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How to open a bag of rice sealed with string

There is a "right" and a "wrong" side to start. Note that the seam is typically made with one string, which is exactly the reason it's so easy to unravel. Look at the side with the loops. You'll ...
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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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What is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?

I discovered a great way to press out the water or oil from a can of tuna using only the can and a cup. Start by opening the lid with an old style can opener. (Sadly a safety can opener will not work ...
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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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How to pour out liquid from pan

Use a guide bar for pouring. I learned how to do this kind of thing in a lab using a glass rod and a cylindrical container. A similar technique can be used for your household situation. Find a spoon ...
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Induction based fry pan not working on induction cooktop

The actual induction heating process will work with any conductive material -- steel, aluminum, copper, even gold (even salted water in a glass pot). Your issue appears to be because the cooktop is ...
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Keeping the spoon on the surface of a sucralose container

Pour the Splenda into a bowl (temporarily). Put a tall glass inside the now-empty cereal box. Put the spoon in the glass. Pour the Splenda back into the cereal box, around the glass. Now you have a ...
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How do I make a lid for this bin?

Plastic plant-pot saucers are inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes and colours, are light weight, strong, tough, and when flipped over are tops for bottoms. You can find them in hardware stores, ...
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How to Resurface/Refinish the induction cooktop

This may be helpful: I use a combination of apple cider vinegar and baking soda, I'm afraid the ratio is "until it forms a thin paste", rather than anything more specific/scientific. Apply with paper ...
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How to roll a dough to a certain thickness

Get a straight (not tapered) rolling pin. Get 2 long strips of something (cardboard, wood, plastic, etc.) that are each 5mm thick. Roll your dough out so it's fairly thin, but more than 5mm thick. ...
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Removing water stuck inside a double glass cup

My glasses are conventional borosilicate glasses which each has a tiny hole sealed with a hardly visible silicon plug on the bottom. Most double-wall glass coffee mugs are like that. When washed at ...
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How to pour out liquid from pan

That's what ladles are for. Simply scoop the liquid into the cup with a ladle or big spoon. Once you have transferred most of the liquid from the pot to the cup, pouring the rest will be much easier.
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How can I close rice bag?

Introducing the Divide and Conquer HACK: When you buy in bulk quantities, redistribute some of each different food stock into a smaller container for frequent use that is easy to handle and closes ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

If you have to open those glasses more frequently, such a device could help you: It's a rubber band with a plastic lever arm, that fits on most common glasses: For occasional use, built one made of ...
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How can I clean stainless steel coffee maker carafe

Ice cubes. Salt. Shake/spin. Dump. Repeat if needed. Rinse when finished. I worked in a restaurant for the better half of my teens and twenties... We used to do a sanitizer soak on the glass coffee ...
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How can I deal with refrigerator odor when it is turned off for a long period of time?

You should clean out the interior of your refrigerator with a mild solution of bleach and soap. You should only need to do this before you leave for a long time. When you are using the fridge, unless ...
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Tea dispenser leaks

If the dispenser always sits on the same shelf in your refrigerator, put a piece of tape (like red electrical tape) on the shelf to mark the "farthest forward spot" that the dispenser can sit without ...
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How to remove oil without soap while washing?

I would try a putting few drops of dishwashing soap on a paper towel, then put that in a Ziploc bag with your lunchbox. One more idea that I got from cleaning cast iron skillets in my home. You're ...
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How can you get the first brownie out of the pan without destroying it?

I always bake brownies over a "sling" of parchment, which is a strip of oven-safe parchment paper that is draped across both sides of the pan so I can lift the brownies out onto a platter or cutting ...
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How to remove ice cubes from the ice cube tray?

For many years I had two different plastic ice cube trays in my fridge. One of them, when twisted, caused the cubes to break free and practically jump right out of the tray- and the other one was ...
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What is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?

Start opening the can and stop after a short bit. (1 to 5 cm, 1/2 to 2") Repeat on the other side of the can, ideally you have the shorter length on one side and the longer length on the other. Hold ...
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What to do with big pieces of chocolate milk powder

At first, I was going to suggest breaking up the lumps in a more scientific way, by splitting them into smaller pieces with something like a chisel. But I have thought of a hack. Pour warm water into ...
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How to pour out liquid from pan

My hack is to pour in two steps First into a pan that can pour, and is large enough not to spill Second into the target container With the pan sizes I have available, this might need to be done ...
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Dish soap nozzle build up

My trick is to hold the nozzle under the running tap as you fill the sink to wash the dishes. This has the twin benefits if removing the crud, whilst stopping it from being wasted because it ...
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How can you get the first brownie out of the pan without destroying it?

Start by placing a platter (or any flat object) on top of the whole pan of brownies. Then, flip the whole thing. Now, lift off the pan, and if the brownies were properly baked, it should come right ...
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Keeping the spoon on the surface of a sucralose container

Maybe find a small spoon that is attracted by magnets then have a magnet glued to the lid and have the spoon affixed to the lid via the magnet. Example image:
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How to remove ice cubes from the ice cube tray?

Reduce their grip on the ice cube tray a little bit before you try to remove them. Get a baking pan (9" x 12" x 2"). Put about one inch of hot water in it. Place the ice cube tray in it for a minute. ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

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 ...
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How do I pull the rubber plug out of this despenser

You might be able to pull it out with a hook. You can unbend things like a wire coat hanger, a very large paper clip or a similar object and then bend it into a long hook that fits through the bottle ...
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How do I pull the rubber plug out of this despenser

Assuming a plastic bag doesn't count as a "special tool", you could try this approach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLMH0NrdfNE In case the video disappears, the short version (pictures are just ...
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