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Hacks related to objects and activities in the kitchen, including cleaning and maintenance. Note that cooking is off-topic.

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Help with venting an instant pot

We have a primary range hood over the stove. We have a different counter on which we use an instant pot frequently. It vents steam and odor. Are there general recommendations on how to vent this? ...
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Can I reuse single-use pepper or salt mills?

I bought a single-use glass pepper mill from the supper market. It's almost empty, and I want to refill it, but I'm unable to open it. It feels like there is some wriggle room, but it's not the ...
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How to avoid ice buildup in freezer?

The title says it all. The question is not how to get rid of ice in the freezer, but how to avoid ice building up in the first place.
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How do I create a reminder for an oven warmer?

I have a gas powered warmer below my oven. You only see the switch for it when you open the warmer and it located below the oven near the floor, so it is very innocuous. Whenever I use it I forget ...
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How can I cut sheet cake into regular hexagonal pieces?

Here is sheet cake cut into square pieces: I would like to cut such a cake into hexagonal pieces: How can I do this without using a hexagonal cutter? I imagine there must be some geometry hack to ...
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I spilled cooking oil on my kitchen floor, now my floor squeeks

I spilled used cooking oil in my kitchen pantry floor. I used the flour method to successfully clean it up, but now the floor on the other side of the wall has a pretty loud creak when walking on it. ...
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What is a hack to clean kitchen sink drain on an RV?

On an RV kitchen sink drain you cannot use Draino per previous owner, I was looking for a hack to clean the drain or an alternative to Draino. Thank you.
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What's the best way to separate a crunchy snack from crumbs

Another half-empty bag of crisps and crumbs… I enjoy crunchy snacks; but, when I open the plastic pillow packets much of the contents has settled leaving half of the bag empty. It's filled with a gas, ...
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Has anyone tried using some custom drill bit for can openers? [closed]

Just wondering if anyone has come up with a drill bit attachment that could operate handle for can opener? Yes, I'm lazy! But on those special occasions when I have to open a bunch of veggies and ...
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Salt Shaker Humidity is a big problem in the Caribbean- Any mechanism besides the rice?

Salt shaker clogging is a big problem in the Caribbean- A older friend said his mom had these little Japanese porous tiles she add to her shakers. They worked great and could be re-used over and over ...
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How can I improvise a refrigerator drawer handle?

We can't afford a new fridge. See below, half of the bin handle tore off. Manufacturer doesn't sell replacement bins for our 8 year old fridge. They said we must replace whole bin, not just the ...
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How can I close rice bag?

Consider the following rice bag I want to close the rice bag mouth so that insects and other unnecessary materials will not fall into the rice. I have plenty of rice bags like this in my home. I keep ...
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How to store small leaves like basil and mint for around 5 days to one week?

Normally, I find it really hard to store the mint and basil (I normally put them into my water pot to get the flavor). My solution so far is to store them at the lowest part of my fridge but they got ...
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How to clean “reddish/ brownish” grime/ deposit marks from the edge of a Zojirushi Water Boiler

I have an older version of one of these: https://www.zojirushi.com/app/product/cvdcc For taking care of them, the standard procedure is to run them in "cleaning mode" with a full tank of ...
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How to extract 100% of liquid from a mixture of solid and liquid?

I have prepared a herbal oil by heating coconut oil with a set of local herbs for quite a good amount of time. The mixture at last, consists of solid and liquid. Solid particles are burnt left overs ...
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How to extract coffee grounds from used Nespresso capsules?

I drink about 100 cups of coffee per month... and now I'd like to find a practical way of getting the coffee grounds out of the used Nespresso capsules - so that I can use it as a fertilizer!
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How to organize food containers better?

We have plenty plastic storage containers for food leftovers, travel snacks, work lunches etc... Currently there's two cube drawers of Tupperware style containers. Oftentimes the lids get separated ...
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Dish soap nozzle build up

How to prevent dish soap bottle from getting clogged by dry soap at the tip of the bottle. The tip of the bottle keeps getting clogged from dry soap substance.
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Best glue to fix stripped frying pan lid knob?

I have a frying pan with a metal lid. The lid has a small threaded post sticking out of the top of it onto which a wooden knob is screwed. The threads inside the knob have become stripped so the ...
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How to pour out liquid from pan

Some people are able to fill a cup from the following kind of saucepan without any mess, but how? I want to pour liquid out with no mess, but the pan doesn’t have a beak.
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How to test a lock&lock's air leakage with common home tools?

I bought a lock&lock to store medicines to avoid moisture. I put dryer inside and frequently and quickly the dryer is full of moisture and I have to replace it. Then I take a look at the plastic ...
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How to repurpose old fridge with broken compressor as ant-proof dry food storage?

I have an old refrigerator (the compressor died) and I would like to keep it as ambient room temperature pantry storage for food items which don't really need refrigeration, like coffee, dried food, ...
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What to do with big pieces of chocolate milk powder

The chocolate powder I bought to add in milk came in plastic jar. Now accidentally one must have added a wet spoon to take the powder out. Now the fine powder has changed into sticky big stony masses, ...
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How to unscrew this screw

I want to take out my dish washer, but there is a screw that I don't know how to unscrew. I can't get the screwdriver straight on the screw head, only at an angle. Please see the pictures. Thanks.
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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage. It’s also a mess ...
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How to remove the the lip on pull top cans

I save food cans to be used to store things like screws, nails and other small parts on racks that I have built in my garage. When using cans that have a conventional top that is opened with a can ...
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How to keep the water bottles erect in the refrigerator door?

