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Hacks related to the usage and control of water (Liquid water, solid ice, and gas steam).

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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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Bringing the cold water to room temperature

In my office the water dispenser either gives very hot water or very cold water. So I am forced to mix both to bring the water to normal temperature, or I have to wait for some time to bring it to ...
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Stepped in a puddle before a meeting. How to dry a sock quickly? [duplicate]

I stepped in deep puddle. Darn potholes. I have a meeting in 10 minutes. How can I dry my sock quickly? I have spare shoes. I tried the washroom hand dryer, but the air blows sideways so I can't dry ...
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Showering while avoiding patch to get wet

I wonder what some good strategy are to avoid a medical patch on my skin to get wet when I shower. The patch is located on the elbow, lateral side, as the following picture illustrates:
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How to cool water inside an evaporative cooler [closed]

The temperature in our area is 34 C at noon time. I have an evaporative cooler. But I am not satisfied with it. But when I pour some water from my refrigerator, it will give nice cool air. But it is ...
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How to keep planted seeds watered permanently?

I have some parsley seeds which I want to plant. First of all, I want to plant them in my house then later when they are grown I want to put them in the garden. Many plants first need to grow in house....
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How to clean 'Iron removal filter'?

In water purifiers, the iron removal filter needs to be cleaned every 3 months by striking it continuously with something hard along with the backflow of water. But this technique is really tiresome ...
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Need take off nozzle to Reuse drinking water jug [closed]

How to remove nozzle from Sparkletts water jug ( the disposable kind that u put in fridge) so I can reuse and refill it ?
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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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How can I keep the interior of my car dry while driving in the rain?

I like to have the occasional cigarette while driving, particularly when traveling non-trivial distances (e.g. 45 - 60 minutes or more). This can be somewhat problematic in moderate to heavy rain as ...
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Is there a way to avoid condensation of water on the inside of window panes?

I live in a house with older double glazed wooden windows and when the outside temperature falls below 10 or 15 degrees Celsius, the window panes start dripping with water in the mornings (inside temp....
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How to remove mildew from leather shoe

I have a pair of tan leather shoes. Yesterday, I wore them in the rain and let them air-dry over the night. Now there are these white marks on the top of both pairs of shoes. Are the marks mildew? ...
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How would I filter rainwater to substitute having to buy distilled water?

I have recently had a rainwater tank installed and it is connected to my laundry. How would I filter rainwater to substitute having to buy distilled water for certain applications like placing water ...
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How to deal with an uneven bathroom floor? [closed]

Because of this question I remembered about when I was still renting and the bathroom (aka: comfort room/lavatory/washroom/etc) in my apartment is not level and it causes the water to go to the side ...
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How to stop water from dripping on the sink counter and bathroom floor when washing hands?

I turn on the water, dispense some soap, rub my hands together, rub my hands together a lot more under the running water. Sometimes though, I didn't dispense enough soap the first time so have to go ...
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Earplugs hacks for keeping water out of my ears?

My ears start to ache after swimming 4-6 laps of my daily workout, and it's getting really annoying. I thought I would ask for a solution here before I consider buying from a sporting goods store... ...
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How to get rid of tap water taste?

My fiance detests the taste of tap water and has to resort to bottled water even though we both know that it is a waste of money. Is there a way to get rid of the tap water taste?
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Practical method to form/shape nalgene bottle

About a year ago, I lost my Eddie Bauer water bottle, similar to this one: I've been trying to find a replacement, but it seems they've discontinued the model. With that in mind, I'm planning on ...
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how can I rinse off quickly in the shower?

The water supply in my neighborhood is very hard, and as a result, we installed a water softener. However, now I find it difficult to rinse off when in the shower. I rinse and rinse and rinse and I ...
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How to get a drenched currency note dry?

Normally when I keep money in my back pocket of my jeans I forget to remove it before putting it for wash. How do I get, say a $50 note, to dry up quickly without using any electricity-based products ?...
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How can I remove impurities from water easily when my water purifier is not working? [closed]

There are some situation where I have to face this problem when my water purifier is not working properly. So what I can do so that I can remove impurities from water. There are some issues with water ...
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Ways of waterproofing a watch

I have a non-waterproof watch that I sometimes wear with me. While I could choose not to wear this one, I wear it on some occasions and would rather wear it at these times. I am looking for a way of ...
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how to keep bandages close to hand dry and clean

I bet we've all had difficulties with medical gauze or (tensor) bandages being close to the fingers so that each time you wash your hands or do the dishes they get wet. How do you prevent this from ...
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How to dry out the gasket on my washing machine between washes?

My washing machine has a thick rubber gasket between the door and the cylinder, seen here: The space in that gasket fills with water during each wash and, although we let it air dry between washes, ...
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How to dry out a wet phone?

I unfortunately dropped my aunt's phone in water. I didn't tried anything yet (I'm afraid of a short circuit). Is there a quick and cheap way to completely dry out the internals of this mobile phone ...
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How to make Ice melt slower?

