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I have found that using hot, hot water from the faucet helps to soften the peanut butter and loosen it from the jar's edges and surface. Often times I will fill it with hot water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes or so, and then return to the jar and empty it. Then, using hot water I use the sprayer nozzle from my sink to maneuver within the jar and remove ...


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Have a dog?1 Give it to him/her. The dog will love the treat, since it provides a bit of a puzzle. Most of the larger breeds have very long tongues, capable of reaching inside of the jar. And.. of course, in the end, you'll be left with a licked-clean jar! 1. Don't have a dog? Give it to a friend that does, and ask them to recycle it when done EDIT As ...


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Place the shredder somewhere where you'll pass by it many times during the day. Shred a few papers every time you pass by it. It'll still take a while, but it's not such a daunting prospect when you break up the task.


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To help you get the remainings more easily out of the glass, there are silicone scrapers available in different shapes and sizes. They work quite well. Actually it works a lot better than you could do with a knife or spoon. Afterwards it should be clean enough for recycling. Here's an image: For the purposes of recycling glass you don't need to wash it ...


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Bite the bullet and find a place to burn them. It's the only way to be sure. You can plant trees all the way home from the incinerator.


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Advertise your free boxes on Craigslist so that others who are needing boxes (e.g. moving, managing space in a small apartment or dorm, selling stuff on eBay) can reuse them.


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If you leave one of the boxes, preferably a larger one than the rest, un-broken down and then use this as a secondary recycling bin - depending on the area you live, the recycling men will be happy to collect the extra cardboard if it's just put next to the bin! If not, use them as storage boxes until the next collection day!


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Put a few tablespoons of flaxseed meal into the glass and rub against the wall with a wooden spoon. The flaxseed will pick up the peanut butter cleanly. Eat the mixture with yoghurt.


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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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If you live in or near a city, you can probably find a business that offers shredding as one of its services. The ones I've found offer guarantees of privacy for your sensitive documents. The shredding costs are surprisingly low -- less than $2 per pound of paper where I live. And if you work at an office that has document-shredding bins onsite, like I do,...


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The solution for my family was to make friends with our neighbors. They have no problem with me adding recyclables to their bin when there is room. They are free to add to mine too. It's rare that we all have space issues during the same week.


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There is no white dye that you can add to your wood-pulp slurry to whiten it. Any and all dyes will only make it appear darker. Bleach is used to whiten paper the same way it is used to whiten your clothes when you wash your laundry. There are a number of different bleaches made from hydrates and per-chlorates. None of them are "environmentally friendly" ...


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Discard it as is. Roll it up and secure it with some string or tape. Don't bother to put it into another piece of plastic (the bag) which adds to the plastic pollution of the planet. Alternately, run a sharp knife down each of the rows of bubbles. Even cutting every-other row will decrease the volume significantly. Is there a UPS store or FedEx outlet ...


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You can easily make your own repressurizing device. Get plastic pipe parts of large enough diameter that the balls will slip inside, glue a cap on one end and a thread adapter on the other. Put a replacement car tire valve in the center of a screw cap that fits the threads. Slip the balls inside, screw the cap on tightly, and use any air pump or ...


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This is completely ineffective. Most junk mail (at least in the USA) is sent in a mail class that doesn't even provide return service; all you accomplish is to task the Postal Service with transporting the mail piece to a Dead Letter Office, where it will be destroyed, if it isn't destroyed at an earlier step in the dead letter process. Functionally, there ...


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As stated by James, you neighbors can be your best friends in this situations. Another idea is a lokal elementary school: they often look for cardboard boxes for making little projects with the kids. Here in the Netherlands, sportsclub will collect them to sell them to recycling plants for money.


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Well, actually you can refill also these standard, "non-refillable" Nespresso capsules. Just remove riddled top, empty capsule, clear it, refill capsule with some standard coffe, replace top with new one made from silver foil. And here is a short movie that shows the full process.


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I am thinking about using some kind of wire brush or metal curry comb. There are some wire brushes in the shape of cylinder that you could simply bowl on that bubble wrap. If brush is sharp enough it should perforate the bubbles. Please note that I've never tested that "lifehack" so it's just a guess.


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I could imagine, wetting and mashing the paper would help. Put all the paper in a water resistant container and add a fair amount of liquid (I'd use water, because soft drinks usually leave sticky residues). Mash the wet paper with your hands or feet or both (depending on the amount of paper and the size of your container) Let it dry and send it to paper ...


3

I have many chipmunks in my yard. After scraping out what I could, I put the plastic peanut butter jar in the yard, wedged between heavy plant containers. Tossing in a little bird seed makes it even more appealing. When they're finished, it's more feasible to do the dish soap and hot water treatment.


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I found it hard to find a good picture of a reservoir. This one from wikipedia isn't great but it will suit. source Most toilet reservoirs look similar to this. The actual parts may vary but the function should be the same. You have a swimmer (1) which will "tell" the toilet when it's full, by floating on the water, releasing the pressure knob 11 when ...


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First, fill the jar with warm water and then use your fingers to wipe as much peanut butter as you can off the inside surface. (Don't spend more than a few seconds on this; it's not necessary to get all the peanut butter off at this point.) Then empty the jar and fill it up a bit more than halfway with hot water and maybe a little dish soap. Screw the lid ...


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There's a technique used in the old days called cross writing to write new material at a different angle across the existing lines of text on a piece of paper. A crossed letter is a manuscript letter which contains two separate sets of writing, one written over the other at right-angles. This was done during the early days of the postal system in the 19th ...


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First, use the jar properly empty. When using the peanut butter, push the bits sticking to the side of the jar down into the main amount in the jar. If you do this regularly, you will not get a sticky residue on the sides, but an almost empty jar. You can get out the bits left in the bottom with a spoon rather than a knife, making it a bit easier. What ...


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It depends on the type of ink. Some inks are soluble in alcohols, e.g. ethanol or isopropanol (use at least 70% or stronger to try to remove the ink). Some inks are soluble in non-polar solvents, such as vegetable oil or paint thinner (flammable). Some inks can be removed with aromatic solvents, such as xylene and toluene, but though one can purchase ...


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Normally, the reservoir has an overflow pipe that would prevent both your concerns. The reservoir is set up so it normally fills to just below the level of the overflow, so you would have to adjust the bulb to get enough room for your dehumidifier water. The adjustment range depends on the exact design of the reservoir.


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Generally speaking - no. The sender won't care, they've budgeted for it. The only way I have found that works most of the time, is to write "Addressee Deceased" on the envelope and then return it to sender. Even the most dedicated senders don't want to send mail to the dead.


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I found this web site which seems to have the answer: http://savethetennisballs.com/how-to-revive-dead-tennis-balls/ They evidently have a cylinder where you stack in 3 tennis balls, seal the cylinder and then pressurize it. The balls evidently are porous enough to repressurize.


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When heated enough, broken glass becomes liquid again. It can be reformed into new glass items. Perhaps you can donate the glass to someone who does glass blowing, in exchange for some glass item(s) they have already made.


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I see that you play guitar. You can cut the carpet and use pieces of it to place your pedals/equipment when in studio. If you have a pet, you can cut and place carpet inside it's house to keep it warm. If you are a murderer you can always wrap dead bodies inside the carpet. If you have a studio you can place it on the walls to prevent room reverb when ...


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