When opening or closing my refrigerator's door, the water bottle(s) stored there often fall sideways: This is irritating, and as you can see, I did try to place a heavier bottle besides it, which ...
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How can I remove white stains from microwaving rice and pasta?

Background For the past several years, I have cooked rice and pasta in my microwave instead of on the stove. This involves putting the rice or pasta in a bowl of water and then using the automatic ...
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How can I 'fool' an induction cooker into thinking that it has a larger pot on the surface?

My induction cooker requires a certain diameter size pot bottom and checks to see that one is there by some kind of sensor. I am wondering if there is any way to 'fool' the sensor, as I have a small ...
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How can I peel vegetables without scraping my fingers?

PROBLEM: When I peel vegetables (carrots, potatoes, butternut squash), I scrape or cut myself with the peeler (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS). QUESTION: How to hold and rotate the item so as to peel it ...
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To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping?

To pour liquid medicine into a Teaspoon/ Tablespoon (for exact measure) from a dark glass/ plastic bottle without wastage, spillage or dripping? Found these similar ones, but they are bigger ...
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How to remove scale from coffee machine?

I have a coffee machine which can make espresso. It has a grinder and a brewing unit, and it takes water from a dedicated container, not from a tap. It looks mostly like this picture: https://www....
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How to microwave flour tortilla without making it wet

I sometimes make homemade burritos, with a mix of fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla, and I reheat the leftovers in my microwave for later meals. By the time the fillings are near the temperature I ...
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How to build a detector to keep cats off kitchen counters

Our 2 cats like to jump on our kitchen counters, which we would like to prevent. We currently have: a ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat, which gives a mild electric shock when stood on; however, this ...
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How can I extricate ginger minced in my blender to use it, without anything touching its blades?

To save time and eschew knifes, my grandparents dropped whole garlic cloves and ginger roots into their Vitamix blender to mince. It worked, but some smidgens are trapped under the blades. They fancy ...
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Should I throw away a mould-covered mug?

I had been out of my house for a month, and came back to find that my toddler feeder and my mug in the sink had mould on them. I am not sure if it is safe to give my kid milk in his feeder, or to use ...
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How can I clean the back of my fridge, without pulling out the fridge?

My grandparents haven't cleaned the condenser coils at the back of their fridge for 6 years, and worry that it's grubby. Their fridge whirs louder and louder, and they feel heat when they place their ...
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Retrieving behind the refrigerator

My dishwashing soap fell through a gap and went behind my refrigerator. I took a broom and got it to stand upright but I don't know how I can get it out. I can't pull my fridge out as it's in there ...
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Good ventilation for open kitchen in a studio apartment?

I live in a typical studio apartment in US. It has an open kitchen with a range hood but the the range hood only sucks smoke from the stove to the ceiling, i.e., no outside air circulation. This is ...
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How to clean wicker plate-holder?

Paper plates can be too flimsy for heavy food, or too hot to hold if the food is hot, so we have some wicker plate holders to use underneath them. Occasionally I'll find a plate holder on the floor ...
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Stainless Steel sink stain or...?

Wondering if anyone has advice for if there is a way to remove this stain in my kitchen sink. What happened was a bottle of Lysol toilet bowl cleaner was leaking badly (did not come out of the cap ...
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How do I remove old burnt grease from stainless steel pans?

I'm trying to clean and old stainless steel pan which has burnt grease inside and outside. Ideally, the method used should be functional to clean the outer edges of the pan, therefore something a bit ...
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How do I make a lid for this bin?

There's a popular chain of home furniture store, which shall go unnamed, from which I've gotten a couple of bins which look like this: Unfortunately for me, that store doesn't sell lids for these ...
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How do I prevent stacked drinking glasses from sticking together?

I don't have enough shelf space for each glass to sit separately. I must stack them to fit. The problem is worse for some sets of drinking glasses than others. It might be because of their shape, ...
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What is this on my kitchen chimney and how to remove it

Lately there had been much cooking in our kitchen and today I saw ankle It seems like oil droplet but I wonder how they even got there and how do I clean them up so the chimney net is clear.
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Checking microwave proof containers

Although there are markings in form of symbols to tell us if a container is microwave safe or not, I have some plastic containers which don't have any symbols but are microwave safe. Is there any ...
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How do I pull the rubber plug out of this despenser

Is it possible to pull the plug (white object in the bottle in the image) out with no special tool.
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Substitute for mortar and pestle

Are there common household items that can serve in place of a mortar & pestle? Specifically, something with a little grit (not a porcelain / stainless steel bowl) to grind things up finely.
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Removing water stuck inside a double glass cup

I got a fancy "double glass" cup, and put it in the dishwasher. Yesterday I noticed something really weird after the dishwasher finished the cleaning process: As you can see, there are water "...
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How to wash a sieve?

After cooking pasta, I use a mesh-type kitchen sieve (aka colander, mesh strainer). Immediately after getting the pasta out of the water and putting the pasta on a plate, I run tap water onto the ...
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