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#Lifehacks

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Sean266, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. Sep 30, 2015 at 8:57 AM
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    Here are some quick, nifty ones.

    Can you add to these?
     
  2. Sep 30, 2015 at 9:08 AM
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    #7 is genius and obvious in hindsight
    7. Charge your phone or tablet faster by putting it on Airplane Mode.
     
  3. Sep 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM
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    The phone in the glass works, but sounds like crap.
    I use an cardboard toilet paper roll. Like so:

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  4. Sep 30, 2015 at 9:48 AM
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    Not bad.
     
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    - Bull Bar, - HID Bunny Burners - AMP retractable running boards, - Headlight leveling retrofit - P1 Brake Controller - 60% rear seat delete - relocation of Sub to rear wall. - 3/1 leveling kit - Firestone Air bags - on-board compressor with auto-leveling, - Dual Undercover Swing Boxes. - P285/65/R20 (34.6") BFG TA KO2's - TRD Front skid plate - Pop & Lock Tailgate lock (soon) - Remote Tailgate mod (soon) - LED Headlights (soon) - Nav Bypass - iPhone integration - Serius/XM retrofit
    Fun with soap

    - When you wear your bath-soap down to a sliver just water-weld it to the next bar.
    - Keep a bar of soap in your glove box to keep it smelling fresh
     
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    Uses for Lemon Peels: Culinary
    Did you know that lemon peels are nutritional power houses? Seriously?

    Lemon Peels contain a spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fiber (things like calcium, potassium, and vitamin C) that can give your menu a nutritional boost. And even though you would have to consume large amounts of peel to glean significant nutritional benefits, it doesn’t hurt to throw in some peel when you can.

    1. Lemon Zest: is a common ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Zest some of your peel, use some now or freeze it for later.

    2. Lemon Pepper

    3. Candied Lemon Peel: Candied Lemon Peel

    4. Lemon Sugar: Lemon Sugar Recipe

    5. Lemon Olive Oil: Here’s a simple recipe

    6. Lemon Extract: lemon extract

    7. Lemon twists and ice cubes! Brighten your drinks by putting twists of the peel into ice cubes. Perfect for summer parties. Use a vegetable peeler or knife to make long strips, cutting away from the white pith which can be quite bitter. Again, these can be frozen.

    8. Herb-Lemon Zest Butter: Get the recipe here.

    9. Keep brown sugar soft:Adding some lemon peel (with traces of pulp and pith removed) to your brown sugar can help keep it moist and easy to use.


    Uses for Lemon Peels: Cleaning

    10. Lemon AP CleanerAlso known as lemon vinegar, this stuff is awesome at cutting grease and disinfecting. To make, simply place a bunch of lemon peels in any sized glass jar (mason jars would work great). Pour white vinegar over. Put the lid on and let it sit for 2 weeks (I promise, it’s worth the wait). Then strain the liquid. Combine this with water (using a 50/50 ratio) and then use as you would your normal all purpose cleaner.

    11. Get rid of ants and pestsPlace small slices of lemon peel along thresholds, windowsills, door entrances, or near cracks or holes where ants or pests are lurking about. I haven’t tried this one yet (living on the third floor does have some advantages… no big ant problem where I live), but apparently ants do not like lemon and will not enter your home. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas.

    12. Freshen your FridgePlace a lemon peel or two inside your fridge to absorb smells and bring a bright citrus scent.

    13. Trash Can DeodorizerThrow a few lemon peels in the bottom of the can. This will also help absorb odors and keep things smelling fresh.

    14. Simmering Stove Top ScentsThis idea has been floating around pinterest for some time, and with good reason. You’ll make your house smell heavenly simply by adding lemon peels to simmering water. Throw in some cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels. This adds a wonderful scent and humidifies the air.

    15. Clean your tea kettle or coffee pot.To clean mineral deposits in your tea kettle: Fill the kettle with water and add a handful of thin slices of lemon peel. Bring it to a boil then turn off the heat. Let is sit for an hour, drain, and rinse well.

    To clean your coffee pot: Simply add your lemon peels with some ice and salt. Whirl everything around a minute or two and the dump and rinse.

    16. Sanitize your cutting board.Lemon’s natural acidity provides great antibacterial properties to home cleaning. After properly cleaning your cutting boards, rub the surface with half a lemon. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

    17. Freshen and deodorize the dishwasher.Add lemon peels to your dishwasher every now and then to help rinse and deodorize it.

    18. Clean your microwave.We don’t use our microwave much, but I wish I knew this secret back when I did! Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for five minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense on the walls and tops of the oven. Remove the hot bowl (carefully!) and wipe away the mess with a towel. Yes.

    19. Deodorize the garbage disposal.
    Use lemon peels to deodorize the garbage disposal and bring that amazing citrus smell to your kitchen. Fake lemon cleaners have nothing on the real thing. Simply put a peel or two down the disposal, flip the switch on (with the water running), and done.


