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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 overcome using the snooze function of my alarm clock?

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 ...
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How can you cut fingernails and toenails without nail trimmings flying everywhere?

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% ...
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How can you cut fingernails and toenails without nail trimmings flying everywhere?

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 ...
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How can I overcome using the snooze function of my alarm clock?

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 ...
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How can I get food unstuck from my teeth while at work?

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 ...
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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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I forgot my toothpaste and it is impossible to buy in this situation, are there any substitutes?

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 ...
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How to Not Smell Like Feces without Bathing?

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 ...
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How to use the smallest piece of soap for bathing?

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 ...
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How can I prevent pee from flying off-target?

Just sit down when you have to go!
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How can I overcome using the snooze function of my alarm clock?

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 ...
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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 do I remove or clean the glitters from my skin?

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 ...
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How can you cut fingernails and toenails without nail trimmings flying everywhere?

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 ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

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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How do I remove a bandage from thin skin?

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....
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How to quickly cure hiccups

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 ...
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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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How to Not Smell Like Feces without Bathing?

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 ...
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How To Get Food Out of Braces

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/...
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How can I overcome using the snooze function of my alarm clock?

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 ...
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How can I overcome using the snooze function of my alarm clock?

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 ...
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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 remove garlic smell from my mouth

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 ...
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Keep razor usable longer

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 ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

While working in construction I would tear/split my nails fairly often, I found using simple wire cutters and tidying up any ragged edges with a fine grit sand paper worked pretty well.
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How can I get food unstuck from my teeth while at work?

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 ...
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How can I relieve the itchiness from a mosquito bite?

I have found that heating a metal teaspoon and pressing it against the bite provides almost instant and permanent relief from the itching (the redness and 'bump' will remain while the wound heals). ...
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