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Take a Hint

The following article is from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader.

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Whether you call them "everyday shortcuts" or "life hacks," these simple household tips are bound to make you ask "why didn’t I think of that?" (And they’re very entertaining.)

Place a coin inside the bottom hem of a tie to keep it from flying around and smacking you in the face on a windy day.

• Throw wrinkled shirts in the dryer with a few ice cubes for 10 minutes on high to steam away the wrinkles.

• To help remove deodorant stains on your shirt, rub a dryer sheet on the stain before washing it.

• To keep canvas shoes dry in the rain, rub beeswax over them and blow dry until the wax melts. That will create a waterproof seal.

• Cheetos are delicious, but the sticky orange fingers you get after handling them are a pain. Use chopsticks instead to keep your fingers clean.

• Keep pizza hot on the ride home by putting the pizza box on your car seat and turning on the seat warmer.

• Do you bang your fingers with a hammer every time you nail something into a wall? Use a fine-tooth comb to keep the nail in place and keep your fingers safe.

• Scratches in wood can be fixed by rubbing a de-shelled walnut over the area.

• Putting a dry tea bag in your shoes overnight will absorb funky odors. (But remember to throw away the bags when you’re done.)

• For an effective way to clean a dirty toilet, drop in a couple of denture tablets. After 20 minutes, scrub the toilet bowl and flush.

• Spraying nonstick cooking spray on shovels will keep them ice-free while you’re shoveling snow.

• Price tag stickers are usually a nightmare to remove. Once you’ve picked away most of the tag, slather peanut butter over the site and wipe with a cloth to remove any remaining glue residue.

• Running a slightly damp rubber glove over furniture will pick up pet hair quickly and easily.

• After sweeping up the remnants of a broken glass, press a slice of bread over the area. Any remaining glass bits will stick to the bread.


The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader. The 28th volume of the series is chock-full of fascinating stories and facts, and comes in both the Kindle version and paper with a classy cloth cover.

Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!

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Spent espresso grounds are good for removing tar from your skin. They are mildly abrasive, an the oil helps displace tar from skin, while they also stick to the tar to let it fall off. Also works on tools, as long as there's not too much tar.

NOTE: by 'tar', I mean black tarry stuff used to repair minor roof leaks
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Cheeto-Fingers is part of the fun of eating cheetos.

Someone who's going to go pick up their pizza to save a few bucks isn't likely to have a seat warmer in their car. I say this as someone who goes to pick up their pizza to save a few bucks.
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