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Hacks specific to the home, as opposed to a public place or place of work.

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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine

I have a lot of letters which I would like to throw away. But for security and privacy reasons I will always tear it with my hands, one by one. It tends to get tiring with the monotonous work. So I ...
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Many times a single mosquito will buzz in my ear at night (and bite me). I know if I kill it there won't be any others, but finding one is difficult.
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How can I avoid getting static shocks in the winter?

Some days, it feels like everything I touch gives me a shock. Car door, metal sink, even the dishwasher. What can I do to reduce static shocks?
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How can I clear my shower drain without drain cleaner?

While showering I notice that the drain starts to clog and water start to accumulate, but yet its not totally clogged. What can I do to prevent further clogging, while still being able to continue my ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

What are some tricks for opening seemingly impossible-to-open glass jars, like the one pictured below? ATTEMPT: I have tried twisting as hard as I can, but clearly that hasn't worked so far. I have ...
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How to get mice out of the ceiling

Late at night, not a creature is stirring, except for the mice scratching away in the ceiling - as I am a renter, I can not access the ceiling, nor do any damage to the property. The real estate agent ...
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How to reduce the air humidity in a room?

The air humidity in my kitchen is sometimes high and there is condensing water on the windows and water drops are falling on the floor. I know I have to install a steam hood over the kitchen stove to ...
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How to clean glass without glass cleaner?

I'm all out of Windex/glass cleaner and I want to clean a very dirty window without leaving streaks. I have both a microfiber cloth and paper towels available. What can I use instead of glass cleaner?
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How can I (painlessly) add or remove keys to my key ring?

One of the most excruciating things I have to do is to add or remove some keys from a key ring. I have to dig my way into the crack of the ring with my nails, which really hurts. What else can I do ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

Fact: Flies move fast. Very fast. That's why you need something that moves even faster – like a fly swatter – to kill a fly. But what if you don't have a flyswatter handy? Then, how can you catch and ...
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How can I affix pictures/photos to a wall cleanly without damaging the paint on the wall?

I want to surprise my mom by affixing her pictures for her coming birthday. All the photos are rectangle with dimension of 5 X 15 cm like shown below, just the bare photopaper (no frame), and the ...
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How to generate electricity for free?

Are there any ways of generating electricity for free*? It doesn't have to be 110/220/230V, but for example charging the mobile would be useful. * - free in terms of money, e.g. without paying ...
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

What is the best and continually way to get rid of steam and fog on a mirror? The picture below is what I mean: Image from: vivaitalianmovies.com In the past, I've tried using soap and toothpaste on ...
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How to determine how much heating oil is left in the tank?

How to determine how much heating oil is left in a tank like this if the gauge is broken?
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How to get Urine stains out of carpet

I recently got a puppy, and he is still not quite house trained. I attempt to clean up his accidents right away, but they still leave a small stain. I can see small circles on the carpet where he has ...
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Air Conditioner/Coolers best substitute

It is too hot here. Nearly touching 40°C. And I cant afford to buy an AC or a Cooler right now. So, what would be the best substitute which I can afford or can make by my own?
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How to destroy personal information on courier package containers?

We have discussed ways to destroy documents without a shredder, but how can I easily destroy the personal information contained on packages I receive through couriers (like shipping bags, Amazon boxes,...
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How do I pour from a mug without having it drip so much?

Pouring things from a mug or similar container almost always seem to end up in dripping; some containers fare better than others, though. A mug is terrible, most coffee pots are okay-ish, but I've ...
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How can I shower without a towel?

It keeps happening. I take a shower, then discover that I had put my towel in the laundry. Or all my towels are dirty, and I'm reluctant to shower because I don't have a towel (hygiene issue...). Or ...
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How can I store my Christmas lights so that they don't get tangled?

Every year I attempt to roll up the lights for my Christmas tree in a way that will make them easy to get out the next year, but the next year, inevitably, they're all tangled up and I have to spent ...
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Clean hair from vacuum brush

I own a roomba and while its cool and saves time and everything, cleaning the counter rotating brushes inside it is bothersome. I have long hair. I usually open the roomba and remove the brushes, ...
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How to organize things/books in a packed shelf?

Current messy situation of my shelf: The problem is, I don't have much place elsewhere, so all the things you see need to stay in in this shelf. The shelf is big in depth, so two rows of books are ...
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How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?

It's winter, it's cold, and the heat is constantly blasting throughout my house. This is making the air very dry and uncomfortable to breathe, particularly at night when I'm trying to sleep. Are ...
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How can I effectively black out my room for sleeping, cheaply and such that I can still open the curtains during the day?

I have trouble sleeping. I'd like to make my room as dark as possible and the apartment I live in has streetlights right outside. I rent, so buying expensive curtains doesn't really seem viable. ...
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How to keep your hands warm in winter while working on a laptop?

It's really cold here nowadays so I usually have a quilt over me. My problem is that I can't get my laptop under the quilt because I won't be able to see what I'm doing. Because of this, I have to ...
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Sleeping in a noisy environment

I recently moved into a shared house with 3 other roommates (4 if you count the couple as 2 people) on the main floor. It's also close to a busy street. At night the noise sometimes disturbs me. ...
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Which is the best lure to use on a mousetrap?