    20. Firelighters
    Bake discarded lemon peels until they darken. These create natural, fragrant firelighters. So cool, and just in time for grilling season!

    21. Make drawer sachets.Dry your lemon peels (either out in the sun or in a dehydrator) and place them inside of fabric sachets. Add spices, as desired such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom. Place in drawers to freshen.

    22. Clean your stainless steel, polish your chrome, and make your copper shine! This one was my favorite as we’ve had some nasty residue on our steak knives that I’ve been trying to get off for a while. Simply sprinkle some sea salt on the metal, and then use the lemon peel to scrub away any dirt, grime, or stains. Rinse and polish! This is one of my most common go-to uses for lemon peels.


    Uses For Lemon Peels: Beautiful & Promote A Healthy Body

    23. Skin Brigthening ScrubThis will really perk your skin up.

    24. Nail Whitener:
    Whiten fingernails by rubbing with a lemon wedge.


    25. Travel Sickness Cure: Suck on a slice of lemon to help you stop feeling nauseous.

    26. Lighten age spots.Here’s a fun use for a lemon peel: Many folk remedies suggest using lemon peel to help lighten age spots. Apply a small piece to the affected area and leave on for an hour.

    27. Soften dry elbows: Use a half lemon sprinkled with baking soda on elbows; just place your elbow in the lemon and twist the lemon (as if you are juicing it) for several minutes. Rinse and dry.


    28. Use as a skin tonic: Lemon peels can be very lightly rubbed on your face for a nice skin tonic; then rinse (be careful around your eyes).

    29. Make a sugar scrub.Mix 1/2 a cup of sugar with finely chopped lemon peel and enough olive oil to make a paste. Wet your body in the shower, turn off the water, and massage the sugar mix all over your skin. Rinse off and bask in your smooth skin.

    30. Make a scented humidifier: If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, you can put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air. This is one of my favorite uses for lemon peels… especially during the holidays.

    31. Make a foot soak: Boil citrus rinds for several minutes. Allow to cool completely and strain. Add ¼ cup cow or almond milk, 2 tablespoons of cold pressed olive oil and a couple of drops of lemon essential oil. Soak feet for about 20 minutes and then pat dry to moisturize and soften feet.
     
  10. Sep 30, 2015 at 10:10 PM
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    37 ways to use apple cider vinegar in your home.

