Questions tagged [personal-care]

Hacks related to the care of one's self. Including grooming, first-aid, etc. But we are not medical professionals. Users seeking diagnoses or personalized medical advice should seek professional medical advice.

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How can I overcome using the snooze function of my alarm clock? [closed]

Every morning when my alarm clock wakes me up, I need very badly to use the snooze function which turns off the alarm for some minutes and starts it again. This costs me 10-40 minutes every morning... ...
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How can you cut fingernails and toenails without nail trimmings flying everywhere?

When people cut their fingernails and toenails, the nail trimmings typically fly everywhere. There are some nail clippers that have little plastic sheaths that are supposed to catch the trimmings, ...
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I forgot my toothpaste and it is impossible to buy in this situation, are there any substitutes?

During my travel I forgot to bring my toothpaste and I just noticed it in a time where it is impossible to buy toothpaste, are there any other things that I can use assuming that I have my toothbrush, ...
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How can I get food unstuck from my teeth while at work?

I work in an office environment where I don't have access to toothpicks or floss. I do sometimes remember to bring some to work, and when I have them they're the obvious solution, but often I've run ...
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Sleeping in a noisy environment

I recently moved into a shared house with 3 other roommates (4 if you count the couple as 2 people) on the main floor. It's also close to a busy street. At night the noise sometimes disturbs me. ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

On very rare occasions, I've found myself camping in the middle of the wilderness when I realized that I had forgotten to pack a fingernail clipper. I really hate having long fingernails. Especially ...
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How to effectively delay the need to pee when I really can't go?

There are times when we really can't go to the toilets, e.g. clinical urine tests requiring the first morning urine. so we must hold that first pee from the time of waking up until reaching the lab, ...
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How to apply sunscreen to my back

Because it's the summer, I've been going to the beach a lot lately. Sometimes I'll go with family or friends, sometimes I'll just go alone. The thing is, I burn pretty easily, so I need to always put ...
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What to do if your shaver broke halfway through shaving?

I'm shaving my beard with my electric trimmer, and it breaks when I'm only halfway through*. Unfortunately, I don't have any other shaving device around -- and even if I did have a razor or a razor-...
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How to remove garlic smell from my mouth

I eat garlic sometimes with my meal but after that my breath remains bad for long time. I tried to use toothpaste, orange juice, and chewing gum, but can't remove the smell for a day. Can somebody ...
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How can I relieve the itchiness from a mosquito bite?

I suffer quite regularly from mosquitoes bites in my home because I live in an area with many places well suited for them to breed; Stagnant bodies of water. Are there any quick and easy methods to ...
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How to quickly cure hiccups

Hiccups are the worst. Whenever I get them, I get them bad. I usually hiccup constantly for 30 minutes to an hour, distracting me and my family. I've heard of tons of ways to get rid of them like take ...
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How do I remove or clean the glitters from my skin?

Generally during birthday bashes or similar events, There are more possibilities that glitters stick to my hands, face and even all over the body after the event. Also I have this experience while ...
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Removing gum from hair (Head hair, beard or mustache)

I mis-chewed, and ended up with gum stuck in my beard. How can I get it out? Shaving off the beard is an absolute last resort.
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Smell bad but no deodorant

If I ever smell bad because of a physical activity or just in general, and I have no deodorant available, what could I do to reduce or perhaps even eliminate the smell? I know people most likely want ...
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How to stop biting my nails?

I've tried a lot of things to stop biting my nails but with no success. If there's something you have tried and worked, please share your advice and good practices.
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What's the simplest way to put toothpaste back in the tube?

Sometimes an excessive amount of toothpaste flows out of the tube. Instead of wasting, is it possible to put the extra toothpaste back without any inconvenience? The existing methods like cutting ...
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How to clean food coloring off skin?

With the holidays coming up, I decided to do some baking. The recipes asked for food coloring to be used in the dough. This means the color was kneaded into it and I failed to wear gloves. As a ...
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How to put a bandaid on the tip of your finger

I've had this problem a lot. I cut the tip of my finger on something and it starts to bleed. I try to put a bandaid on, but it just doesn't fit on right. The sides poke out and it just looks and feels ...
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How to brush my teeth without using a Toothbrush or using floss

I usually brush my teeth with a regular(non-electronic) toothbrush and floss with regular floss, but sometimes I don't have a access to a toothbrush or floss. Because of this I either have to go ...
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How to quickly whiten teeth

I need a way to whiten my teeth quickly. I've used white strips before, but I didn't really like them as they didn't work well. I've also used whitening toothpaste, but those usually take over 2 weeks ...
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Keep razor usable longer

I usually buy cheap razors like the one in the picture below. However because they are so cheap, they only last a couple uses a piece before becoming pretty much useless and I have to use a new one. ...
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How to quickly remove a splinter

Whenever I get a splinter, I have trouble getting it out. I pinch and pull at it. I bite it. I usually can't get it out for a while. When I can't get it out, it hurts to put pressure on the spot ...
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How can I reduce the chlorine smell on my skin after swimming?

I swim laps in a chlorinated pool, and even after a soapy shower, I have a slight chlorine smell on my skin for the next day. I've tried lathering up extra and leaving the lather on my skin for a ...
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What is the best way to stop the bleeding from a shaving cut?