A mouse has appeared in my house and is apparently hiding inside the washing machine. I tried to shake it out and turn it on but the little varmint still didn't come out. So now I am going to use a ...
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How to cover nail holes effectively and inexpensively?

I am moving out of rental, and there are some nail holes in the wall. I don't want to use spackle, because it would require me to repaint the walls, and I don't want that. What is an alternate ...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

I daily get rubber bands, I collect them and store it in one of shelves so that I could use them later. At certain times, when I require it for use, they would have changed their form to a sticky- ...
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How to prevent bed movement's noises when having sex?

Little bit of context I've always lived in a house. The same goes for my girlfriend. Now we moved together, but we are living in an apartment. We are not used to some of the noises/closeness that ...
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How to have cross ventilation in a single window room?

I live in a two bedroom house and my room only has one window. The wall adjacent to the door on the left has the single window. Next to the window is a bathroom. The room overlooks the front of the ...
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How to remove creases from my shirts without ironing?

We've all had the problem, you need that one dress shirt you own, but it is full of creases because you stuffed it all the way in the back of your closet. No way i am going to iron them, it takes way ...
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What is the best way to light a hard-to-reach candle wick without burning your finger?

What is the best way to light a candle when the wick is difficult to reach? My candle is similar to the one pictured below (large, glass, with a somewhat enclosed top), and I usually use either ...
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How can I get a mouse out the house without causing it any harm?

We recently had a tiny, and utterly adorable, little mouse in our 2nd story apartment. We eventually managed to corner it and get it into a box before releasing it back into the field, but it was hard ...
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Friendly way to get rid of screeching birds

So I live in an apartment building attic and there's a bird nest right outside, on the roof. They probably just hatched eggs because they screech and scream like they're dying all from 05:00 till 08:...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

I have a number of keys on my keyring - screen door, main door, garage door, some random key that I don't know where it goes, etc. When I purchased the house, the previous owner placed different ...
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Removing mold from walls without use of harmful chemicals

I have mold in the corner of my kitchen. Usually remove it with mold-removing chemical products like bleach spray and it work perfectly. But recently some people told me these chemicals are harmful ...
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Cheap way to hang a poster without frame

I bought a poster 135*85 cm without a frame. When i try to hang the poster with double-sided tape on a self made wooden frame, the poster will be down in a few hours. Because of the size there are ...
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How can I prevent the bin bag falling into the bin?

Further to my other bin-related woes, sometimes, when the bin* is getting full (but not overfull - there's still room in there), the edges of the bin bag will slip down, making it a disgusting job ...
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How can I reduce solicitations and “junk mail” for a deceased person?

My parents donated to a lot of worthy causes in their lifetimes. The legacy of this is pounds of direct mail solicitations, which at this point will never be answered. Is there a form I can fill out, ...
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Seal a window Temporarily (in monsoons)

Almost everyone might have faced few windows that do not close properly , or have little gaps even after closing. Problem- One set of my Flat room windows falls under opening , we do have a shield on ...
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How to unblock a blocked drain without acids/chemicals?

Is there a way to unblock a totally blocked drain (especially kitchen) without using acids or strong chemicals? I like to avoid acids and chemicals in general for many reasons, one of them is the ...
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Best way to stop USPS from delivering past tenants' mail?

I recently started renting and moved into a suburban house in the US where almost every day I receive other people's mail. It is addressed to one of six different past tenents for my address. For the ...
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How to deal with neighbors/street cars playing loud music?

Besides that one can always ask them to stop (and this almost always fails), is there any practical solution to this? Earplugs? There's this of course, but I'd need something more realistic. EDIT - ...
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How to remove rotten meat odour from the fridge?

My friend forgot to trash meat from the fridge before the long school holiday. After 3 weeks I returned to find the bad rotten meat left inside the fridge. Currently, I am alone in the house so ...
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How to vacuum room with minimal amount of effort?

I'm trying to find any life hacks which helps me to safe time on vacuuming the room. Especially if you need to repeat the work every few days over and over again. I'm not talking about the right ...
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How to make slippery rug stay in place

We have a rug at the entrance of our home. It is too much slippery, and despite putting a heavy shoe rack over it, it stills slips and it become a mess, all jumbled up. I don't understand why. we do ...
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How can I prevent spiders coming into my house?

I live in an apartment in a first floor, and in the last few days we noticed two spiders through the hallway. The problem is that these spiders are of a really poisonous kind called Araña de rincón (...
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A book fell in a sink full of water. How can I dry it?

How can I dry out a book that falls into a sink of water (or similar) and gets soaked? I've tried: Using a hair dryer to blow the pages back and forth until they're dry It wasn't that great an idea,...
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Stained fridge from dry-erase markers

Does anyone know of a way to remove stains caused from dry-erase markers? I was using the side of my fridge as a whiteboard and it seemed to work fine at first... but I left what I wrote up on the ...