    1. Digital devices. Let’s start right here where you’re reading this. Be it your smart phone, tablet or computer, you can wipe them down with vinegar to de-germ them and get them shiny again.
    2. Unstick scissors. Don’t use water, which can lead to rust. Wipe down sticky scissors with ACV instead.
    3. Remove candle wax. Heat that pile of wax up with a hair dryer and soak up as much of it as you can with a rag. Then use a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water to remove the rest.
    4. Remove ink stains from walls and floors. Use full-strength vinegar on this one. Apply to cloth and wipe until gone.
    5. Unclog drains. Here’s where baking soda and vinegar work together. Mix ½ cup baking soda with 1 cup vinegar and pour into your drain for a volcano effect. More effective and way less harsh than the chemical cleaners.
    6. De-mildew your bathtub. Give heavy mildew full-strength attention and for lighter stains use a 1:1 mixture diluted with water. You might want to add essential oils to the mix too for a fresh scent. A few drops of lavender or eucalyptus.
    7. De-mildew your shower curtain. Toss it into your washing machine with 1 cup vinegar for the rinse cycle and add ½ cup baking soda to the detergent load.
    8. Clean the washing machine. After degunking your shower curtain, give your washing machine a good cleaning with 2 cups of vinegar poured into the machine (minus any clothes) and running a full cycle.
    9. Freshen clothes. Pulling out your summer or winter wardrobe? Or just returned from a fab thrift store run? Remove musty odors and brighten colors by adding 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle. Bonus: keep bright colors like red from staining other clothes by soaking new garments in straight vinegar for 20 minutes before the first wash.
    10. Sanitize clothes. We won’t ask about the blood, but you can get rid of bacteria by adding one cup of vinegar to the load.
    11. Remove yellow clothing stains. Ring around the collar can ruin a good shirt. Eliminate it with a 12:1 ratio of warm water to vinegar. Let soak overnight before washing.
    12. De-wrinkle clothes without an iron. Fill a spray bottle containing a 3:1 ratio of water to vinegar and spritz the wrinkles. Let the clothes hang dry.
    13. Clean your iron. But if you’re still a fan of ironing, keep it clean by filling the reservoir with vinegar, turning it onto steam and letting sit upright for ten minutes. Follow with water and let sit again on steam for 10 minutes.
    14. Clean the toilet, tub and sink with full strength vinegar on porcelain surfaces. For hard water stains in sinks, fill with hot water and 2 cups of vinegar. Let soak 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the stain.
    15. Degrease your kitchen—stoves, countertops, etc with a 1:1 vinegar water solution.
    16. Clean window blinds.
    17. Remove water stains from furniture. People who don’t used coasters should be sent to live on deserted islands. But in the meantime, use full-strength vinegar to remove the stains.
    18. Wash carpets with vinegar to remove odors and liven tread. Worn down stinky rugs are pretty depressing. Revive rugs by spritzing with a vinegar water mix letting sit for an hour before vacuuming.
    19. Remove carpet and (cloth) furniture stains. Add a couple tablespoons of salt to vinegar and rub onto the stain. Let dry, then vacuum.
    20. Clean stainless steel with straight vinegar.
    21. Clean the piano keys.
    22. Freshen wood. Ditch the Pledge and mix ¼ cup vinegar with 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to bring back shine and luster.
    23. Hide wood scratches with vinegar and iodine. Adjust the iodine level to the darkness of the wood. Use a paintbrush to apply.
    24. Polish silver with a ½ cup vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons baking soda. Soak silver in the mixture for a few hours then rinse clean.
    25. Polish bronze, brass and copper. Make a paste of equal parts white vinegar and salt and coat the items rubbing until tarnish is removed. Rinse with cool water and towel dry.
    26. Prevent spots on wine glasses. Add ¼ cup ACV to your dishwasher rinse cycle.
    27. Remove coffee or tea stains from dishes. Scrub with 1:1 ratio of vinegar and salt.
    28. Deodorize your house. Simmer vinegar in a small saucepan on the stove top for an hour or so. For really strong, persistent smells (like smoke), leave bowls filled with straight vinegar in the rooms where the odor is really strong.
    29. Clean cutting boards. Hotbeds for bacteria, a thorough wipe down with straight vinegar will keep them bacteria free.
    30. Remove odors from portable coffee mugs, thermoses and lunch boxes by placing a piece of vinegar-soaked bread in the container and leaving overnight.
    31. Clean your fridge. Baking soda may keep odors out, but vinegar does a better job at removing mildew from the door seals. Wipe them down with full-strength vinegar. And clean your whole fridge with a 1:1 water vinegar mix.
    32. Clean ice trays. Always forget them when you clean the house? Soak in straight vinegar for several hours, then rinse, dry and use.
    33. Sanitize jars. Reusing jars is way better than sending them to a landfill. Disinfect with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to warm soapy water. Scrub well.
    34. Clean your coffeemaker. Pour a 2:1 vinegar to water ratio into your coffeemaker and run a normal brew cycle. Should be done every 2-3 months to ensure the best tasting coffee.
    35. Clean your tea kettle. Boil 3 cups of vinegar in your kettle for 5 minutes then let sit overnight. Rinse with water.
    36. Clean pots and pans. Make a “scrub” with equal parts salt and flour or cornstarch. Dilute with enough vinegar to make a paste. Scrub off burnt or sticky foods.
    37. Remove stickers. Soak stickers with vinegar and let sit 20 minutes. Then scrape off with a butter knife.
     
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    1. Clip chips with clothing hangers.


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    Use a keyring to keep your fly up.


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    4. Easily clean gutters without a ladder, using a leaf blower and PVC pipe.


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    5. Create the perfect ice cream sandwich.


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    6. Unclog your drain using household products.


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    Pour one cup of vinegar and a half cup of baking soda into your clogged drain to safely unclog it. Your drain will be completely clear as soon as the mixture stops foaming and rinses down the drain.

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    8. Turn a tennis ball into a multi-use holder.
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    10. Keep your pens from getting stolen.



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    11. Charge your phone twice as quickly by turning airplane mode on.


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    13. Use tape to fix your phone's blurry camera.


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    14. Easily peel mangoes using a glass.


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    15. Cool sodas in just 2 minutes by putting a wet paper towel around the outside and putting it in your freezer.


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    17. Cut through tough plastic packaging with a can opener.


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    20. Make a bright light with a jug of water and a head lamp.


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    Use a one gallon jug of water strapped with a headlamp to light up a tent or room in no time.

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    22. Easily get perfect slices out of an orange.


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    23. Find out which side the exit ramp will be.


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    25. Resharpen your razor by running it over an old pair of jeans.


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    27. Make your shirt wrinkle-free in just 5 minutes.


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    28. Cut multiple cherry tomatoes in half at one time.


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    29. Make sure your pot doesn't bubble over.


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    Keep your pot from bubbling over by placing a wooden spoon across the top.

    30. Use the lid of your cup as a coaster.


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    Save your coffee table by using the lid of your soft drink cup as a coaster.

    31. Open a banana more easily by pinching it at the end.


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    32. Save room by stacking clothes side by side, vertically.


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    33. Easily charge your phone when travelling.


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    Use the television set's USB slot, usually located in the back, to charge your phone.

    34. Fold shirts with ease.


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    35. Save yourself room when packing clothing.


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    38. Keep pranksters from ruining your elevator ride.


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  14. Sep 30, 2015 at 10:18 PM
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