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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 back of my hand or my finger. You can push mechanical and touch operated buttons by curling in your finger and pressing the back of a finger joint or knuckle to ...


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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 my gag reflex. Simply replacing water with milk makes this once onerous task easy for me.


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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 detect pressure, but the presense of a finger at the surface or nearby (or other detectable object, such as a stylus). tap by hovering a finger close to its surface ...


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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 disappeared (I stopped noticing it). At that point I could just swallow the water and the pill went with it.


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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 help everyone out.


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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 tablet and get the same effect -- and the business end of the stylus need never touch your skin.


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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 disposable or washable items.


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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 with a lighter before use). Then we can cut out a trapezoid shape at the long sides of the bandaid to leave the pad in the middle, and to obtain lateral plaster ...


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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 computer, you need enough ambient light that the screen isn't the brightest element in the room. A laptop is a very cramped work environment. It's much more ...


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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 the tube into the neck of the balloon. If the tube is smaller than the neck, pinch the slack and then roll it so the balloon wraps the tube well. By leaving part ...


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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 (hospital pharmacy), and they're far too big to fit into a pill splitter. The best method we've found is to use a scalpel, and create a thin score along the tablet. ...


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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 be made available as a solution you can drink, perhaps mixed with something else, or a form you find easier to swallow. Suspensions for some drugs are available,...


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Use your elbow, just make sure not to lick it later.


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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 plastic water bags on the entrance of the store. I didn't know the reason behind this until now but after searching about it I got this. There are at least two ...


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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 involve the child and have fun getting squeaky voices. You can get some more interesting balloons too such as these, and although they can be filled with air (...


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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, usually on the first jump or two.


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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 realistic. Never lick your lips. Licking your lips and adding other water-like items just dry your mouth out more. They work for the time that it takes them to ...


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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 value to obtain the glasses dioptre. Physics behind this Reading glasses are similar to a thin looking glass. The same optical rules apply to them: Source: ...


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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 then drink the water while pretending I'm REALLY thirsty. I never even notice the pill going down my throat. I think it's because my throat is so wide open. ...


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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 then it should fit on your finger like a little hat. Make sure the finger, scissors and bandaid are clean. Use disinfectants and cut the bandaid in the package....


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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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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 be hand washed, with the same soap you would use on your hand, you can dry them the same way you dry your hands, with a clean cloth or even the hot air dryer ...


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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 also helps me feel full sooner). But I also drink when I get up to grab a cup of coffee after bathroom breaks (handy cycle - drink more, use the bathroom ...


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Been taking pills multiple times a day for 29 years now. First attempt: explosive gag reflex, liquid and tablet went across room. Second phase: crushing and mixing with paste like peanut butter, other spreads. Problem is some tablets aren't allowed to be crushed - they need to survive until lower in your gut. Now: As silly as it sounds, I don't think ...


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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… The dried virus on smooth surfaces retained its viability for over 5 days at temperatures of 22–25°C and relative humidity of 40–50%, that is, typical ...


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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, or piece of wire, and tape it to the table so it doesn't move around. Place a pill on top of the wire so it's balanced, scored side up, with the score going right over the wire. ...


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Here are some tips for you to get water out of ears. An easy way is to chew or yawn. If you want to use gravity, there should be some steps: Tilt your head sideways Hold the ear that the water got into parallel to the ground Place the palm of your hand against your ear Press it hard for a couple of seconds After that, remove your hand quickly. The fluid ...


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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. If you have a smell that still hangs around after washing properly, then try filling with a solution of Bicarbonate of Soda & let stand overnight. Leave the ...


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If you use extra wide bandaids, you stick the bandaid lengthways along the front and back of your finger. The sides of the bandaid will wrap around the sides of your finger and stick to each other.


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The best right now fix I've had is to wash your face and keep rinsing with clean water for a few minutes. This helps with the itchy eyes and removes irritants from your skin. Any other area of the body you can wash also helps. Best if you can actually take a shower and change into clean clothes, but the face wash is best for situations where that isn't ...


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