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Put the alarm clock on the other side of the room so you have to physically get up out of bed and turn it off. If the device you use for an alarm clock supports multiple alarms also set another alarm to go off at one minute after the main target time so if you do just turn it off and go back to bed you will have to get up again more or less straightaway.


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What I often do when trimming my nails, toes or fingers, is grab a plastic shopping bag, open it on the floor and then place my foot or hand partly inside the bag and trim. It's quick, almost 100% effective, and is a fast easy cleanup. Plus, if you're like me, you have so many plastic bags you have no idea what to do with them.


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Obviously you do wake up and you are already in such a good shape that you manage to hit the snooze button (and not the finally-off button). So you might also realize that there is not yet an absolute need to get up immediately but you can post-pone this to some minutes later without much of a risk. So that exactly is where your issue is. You need to pull ...


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Clip your nails outside in nature. Your small organic compound deposit is appreciated by micro-organisms, and you don't have to care where it lands. Be courteous: don't do this where the scattered trimmings might bother others, such as in urban or built-up areas, or on grass likely to be used for picnics within the next year, or on public beaches, or near ...


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If I've had a take-out lunch, upon finishing lunch I'll often have an empty soft drink cup and a straw. I've found that the tip of the straw can often work a bit like floss. The open part of the straw often fits down over my tooth, so I can kind of get it around all sides of the tooth at once. It's no substitute for floss, but it can work in a pinch.


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Here is what I use with qoutes from livingthenourishedlife.com: Baking Soda - If mixed with salt it works even better and it is natural and can whiten teeth. like sea salt, you can just dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush like normal. Or you can dissolve it in water first and use the brine for brushing (just like the sea salt). A lot of ...


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this question made me laugh because it hit so close to home. During college I sometimes went over a month without showering ~:) here are my tips wear clean clothes! often times I find that it is actually my clothes that smell not me when you get home for the day, get naked. the exposure to the air will dry off the sweat and stop it from "brewing" dust the ...


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Just sit down when you have to go!


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Use 12 alarm clocks, each one ringing 5 seconds after the previous one, and each one being further away than the last. This way, you would have to get up, walk over, shut off, go to bed, immediately get up, walk over, shut off, go to bed, immediately get up, walk over, shut off, etc. until you get to the point where the next one rings before you even get to ...


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Assuming you are using clippers like these, all you have to do is run them under water for a second and clip like usual. The water causes the nails to stick to the metal in a nice small bundle. After you are done, just run it under water again to clean the nails out.


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As you pointed out, a knife is not a good idea. You can use a standard pair of scissors safely though. If you don't have that, then (as much as I hate to say such a thing) bite them.


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If I ever get glitter on me and wiping it off doesn't work, I use play dough. When you push the play dough across your skin, it picks up the glitter. It's safe, easy and can even be used to clean glitter off of the furniture in your house too.


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Just take a shower. Please. Even if you are lazy about bathing, if you are experiencing the problems that you described in your question, it will take less time and effort to alleviate your olfactory issues by bathing relative to any other conceivable workaround.


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There are lots of purported folk remedies for hiccups. Inasmuch as some of them work at all, it isn't clear to what extent this is for physiological or psychological reason, or just because hiccups eventually goes away on its own and people only remember that it went away while they were trying something. For medical references, I refer you to threads on ...


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Who says you can't brush your teeth at school? Just keep a small travel toothbrush (or brush with travel cap/tube) in your backpack and visit the bathroom after lunch. This was my dentist/orthodontist's recommendation when I had braces 10+ years ago, still a good idea today I think. Alternatively they do sell different sizes and shapes of disposable "...


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Check emails and / or Facebook as soon as the alarm rings. We all have an urge to read the unread messages or look for notifications. This makes you read. Once you read, your mind wakes up... And it seems boring to go back to sleep as the mind is already awake and you can't sleep again, but just lying with eyes closed. Eventually, you just want to leave the ...


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The goal here is to make yourself wake up before you can turn off the alarm. There are a lot of ways to do that, one of which has already been suggested. Move the alarm clock across the room. This is simple but may not be effective enough for you. Buy a new alarm clock with an annoyance feature built in. There are alarm clocks that require you shoot a ...


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Things that should work: Eat an Apple Of all the foods, raw apple was found to be particularly effective - indeed, study author Sheryl Barringer says this is what she reaches for after eating garlic. Professor Barringer, of Ohio State University’s department of food science and technology, suggests apples may help by 'deodorising' the enzymes ...


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Here's a list of things to do to insure that you get the most out of your razors: Clean out the hair and other gunk right after you use it. This will help prevent corrosion and build up of material on the blades. You can do so by running it under some water, making sure to aim the water down both sides and up the blades, and mixing in some small taps ...


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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 soaping up your hands (leave the fingers so you can operate the faucet). Now turn the water off and wash as normal. When you've washed your face, start rinsing ...


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An easy way to remove bandages is to apply either baby oil or olive oil. Simply dip a cotton ball or a q-tip (preferably a cotton ball) into the oil and gently rub it on the bandage until it comes off. This is a very easy, cheap, and painless method for removing bandages. I use it all the time.


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You just need to fold the paper as shown in the figure in such a way that the tip should be pointed and strong. And it is easy to find a piece of paper. Most of all you don't need to make a perfect cone. I hope it helps, without hurting your gums.


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You mentioned spray sunscreen. It seems as though the spray should work well. Make sure there's little or no wind. Shelter yourself behind a car or building if needed. Hold the spray canister in your right hand. Reach up over your right shoulder and spray down the center of your back. Move your hand over your head so it's over your left shoulder. Spray ...


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For many years, I've opened a new bar when the old one got too small -- and, after washing (with both bars wet) pressed the new bar onto the old one. They'll dry enough after the shower to cement together, and then the old bar and the new will handle as one bar. No waste, no residue, no special handling needed.


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The longer it is the more accurate it will be.


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A few crazy ideas: Get a sterile container beforehand, pee in that at your normal time and bring that to the lab instead of peeing there. Stop drinking fluid now, pee right before you go to bed, lay out your clothes on the floor in the order you put them on on the way to the door, get dressed while you walk to the door and drive to the lab straight away. If ...


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What can help the pain to disappear? Something cooling. So breathe through the mouth, eat something cold, e.g. youghurt. Or drink some cold water. Or Coca Cola :) Also, as wikihow.com states, you can try: Sucking an ice cube Sprinkling powder sugar on your tongue. Eating a spoon of honey Opening a 1,000 IU Vitamin E capsule and spreading the oil on the ...


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Your body was already built with this hack! The ancient Romans used their own urine for both toothpaste and mouthwash. While this might sound like a bad idea, urine is high in ammonia, which fights cavities. Your body doesn't have any use for this, so it gets rid of it through your urine. But your teeth absolutely love it (almost as much as fluoride) and it ...


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A very good method is to use a syringe that doesn't have a needle like the one below. Image from VampireVape You can suck up the extra toothpaste in the syringe or you can scoop it in after taking off the top. You may have to wet the toothpaste so it is softer and easier to bend (try not to get any water in the syringe as that will contaminate the rest of ...


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