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There are already some good answers for how to get them out immediately. However, I have an alternate proposal: Wait until they leave on their own. They're there because there's food in there. As others have suggested, this is probably food or drink from your meals. If you let them work, they'll clean it for you by removing every trace of food. Once it's ...


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To remove almost anything, the simplest and most effective way is to use an Aero Duster. These blast compressed air in under the keys and into all the nooks and crannies and will safely leave your keyboard ant-free. Of more importance is how to avoid ants deciding to colonise your laptop in the first place. You must have spilled something sweet in there at ...


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You're rolling them too tightly. Cables have a minimum bending radius: get below this radius and you damage the cable. Make loops that are at least 10 cm in diameter. This also applies to the bend where the cables goes into the appliance. This also means you can't wind the cable around the appliance. Use Velcro cable ties to keep the cable together ...


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Take some newspaper (or any paper that retains its form well when confronted with moisture and pressure) and crumble it into a ball. Dip the newspaper ball into water. (I hear that the effect is better with a little vinegar in the water) Then dip it in the ash in the stove with the wet side Wipe the glass with the newspaper. This may need some pressure. ...


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I am from India. We have good sunlight almost year-round. If I were you, then I would simply put my laptop in the sunlight for 5-10 minutes. The ants will leave the keyboard because it will get too hot for them. Be careful with a plasma display - sunlight will harm it!


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After watching me struggle with this a for a couple of weeks, the day-cook showed me a really simple trick for cleaning out the microwave: Find a microwave safe bowl Fill it half way with water Microwave the bowl of water uncovered in the microwave for 5-10 minutes Let the microwave rest for another few minutes to cool slightly Wipe out the microwave with ...


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Make sure there is no power going to the light, and use a potato. Cut it in half, jam it in and twist(unscrew) to remove.


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TURN OFF THE POWER FIRST!!! Put the jaws of pliers into the socket and force the handles apart to grip the inside of the socket. Turn the pliers to back out the bulb. If the friction is not strong enough to turn the base of the bulb, you can wrap the jaws with a rubber band first.


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Most of the time when I am going to a long long vacation I just unplugged my refrigerator (making sure that it is empty first) while leaving only maybe 5-10 pieces of charcoal inside the refrigerator by putting them in a newspaper (make sure that the newspaper are open). It is said that the charcoal eliminates odor effectively. By searching it I realized ...


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You can use a microwave safe mug or cup to elevate one of the bowls or plates. Image from Pinterest This works much better with bowls because plates will slip and slide more.


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If it's not too far back, a wire clothes hanger can be used. Locate the battery with a flashlight. Hold one end of the wire hanger, and push the other end of the hanger to the top of the fridge underside, until it has gone past the battery. Then let it down to the floor, and slowly draw it out. It will pull the battery with it. Wire hangers work better for ...


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Buy a thermos, they are generally cheap and they help insulate things to stay cold, not just hot! P.S Also put some ice in the thermos to have extra coldness.


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Honestly I usually just use a razor blade for this sort of thing, but if you're concerned about safety and/or damaging the agitators you may want to try a Seam Ripper It is a tool that is designed for carefully splitting seams and removing thread/stitching when sewing. It works well for removing hair and carpet fibers from vacuums because it allows you to "...


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Try using water. Take the dust and put it in a plastic garbage bag and then add water slowly while holding the bag as shut as you can. Now that the dust is wet you can handle it without it blowing in your face. Add the mixture slowly to a bowl or buckets of water and the dust should float making anything appear. If the earring is big you can sift ...


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Get a second vacuum with a hose attachment. Over the opening of the hose, attach (with duct tape?) a screen that will let through dust and dirt but nothing bigger than, say, a popcorn kernel. Then simply vacuum all the dust from the first vacuum's bag into the second vacuum's bag through the hose. The larger object -- such as an earring -- will get caught ...


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One way is to lure them out with something sweet and then not let them go back inside the keyboard. Another is to suck them out with a vacuum cleaner or blow them away with a vacuum cleaner on reverse. Don't forget to take out your keyboard from the notebook to avoid blowing something unwanted inside. Also you might want to try freezing them. Don't attach ...


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How can I best tumble-dry my sneakers without the noise and risk of the door opening and stopping the cycle? You don't. A tumble dryer is not meant for shoes. It will not dry them particularly effectively, and both the shoes and the dryer may suffer damage if you try. Instead, just set the shoes out to dry in a warm (but not too hot!) place, preferably ...


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The solutions I endorse: Notable methods from Quick Tips for Organizing the Deep Freezer Using freezer or other storage bags or crates. Many of you commented about using reusable bags in your chest freezers which I thought was just brilliant so that is what I did. Sorting like with like is essential in a freezer so you can keep better track of ...


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The easiest way to clean a blender is to use the blender to clean itself. As you said a dishwasher cycle is pretty time consuming and not optimal if you use the blender several times a day. So turning the blender into a "dishwasher" is the solution. I couldn't think of anything, that would prevent powders from adhering to the blender. But here is the ...


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From my (unscientific) experimentation, these two tips made the fan most effective: Place the fan on top of a desk. Make sure one stop point of the motion is aimed at the open corner of your cubicle. Have the other stop point toward the center of the space. Each of these will help increase the circulation of air.


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The stain you see on your shirts likely are not burns of the textile but discoloured remnants of skin oil or sweat which were insufficiently cleaned by your machine, especially after your textiles could not be cleaned at high temperatures. To remove these stains, and to prevent this to happen in the future, collars and cuffs may need a special pre-treatment ...


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I am in a similar situation at home. I get up to go to work at around six in the morning whilst my wife and two very young children (2 and newborn) continue to sleep. If I make too much noise and wake on of the kids, that usually wakes everyone in the house. I find preparation is key, I make sure that I've done as many things the evening before as I can. ...


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Any of these will work: Disable the turntable (when it's on, you're essentially cropping the rectangular footprint into a smaller, circular one) Elevate one item with a microwave-safe mug, making sure the bowl/plate is well-supported Also note that microwaving multiple items at once saves no time (You have to approximately double cooking time for two), and ...


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Oxalic acid, or cleaners with oxalic acid, such as Barkeepers Friend, are effective at removing stains from stainless steel. If the surface is lacquered brushed steel or brushed aluminum, though, they could damage the finish. The cleaners themselves, though, may leave a bit of powdery abrasive residue that has to be removed.


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There is no safe way to do this. Please don't try. Either have a properly made hitch installed and rent a small trailer, or rent/borrow a suitably sized truck.


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Coil the cable separately (not around the appliance). You might try using a Velcro-like "hook and loop" tie on the cable to keep it wound. Use Over/Under Coiling so that it unwinds without any twists. A visual guide to over/under (AKA flip-coiling). Another guide just in case.


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Several things come to mind. Put something under the filter to catch the falling dust, a piece of cloth will do, as will a sheet of paper like a part of a page of a news paper. Have your vacuum cleaner running with its tube as its soft or hard tubular end and hold the end next to or under the filter when you lift it out. If you can not do it at the same ...


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Most sources I reviewed online suggest using only a microfibre cloth slightly dampened with a very dilute solution of mild dish-washing detergent in water. Avoid any products containing ammonia or alcohol with new flat screens that are plastic rather than older models that used glass. Dilute the soap 1 part with 200 parts of water. That's 1 drop of ...


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Things I try that I know work: Put them in such a way that they do not wrap around the spinning portion of the washer. This can be done by putting heavier clothing in with it or washing it by itself. Try putting your washer on a gentler setting. This can stop the washer from twisting the clothing. Pulling the sleeves inside the shirt and tying the sleeves ...


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