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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 ...
Anagha G's user avatar
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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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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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What can I use to rejoin porcelain broken pieces?

Background: I have in my room a porcelain statue given to me by my mother. This morning, I forgot the statue's location and it fell to the ground. Fortunately, it didn't break completely, but its ...
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Screw is rusted to the point that it is completely rounded off. How to remove?

I've got an outdoor ceiling light fixture. Think this: A few months ago, due to an accident, the fixture itself broke completely. As in, the socket that the light bulb goes in smashed and broke ...
Alex Kibler's user avatar
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Bedtime remote tied to wrist to mute/shut down computer

I like to listen to audio from long youtube videos or youtube playlists before bedtime. I'd like a remote tied to my wrist that I could use to turn off the laptop, decrease the volume, and mute ...
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How to clean urine stain out of a bed mattress

My little child has a habit of moving to our bed during the night. Last night he wet our bed. Some of the urine went though the sheets and reached the mattress. I tried to soak it with paper towels ...
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How to sterilize/clean a cut/abrasion without causing pain

Small cuts and abrasions can be very painful to clean. How might one clean such a wound without causing undue pain, while still effectively sterilizing it? Attempts so far that have caused pain: ...
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Removing instant adhesive from skin

Recently, I bought a powerful instant adhesive: But after its use, I found my skin covered with a layer of adhesive liquid. I tried to remove it by rubbing my fingers on a rough surface, washing with ...
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How to clean floor if there is cooking-oil spilled on it?

I accidentally spilled cooking oil all over my floor(tiles). I tried washing my floor with water and then wiping it with dry cloth but it gets even worse. How can I effectively clean up the cooking ...
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Easy way to Automate scanning 100+ pages of my diary using mobile camera?

I want to digitalize my diary. But larger the stack of pages or paper, the harder it is to take a photo of all of them manually with my camera. Especially I don't have any equipment or hardware to put ...
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Things to do with expired tablets and ointments [closed]

In my house, I have lots of tablets and ointments and I am planning to throw them into the dustbin. Instead, I want to do something innovative with them and not throwing them out. Cool ideas welcome.....
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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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How can I avoid sweating while sleeping?

Lately I wake up sweating. Sometimes I have to wake up very early and I don't like to always have to take a shower in the morning. I tried the obvious solution which is sleeping with less clothes but ...
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Remove Ink That's Scribbled on top of Printed Text?

I have a piece of paper that has a ton of text printed from a computer. One of the words on the paper has been scribbled through horizontally with an ink pen. I've tried holding it over the iPhone ...
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How to weigh my luggage before going to the Airport [closed]

Is there any trick to find out if your luggage is in the limit of weigh allowed by the airline before going to the Airport ? My luggage is always overweight and I always have to pay extra dollars to ...
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Warming up when getting out of bed in morning [closed]

My bedroom has a heating problem. It's very cold in the morning. I bought a fan electric heater which works great. However I normally don't leave it on at night as it gets too hot and makes noise. I ...
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How to see white tile/grout cleaner on white tile with white grout

I like to use tile & grout cleaner (a bleach gel) to clean the grout in my shower. However, the tile & grout cleaner is white, the grout is white, and the tiles are white. How can I easily ...
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Remotely turning off a router - is it possible? [closed]

I'm very sick and have to lie in bed in about 2 months. My router is upstairs in my home and I need a way to turn it off in the evening, when I finish my work (I live alone, but in the morning I have ...
Brian Brown's user avatar
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What is a cost effective way to eliminate heat loss through windows?

As winter approaches in the Northern hemisphere, one can feel the cold air near interior windows. How can I reduce the amount of heat lost through windows? Essential criteria: cost must be less ...
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Turning my desk's smile upside down

I have a largely jerryrigged desk - its a particleboard table top that's sitting on a pair of metal A frame trestle legs. I recently got a 27 inch monitor and the weight of it is causing the desk to ...
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Best and highest use of last year's phonebook [closed]

What is the best way to reuse (as opposed to recycle) a prior year's phone book? Meta: I checked the on-topic and off-topic lists and the question does seem to fit here, though the automatic filter ...
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Best way to know if somebody has broken into my room without camera

I will be on leave so as a precaution I want to see if somebody has entered my room with the door being locked from outside.
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What can I punch?

I'd like to punch something like this to destress: I don't have one though. What general household items can I put together to allow me to do the same? Moderator note: "Mind hacks" are off-topic ...
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How to reduce creepy crawly insects in the house?

I don't mind insects but having a spider crawl over my hand while I'm trying to sleep is just ridiculous. I lived in a shared house which is a bit old. I noticed insects including large spiders and ...
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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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How to tell if surface is level

I'm renting a room and the floor is not very even. I plan on wedging some cardboard/cloth/felt sticky pads beneath some surfaces (such as my chair and bed). The first step is to test in which ...
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I have a regular analog clock. I want the hands to glow. Stickers? Paint?

I know there is some super hi tech luminescent stuff. That's what I'd like to use. Barring that, what other stuff could I use? I don't want some cheap glow in the dark paint.
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How to fire a matchstick without matchbox [duplicate]

How to fire a matchstick without matchbox, there use only any chemical or any secret elements.
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