Sometimes when I shave I accidently cut myself (usually due to haste). I was wondering what is the best way to stop the bleeding and gives the most comfort. I heard the paper from cigarettes or ...
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How can I heal a burnt tongue?

A lot of times, when I have some super nice food in front of me, I eat rather fast, without waiting for it to cool down, thus burning my tongue. How can I heal this kind of burn?
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How to remove dust particles when it accidentally goes into our eyes?

Its really a worst situation when you rub your eyes just because something get into your eyes. It makes me struggle a lot when something goes into my eyes and I really have no idea what to do at that ...
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How do I remove a bandage from thin skin?

I have a family member who has very sensitive skin. Sometimes He will have a cut or scrape or some such that needs to be covered with an adhesive bandage. While peeling off the bandage, the adhesive ...
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How to clean my ear canal with something more reusable than a cotton swab?

Issue: I must clear my ear canals of water or I will get "swimmer's ear" (an ear infection). Regularly cleaning the ear wax helps prevent infections. I currently use cotton swabs, but I would like to ...
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How can I cut my own hair to different lengths?

I have used a pair of clippers to cut my own hair. This is great for a "buzz" look for uniformly short hair. I can then trim around my ears but if I want it to be longer it's difficult. I've never ...
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How to remove lice

I have head lice. I tried: Pour vinegar on my head Spread mayonnaise to suffocate the lice Put on a tightly sealed shower cap It didn't work. Are there any better ways to get rid ...
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What's the most time efficient way to completely clean teeth?

Properly cleaning our teeth is very important for our health. On the other hand it's annoying having to spend so much time doing it. What's the most time efficient way to properly clean one's teeth?
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How do I remove hard-to-remove ink from my hands?

Sometimes I'll be working with stamps, and stamp ink is sticky and hard to remove. Even after trying lots of soap, body soap, scratching against a table, and sandpaper the ink still remains on my ...
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How can I prevent pee from flying off-target?

Most men know that sometimes a stream of pee can go in some unwanted direction, which can cause problems like dirty clothes or a dirty floor. Is there a way to prevent this from happening, or maybe a ...
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How to quickly cure headaches without medicine

I've experienced this sometimes when I go for hours without water or little food and suddenly I experience a headache that gradually gets worse as time goes on. Until now I used to just pop a pill and ...
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How do I untangle matted/knotted hair

My hair is severely knotted.Just two days ago, I got my first hairbrush since 2013. My hair has a bunch of small knots and one huge knot in the back. My first idea was to cut my hair to donate to ...
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How to reduce eye strain caused by constant exposure to computer screen?

When I am using my laptop for more than an hour or two, I get some eye strain. Is this a common problem for computer users? What should I do to prevent being affected?
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How could I warm up my feet while sitting at my desk?

Sometimes when the weather is cold, my feet feel cold and uncomfortable while I am sitting at my desk. How could I warm up my feet while sitting at my desk?
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Optimal tissue blowing strategy?

It's that time of the year where I go through a box of tissues a week due to a runny nose. How can I optimally use a tissue so as not to waste that much while at the same time not getting any on my ...
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How do I trim my facial hair symmetrically and the same every time

First off, this isn't about trimming techniques or Dos and Don'ts. I use a similar electric trimmer to the one the OP posted in the following question: What to do if your shaver broke halfway through ...
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How to trim your beard without a mirror?

I am supposed to trim my beard without a mirror and I use my palm to make sure the beard is even. How to recognize when I trim my sideburns?
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Taking out folded paper hand towels from a dispenser using wet hands

My office has a folded paper hand towel dispenser (one almost like this, but not exactly this) in the restrooms. A clear picture of the dispenser: An idea of how the paper is stacked inside: ...
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How to clean hands after fishing

whenever I go fishing I have to handle the bait (usually squid or prawns) which ends up leaving my hands stinking heavily of fish, even after washing them. I wash my hands with soap and water and ...
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How to Not Smell Like Feces without Bathing?

I'm a bit lazy about bathing, so sometimes I'll go a week without cleaning myself. I counteract BO by avoiding manual labor, so that I don't break a sweat; I also use deodorant and cologne. However, ...
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How to use the end of a squeezy tube?

I use shaving cream that comes in tubes like above. It is very convenient and a great product that I've used for about 10 years or more. However, the nature of the nozzle end means that around 5-10% ...
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How to turn water on with soapy hands?

I moved to a new apartment that has sinks with 2 knobs rather than 1 lever. When I wash my face, I like to turn off the faucet to save water. But then, to turn it back on, I have to touch the knobs ...
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How to apply soap on back when bathing correctly?

I am 19 but still cannot apply soap on back properly when bathing. This is a hectic work in order to clean my body i have to wash my back properly too. So is there any lifehack to apply soap easily?
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Any tricks for treating a blister so I can go running without it reappearing?

I often go running, but if I am not careful, I can end up with a blister on my toe similar to this. Using the recommended first aid treatment of draining and treating the blister, I find that it often ...
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Get Shampoo and Conditioner Out of My Eyes

I, and many others, have got shampoo and/or conditioner in our eyes while taking a shower. Opening your eyes will burn your eyes even more. So that means water won't help. Wiping your hands to get the ...
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How To Have a Light School Bag?

My school bag always weighs a lot and I do not want to have a scoliosis or other back problems. My shoulders hurt every day and it is very tiring to ride my bike with the heavy load on my back. How ...