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

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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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Removing hair dye from wall

My girlfriend was dying her hair (the permanent kind) and ended up getting some on the wall. However, I didn't find out until it had completely dried and now soap and water is not enough to remove it. ...
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Alternative to an electric iron?

I often go to a location where there is no electricity. When I need to press my clothes, I have no idea of an alternative method. I also often face this problem in my city because of loadshedding. ...
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How to better see mosquitoes?

In the summer, I am annoyed by small numbers of mosquitoes. Since they are not many, I just use an electric racket to take care of them. The main issue I have with the racket is visibility: when a ...
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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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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 to remove paint from floor?

As we painted our home there are some Mate Enamel paint spots left on the tiled floor. Kindly guide me how to remove such undesired spots. I tried some acid but the spots still remain. How to remove ...
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How do I remove a Daddy Long-Legs egg sac without breaking it open or killing the spiders?

Daddy long legs (Pholcus phalangioides) are fond my bathroom. I can normally coexist with them; they don't disturb me, I don't disturb them, and they're too much of a pain to move when they're on the ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

I lost the key to a closet and I need to open it. I don't need for the lock to remain operative after the operation, so I accept "radical" solutions. The key is of this type: I have no experience of,...
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Bonding of my Broken Dining table glass

My dining table glass is broken at a particular area, that has become powder at that one point...is there any way to bond those powdered glass...I jst want to get rid of the powder coming from the ...
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How to remove marker and paint from wall?

Children have a bad habit to remove any where with permanent stuff like markers and paint. It is not easy to remove that stuff from wall. It looks so ugly. How can I remove these things from the wall?
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How to wake up without waking up other people in the same room

Every day, I need to wake up at 7, and my girlfriend has to wake up at 8. This is all part of a carefully scheduled day plan and a compromise of both standing up sometime in between is not an option. ...
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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 get rid of a mouse from home

Please suggest possible remedies for mouse entering the house. Does ultrasonic repellent work? Please share your experience. Do home remedies work?
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How to clean yellow teeth

There is fluoride in the water that I use on the daily basis, and my teeth are having yellow shade. Is there any way to clean them?
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How can I quickly remove water from my shower curtain?

After I shower, I like to squeegee water off the shower tiles so mold doesn't grow on the grout. I'd like to get most of the water off my plastic shower curtain too, but I need a life hack to ...
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How can I clean a rough, outdoor welcome mat?

Our welcome mat has lint, hair, and other things stuck in its bristles. As you can see from the photos, it is a very tough mat. How can I clean this so it looks new-ish again? I tried sweeping it ...
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Long-term storage of personal belongings?

So I have a lot of stuff and a lot of space in my parent's house and and obviously, I want to move some of my stuff to them (mostly paperwork, some packaging, catalogues, etc. - typical "hoarding" ...
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How to remove Indian tea stains over cotton vest

I am looking for simple Indian Tea stain remove from my vest(s). These are of cotton and the brownish stain looks very odd. Is there any home remedy to remove them. I found difficult to get even ...
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How to make a low-cost computer desk?

Recently my computer desk was destroyed and I can't use it anymore. As I don't have a lot of money to spend for a new one, is there an alternative way to make a new desk using home appliances or any ...
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Cheapest way to enhance soundproofing for an apartment door?

I have lived in a studio for two months. The door seems quite thin because I can hear every move outside my room very clearly as if there is no door. How can I reduce the noise from outside my door in ...
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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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How to remove / prevent burns on a shirt from an iron?

So recently whenever I've been ironing my shirts for work I have found that when I do the collar of cuffs, the iron will sometimes leave a brown stain, almost as if it is burning the shirts. I don't ...
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Best way to clean or shine a silver jewelry

What are some cost-effective methods to clean a silver necklace or bracelet using homemade solutions? One method I know is to submerge a jewelry in a salt bath (1 teaspoon of table salt + strips of ...
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What is this hole used for on my kitchen sink?

In my apartment's kitchen sink, besides the tap, I find there is a cap. When I unscrew the cap, I find there is a pipe or a hole that connect to somewhere (probably into dishwasher, but I'm not very ...
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How to prevent a generator from making lots of noise?