I am making a cool air equipment on a bucket with a fan above the closed bucket lid. The problem is that the ice on the bottom of the bucket (kept in a packet/bottle) melts faster. I tried using salt ...
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How to Fix a Hole in your Waterproof pool?

During the summer you always face the issue of getting the pool ready, whether this pool is large or small or dirty or rather clean. One of the worst instances is when the pool has a hole in it. And ...
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How to make air-free ice?

Air-free ice dilutes drinks less. The naive way is to boil the water. But it seems like a waste of fuel. I have both a stove and microwave. How do I make air-free ice without using as much fuel?
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Grey water reuse into back of toilet?

If I remember correctly, adding water to the back of the toilet storage tank will cause the level in the toilet to rise(after the next flush). I have a dehumidifier now, and am wondering about ...
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How to clean a water tank

I've a plastic water storage tank as such with a small lid (12"/30cm in diameter). It has developed a thin slippery/shiny layer inside of the walls overtime and surface of the water has the same ...
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How to transport liquids without spilling?

My question is as simple as it sounds. With the liquid filled to the top of an open container; How to transport liquids in open containers without spilling? Specifically if I prepare myself a ...
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How can I prevent leaves from blocking my gutter guard?

It's been raining heavily here. The tree that is behind my house has grown so that about 5% of its top is over the roof. So there are loads of fallen leaves on my roof. The problem arises when the ...
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How to listen to music in the shower?

How can I bring my little portable Bluetooth speaker into the shower without ruining it? To ensure it is loud enough to hear over the shower on full blast while not noise polluting too much, the ...
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What can be used besides rice to keep moisture out of salt?

Often, rice is in salt dispensers to prevent moisture from making the salt become clumpy and possibly get stuck in a shaker. What else can be used to get the same effect?
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Stopping a Faucet From Leaking

I finished using the sink to wash my hands when I realized that the faucet was not closed completely for some reason. Drops of water kept going out and my money will too due to the water bill. My dad ...
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Keep the tea bag underwater while microwaving

When I'm in a hurry, I make tea by heating up a cup of water in the microwave for 2 or 2 minutes, then steeping a bag of tea. The problem is, the tea bag floats, so if I leave it in the cup while ...
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How to remove water spots?

I have a shower with a glass screen to stop the water covering the floor and I try to wipe it down every time using a squeegee in order to prevent the exact problem I am having - I believe the issue ...
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Heat water in two buckets using one immersion rod

I use an immersion heating rod in a bucket to heat the water. The process takes around 10-15 minutes. I wish to heat another bucket full of water simultaneously when the water in the first bucket is ...
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How to make an ice pack that doesn't leak

Sometimes when I am playing sports or working out, I hurt something and I need an ice pack. Usually, I will use a bag ice of wrapped in a paper towel, but this always leaks after 15-25 minutes. Is ...
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How to make non-drinkable seawater drinkable?

I've read about desalination and reverse osmosis systems on the large scale, but sounds like it's complex, very energy-intensive and expensive process. But how can you make it on a smaller scale e.g. ...
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How to shoot a video underwater using your smart phone?

I have iPhone, but solution probably can apply to all smart phones. I know that I can buy a waterproof bag/pouch or special underwater cameras, but who remember it to buy it before going to the trip? ...
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How to stop rim of water bottle becoming smelly?

I have a water bottle that I use pretty much every day. Admittedly I don't wash it all that often just purely because I don't feel like it / forget when I am home and just want to relax. I have ...
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How to keep water from boiling over?

It's very common to boil something (e.g. pasta) and then after few minutes you hear the hissing sound of water boiling over and your whole kitchen is a mess. How do you stop the water from boiling ...
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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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Easy way to remove the sticky pages of a book caused by being wet?

I have an old bible gold edition (recovery version) that has been soaked because of a leak in my ceiling during a typhoon. Now it is dry, but the pages are in poor condition and stick to each other, I ...
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Ways to improve shower's water pressure?

I have just moved into a new apartment on the fifth floor of a building and the water pressure is dismal. The sinks I can deal with, but not the shower... are there any hacks you can perform on the ...
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Cleaning up a spill on a wood floor, without spreading the spill

It is annoying to have water fall on the floor. After I try to wipe it, it spreads all over and becomes worse. It seems the only way to fix this is to wipe it a billion times. I need a faster way. I ...
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How to put a dishwasher-proof name identifier on a bone china mug?

I've been given a bone china mug I'd like to take to work. Unless it has my name on it, it will get lost among all the other mugs. (I'd like to leave it on my desk and wash it myself, but some people ...
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How can I quickly cool a water bottle?

Sometimes I only have 10-15 minutes and I have a water bottle out, but it's near room temperature. I need it to be near freezing, but I don't have time to do anything. Usually I will just put it in ...
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How do I quickly thaw the ice in frozen pipes?

I sometimes visit a relative's house, and sometimes her water pipes are frozen. Is there a way to quickly thaw them, insulation aside? I'm not looking for a permanent solution, I am just looking for a ...