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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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!
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 "...
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 ...
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 what you ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
If your refrigerator is going to be unplugged, then leave the door open! It doesn't have to be open all the way. Wedge it open with something (hang the power cable over the front). Put a notice on it if other people are likely to close it.
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.
I'd suggest ensuring people close their doors while sleeping (they should anyway, for fire safety and privacy), and you may want to install a noise machine in the hallway, or play a CD of surf sounds, rain sounds, or similar when you're up and others are sleeping.
For washing hands, you can do that in the kitchen sink, and not have to walk back and forth ...
I found the answer to my own question. However, it will only work on some brands and models of refrigerator-freezers.
LateralTerminal suggested using a brush on a drill. Instead I used what was on hand: a kitchen scrubber brush. To my surprise, when I scraped it across the ice, with some pressure, the ice sheet cracked! That led me to discover that the ...
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.