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A tried and true trick.

Not every household has a long armed lighter or a box of long matches.

When it comes to birthday cakes, many tend to stick all the candles into the cake and then try to light them.

With a regular bic lighter, you'll burn your hand and by the time you go around the cake, some of the candles will have melted

Use an uncooked piece of spaghetti as a long matchstick.

I've found this is a great trick when lighting a series of tea light candles or a jack-o-lantern candle

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Sticky label and sticky glue residue removal

Immerse jar in hot water. Peel off as much of the label as possible. Take a lemon, roll uncut lemon to release juice inside. Cut lemon in half. Take one exposed half lemon, sprinkle with salt and baking soda – use it to scrub the label and sticky glue residue area.

The rest of the label and any sticky residue comes right off. The salt works as an abrasive. The lemon works with getting the sticky residue off.

The lemon trick is also good for cleaning wooden cutting boards. The baking soda, lemon, and  salt get into all of those knife grooves.

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Salt and vinegar cleans copper - or you can combine those and just use ketchup.

I have a silicone pot holder that doubles as a jar opener.

Need to apply lotion or medication to your back? You can use the back of one of those back brushes for the shower. If you don't have one of those, fold a kleenex and tape it to the end of a yardstick. I've used duct tape looped sticky side out on the end of a broom to peel a spider off the ceiling. Fold the tape around the spider and pitch. 

A can of Lysol aerosol spray and a lighter makes a handy little flamethrower for... well, whatever you need a handy little flamethrower for. ;)

Need to dewrinkle already dry clothes? Either wet a wash cloth or get a handful of ice cubes and toss them in, to create enough steam to loosen up those wrinkles.

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This is especially for those of you who dye your hair, but may be of interest to everyone else, too. If you wash your hair using a small amount of vinegar and apple cider vinegar, rinsing with cold water, then your color will stay vibrant and last much much longer. My wife does this and her color will last her more than 6 months and the only thing she has to do is dye her roots. I'd have to get the exact instructions from her, but she found this online herself. Also, her hair has never smelled of vinegar; instead, it smells sweet and good. In fact, using this has kept the cigarette smoke from attaching itself so firmly to her hair. (She's been switching to a vape thing and cutting back at the same time.) Another nice thing is that it's cut her hair care costs to almost nil, where before she'd go through a bottle of conditioner a week. She's estimated her hair care costs (not including dying) are down to about $3 a month.

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20 hours ago, KungFuBunny said:

Sticky label and sticky glue residue removal

Immerse jar in hot water. Peel off as much of the label as possible. Take a lemon, roll uncut lemon to release juice inside. Cut lemon in half. Take one exposed half lemon, sprinkle with salt and baking soda – use it to scrub the label and sticky glue residue area.

The rest of the label and any sticky residue comes right off. The salt works as an abrasive. The lemon works with getting the sticky residue off.

The lemon trick is also good for cleaning wooden cutting boards. The baking soda, lemon, and  salt get into all of those knife grooves.

Coconut oil removes any sticky labels or glue residue easily - no salt needed!

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I use black binder clips as a chip clip.

If you've ever bought a pair of pants where they give you the plastic hanger that has 2 plastic clips that keep the pants aloft...it will take a little bit of elbow grease but you can detach these and use them as chip clips too

I laughed and saw a true sloth trick. Wear a hoodie backwards. Fill the hood with your favorite chip/popcorn. It works like a bowl as you sit and watch TV. Bwahahahaha

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11 minutes ago, DeLurker said:

I do this too!

This might sound strange.

I have an entertainment unit, with various slots and there are holes in the back of the slots for the "wires". All of the various wires get plugged into a power surge outlet in the back of the unit. 

I took small/medium sized binder clips and attached a sticker on each. Cable, DVD Player, X Box, Router, Modem, Cable Box, etc. Then I clip each respective to the appropriate wire near the power surge outlet. This way I'm not playing eeny meeny miney moe when something goes out. I'm also not playing, you stand back there and I'm gonna wiggle the wire back and forth over the hole and you find the match.  

