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 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 can I tell if I've applied deodorant?

I used to get scented deodorant so I was able to smell the fragrance under my arm and know that it was applied. But unfortunately the brand I use has discontinued the scented version and I must now ...
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How to remove chewing gum from hair [duplicate]

How can I easily and effectively remove chewing gum (or similar) that has become stuck in a persons (or animals) hair? I am talking about hair that is at least an inch in length and commonly found on ...
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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 dye hair without hair dye

I need to dye my hair temporarily, but I don't have any hair dye. I need a method that safe and works on different colors and lengths of hair (I have friends who need to dye their hair too). I would ...
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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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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 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 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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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 to wash without running water

I normally have running water from the City - today, the water main broke, meaning I have no running water for the foreseeable next couple of days - I am looking for lifehacks regarding how to clean ...
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How to avoid being infected by a colleague

My colleague who has his desk next to mine in the office has a cold. What can I do not to become infected? Some precautions are widely known, such as washing hands as often as possible, not touching ...
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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 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 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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How to stop red marks from wearing ballerina shoes?

Above is a picture of what the shoes look like. The back part of these shoes have hurt my ankle many times and left a red area that I don't know how to heal. Is there a way to prevent these marks ...
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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 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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How to moisturize lips on the go?

My lips are very sensitive and in cold and/or dry environments; they tend to crack open and bleed profusely. This problem can leave blood on my lips making it looked I just a ate a large bloody lunch. ...
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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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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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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 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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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 do I chew bubble gum if I am wearing dental braces?

As the title says, how can I chew gum if I am wearing braces. This is a big problem for me, because every time I chew a gum it sticks in my braces and it is a real nightmare for me. Sometimes I just ...
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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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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 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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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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Eeek! - Resin in my hair

I have long hair and like being out in the woods. Unfortunately this means I sometimes get resin (or sap) in my hair. It's always a pain to get it out, sometimes I have no choice but cutting the "...
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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 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 ...