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For immediate relief, there are two similar things that I will try. First, I take a hot shower (make the shower as hot as you can withstand). Make sure to breath in and out deeply to fill your nasal passages and your lungs with steam. If that doesn't immediately make me feel better, I will also use a pot of boiling water. Just boil the water, drape a towel ...


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Hang out your laundry to line dry in your house rather than putting it in the dryer. This will release a lot of moisture into the air. Depending on how often you wash your clothes, this may be enough. If it isn't a few damp teatowels hung on radiators (assuming they're not electric) will achieve the same effect.


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'Traditional' humidifiers look like this: It's just a ceramic container with a hook that hangs over the radiator. Fill it with water, and the water evaporates as the radiator heats it. You can emulate this with a dish or bowl hanging on your radiator. If you have the space the easiest option is to place a container on top of the radiator. It was not ...


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Your sinuses are suffering from vasodilatation or nasal congestion. There's nothing to blow out that will unblock them because the passages themselves are shrinking due to the blood vessels increasing in size, and the nasal passages shrinking as a result. Normally your sinuses do this throughout the day following a nasal cycle that allows one side to rest ...


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You can put many houseplants in the room, they will increase the humidity naturally. Take some pots with plants which have big leaves. Some examples: Fern Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Additional positive effect will be that they will absorb some unhealthy substances from the air indoor. Of course they will need to be watered regularly.


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If the room is small, you can create a solution using a bucket of water and a few kg of table salt (sodium chloride or potassium chloride). Dump a large amount of salt into the bucket, and add water until the salt will absorb no more water. This is what's called a saturated salt solution. The solution will attempt to maintain the humidity level of the room ...


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The fog comes from water condensing on the windshield or windows. The problem is that the air inside the car is warmer and/or wetter than outside. (e.g., https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1511) One of the faster ways is to lower your windows to lower the temperature in the car, and decrease the humidity by bringing in outside air. This may ...


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Here are some methods for keyboard I use: turn it upside down and shake it use cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol (one of these sticks for cleaning ears) use something sharp and wrap it with a piece of cloth and clean with it between the keys Generally for computers I often use a vacuum cleaner and reduce its power to the middle (it depends how ...


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Instead of a decongestant take a cheap anti-histamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl). In addition stopping the flow of mucus, the first generation anti-histamines make you so drowsy you'll have hard time staying awake even if you wanted to.


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Since the fog comes from moisture inside the car a simple solution is to dehumidify the car by filling an old sock with kitty litter and placing it inside the car in an inconspicuous place like under a seat. You might want to use an old pair of socks and double wrap the kitty litter. Video from Huffington post of the kitty liter trick But did you know ...


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A simple box of matches - not the ones with red tips (although these are better than nothing), you need the black or brown tipped ones; in the UK, that's ordinary safety matches. Strike one immediately after releasing your flatulence, and no, it doesn't have to be in the region of your backside, you're not trying to ignite anything, just strike it into the ...


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The trick that I've always used is very simple and doesn't take up much time at all. Simply lick your wrist and wait ten seconds. Now you can just smell your wrist. That's what your breath smells like.


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Baking Soda If this is just an occasional smoke, most of the smell left over is from smoke trapped in fabrics, such as carpets, curtains, etc. Sprinkling/rubbing baking soda into them can help neutralize the odor. For carpets (which will eliminate basically all the smell in most rooms), just sprinkle it over the carpet lightly. I typically then walk over ...


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You can use hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle to kill the mold and then just wipe it away. It is probably worth noting that the mold that you can actually see is very likely the tip of the iceberg. If you can see mold growing on the wall it is pretty likely that there is mold inside of the wall as well. It is also probably worth checking your roof/...


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Tires deflating within a couple of days have a leak. If you don't ride your bike for a couple of weeks you may see some deflation but quicker than that you need to look for a leak in your tires. Remove the inner tube and spray it with soap water. Pump up the tube a little, not a lot since you don't want to burst it, and check for bubbles. Repair any holes ...