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1 minute ago, riley702 said:

I've seen that on several YouTube "life hacks" videos.

Really? My Techy friend did it for me. I thought it was so ingenious. 

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19 hours ago, KungFuBunny said:

This might sound strange.

I have an entertainment unit, with various slots and there are holes in the back of the slots for the "wires". All of the various wires get plugged into a power surge outlet in the back of the unit. 

I took small/medium sized binder clips and attached a sticker on each. Cable, DVD Player, X Box, Router, Modem, Cable Box, etc. Then I clip each respective to the appropriate wire near the power surge outlet. This way I'm not playing eeny meeny miney moe when something goes out. I'm also not playing, you stand back there and I'm gonna wiggle the wire back and forth over the hole and you find the match.  

I found the following on Pinterest last year and now do this to mark wires. Use those flat plastic tabs that come on bread packages! Just use a sharpie to write the name of the electronic on the tab and then slip it on the cord. So brilliant!

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21 minutes ago, Spunkygal said:

I found the following on Pinterest last year and now do this to mark wires. Use those flat plastic tabs that come on bread packages! Just use a sharpie to write the name of the electronic on the tab and then slip it on the cord. So brilliant!

Wow that's cool too. I just tried one to see if fit around a wire and it does.

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Colored zip ties work, too -- pick a different color for each item, and fasten snugly. Of course, this means you have to be able to remember what gets which color!

Most of my household tricks relate to making life easier for the mobility-challenged folks in my family. When Mom came home from stroke rehab, she had trouble using the brakes on her new manual wheelchair -- they were too short to reach comfortably. Instead of dealing with Medicare to get longer handles, I took a trip to Lowes. I fashioned brake handle extenders from vacuum cleaner attachments, rubber feet (that keep chair legs from scratching the floor), and duct tape. More than four years later, they are still holding up.

Non-slip shelf liner is good for lots of uses -- you can get a roll at the dollar store and it comes in several colors. I wrapped some around the cushion in my sister's wheelchair, so she doesn't slide as easily and can sit up straighter. Also, we keep a placemat-sized piece in the van so fast food items don't slide off her wheelchair tray while we are driving. For smaller items, self-sticking medical wrap works, too.

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49 minutes ago, Petunia13 said:

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I volunteer in an elementary school library and now I know why I find miscellaneous food items in books! Those paper bookmarks just fall out! Thank you!

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Sacreligiousness!!!  One does not destroy or damage the printed page.  Period. 

I own books.  Many, many books. Fall down to your fuckin knees and worship at the altar of real authors, and pages you can actually turn.

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About the ketchup thing - one of the reasons most of the libraries in the system I work in don't have after-hours bookdrops anymore  is that people universally used them as garbage cans. I'm so glad we sealed ours - it was so depressing opening it in the morning and finding every single book ruined by an almost full soda dumped on top of it.  This also happens in the Salvation Army and Goodwill donation boxes.  People suck.

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I used to own a lot LOT of books but -long story - I don't anymore. I can see kids using sticks of gum or wrapped laffy taffy or whatever as a book mark and def pencils or barrettes. I often would lie the tone open flat which is bad for binding but in paperbacks I didn't give a shit. Also it added life and character. I had first edition compilations by several members of Algonquin Round Table (a few Benchley, Parker, Kaufman, and Woolcott)  I treated those with care. 

Back to hacks. To make a perfume stand

Take an old glass plate, a smaller salad or glass lunch plate, and a glass wine goblet. If you don't have those on hand you can buy them at garage sale or a thrift store. 

Flip wine goblet upside down and glue rim. Then press on center on bigger plate. Then put glue in the upended base of the goblet. Press smaller plate on top. This makes a cute funky holder and display for jewelry or perfume bottles. To really step it up use the circle spinner from the inside of a broken or old microwave on bottom so the stand spins on a vanity. 

