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Here's a solution that my friend came up with: Take a bunch of Styrofoam cups Cut out the bottoms of the cups Stack them up Put the wide end of the top cup under the faucet, and the (cut open) thinner end of the bottom cup over the edge of the sink Place the urn directly underneath the end of your Styrofoam cup chain Turn on the sink At the end, your ...


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Similar to @Shokhet's answer you can also use a clean dustpan, as shown below: Source: Trupser.com


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Always keep one bottle of water in the refrigerator (or freezer if you prefer a block of ice that will thaw throughout the day). When it's time to go somewhere, swap your room temperature bottle for the cold one. Before you argue that it doesn't answer the question, remember this is LifeHacks SE not Physics SE. This takes less than 10 minutes, doesn't ...


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Hang out your laundry to line dry in your house rather than putting it in the dryer. This will release a lot of moisture into the air. Depending on how often you wash your clothes, this may be enough. If it isn't a few damp teatowels hung on radiators (assuming they're not electric) will achieve the same effect.


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'Traditional' humidifiers look like this: It's just a ceramic container with a hook that hangs over the radiator. Fill it with water, and the water evaporates as the radiator heats it. You can emulate this with a dish or bowl hanging on your radiator. If you have the space the easiest option is to place a container on top of the radiator. It was not ...


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Submerge the bottle in a bucket of ice water [1]Fill a bucket with ice water and add a pinch of salt, which helps the water absorb the heat energy from the can or bottle. Wrap your bottle in a wet paper towel and put it in the freezer [2]The wet paper towel outside the bottle will utilize physics to help transfer heat energy outside the bottle more quickly.


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You can put many houseplants in the room, they will increase the humidity naturally. Take some pots with plants which have big leaves. Some examples: Fern Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Additional positive effect will be that they will absorb some unhealthy substances from the air indoor. Of course they will need to be watered regularly.


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Step 1: Get a smaller container which actually fits in the sink. Step 2: Fill it up. Step 3: Dump it into the larger container Step 4: Repeat Steps 1-3 as needed.


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You could try to fill it with paper (e.g. newspaper), then you could put them in front of blower. If the paper gets wet, replace it (or use the fan if you have one).


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If the room is small, you can create a solution using a bucket of water and a few kg of table salt (sodium chloride or potassium chloride). Dump a large amount of salt into the bucket, and add water until the salt will absorb no more water. This is what's called a saturated salt solution. The solution will attempt to maintain the humidity level of the room ...


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Don't let it touch your mouth while drinking. Wash it with vinegar to help further remove the smell from bacteria. This will also, to an extent, help prevent bacteria from building up again as quickly. Don't leave it somewhere warm, such as near a furnace vent. Bacteria grow best in warm, dark, and damp places, which also leads me to... If you don't wash it ...


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I've done this before simply by taking two ziplock/sandwich bags, one inside the other. I take both bags, inflate them slightly by blowing into them, seal them tightly, then gently push on them to make sure they seal correctly. I put my phone (in my case my tablet, yes I know) in the first one, suck out as much air as I can get, seal it (very well!), then ...


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In case the phone fell into water there is a high risk of short circuits due to the electrical conductivity of water. This does not only cause damage to the parts but can also lead to an overheating of the battery. Over a longer period of time the power supplied from the battery to the circuits causes a reaction resulting in corrosion of the circuits (...


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I don't know if the mechanism (for either rice or anything else) is actually a desiccant or mechanical action for breaking the clumps after they form, but I have seen movie theaters (where they are obviously in abundant supply) using popcorn kernels for this purpose.


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OK, I'm going to go out on a limb here... To answer the question directly, the answer is an emphatic No. If there is something 'wrong' with the water to start with, then simple boiling in a kettle will not 'fix' it. It will not fix:- Chemical contamination in any way, shape or form. Biological contamination - though it will kill a lot of biological ...


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Air drying the book is probably your best bet to avoid any structural damage. Find a cool and dry room with good air circulation, and use a fan to keep the air circulating. This description from the University of Delaware Library below provides a great step-by-step. Another great description with pictures was produced by the Cornell University Library. ...


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You are under the sink, so the following things should be readily available: bucket or large container towels pieces of plastic (old wrappers, garbage-bag, etc.) Let me first say; do this as quickly as possible. It doesn't have to be a solid fix, and you are gonna have some spillage. The main reason for doing this is to make sure the room doesn't have 10cm ...


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Warm some water on the stove to wet down your hair and maybe take a sponge bath. Use deodorant, wear clean clothes.


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My wife came up with a brilliant solution that worked instantly: Using a piece of waterproof tape, she stuck a length of cotton to the shower head that reaches down to floor level. Instead of drips, the water droplets run silently down the thread. Apparently she got the idea from a James Bond film...


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Large bowl of water in the room with you. I do this when the kids have stuffy noses/colds.


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Don't downvote, hear me out... Take a latext condom. Cut the tip/end off. Roll/slip the condom over the patch.


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Use electric kettle (it takes only 1-2 minutes to boil the water). If it's still too long, use the microwave for around 30 seconds to 1 minute (on high power). But be careful as water boiled in a microwave oven can suddenly "explode" (including your mug). And for safety please remember to choose the right a microwave-safe container (such as glass, ceramic, ...


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The best option is to use a frozen sponge inside of a Ziploc bag. This works because when the sponge melts it will use it sponginess to soak up the water and make sure it doesn't leak. From thekitchn.com


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The trick is to sort of isolate your arm and shoulder from the rest of your body when you're moving, so that your body's moving but the combined unit of your arm, shoulder, and hand carrying the drink isn't. The only way I can achieve this is to fix my attention on what I'm carrying rather than looking at the floor or stairs as I walk, but it's much more ...


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You can improve your bucket by: insulating with aluminum foil and/or using a cooler insulated with Styrofoam. draining the ice as soon as water has accumulated. And if you make your own ice make sure to: boil your water before freezing it to remove air bubbles and make it denser. add 1 tsp. (6 g) or more of salt to a gallon (3,78 l) of boiled water before ...


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Depending on the specific situation, often times boiling water is enough to kill the bacteria and pathogens that may be found in contaminated water. If you are looking to filter out minerals or microscopic debris/particulates, perhaps running the water through a coffee machine with charcoal crumbles used as "grounds" will help the situation. not only will ...


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Frankly, the solution is simple: Don't smoke in the car. Obvious health and financial benefits aside, there's some more benefits: You don't need to buy anything to prevent rain from entering your car. The car's value will not decrease due to the lingering smell of smoke. (Saving even more money in the long run) Your drive will be significantly safer, since ...


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Perhaps you're thinking about this the wrong way. Rather boil water quickly, try to have a large quantity of boiling/hot water on hand. Get a giant thermos, you can usually find these at Asian supermarkets. They look like this: They'll hold about a gallon or more of water, depending on the model, and keep it near-boiling for quite some time. I use one at ...


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Make sure you put a cover on the can. Not a tight cover; just something to keep the top of the water from losing heat (see this question). If that's still not fast enough for you, you have a few options: Leave a full kettle over a low flame all day long, turn it up when you need hot water. You just pay for the cost of the energy required to keep it hot, ...


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