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

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What is the best hack to remove bubbles? [duplicate]

What is the best way to remove "woollen bubbles", that arise on woollen clothing after some time?
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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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Any other better leather conditioner alternatives? [closed]

Would Cocoa Butter vitamin E skin cream be a good leather boot conditioner? Ingredients are purified water, mineral oil, Cetearyl alcohol petrolatum glyceryl stearate beeswax, polysorbate 60 ...
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What can I do about folded edges in tea towels after washing?

The edges on the tea towels in our household tend to fold around the stitches after machine washing. This prevents them from being easily folded. The edge folding gets worse after repeated washing. ...
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How can I effectively patch up holes in insect screen?

The biggest[citation needed] problem with children is that they like to rip holes in insect screens on doors/windows. Replacing the insect screen is not always a viable solution (they cost money - ...
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What is the best way to clean up the spider webs?

In our family house, the spider web is really a kind of a mess. We have tried a lot of things: Brooms aren't good, after a little while the webs are all over it and it takes a while to clean them ...
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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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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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Could smoke odor be originating from the HVAC system of an adjacent townhome? [closed]

I live in a townhouse and I hired a company to remove the smoke odor in the house. Now, the odor is almost gone when the heat is off. However, every time I turn on the heat, the smoke odor will come ...
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How do I find out who provides my water? [closed]

I live in a rented house in a rural part of California. The water is piped in from somewhere else in the area, and paid for by the landlord. (And apparently it's contaminated.) How do I find out ...
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What are the other substitutes for an iron?

Assuming I have a rumpled shirt and there's no electricity, how can I press the shirt instead of usual ironing?
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How to keep sheets from tangling and staying wet in the dryer

Sheets in the dryer sometimes get tangled up among themselves, which keeps them from drying evenly because the hot air doesn't reach the moisture inside the twists. Sometimes they also wrap around ...
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Cleaning oil spill on a concrete floor

My house has finished concrete floors. My husband had put a chainsaw on the floor and it made an oil stain that I haven't been able to get up. What can I use to get the oil stain out?
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How to clean my iron so that it won't leave brown spots on my clothes?

When I press the steam button, brown juice is getting out of my iron (I suppose salts with water?), soiling the clothes that I try to Iron. The bottom part of the iron is clean but it seems that there ...
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How can I prevent mattress protectors from being removed in rented properties

I have a holiday property which is rented out in the summer. I have mattress protectors but some tenants have removed them. They are similar to fitted sheets and I would like to make them difficult to ...
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Cockroaches in a speaker cabinet

I bought a pair of speakers on Craigslist that turned out to have little roaches living inside. Fortunately, I noticed them before any escaped into my apartment, so I took the speakers back to the ...
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How to get rid of pantry moths?

For the past few months I've had pantry moths in my flat. At first very few but they grew in number. I tried some traps and they catch quite a few but it is not enough. I threw away all my infected ...
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Protecting cords against chewing pets?

I’m interested in ways to protect cords against chewing pets. What might be used to armor a light-guage power cord or USB charging cords? Since these items already have ends on them I can’t just pass ...
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Smoke smell in my house

I bought a house 3 weeks ago, and after moving in, I found there's smoke smell in the house, like tobaccos, especially in the bathroom, although I didn't notice that during the home inspection or the ...
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Sharing grocery costs and responsibility

I've just started living with a partner for the first time and we share all our food shopping. I am constantly finding myself not knowing what food is in the cupboard (when at the shop) and who owes ...
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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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Does anyone know of a 'homemade' sunscreen?

I've heard of many 'DIY' solutions for other household products over the years (eg window cleaner and beauty products) but never for sunscreen. I doubt there is a homemade sunscreen that could come ...
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What is the best way to tape a cardboard box?

While moving recently, my wife and I had a lengthy discussion on where tape should be placed on a box in order to maximize strength while using the least amount of tape possible. Assuming we already ...
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How to find out what size storage is needed?

I am moving and need to store most of my belongings in a (mobile) storage locker. The trouble is I don't know what size to rent. I need to save as much money as possible so would like the smallest ...
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Cleaning bathroom tiles without chemicals

I need to clean my bathroom tiles, but I don't want to use any of those special cleaning liquids. Is there a way to clean bathroom tiles using common household products?
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How to tackle with mosquitoes in my room?

I am fed up of mosquitoes in my room .I have attached bathroom in my room and one window opening for cooler. I Have sprayed HIT but after 1or 2 days again found them. I Have even used ALL OUT but ...
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How can I remove large amounts of duct tape from a door?

