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Does boiling tap water make it potable?

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 ...
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Showering while avoiding patch to get wet

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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How to save the water wasted while waiting for the shower to heat up?

This solution only works if you have a separate bathtub in your bathroom. I'm pretty sure that all the water for your bathroom (shower, sink, toilet tank, bathtub) comes from the water heater to your ...
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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?

Speaking from experience on the farm, during the winter months where our shoes/boots would get soaked from melting snow and needing them dry for the next day: putting them on/near a furnace register ...
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How to freeze water more quickly

Try to ditch commen sense and go for science! 1. Use hot water as your starting point. Exploit the Mpemba-effect: Since there is some debate about the effect, whether it is real or not: the ...
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How to Dry Small, Freshly-Washed Produce (Blueberries, Raspberries, Grapes, etc.)

Salad spinners are one of those more useful multipurpose tools in your kitchen. You can wash the berries inside spinner itself, pour off the dirty water, then spin-dry to remove the excess water. ...
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How to get water out of ears?

One of my lifeguarding buddies shared this one with me. Just turn your head sideways (so your ear is facing the ground) and jump up and down a couple times. Comes right out, and it works pretty quick, ...
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Magnet in shower: How to protect against rust

Waterproofing (rust-proofing) magnets is a common application in aquarium environments where you want to attach various fixtures to a glass/acrylic fish tank with a pair of magnets. You can actually ...
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Removing water stuck inside a double glass cup

My glasses are conventional borosilicate glasses which each has a tiny hole sealed with a hardly visible silicon plug on the bottom. Most double-wall glass coffee mugs are like that. When washed at ...
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How to cross a river on foot?

General advices in order to cross a river Scout Around Invest a little time in finding the best place to make your crossing. Avoid bends in the river, where water whips around the fastest. Once you ...
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Bringing the cold water to room temperature

Bring to work sufficient bottles to cover an entire day's supply. Fill them in the evening with cold water. The next day they will be the correct temperature, all day. Repeat by refilling in the ...
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How to stay at the bottom at a swimmingpool

Paparazzi's suggestion from comments, to dive with a weight (not bound to your body, for safety reasons -- the weight should drop away when you straighten to push off for the surface, at the least) ...
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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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Does boiling tap water make it potable?

From this link to REI Boiling is not going to remove heavy metals or other toxic chemicals but a filter is also not effective against most heavy metals or toxic chemicals. Your stove, fuel and a ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

I hope this is obvious - but you don't mention it in your question: Try all the doors and the boot first. I've usually found that one of the doors will open in this situation. If you have to enter the ...
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How to clean my humidifier

Limescale can be dissolved by acids. Vinegar essence is a popular cleaning agent because it doesn't leave residues, but it smells quite pungent. Citric acid works just as well and doesn't smell. Do ...
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Shower head vertical on holder. What to do?

Perhaps you can reposition the head, and its spray direction, by rotating the hose clamp by 90° (shower head is now horizontal) sliding the clamp further up the support (shower head is higher) ...
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How to keep planted seeds watered permanently?

There are several ways to do this: Water globes: These are containers of water with a narrow opening that you fill and stick into the soil. Commercial ones can be very attractive, and advertise as ...
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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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Bringing the cold water to room temperature

Microwave the cold water to temp. The temperature of a water coolers is pretty consistent. If you have your favorite glass or plastic tumbler (a known quantity of water), then you'll get to know ...
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What's the best way to prevent water from collecting underneath a soap bar?

You can try putting a sponge in the soap dish and placing the soap on the sponge. The sponge performs 2 functions: it raises the soap above any collected water and it absorbs water from the soap.
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How to get water out of ears?

Here are some tips for you to get water out of ears. An easy way is to chew or yawn. If you want to use gravity, there should be some steps: Tilt your head sideways Hold the ear that the water got ...
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How can I know if oatmeal is with milk or water?

Colour and Smell. Oatmeal with milk is always whitish than oatmeal with water. The left one is with water and the right one is with milk. Colour shade will vary with the type of milk and sometimes ...
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How to effectively prevent the shower curtain from snuggling?

Magnetic shower curtains were invented to solve this problem. Search: Magnetic Shower Curtain Small magnets embedded along the bottom edge of the shower curtain affix it to the metal tub when the ...
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How to effectively prevent the shower curtain from snuggling?

The suggestions herein are probably the best, but for the sake of completeness, I suggest something that might help the other answers work a little better. If you leave the curtain open a little on ...
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How to clean yellow teeth

Below is the cool trick which you can try if you want white teeth: What do you need? A banana peel, a toothbrush and toothpaste. What to do? Rub the fleshy side of the peel to your teeth. Try to ...
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Verify the accuracy of ph test strips

This is a tough one. Typically you would need a "control solution" with a known pH in the narrow range of your test strips, but it is surprisingly difficult to come up with a reliable ...
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Remove ice from freezer surface

I found the answer to my own question. However, it will only work on some brands and models of refrigerator-freezers. LateralTerminal suggested using a brush on a drill. Instead I used what was on ...
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How to get water from can into bottles with less effort?

You can use a rubber tube/small hose. Put one end in the water, suck out the air from the other end until the water starts flowing. To stop the water from flowing lift the tube above the level of the ...
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What can be used besides rice to keep moisture out of salt?

Growing up my Mom had a salt shaker that came with a glass "cap" kind of that had some kind of purple granules in it. Have no idea what they are but it works. I have them now but don't use them. The ...
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