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How to press a touch sensitive elevator button without touching it

Your biggest problem is not the touch sensitive button, but your (justified) fear of contracting germs. My quick-hack for all kinds of surfaces that must be touched but aren't clean is to use the ...
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How can I swallow pills more easily?

After struggling with this for years, I finally found a solution that works 99% of the time: Viscous liquid. Using a thicker liquid, lets me swallow pills without it touching my throat and triggering ...
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How to press a touch sensitive elevator button without touching it

You can buy some gloves intended for mobile phone use such as these. They have strands of metal woven into them. Mobile phone screens used to be touch sensitive, but now the electronics do not ...
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How can I swallow pills more easily?

Being too aware of the pill made it difficult for me, when I was younger. Taking a good sip of water and swirling the pill around in my mouth, "mixing" it with the water, made it seem like the pill ...
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How to press a touch sensitive elevator button without touching it

An easier solution might be to just bring alcohol wipes in your pocket and wipe the button first. (the small kind that would be used before blood work or a injection). May as well wipe them all and ...
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How to press a touch sensitive elevator button without touching it

Assuming the buttons use a body capacitance detector (as is the case with touch controlled lamp dimmers, wall switches, and smart phone screens), you can use a stylus intended for a cell phone or ...
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How to press a touch sensitive elevator button without touching it

The simplest and least wasteful method: use your hands to operate the buttons, wash your hands afterwards. Any other methods will just move the (potential) contamination around, so you'd have to use ...
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How to put a bandaid on the tip of your finger

We can very easily make our special fingertip bandaid from a standard bandaid by using a clean pair of scissors (consider rinsing the scissors in desinfenctant (e.g. alcohol) or heating is shortly ...
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Avoiding headache while using screen for the whole day

Your work posture, lack of lighting and too-long workday are major health risks. Change your habits before it's too late. Too little light is a possible cause of headaches. To work comfortably on a ...
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How can I swallow pills more easily?

I've long found swallowing pills to be a bit more difficult than it looks for others. I recommend you try; An alternative form of medication Ask your doctor if the medication they are prescribing can ...
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How to avoid bad taste in mouth while inflating balloons?

Any short section of tube (a drinking straw, section of pipe, ball point pen with the ink cartridge removed etc) can be used to inflate a balloon without coming into contact with the rubber. Insert ...
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How to cut a pill in half without a pill cutter?

If the composition of the tablet allows it, the simplest way is to create your own score and then snap it with your hands. We have to halve potassium citrate effervescent tabs tablets at my job (...
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How to press a touch sensitive elevator button without touching it

Use your elbow, just make sure not to lick it later.
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Natural remedies to get rid of flies (Housefly)

I don't know if most people knew about this remedy to avoid houseflies already. Using plastic water bags to keep away flies. My friend has a grocery store and I have seen him hanging half filled ...
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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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How to avoid bad taste in mouth while inflating balloons?

One solution would be Use a plastic tube or buy an electric balloon inflator. Or if you don't mind spending a little more, a hack solution could be Fill the balloons with helium. You can then ...
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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 to moisturize lips on the go?

What you could do: How to Heal Chapped Lips Without ChapStick: Stay Hydrated. The thirstier you are the drier your lips will be. Also, try to stay in rooms that aren't dry, but this is not always ...
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How to determine strength of reading glasses?

Qick and easy Hold the glasses in front of a white paper or wall until the sun (or a far away window) is in focus. Measure the distance (in metre) between the glasses and the paper. Divide 1 by this ...
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How to force myself to drink more water?

Instead of a random timer to remind me to do X I found tying X to another activity Y the most effective solution. For water, I start the day with a glass and drink with meals (which is a start and ...
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How can I swallow pills more easily?

You know that feeling when you're REALLY thirsty? You've been outside cutting the grass on a hot day and you get a glass of water and gulp in down in 4 HUGE swallows? I put the pill in my mouth and ...
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How to put a bandaid on the tip of your finger

From Instructables: Take a bandaid and cut the ends up to the gauze in half. Then lay the bandaid flat and put the finger on it wrapping the wings around it. Do it to both sides of the bandaid and ...
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What to use as a bandage substitute?

At a pinch, for small cuts and bruises, consider making a make-shift plaster with a small piece of tissue paper held down with sticky tape (any kind). If you don't want the tape to stick to your skin,...
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how to avoid coffee and tea at work place

This would also depend on the amount of sugar you're using per cup. Maybe reduce the consumption by half and replace the other half by hot water, soup and herbal tea?
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How can I clean my papers from someone's coughs?

Bake your notes in a pre-heated oven for a few minutes. According to what virology online, 56°C / 133°F for 15+ minutes — hardly enough to do any damage to your notes that you'd notice. Here's more… ...
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How to silently fart in workplace?

Gas is a normal byproduct of digestion, but if you have to pass a lot of gas, often, and you cannot relate it to a specific food you eat, then you have a digestive problem. The food is not properly ...
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How to get rid of bad odour coming out of a water bottle?

In addition to Paparazzi's obvious but necessary "clean them in warm soapy water" periodically... We get the same thing with re-usable SodaStream bottles which are only ever plain water, fizzed. ...
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How to cut a pill in half without a pill cutter?

I have some very hard pills, and scoring them just doesn't help that much. The way I split them works better: Start by scoring the pills. Next, straighten out a staple, paper clip, thin nail, or piece ...
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What to use as a bandage substitute?

Any clean cloth will do. Best is washed at 90C or boiled. If in doubt iron it at high temperature. Tear into suitably sized strips. Use just like ordinary bandages. To fix it you can use duct tape ...
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How to force myself to drink more water?

This is one trick I picked up from a friend that can be applied to remind yourself of things you tend to forget. If you use a smartphone or a laptop often during the day, set its password as 'water' ...
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