wowed users with videos showing the correct way to light a multi-wick candle, sharing that you can simply manoeuvre one wick to light others without burning yourself. 

The 29 second video has wowed TikTok users and so far has over 4.4 million views.

‘Here’s something I wish I actually knew before I was in my thirties – how you’re actually supposed to light a candle with more than one wick,’ he explained.

‘You do not light them one by one.

‘You light one and then use that to light the others.’ 

The viral sensation has also wowed users with videos showing the correct way to light a multi-wick candle, sharing that you can simply manoeuvre one wick to light others without burning yourself

The viral sensation has also wowed users with videos showing the correct way to light a multi-wick candle, sharing that you can simply manoeuvre one wick to light others without burning yourself

How to use a fire alarm 

In another clip, he revealed a quick and easy way to stop a smoke alarm from beeping

In another clip, he revealed a quick and easy way to stop a smoke alarm from beeping

In another clip, he revealed how to stop a smoke alarm from beeping.

He said: ‘Here’s something I wish I knew before I was in my 30s. The correct way to stop a smoke alarm beeping.

‘You do not wave the smoke away with a pillow. It has a button. 

He then pointed to the ‘test/silence’ button on a smoke alarm.

How to hang a mug on a dish rack  

Sidney explained that in order to maximise space on a dish rack, mugs should not be hung upside down.

He said: ‘The correct way to hang a mug on a dish rack. 

‘You do not hang them upside down.

‘What if there are more mugs? They won’t fit.

‘You hang them upside down by the handle, they all fit.   

‘That is so incredible!’

How to correctly apply  deodorant 

Shockingly in another he revealed that most people are using deodorant wrong – and it should actually be used at night. 

‘You’re supposed to apply deodorant at night,’  he explained.

Citing an article from Garnier, he said: ‘The most effective time of day to apply deodorant is at night before going to bed, and it is especially important to apply your antiperspirant at night. 

‘Your body temperature is lower and your underarms dryer at this time, so the deodorant will have a better chance to work on your skin.’ 

How to tell which side of the USB cord is up 

In another clip he shared how to use USB correctly in order to help stop people from struggling to get the right side up.

‘There’s a symbol on every cord,’ he revealed.  

The seam on the USB should always align with the opposite edge to this tongue. 

So if the tongue is at the top, the seam will be facing down, on the bottom. 

If the tongue is at the bottom, the seam will be facing up.

Ina another clip he revealed how to use USB correctly - stopping people from struggling to get the right side up

Ina another clip he revealed how to use USB correctly – stopping people from struggling to get the right side up

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