My parents put a freezer in my bedroom, and it's freezering away all day and all night, 24/7, and it's driving me to the brink of insanity. Is there anything I can do to 'mask' the noise of the ...
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Texture paint on a wall

There is texture paint in one of the walls in my house. Some part of the paint has been spoiled due to moisture from neighbourhood while on construction. Actually, the texture paint is a mixture of ...
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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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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 Remove rancid smells from clothes closet

My husband canned bacon several years ago and unbeknownst to me placed 6 quart size jars of this on the top shelf of our shared closet and basically forgot about them. Today when I walked into the ...
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How can I get rid of the fumes from a new rug?

I hesitated to use the word “fumes”, but I’m really quite certain that’s what they are. I just got a new 8’ x 10’ rug from rugsusa.com and it’s spreading intense fume smells across my whole main floor ...
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How does one safely dispose of a lava lamp?

I have a lava lamp. I want to get rid of it but I believe the materials are explosive. How can I safely dispose of it?
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What is the most appropriate type of water bottle for home use?

When at home I use a bottle to drink water from instead of a glass. For some time - actually, several yaers - I used glass bottles, since: they can be reused many more times without involving any ...
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How to keep a new jewelry box that’s covered with a white pebbled leather material clean

I have an older house that no matter how much I clean, manufactures dust. I want to put my new jewelry box on my dresser but I know with it being white and fake leather covered, it’s going to be ...
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Keeping books in an organized manner without using a bookshelf

I was looking to buy a bookshelf to store my books until after I saw that my neighbor friend bookshelf was attacked by white ants secretly, where he found almost half of the books were damaged. So, I ...
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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 can I tell if a bumblebee left my apartment or if it's still hiding somewhere?

A bumblebee got into my apartment through an open door. We lost track of it after a few minutes, and it may have flown outside. How can we be sure? We closed the door it came in to keep other ...
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How can I remove gum from carpet?

Sometimes, chewing gum inevitably gets on the carpet. How do I get it back off? I've tried using ice to harden the gum, and lifting it off, but it didn't freeze down far enough.
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How to paint a wall contrasting colors [closed]

I am about to renovate my room. A part of this plan includes painting all but one wall and the ceiling white, the other wall will be bright green. My walls are lightly textured and if this makes any ...
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Can hot water container be used to keep cold water? [closed]

I have wondering whether hot water container can be used to keep cold water or vice versa. It is a trivial question, but I haven’t found any information online.
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How to prevent accidentally pressing the power button on a computer?

I have a PC with an Antec 902 computer case and the power button is on top, and is pressed accidentally when in slight contact with hands or legs. I know you can configure the action of the power ...
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How to unwrinkle leather?

I have an old vintage jacket that's been sitting in a box for a long time and there are some pretty serious wrinkles/creases all over the jacket. Is there a way to get out the wrinkles safely without ...
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How to repair a laminate countertop?

I have a laminate countertop and it is chipped a little bit. I wanted to know if you have any trick to repair it. I don't have any images but it'hs this kind of high pressure laminate. Can someone ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

I just discovered that my ice cube tray has been leaking. There is significant layer (1/2" thick) of ice underneath it. It's about the same dimensions as the tray (5" x 12"). Is there an easy / quick ...
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How to find vanished medium-sized spider?

So, we had unwanted visit of a spider yesterday. It seems to be a non-adult version of a Tegenaria domestica or similar (trigger warning: pictures in the article). The size was about 3-4cm in diameter,...
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I'm about to be homeless [closed]

I'm not sure that this question really belongs here; I couldn't find an SE site that seemed to fit this question. I apologize if there is a better place for this. So recent events have led to my wife ...
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How to avoid water condensation on window frames on cold days?

Temperature has hit around the lowest of the year where I live. My apartment is heated, so there is a 15C difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. This has led to water condensation ...
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How do I stop the ends of curtain poles (finials) falling off without making a hole in them?

We've recently moved into a rented house in which we aren't meant to make holes in the fittings. Several of the curtains are hung on wooden poles, like these. The end curtain ring on each side is ...
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A soft floor cover to use with a standing desk

Context: For about 6 weeks now I have been using a large amount of textbooks, shoe-boxes, and a miniature table to turn my regular home desk into a standing desk. I have found that standing barefoot ...
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Clothespin alternatives

I usually hang my clothes outside in the Summer, I do this in the winter as well, but I usually hang them inside in the winter. In the summer the wind is a force that can blow your clothes down if not ...

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