MrPhooky
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How to keep bread fresher for longer
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It's all about location, location, location! There are a couple of things that will aid the growth of mold and bacteria and it is best to try and prevent these conditions being met in order to ...

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How to jump start a car without another car
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If your battery is getting old and nearing replacement time, you can use a simple trick (provided you have a wet battery that can be opened from the top) involving just two aspirin tablets which are ...

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How to shred papers/letters without using a shredder machine
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My first answer here isn't so much a hack as it is using something that is on the market to achieve what you want. Have you ever heard of paper shredding scissors? Basically they are a pair of ...

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Make coffee with no coffee filters?
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As well as paper towels as Phlume has mentioned, there are also a couple of other materials that can be used in place of a coffee filter: Cloth You can use a clean handkerchief or cut a square of ...

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Hiding or covering annoying LED lights on computer and accessories
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Something I found out the hard way is that a layer of super glue significantly dims the brightness of the LEDs. While it won't remove the light completely, it will dim it a lot, and you could apply ...

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What office equipment can I use to safely observe a solar eclipse?
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A common method that I was taught at school is to create a pinhole projector type thing. You can do this by making a small (pinhole) piercing in a sheet of paper and hold it above the ground until ...

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What to do with delivery boxes when recycle bin is full?
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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 ...

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How can I make sure I get the USB plug in the right way up?
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Do it correctly one time and then put a bright sticker or a sequin on the side that faves up / towards you. This way you'll be able to know which side is top and put it in accordingly! If you're ...

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How do I ensure my car wheels are straight when parking before getting out?
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Simple one here as its getting to the end of the day: Drive forward or back a little, if your car veers off in one direction or the other you'll know you need to turn the wheels and as a bonus you'll ...

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How can I maximize my refrigerator space when storing so many foods?
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Firstly for new foods that you've not yet opened - open them. Take them out of their packaging which can be somewhat bulky and unnecessary and put them in something smaller such as a sandwich / ...

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How can I organize Micro SD Cards?
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You could get a piece of cardboard and cut Mirco SD sized holes into it and then write what each one is above or below its respective hole. You'd need to put a backing on the card so that the SD ...

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How do I make my smartphone battery last longer?
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A few things I always do to try and preserve my battery life: Reduce Brightness I always have the brightness as low as possible while not having to strain my eyes to see the screen - the dimmer the ...

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How do I avoid paint crusting around the top of the paint can?
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You can use masking tape over the edge of the pain tin - still using the edge of the tin for wiping the paint on but once you're done you will be able to remove the masking tape and discard it and ...

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How to determine if US paper money is genuine?
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I recently looked up a similar question myself and I can across a way to make your own counterfeit money pen (if it goes one colour it's real, the other other colour it is fake type thing). What you ...

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How to undo a cable tie so that it is reusable
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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 ...

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How to improvise a mesh tea strainer or filter?
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After looking at a tea strainer on Google something immediately came to my mind, however it will involve perhaps demolishing a sieve. If you happen to have an old sieve that you are willing to modify ...

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How can I tell if I've applied deodorant?
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This is going to sound weird so don't judge me. I am assuming it is antiperspirant (otherwise it defeats the point of having non-fragrant) so once it is applied, if you rub your fingers or hand in ...

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How do I keep my bed sheets organized?
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I know this may come across a somewhat trivial response... But have you tried folding them up before putting them away? I like to make sort of towers with my sheets in order to keep them all together ...

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How to stop headphones bouncing around when walking?
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Today was the day that everything changed. I found a solution to this issue and it will never trouble me again. I wear a jacket with a front zip and poppers to cover said zip. If I simply place the ...

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How to make non-drinkable seawater drinkable?
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Quite a simple method that would get rid of any salt in the water is to simply boil the water and collect the condensed water vapor in a separate cup / container. Things you would need: Saucepan ...

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How can I store shoes in small spaces?
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One of the most compact ways to store shoes (that I have found through packing suitcases) is to 'stack' the pairs so the soles of the shoes are both pointing outwards and the tongue and foot hole are ...

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How to Stop Scratching
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I tend to find that I need to do something else to the afflicted area to relieve / or distract me from the itchiness. A couple of things that I have done before with varying success are: Apply cold ...

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How to remove creases from my shirts without ironing?
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If you wash the shirt and hang it up on a proper hanger immediately after it comes out of the washing machine, make sure it is hung in a warm environment (airing cupboard) and once it is dried it will ...

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How to get rid of frozen snow
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There are a couple of things that you might have in your household that could replace normal road salt. Table salt You can use normal table salt and apply to afflicted areas, a table spoon or two per ...

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How to separate plastic grocery bags?
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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: ...

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How can I keep my desktop computer's cables neat?
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Cable Ties. - This is what they are designed for really. Got lots of cable that you need to keep together neatly and tuck them all out of the way? If you have lots of wires and cables going to the ...

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How to clean inside of straw
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An adaptation to a couple of methods already mentioned that involves shoving something down the straw to try and get rid of any dirt. You could use an ear cleaner (Q-Tip) - preferably a clean one. ...

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How to make sun view glasses from home supplies
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If you happen to be a bit of a welder - you can use shade 14 welder's glass which is basically a neutral density filter which will be enough protection for your eyes from the Sun's glare. This sort of ...

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How do I determine the fastest speed to drive without getting a ticket?
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While I would advise just simply sticking to the speed limits put in place for yours and others safety, there are a a couple of tricks I've picked up which work at least in the UK! Speed cameras have ...

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How to quickly cure hiccups
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There are loads of methods that people will swear by, but the ultimate point of all the methods is to really concentrate on something else to take your mind off them and they normally go for some ...

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