I need to remove large amounts of colored duct tape from an old, rusty door. What is the cheapest and easiest way to accomplish this?
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Removing set grout from tile

I recently tiled a bathroom myself for the first time, only to discover afterward that I was not as successful at cleaning the excess grout off as I had initially thought. As a result, there are now a ...
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Keep that fungus smell out of your home this monsoon

In the monsoons the air is very humid , moist and warm – the perfect atmosphere for fungi and molds to grow. Fungi and molds not only leave behind an annoying smell but can be effect the health, they ...
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Natural remedies to get rid of flies (Housefly)

I'm really got fed up with these irritating buzzing flies all over my house. What is a natural way to repel or otherwise get rid of the flies?
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What's the best way to prevent water from collecting underneath a soap bar?

I've used regular soap dishes for most of my life, but the water would always collect underneath the dish, which is annoying. So I started putting a washrag underneath the dish to collect the water,...
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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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Kill Tiny Spider Without Contact

Many times, I find small red spiders on the ceiling in my bedroom (usually on the corners) and I always have to use a tissue to kill it and put it in the toilet. However sometimes I miss and it climes ...
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How to make a garbage bin?

How do you make your own garbage bin, provided you already have a bag for it? I've tried using empty boxes, like the banana boxes produce departments give away. This never really worked well. Also ...
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How can i prevent a drinking glass from getting knocked over?

In really rare case when i use a drinking glass on my desk (often I just use bottles) I accidently push it with my elbow, or my cat does it and I need to clean my desk or keyboard. That happens ...
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Prevent scruffy towels

Currently I'm living on 33 m². That means that there's no space at all for a tumble dryer, meaning I have to dry all wash on a rack. Including, unfortunately, towels. I've noticed that those towels ...
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How to not forget the washed clothes in the washing machine [closed]

At times I forget the washed clothes in the washing machine which makes the clothes stink and more crushed. The beep from the machine indicating the end of wash is not sufficient to alert since it is ...
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How to get rid of lizards from home? [closed]

There are many lizards in my home. And it seems like they have given birth to young ones. I have tried keeping peacock's feather. But it doesn't seem to have any effect on them. Are there any other ...
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How do I avoid ants from eating up all my sweets?

Every time mumma prepares, there is always an ant attack on it. Well I have been suggested vinegar, but then that gives a stick. Is there any better, efficient, inexpensive way of avoiding ants?
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How to find a mosquito at night? [duplicate]

Recently I'm suffering from a problem: In the middle of the night, a mosquito just keep bzzzing in my ears, but when I move, it stops, but after a minute, it bzzzing again. I've tried using mosquito ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I live in a shared house with a few other people. Due to my schedule, I'm up when most of them have gone to bed. I often need to eat something after coming home but have received complaints that the ...
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How to undo slippery laminate flooring due to leather lotion

We have accidentally sprayed some leather lotion on our laminate floor and it has become extremely slippery - the spot has become a major hazard in our apartment. Even at a slow pace, walking over the ...
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How can I keep the top floor of my house cool?

I live in a two story, sun facing house. During summer, and even winter, it gets very warm. The bottom floor is an open area lounge/living room/kitchen. There are plenty of windows and a balcony ...
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How do I make my room or even an apartment warmer/cozier?

I'm currently living in an apartment paid by the company I work for, It's a 3 bedroom apartment, and each room has a bed for whoever is staying/living at the moment, the apartment tends to get really ...
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How to reduce the noise from my household washing machine

I have a washing machine in my home, once the spin cycle starts, the vibration is very annoying. I live above a tenant and he complains that he can hear the vibration above. Any suggestions on how to ...
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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 can I apply and maintain pressure when mounting a mirror on a door?

I'm attempting to mount a long mirror on a door using pressure-sensitive adhesive tape. Problem is, the instructions state that it reaches 50% adhesion after twenty minutes, 75% after 24 hours, and ...
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How to avoid pigeons eating my dog's food and pooping my car / front yard?

I keep my dog's food and water on my backyard, pigeons eat all his food and drink his water every time they get the chance. My dog stays on the front yard most of the time and whenever he sees pigeons,...
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Cheap way to get a clear plastic coffee table? For lying underneath it and using a windows 8.1 tablet on top [closed]

**I put this in lifehack stack exchange because I think also an alternative to the below could be built out of easy household obnjects that I just not have thought of I'm going to use a windows 8.1 ...
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How can I dehumidify a room without a dehumidifier? [duplicate]

I was reading How can I humidify a room without a humidifier?, and it got me curious. I live in Florida where the humidity is insane. Dehumidifiers cost hundreds of dollars. What is a cheaper ...

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