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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 effectively delay the need to pee when I really can't go?

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

I know that nail clipper manufacturers in Japan have tried to mitigate this problem with an addition to the nail clipper. As you can see, they have included a plastic guard and sleeve on the sides of ...
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How to turn water on with soapy hands?

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 ...
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How to effectively delay the need to pee when I really can't go?

First, ask the lab. It's often important to get blood work when you haven't eaten for a certain amount of time, which for convenience is done early in the morning. That's rarely relevant for urine ...
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What is the best way to stop the bleeding from a shaving cut?

The simplest way to stop bleeding from a minor cut like a shaving nick is to apply direct pressure (a clean fingertip does the job nicely) for at least two minutes. If you take blood thinners or have ...
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How can you cut fingernails and toenails without nail trimmings flying everywhere?

Easy: trim your nails after shower. As the water makes it a little more soft, it doesn't fly everywhere. Bonus: do it on your sink. After finish, just open the faucet and the bits will be gone!
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Ear problems on aeroplane

I find that forcing yourself to yawn clears the effect. A yawn stretches the muscles around the Eustachian tubes. So, if the tubes are a bit blocked, they will open and your ear pressure will ...
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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 to stick slivers of soap together to form a large bar of soap

For what it's worth, here's what I've been doing successfully for the past several years. Take your slivers and put them thru a salad shooter or grater to make flakes. Cut the bottom 2 inches out of ...
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How to get rid of bad breath

First. Are you sure you have bad breath? Is there any chance you have halitophobia?People with halitophobia are paranoid about the smell of their breath. They often misinterpret other people's ...
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Keeping used/dirty clothes in suitcase

I always bring a large kitchen trash bag in my suitcase when I travel. At the end of each day, I put my dirty clothes in the trash bag (and close it, if it has a drawstring). When I re-pack my ...
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How do I remove a ring that is stuck on my finger?

Submerge your hand in ice water for a bit; not so long that you suffer any damage from the cold, but long enough that your fingers will shrink a bit. With your hand still in the water, try working the ...
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How can I overcome using the snooze function of my alarm clock?

Is there any good way to get rid of this habit? Disable the snooze function. On some high-end alarms (and several smartphone apps) this is possible. On most alarms, there is a dedicated button with ...
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How can you cut fingernails and toenails without nail trimmings flying everywhere?

Try changing how you hold your trimmers. I grasp them in my palm like so. Then I squeeze to trim Trimmings stay in the middle area. You can then either continue holding the trimmers in this ...
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How to stick slivers of soap together to form a large bar of soap

Some types of soap are more malleable than others. One method is to soak them and press them together with your bare hands. For harder types of soap, let the soap sit on a damp washcloth or sponge for ...
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