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 find a small object dropped on the floor

You can find a small object like a screw or aearring dropped on the floor if you use a vacuum cleaner. Remove the nozzle from the vacuum cleaner. Fix nylon pantyhose over the head of vacuum hose with a rubber band. Pick up the lost object.

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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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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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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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How to get rid of mold in a bread box

To get rid of mold in a bread box, clean the bread box with vinegar water solution to kill mold spores. Wipe the breadbox with vinegar and remove the residue with a dry cloth. Then leave to dry. If possible, dry the breadbox in direct sunlight. Vinegar and direct sunlight destroy spores of mold in a bread box.

To prevent mold, wipe breadbox this way every two weeks.

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Coffee grounds scrub away the motor oil from hands

To wash the motor oil off from your hands thoroughly, apply some liquid soap, using very little water. Add a pinch of sawdust or sand and rub. Then rinse with warm water.

Wash your hands as usual and add a tablespoon of coffee grounds. Rub your hands with coffee grounds together, then rinse. Coffee grounds scrub away the motor oil from hands and take away bad odors.

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How to remove grease and meat leftovers in the grinder

Before grinding run a small amount of fat from the meat or some vegetable oil through the grinder to lubricate the grinding mechanism. To remove grease and meat leftovers in the grinder after use, run a few slices of bread through it. The bread cleans grease and meat stuck in the grinder. Then wash  each part in warm soapy water as usual. After rinsing and hand drying, rub the cutting plate and knives with vegetable oil to prevent them from rusting.

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