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I have encountered a new problem on the Internet concerning terminology: People are getting confused between “Life hacks” and “DIYs”.
I am here to elaborate.
If you are making something yourself that you can purchase, such as a cat bed using hangers and a t-shirt, that is a Do It Yourself (DIY) project.
If you are doing something to make life easier, that does not end up as a final product that you could sell for money (such as heating towels in the dryer right before giving a dog a bath, to make the dogs less unhappy about the cleaning ritual), that is a life hack.
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