How to repair a cork bulletin board

A cork bulletin board looks old and ugly. Remove an old layer of the cork surface smoothly using sandpaper. Clean the dust and the rest of the cork thoroughly. Then spray the surface with furniture care spray and dab with a cotton swab.

 

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How to save your cell phone if it fell into water

If you dropped your cell phone in water, take the cell phone out of the water quickly. Switch off the cell phone; take out the battery and SIM card from it.

  • Place the phone in a bowl or re-closeable zipper bag of uncooked rice overnight or for 24 hours. The phone should be completely covered with rice. Rice absorbs moisture.
  • If possible use desiccants that absorb moisture better than rice. Add a desiccant packet, such as silica gel, into the re-closeable bag and let it stay for 24 hours. Then restart the phone.

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A candle burns longer

If you burn a candle often, here are some tricks that will make the candles last nearly twice as long.

  • Candles will burn 2 times longer, if you place them in the freezer for a day before using them.
  • Lightly rub the candle with a piece of soap.
  • Wrap a candle in a foil. It will make the candle burn longer. Such a candle works as a tea-light, which is very efficient, because melting wax burns up completely.

 

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Weird household ways to use toothpaste

How to use toothpaste in the household. Here are some tips how to do that.

  • To prevent glasses from going cloudy in the dishwasher, use white toothpaste after rinsing to clean glassware. Scrub the toothpaste all over the glass and carefully polish the surface with a dry cloth. Then rinse with water and vinegar solution.
  • You can clean silver jewellery with a toothpaste. Take a soft cloth and apply a small amount of the toothpaste to the cloth. Then rub the silver jewellery very carefully.
  • To clean and whiten piano keys, squeeze a small amount of a white colored toothpaste onto a damp cloth and rub gently.
  • To remove stains from tea and fruits on bright clothes use a toothpaste with whitening effect. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the stain, rub with fingers, then wash as usual.
  • Toothpaste keeps goggles from fogging up.
  • You can clean out the sink in the bathroom with your toothpaste. Squeeze some toothpaste in the sink and scrub it with a sponge. Then rinse out the sink.
  • Tea stains in baby bottles and mugs can be easily removed with a toothpaste. Put some toothpaste on the brush and scrub the bottles. Toothpaste removes the odors, too.
  • Toothpaste can also be used to clean out stains from leather items, gloves, bags. Use a microfiber cloth dampened with a solution of water and some toothpaste. Then rub well and wipe off with a clean cloth.
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How to clean up the broken energy-efficient bulbs safely

Energy-efficient bulbs contain mercury, which can be toxic if you contact with it. If you have broken an energy-saving bulbs, here are some tips how to clean up the broken energy-efficient bulbs safely.

  • First, turn off the lamp.
  • Small children and pets must leave the room immediately.
  • Close all doors, open the windows, and then leave the room for at least 15 minutes to ventilate it. If you have any air system or air-conditioner, shut them off immediately.
  • Put on disposable household gloves and collect all parts of the lamp after ventilation. Remove the rest with the help of damp kitchen towel and stiff paper.
  • Put everything that contacted with the broken lamp inclusive disposable household gloves and a kitchen towel into the glass container with a lid. Screw the lid tightly.
  • Throw the glass container into a trash container for toxic leftovers.
  • Never use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the lamp leftovers!
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Keeping cut flowers fresh

The water in the vase with cut flowers will remain fresh and clean, if you put a piece of charcoal for grilling in it. Charcoal prevents the growth of bacteria and removes unpleasant odors.

Instead of charcoal for grilling, you can use a weak solution of potassium permanganate.

After use, rinse the vase with the solution of warm water and vinegar. Vinegar is the most effective way to kill bacteria, fungal spores and microorganisms.

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How to serve a finger bowl

You can serve a finger bowl filled with warm water and a piece of lemon each time you offer a hands-on meal such as lobster, ribs, corn-on-the-cob, fried chicken, shellfish, asparagus or chicken wings. Dip your fingers into the water, rinse them lightly and then dry with your napkin.

The finger bowl is usually served before the meal or immediately after the plate has been removed.

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Cloudy glassware from dishwasher

Glasses washed usually in a dishwasher can develop a dull white film on the surface over time. This can happen due to hard water or high temperatures while rinsing.

  • To prevent glasses from going cloudy in the dishwasher, use white toothpaste after rinsing to clean glassware. Scrub the toothpaste all over the glass and carefully polish the surface with a dry cloth. Then rinse with water and vinegar solution.
  • Take a soft candle, beeswax for example, and apply some wax on the glass over the entire surface. Carefully rub the surface of a glass with a dry kitchen towelThen rinse with warm water.
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