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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 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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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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How to weigh a small item without a scale?

I need to weigh a small item. Let's assume that it's up to 20 pounds (~9 kg). A tabletop scale would make this really easy,             &...
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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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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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Something to keep the fizz of cola bottle

I am looking for some trick or gazzette to keep a bigger bottle of coke longer so that it doesn't lose all the fizz everytime it's opened again! Something which could keep the CO2 longer so that a ...
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What to use as a bandage substitute?

I've always wondered what I could use In case I ran out of bandages. So, it made me wonder, what exactly could I use to complement bandages. Note - The answers should be household items and not ...
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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 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 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 to purify/clean the tap water without using filter/purifier [closed]

In the house, we're just drinking water straight from the tap/faucet. But i'm worried, that after years, the pipe from the tap will get dirt and it will also affect the water coming from it. Boiling ...
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What are these interior decorators home items? [closed]

I am renovating an old hotel and found these curtain or blind plastic and rope pulley items in a box.I haven't a clue what they used for?
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How can I work around to high doorway thresholds to get a robot vacuum to get access to more rooms?

Our house has doorway thresholds that are 3-4cm tall. I'm checking out the Xiaomi robot vacuum, and after lots of searching it appears that it can only handle thresholds around 2cm tall. I don't want ...
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How not to lose too much warmth while leaving the door open

I have a dog, who is used to staying at my house while I have gone for work. I leave the door open so that he can go out for hygienic reasons. During summer, this is not a problem because I stop the ...
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How to clean felt pen ink from the wall?

I have a paper on the wall where I used to write with felt pens. Another day, I accidentally left a wet rag hanging over it. I did not realize until now that the rag soaked both the paper and the wall ...
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Continuous vinegar disinfecting of dehumidifier water basin

Being a very lazy person, I get tired of vinegar spraying the inside of my dehumidifier's water basin every week. It's a highly compact machine, and the water basin is has an odd shape, with all ...
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Removing rubber earbuds

I recently bought a pair of Sennheiser cx-180 earphones and I am having a hard time removing the rubber earbuds and changing it as my fingers keep slipping off. Any ideas on what to do? (wrapping a ...
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Tips to find misplaced keys somewhere in my house

Today when I woke up I couldn't find my keys (car + car alarm + house + job + key chain, all together). I know that they should be somewhere around my house or garage, because last night I returned ...
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Preventing children from attacking my house

How it started? Last weekend, I had a little Halloween party in my house, all the theme ornaments brought the children from the neighborhood attention to my house. Especially because it's not a common ...
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How to flatten a poster that was rolled up?

I had a poster printed from a photo. I received it rolled up. Now, it doesn't lie flat; it curls. How can I flatten it out? I'm thinking about laying it on a flat surface with heavy books on top ...
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Moving huge quantity of salt

Every year or 2, I buy a bulk quantity of water softener salt. I always get 25kg bags and I buy 20-40 bags in order to get them at the best price. I'm then left with a problem. I have space to store ...
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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to "The Chair")?

We all know The Chair. The Chair where you put the clothes clean enough not to go in the laundry, but not enough to go back in the wardrobe. The Chair that looks like this: It exists because you ...
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Will aluminium foil wallpaper to reduce WiFi interference damage walls due to humidity?

The problem with WiFi reception isn't so much signal strength, rather that all the channels are in use by people in the neighborhood. The WiFi analyzer picks up a vast number of signals from houses up ...
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How to clean air indoors

What is the best way to clean indoor air the lifehacker way? That is, excluding store-bought air purifiers of expensive brands. Something like DIY: Building an energy efficient and low cost filter ...
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How to remove double sided foam tape from wall

Is there any better way to remove double sided foam tape from my wall, when i try to remove it form my wall it leave spots on the wall, is there any home remedy to remove these spots from my wall. ...
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How to find a mosquito in a room that's really good at hiding [duplicate]

I've been trying to kill a certain mosquito in my room for a week now. I always fail to find it. I used every method listed on this and some other websites. Nothing helped. Now my plan is the ...
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How to sleep in a hot room?

