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Stopping an incense stick from burning

This is my hack: a small spring clip. It is a loose fit on the incense stick, but does not slide on its own because of the shallow angle. The burn will extinguish soon. It's not hot enough to scorch ...
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Stopping an incense stick from burning

One simple alternative is to put a small wire coil around the stick at the point you want it to stop. This will make the heat dissipate and will lower the coal temperature, preventing the combustion ...
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How to get cat urine smell out of wooden floors?

OK, listen up people! I removed cat urine smell from my wood floors! Volunteering for our local animal shelter, I was given two male cats to foster. The cats had had a terrible life and were ...
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How can I reduce the chlorine smell on my skin after swimming?

I always shower right after my swims and I have also noticed the chlorine smell doesn't go away. However, I often run right after I get out of the shower. When you start to sweat and your pores open,...
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Keep that fungus smell out of your home this monsoon

First of all, if humidity is a recurrent problem, you might want to consider investing in a dehumidifier, some might seem costly but they are really worth it, I bought one for 75 dollars for my ...
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How to get rid of bad odour coming out of a water bottle?

In addition to Paparazzi's obvious but necessary "clean them in warm soapy water" periodically... We get the same thing with re-usable SodaStream bottles which are only ever plain water, fizzed. ...
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The smell of metal (mainly brass)

Brass musical instruments are coated with clear lacquer to prevent contact with skin acids from corroding the metal -- and it's corrosion products left on your skin that you're smelling. You should ...
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How to remove rotten meat odour from the fridge?

The human nose is extremely sensitive for the chemicals causing the smell of rotten meat as it has been a decisive evolutionary advantage to smell when meat has gone off and is not fit for consumption ...
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Removing bad smell of constant use cotton clothes

In addition to Weather Vanes answer, there are some things that might affect old clothes more than new ones. Body odor is usually caused by bacteria. If a freshly washed shirt smells again after a ...
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How to stop rim of water bottle becoming smelly?

The problem isn't the bottle or the lid in general. It is the gasket inside the lid. The gasket is an o-ring seal that keeps the bottle air tight. The gasket is the most neglected part in terms ...
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How to get that good smell to stick around [shampoo, cologne]

Invest in a small spray bottle that you can carry in your pocket or backpack, filled with some of your cologne. Spray as necessary, but be aware you grow accustomed to your smell and therefore it may ...
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How to keep smelling fresh without perfume

The easiest solution is to use personal care products that are appropriate for you, such as deodorant without a smell that bothers you. Antiperspirant is the more common product, but it doesn't reduce ...
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Prevent wearables from smelling like body odor

Source of odor is sweat/dust, so combat that:- (preventive) Use bit of dusting powder on your wrist before wearing it. Perfumed talcum powder works too. antiperspirant deodorant stick or if not that ...
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How to remove foot stink?

A little late, but try to sprinkle a little Sodium Bicarbonate (i.e. baking soda) on your sandals/slippers/inside your shoes. Its proven that it prevents / lessens a lot of bad smells, including foot ...
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Smoke smell in my house

If it's tobacco smoke from long-term use, it's not easy to eliminate. The stench adheres to every surface, particularly painted walls and carpeted floor. You might need to try all of these: Change ...
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How do I get rid of smoke smell

Instead of wafting through a solid wall, the smoke is probably coming through some crack/seam/open area where the air can flow between two garages. Maybe locate and seal those with canned foam.
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How to remove rotten meat odour from the fridge?

The odour is produced due to less circulation of air inside the fridge. So the microbes cannot escape the refrigerator. *If you can switch off the fridge and keep it $Open$ then the smell will vanish. ...
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If I have to ride in a car that recently had some rotting meat, how can I breathe without gagging?

The gases released by rotting meat are soluble in fabric and plastic: they actually soak into them and it is then impossible to extract the stink back out of them. The gases even soak into paint and ...
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If I have to ride in a car that recently had some rotting meat, how can I breathe without gagging?

the good air is outside the car, so breathe thru a diver's snorkel which is extended out the window. That would be easier and a more convenient alternative to sticking your head out the window. ...
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Removing bad smell of constant use cotton clothes

There can be several causes. The worst situation is when the washing machine has a built in-dryer. If you unload the (dried) clothes from the machine and place them straight into a drawer, they get no ...
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How to take out hidden mice/rat

In UK, if its body (less its tail) is about 5 to 7 cm long it is probably a mouse. Rats grow to be much bigger, and indoors it is more usually a mouse. If there is a hole in the sofa, that might be ...
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Stopping an incense stick from burning

To stop an incense stick before it has burned to its end so that it can be relit when desired: Reusable Hack: Fold a piece of aluminum foil a few times into a strip and bend that in half over the ...
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How to get rid of bad breath while fasting?

Before you begin your fast and afterwards in the evening be sure you drink enough water to hydrate yourself sufficiently. Reduced saliva and a dry mouth make your breath odour stronger. In addition, ...
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How do I remove a musty smell from my books?

The musty smell of paper is very hard to remove. You could try a method that has proved effective, for me, personally. You cannot wash the book nor scrub the smell out of it without damaging the ...
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Diesel fuel smell out of clothing?

I see that this is an old post but the fixes offered up, which I've read anyway, are mostly opinions and not true remedies. For clarity; I work as a heavy-duty mechanic for a highway paving crew. Thus ...
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Alternative to expensive disposable floor mats for taking care of recurring puddle next to toilet?

I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. I am a private pilot. I fly alone most of the time. I'm the only pilot aboard all of the time. When I have to pee, I cannot just get up and go to a ...
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Prevent wearables from smelling like body odor

I clean my apple watch band with disinfectant hand soap. It doesn't damage the strap and cleans well. I clean the watch itself with screen cleaner, since mine has alcohol in it as well. I do this ...
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How to remove foot stink?

As you clean your feet during each bath, I suspect footwear to be initial culprit of stink or bad smell as we say. There are bacteria residing on our footwear which contributes to bad smell unless ...
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How to get rid of bad odour coming out of a water bottle?

Not really a hack. Clean with soap and water. Leave it open and let it dry thoroughly.
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How to deep-wash a backpack?

I will address mainly the smell part. This will probably wash out the food spills as well. The key here is that the smell comes from cooking and stays for a long time in your bag. It suggests that ...
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