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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

Just keep sweeping the remaining line into the dustpan. It'll shrink more and more each time you sweep it, until in the end there's nothing left of it. It also helps to change the angle of sweeping ...
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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

Just blow it back around the floor and pretend it never happened. If a rug is available, traditionally you would sweep it under the rug. Explanation: if it's not enough dust to sweep up it's not ...
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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

This is a widely known lifehack. Use masking tape - just tape the front of the dustpan to the floor. It should cover the gap between the floor and your dustpan. (Image taken from this Reddit thread.)
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How to get rid of Bedbugs?

Get an exterminator/pest control expert, especially if you are living close to other people. It is not just your problem if your natural remedy doesn't work, it is their problem too. The only ...
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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

I use a hand held vac on the small particles of dust that won't sweep up. My mother always dampened a paper towel and wiped up the dust that way. Either is logical and works perfectly.
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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?

The best hard facts are the ones you establish for yourself under your specific conditions. One experiment is worth a thousand good opinions. — Bill Nye, the science guy. Determine which ...
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How can I neatly eat messy food without "common" utensils?

The best way to avoid sticky fingers while dining is to use this ubiquitous and easy to use tool:
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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?

Assuming that it’s dry outside, windy and cool is always better than stagnant air. The rate of evaporation depends on two factors: The absolute amount of water the air can hold and The difference ...
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Remove Broken Lightbulb from holder

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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removing corrosion on the contacts of an Apple USB-to-Lightning cable

Use a pencil eraser. People have been cleaning electrical contacts with pencil erasers for as long as there have been contacts that needed cleaning. Some examples... One thing to note - those ...
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How to get rid of Bedbugs?

Heat, cold, and diatomaceous earth all kill bedbugs. Cold -- I've successfully rid a home of bedbugs by turning off the water, blowing out the pipes, pouring antifreeze in toilets, tanks, and u-traps,...
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What is the best and easiest way to pick up mercury drops from the floor?

Mercury cleanup is not simple or easy. Though you can pick up the biggest droplets with a pipette (medicine dropper), do not use a vacuum cleaner, because it spreads the highly toxic mercury vapor ...
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Can I use regular kitchen salt to my dishwasher?

Salt is used to regenerate the dishwasher ion exchange column. It is vital to use pure 100% NaCl without any other additions. This is guaranteed with all products on the market. To ease filling, and ...
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How to remove solidified paste from toothbrush

Throw it away and start with a new one. To prevent the build-up of toothpaste and other stuff on the brush, rinse it thoroughly after use and stand it so it can drain freely, like this.
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Remove Broken Lightbulb from holder

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 ...
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How to clean the inside of a hose

Assuming a rather thin diameter like the hoses used for milk on espresso machines or camelbak drinking systems: I'd go for a pipe cleaner - they come in different thicknesses and are quite flexible.. ...
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Stained fridge from dry-erase markers

Isopropyl Alcohol If the typical 70% rubbing alcohol isn't removing everything, try the higher concentrations (90%+ solution). The 70% solution works, but not quite as well as the higher ...
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How to clean floor if there is cooking-oil spilled on it?

First, you should cover the cooking oil in either kitty litter (I've found this works best, but you may not always have it) or baking soda. After waiting about 15 minutes, you can use paper towels to ...
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How can I neatly eat messy food without "common" utensils?

Try chopsticks. If you don't use these much you might not know how good they are - they can pick up just about anything messy that is the size of a carrot or smaller: Bit Rebels You can also use ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I tried everthing mentioned and it stayed stuck. Then had a brainstorm; steam it off. So got out steam iron and a wet cloth and steamed it. It was off in minutes. Eureka! I think the heat softened ...
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How to rid steelware of metallic taste

Instead of changing the properties of a metal, the easiest thing would be to permanently have your own set of steelware at the office. Use it a lunch, wash/clean it, store it in your cubicle/office. I ...
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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

move the dustpan backwards when sweeping the last few bits into it. I've done this for years and it helps greatly. 2-3 of those usually gets it all.
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How to turn water on with soapy hands?

On the water-saving front — before you turn the water on to soap up, pull that center lift rod up to close the drain stopper and save the initial water you use in the sink basin below. Start ...
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Electrical tape that doesn't get sticky over time

Heat-shrink tubing is effective and long-lasting. There is no adhesive to smear. The tubing can also be used over a tape wrap, which can be helpful if large-diameter tubing is needed to slip over a ...
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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?

Use sand. If you are close to some source of sand, you could put some into the bottle and swirl it around to "scrub" the bottom of the bottle with some hot soapy water. Sand is fine in size, abrasive,...
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How to wash a sieve?

I use a dish brush to clean colanders and other kitchen items that have holes in them (like some cooking spoons). While sponges get torn apart if you scrub them over the mesh of the sieve, the ...
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Washing face towels

If you are acne-prone, you should change washcloths and towels very frequently, possibly every day, not just when you feel they are getting "dirty". My personal "hack" for a similar situation1 was ...
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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?

Speaking from experience on the farm, during the winter months where our shoes/boots would get soaked from melting snow and needing them dry for the next day: putting them on/near a furnace register ...
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How to keep my glasses clean from getting marks

Dust and the occasional grease mark are inevitable. You can train yourself never to put your fingers on your glasses (only touch the frame), that reduces the number of grease marks. Instead of ...
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How to avoid food spill/stain on bedsheet?

Get a sturdy tray with a rim. I would recommend a model that can be cleaned easily (e.g. plastic) and is rather sturdy, so that it doesn’t warp or bend when it’s lifted up or set on the bed. That ...
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