It's 40 degrees celsius / 104 degrees fahrenheit outside and in my room it's 30 degrees celsius / 86 degrees fahrenheit (I don't have air conditioning). How am I suppose to sleep in such a hot room? P....
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How to clean up after tissue paper got into the washing machine?

This happens once a while: I put some tissue or paper material (e.g. a receipt) into some pocket of some clothing, but forget to take it out before putting the clothing into the washing machine. After ...
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Get rid of house fly problem?

I have a problem with flies suddenly. I have been living in my house for almost 20 years and never had a problem with flies. How can I find out where they are coming from and eliminate the source? ...
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How to deal with kids playing outside my house?

I live in India. My neighbor's kids play cricket outside my house and keeps scratching and denting my car with the ball. I have talked with the parents and asked them to use a soft or sponge ball ...
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How to Scare Crows that Peck My Cloth Drying Ropes?

I dry my clothes on open balcony. I have metal bars facing each other from far and holding 5 ropes. I have these crows landing and constantly pecking certain spot on one of ropes. I am sleeping in the ...
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How to fix a gouge in a wooden table?

My children made a dent gouge on the living room table: The dent gouge is about 3-4 cm long (~2.5 in), the brown coating in the dent gouge is a weak attempt of the children to hide their misdemeanour....
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How can I get rid of cats?

My previous neighbor started to feed any and every cat that went close to his property, he is no longer around but he didn't take the cats with him. Currently I have like 4 or 5 cats daily messing ...
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How to keep ice cream frozen when defrosting freezer?

I have frozen ice cream in my freezer, but I need to defrost the freezer now, so how do I keep the ice cream frozen during that time? How can I prevent it from melting and spilling out from the box?
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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 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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Remove styrofoam protection from under the fridge by myself

I have ordered a new fridge and it came packed in styrofoam protection, including on the bottom. I need to remove that but I don't know how. The fridge is to heavy to lift by myself. Even if a ...
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How to determine what metal is the inside of my kettle?

It may be aluminium, steel, or something else. I don't feel its attraction to a magnet, but maybe it is because the keetle is too thin?
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how to keep my room dust-free? [closed]

I live in Apartment 5th floor . There is only one window, only me , less windy, I always lock the door but still so dusty. In the end I even attached net for whole window but still same ? All over the ...
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Keeping Lampshades Tight

Lampshades are usually attached to lamps with a small piece on the top that screws on. These can occasionally loosen by themselves over time, and quite often on second floors of old buildings when the ...
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Tape up plastic without a ladder

I want to put up some plastic to temporarily block a leaky window sill, about fifteen feet off the ground. I'm thinking of using masking tape. Are there any tools I could use to do this? I do ...
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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 ...
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System for splitting costs on shared items and household goods with roommates

I have recently moved into a large house that is shared with several other people. Usually, there are 6-8 people living here at any given time (plus a family in the basement suite but it's separate). ...
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How to remove these water droplets between two layered glass window?

It's winter season and there are water droplets on window glass. So this window is above air conditioner and if we want to clean up, we have to unscrew screws and open it. I want to clean up these ...
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how to remove milky smell from mouth and clothes?

Sometimes my friends complained that I smelled like milk. I tried mouth wash with lemon juice and salt but can not get rid of it. Are there any hacks for this?
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Hanging Organizer in Bathroom

I'm trying to design a shelf of sorts I can make that would hang on a bathroom door to accommodate a few bottles, combs etc. and a rod for hanging a towel to dry. Basically everything I need after a ...
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Washing face towels

I have acne prone skin so I use a face towel to dry off my face. When it gets dirty I want to wash it on the highest temperature but I don't want to wash it with anything else that can contaminate it (...
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How to remove the spots on my mirror

The mirror in my restroom has got spots on it. I tried washing it with soap and shampoo however they don't go away. How can I get this mirror to shine again ?
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How do I remove this lock?

I accidently locked a master lock Street Cuff to our bed's headboard. The funny part is I lost the keys to unlock them. The headboard does not come apart. Any idea to get it off besides using an angle ...

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