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Large bowl of water in the room with you. I do this when the kids have stuffy noses/colds.


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I have just finished dealing with this same problem last week, here are a few things that helped me get over it: Put on some chap stick and breath through your mouth. Don't go too crazy with the decongestants, you could end up "crashing hard" and prolonging the congestion period. Wasabi and horseradish are really good at decreasing the swelling in your ...


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Use white vinegar in a spray bottle. Not only can it kill 82% of mold species, but it is completely safe to use around children and pets. ALSO: note that breathing mold spores is dangerous as well. Mold spots should be cleaned regularly to prevent contamination of air and, since it is in your kitchen, food.


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My mother used to cut an onion and place it on a plate near my bed. You could try that. I also like to have something soft like a towel under my pillow. That way my head is a bit more upwards, instead of lying down flat. It makes sleeping more comfortable for me.


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I would recommend using some form of nasal irrigation before going to bed. The idea is to run a mild salt solution through your nasal passages which clears stuffiness out and helps disinfect and thus de-inflame. It sounds kind of gross, but it really works well for me. Without making any specific product recommendations, there are several inexpensive ...


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I insert a large diameter drinking straw [Starbucks has them in their Computer Cleaning Section of every store);-)] into the slim angled attachment which comes with most vacuums, I then tape the straw to the outside of the attachment creating a seal. It is a simple matter then to take an ESP Brush as mentioned above and use it to brush the dust into the ...


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Try putting ice in a bowl, pot, or bucket. Put an inexpensive fan on the other side of the ice, pointing at you. The cold from the melting ice should blow onto you and keep you nice and cool.


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You could better use method as shown: Using soap water Take some soap water in a spray bottle Inflate your air bed to full air Close the nozzle Spray the content from bottle(start from nozzle) Inspect closely for air bubbles (hole will produce bubbles on applying soap water) Mark the spot with a marker You could use used chewing gum to close the spot ...


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Use a dehumidifier. These work very well in damp basements and should serve the same in a kitchen. You could also consider using the dryer for your clothes or choosing a less humid room in which to dry them. One final option would be to turn the heat up a bit. Warm air can hold more water, such that it should reduce the amount of dew on the windows; it ...


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Products such as damp-rid and dries-air pull moisture from the air via a chemical called calcium chloride. They are very effective but a little expensive. That chemical is also the main ingredient in some brands of ice melt crystals, which are a little cheaper but come in big bags. I use the ice melt. I fill a disposable plastic cup abut halfway with it and ...


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There's a pretty simple way to build your own thermometer with household items. Though it can only show temperature changes. If you really want to know how much degrees the temperature changes you'll need to calibrate your self-made thermometer with a real thermometer. Simple explanation:ref Here's a video in case you prefer explanations with an example ...


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Use a rice cooker full of water. Unlike most electric kettles it will continue to run even with the water boiling, but will turn off (or to a lower "keep warm" state) when the water runs out and the temperature goes above 100°C. You will need to be careful though; it can work too well and turn your walls into slush. Use a really small rice cooker unless it'...


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I was about to make a special tiny nozzle for my hair dryer (on cool of course), before I discovered a powered duster and bought that instead. You asked about a household item, so I'd go with the nozzle. I also briefly considered a balloon and a straw...


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I have encountered a similar problem while cleaning dust and grime off PCBs for re-soldering/repair. Usually, the dust has accumulated over time, and due to moisture which can't be removed with compressed air. Using a special ESP brush (size depends on each case), or a simple paint brush but ensuring correct ESP procedure clean surface and around/under gaps ...


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The user Apaul34208 is correct. But since this is my job I must tell you that it is crucial to find the source of the mould. The source could be a pipe leak, roof leak or etc. There could be some serious problems behind the mould that need to be identified before the problem is resolved. When it comes to just fixing mould problem none of those products ...


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