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One does not destroy or damage the printed page

Confession time: one of my freelance projects involves making a prop book for a museum exhibit. I have the tools and know-how to build a book from scratch, but in this case, I decided to start with a hardcover book, and will remove the guts and replace them with reproduction pages. The other day, I went to Half Price Books and asked an employee if they still sold "books by the yard" (an inexpensive solution for people who just want old books to fill a shelf). He brought out a box, but they were all way too big -- the "donor" book I need is rather small, and of unusual proportions.

When I told the guy what I was doing, he suggested that I look in the Rare Books section of the store. I was horrified, and told him it would hurt my heart to destroy a rare book. I ended up finding a book published in 2000 that was the right size. It's not something I'm interested in reading, so I will use the dust jacket to make a new cover, and add the book to my neighbor's "Little Free Library" box. At least the "donor" book won't die in vain.

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the plastic hanger that has 2 plastic clips that keep the pants aloft

  These are also good for holding a cookbook or sheet music book open. (So you don't accidentally get ketchup on the pages.)

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I think it was Mitch Hedberg who said an escalator can never be broken, it can only become stairs.  

Confession time: I have an irrational fear of escalators and avoid them at all costs, especially the down variety.  So I would be the person using the stairs right next to the escalator, even though I don't particularly love stairs in public places either.  Elevator please.  

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3 hours ago, janestclair said:

Confession time: I have an irrational fear of escalators and avoid them at all costs, especially the down variety.  So I would be the person using the stairs right next to the escalator, even though I don't particularly love stairs in public places either.  Elevator please.  

I was fine with escalators until I broke my ankle.

Breaking my ankle had nothing to do with escalators, etc.  You would think learning to hop on one foot for three months would give me more confidence in balance.  But I still find that I will deviate to an elevator sometimes I guess because I didn't need an escalator to break something and falling on an escalator would be worse.

Although, to make it not so bad, its only the airport escalators that get me and those are way too many floors and all the people on them are juggling way too much stuff.

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I completely ate it coming down a flight of (concrete) stairs in a parking lot back in my 20s; being young, flexible, and lucky, I came away with just scrapes and bruises, but that fucking hurt and apparently left quite the psychological impression -- ever since then I have a tendency to get all tangled up in my head and then my feet (I start thinking I'm going to trip, which makes me trip).  I've never fallen again, but I stutter step a fair bit.  It's annoying. 

So, while I like the exercise of stairs, and will still opt for them over an elevator in many circumstances (e.g. I'm not in heels or going more than six floors), I do like an escalator in lieu of one flight of stairs because I still get a little bit of exercise (I don't just stand there, I climb them) without the flashbacks or whatever goes on my head on stairs.

Getting back to Hints From Heloise, I keep a mason jar full of paint for every color I use in my house to have on hand for touch-ups, patches, etc.  You still have the issue that the paint on your walls has been exposed to light for however many years while the paint in the jar has been in a dark cabinet, but at least it came from the same batch.  (Use a sponge rather than a brush and feather outward, and you can very often get away with it even after a long time has passed.)  And saving it in the jars takes up a lot less room than nearly-empty paint cans, plus keeps really well -- keep the lip wiped clean of paint, and you can open that thing up to fresh paint just needing a good stir after many, many years.  I change my wall art far more often than I change my paint color, so I've patched my share of holes left by screw anchors and being able to go out to the garage and grab the appropriate jar o' paint (I label them with the color, sheen, and room(s) they're used in) is a big help.

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A baking soda and water solution is supposed to remove pesticides from fruit.

So I guess I have a use for the rest of the 4 LBs of baking soda I bought when 10 LBs of chicken rotted when my freezer went out..

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Remove ball point marks, hair dye drips, and all kind of stains from fabric by dabbing it with hand sanitizer.

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