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Wikipedia has a nice solution: Household scissors or a utility knife are sometimes used to open difficult packaging. Tin snips are effective for tough plastics; the higher mechanical advantage of compound metal snips make it possible to cut such packages open even using little hand strength. These packages can also be opened with an ordinary ...


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I have found it easiest to run a razor knife / utility knive along two adjacent sides, avoiding the sealed edge. The plastic is very hard and durable where the seal is, but it is relatively thin if you move in a bit from the seal. Cutting along two adjacent sides in an "L" formation allows for easier access to the product, and helps to avoid getting cut by ...


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Breathe on your finger tips (not blow; breathe. like breathing on a cold window to fog it up.) before using them to pull at the plastic bag. Slightly moistening your fingertips provides greater friction and therefore a better chance of success. You can also attempt to dig in to the bag with your fingernails if they are sufficiently sharp.


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Wash it with hot soapy water then leave to drip dry. If, when dry, the smell remains then fill with water and put in the fridge for 24+ hours. This should remove the smell. Always make sure when not in use that the lid stays off. Keep the bottle somewhere cool and dry when not using and without the lid on.


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My favorite solution is actually no tool - having observed the surge of drinks that get served with a straw, I still remember when it was perfectly acceptable to drink either out of a glass, cup or from the bottle (if you need instructions, ask your friendly beer-drinker). A straw was a fancy extra for special occasions. In many cases, a straw is more of a ...


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Glass will be colder than plastic when you touch it. In addition, glass will warm up more slowly from the heat of your hand, whereas plastic will reach the same temperature as your hand within a few seconds.


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Take a band and tie it around the bag and container so the bag is now held up. This works better if you have a rim on the container. What usually works for me is: Rubber Bands Paracord tied Any cheap rope, because you can just pitch it afterwards. Thrifty fun: Binder Clips- One day, I took binder clips (the black or colored clips with silver bars ...


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Method 1: Boil I've soaked some wine bottles in boiling water for 30 minutes and the labels just fell off. Some I had to scrub off the residual glue with a scouring sponge, or scrape with a plastic putty knife. Edit: Some plastics warp when boiled. Method 2: Citrus Oil I don't remember where I bought this, and the company details are sketchy* but here's ...


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answering the questions in order: "slippery/shiny layer" sounds like a biofilm, and there may also be layers of precipitates (e.g. iron or manganese oxides) embedded. Some of the organisms may be innocuous, but some could be pathogenic. There is a US EPA paper on the specific organisms found. Chlorine-based disinfectants (basically, hypochlorite bleach) ...


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I think this is a valid question. Been there myself with controllers and keyboards and T.V. remotes. They are electronic, and you don't want to get water into the buttons, etc. So a wet soapy rag seems to be a bad idea. What I do personally is wipe it clean with a paper towel, then I take a wash cloth, get it wet and soapy(with dish detergent), and wring it ...


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Another suggestion would be to freeze the bottle with water and lemon juice inside it, after all has frozen you'll need to empty the bottle and wash with warm soapy water and rinse well.


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This definitely exist, It is called Precious Plastic, it is a project started by Dave Hakkens. It is a collection of Open-Source machines designed for recylcing and reusing thermoplastics. There are phenomenal collections of videos for introduction into plastic recycling and machine building. So far they already developed 4 DIY machines: Shredder machine,...


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I would use a black permanent marker such as a sharpie. It takes some time, but I've before drawn over large plastic areas with a sharpie and it keeps an even color for quite some time. Since a marker is a common household item, you can touch-up any scratches in the coating as they appear.


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After you've put the liner in the bin, pull the bag tight, twist it a few times and tuck it back under itself


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Same answer, different version - stick the tip of your tongue out, touch it between index finger and thumb, then separate the bags. Works every time, so long as you're not too worried about what bacteria or virus particles might be present on your fingers at the time... I don't do this any more, I always re-use the more expensive, bag for life, plastic bags, ...


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To remove unwanted smells of a new bottle we have to keep in mind that the substances involved may not be water-soluble. Therefore simply washing may not suffice to remove them. There are several approaches we can try (if needed also in combination): Vinegar or alcohol from bottom shelf liquor: Leaving the bottle for some hours filled with vinegar or ...


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You won't require Scratching it, just tap it with finger nail and you will know by the sound what is it. A light plastic me produce a pop sound. Glass would be hard and will produce a tunnn sound or no sound at all. Hard plastic will be dull sound unlike glass.


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You can do this by affixing a piece of sandpaper to a flat board. Using the board as a guide, sand it smooth. The board will prevent you from sanding it unevenly which would ruin the ruler. You should start with sandpaper around 200 grit and work your way up to 500 or so for a smooth finish.


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You're probably not necessarily looking for the 'best' way to open it, but one that will work when you're in the middle of nowhere, you just purchased an item from a store, and for obvious reasons don't carry scissors with you. Chances are you don't care for the cardboard packaging or imagery (and want to vent your frustration on a bad design). If you're ...


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As you can see it the images you've provided, there is usually a small tab that slots into the grooves of the zip tie in order to stop the cable undoing, some of the smaller ones used with electronics can relatively easily be undone by simply pulling either side hard, however, for more heavy duty ones, this is near impossible to do so you'll need to do ...


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Here is my current solution. First of all, I cut every old and dirty reflective sticker with a utility knife: Now it looks like that: I used a green roughed dish sponge with Cif Cream to rub, and cleaned with water. I bought large reflective rulo from an advertising banner shop in the city center, then I cut it into lots of rectangular pieces. Each has ...


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Maybe spray paint black or use nail polish to black it. If it's sticking out, maybe some fine sand paper, but that will easily make scratches on your device


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I don't know how tall the water bottle is but you can easily push the dent out using the handle of a wooden spoon, it's thin enough to fit through the mouth of the bottle yet stiff enough to apply good pressure. Try it..!!


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Styrene/butadiene copolymers such as Goop bond somewhat to polyethylene, and are flexible and elastic, though they harden with years of exposure to light and air. Polyethylene "candles", such as P-tex, are sold to repair gouges in ski bases, but might not bond in a deep crack, nor would it have the tensile strength of pressure-molded poilyethylene. ...


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The standard method when I was young, and microwave ovens were new to the consumer market (i.e. had only recently started costing less than a used car), the standard test of any cookware was to fill a glass with water, and put the glass and the piece in question in the oven for a minute. If the water got hot, and the cookware didn't, it was microwave safe. ...


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I'm surprised no one mentioned this. I know this is not a direct answer to your question, but another answer is to take your own bags! I know, I know, but hear me out - if the issue is simply that you forget to take your bags (which is commonly my issue), then here's a fix for that: have a bunch of bags always in your car (if you own one), and stick a piece ...


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If I'm in the produce section, I touch a piece of wet produce to moisten my finger tips and open the produce bag. If I'm checking out, I either touch some moist produce in my cart, or hold a small section of the bag opening area taunt and wiggle it back and forth until that section becomes separated. I then blow on it; creating a small opening to work with....


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I'd suggest using a pair of thin tweezers, like these:


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I actually used to work in a supermarket where I would face this problem almost every single day and there were a few different methods that I and other people used to help separate the darned bags: The old classic - lick the tip of your fingers which gives them more grip on the bag when you swipe you finger across it hoping for purchase on the material, it ...


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Often I have the impression that these packages were not meant to be opened too. Especially refractory are those plastic wrappings around CD-Cases. Unless, for any reason, we need to keep the wrapping I cut them apart. To do this quickly I use a knife, or an open pair of scissors to cut along the rims of the package underneath (i.e. cardboard, or jewel case)...


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