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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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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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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?

I bought a house for a needy family member and it came with free bedbugs. Did a lot of research and ended up using cold and diatomaceous earth. Here is what I found from doing this and reading a ton ...
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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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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 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 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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How can I sanitize paper money?

You can iron paper bills, like the American ones, on rather high heat. Just the same iron you use for your clothing, at the hottest setting, but no steam. It will kill all viruses. Plastic bills can ...
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What can be used ( instead of / for ) a plastic straw?

My favorite solution is actually no tool - having observed the surge of drinks that get served with a straw, I still remember when it was perfectly acceptable to drink either out of a glass, cup or ...
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Is there an effective way to clean up shattered glass from a floor?

Broken glass pieces are sometimes scattered to an invisible size. It is important to clean these scattered and splashed broken glass in the best way possible. Otherwise, another accident or injury may ...
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What is the best way to recondition a whiteboard?

I am a maintenance person at a facility that has 30+ whiteboards. I have done ALL of the suggestions I found online. The whiteboards we have here will stay clean and work fine for 3 days after ...
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How to Dry Small, Freshly-Washed Produce (Blueberries, Raspberries, Grapes, etc.)

Salad spinners are one of those more useful multipurpose tools in your kitchen. You can wash the berries inside spinner itself, pour off the dirty water, then spin-dry to remove the excess water. ...
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How to get water out of ears?

One of my lifeguarding buddies shared this one with me. Just turn your head sideways (so your ear is facing the ground) and jump up and down a couple times. Comes right out, and it works pretty quick, ...
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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

Modern dustpans have evolved a compliant rubber lip that already assists with this task. Using a feathered bristle brush with light downward pressure also moves the dust sideways over the lip instead ...
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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

As a computer guy, I realized that the remaining dust is an exponential problem. This realization would have been bad for a mathematician: It means that true cleanliness can only ever be approached, ...
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What is the best way to clean up the spider webs?

I use the vacuum cleaner, with the long tube but without a brush. When most of the spiderweb has been removed you can use the duster or the item in your picture to remove the leftover bits, keep your ...
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