Share your tips (ugh, "life hacks") with your fellow DLers
Mine: I keep my car parked outside and it has a rack on the top. When it snows, I take contractor garbage bags which I cut along the sides to make one long piece. I drape two bags over the roof and rack and tuck the ends into the doors to hold them in place. And I raise the hood and put a third one over it and tuck the ends inside before closing the hood. I also have one of those windshield covers. I take a bristle broom and shove the snow off the bags (not worrying that I will scratch the paint, because the bags are there). Then I remove the bags and the car is cleaned off.
It sounds complicated, but it takes me about 3 minutes to place the bags and about 3 minutes to clear the car of snow. And I don't have to worry about the snow that is much harder to remove because of the rack (and I don't have to worry about leaving it there and seeing it fly off in giant chunks while I'm driving).
I re-use the bags, so there's no waste.
|by Anonymous||reply 349||January 19, 2022 9:49 PM
OP, I just bought one. Cost me $38 bucks and takes 30 seconds.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||January 7, 2022 3:57 PM
R2 - do they sell them for roofs and hoods too? I'd LOVE that
|by Anonymous||reply 3||January 7, 2022 3:58 PM
Mine: I park in the garage.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||January 7, 2022 4:01 PM
That's definitely preferred, R4. But not an option for me, unfortunately.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||January 7, 2022 4:03 PM
Mine: I live where it don't snow.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||January 7, 2022 4:04 PM
I was just kidding, R5. I mean, I do park in the garage, but just being DL snarky.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||January 7, 2022 4:06 PM
Even if the Sara Lee cakes are marked down 5 for $1, buy only one. Otherwise you'll gorge them all down in a day. Or maybe two.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||January 7, 2022 4:07 PM
If you want to cover the whole thing, buy a car cover. Probably much more than 38 bucks but better than the time and effort put into that dance of the seven cut up garbage bag veils.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||January 7, 2022 4:07 PM
Every time you leave a room, take something out of that doesn't belong there and put it where it does.
Also, as soon as possible each morning, make your bed. It's a Youtube commencement speech thing but it sets your frame of mind.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||January 7, 2022 4:08 PM
I always HAD to make the bed as a kid, until I moved out of the house. Then in college I made it because dorm rooms were small and we'd use the bed as seating. It was a habit that I stuck with even as a young adult. Then in my 30s, sort of out of nowhere, I stopped making the bed for years. I would sometimes, but more often than not, I wouldn't. But, just as randomly, I started again after that period and now make it nearly every day. And if I don't because I'm rushing, I'll still make it when I get home.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||January 7, 2022 4:14 PM
Don't buy fitted sheets. Tie a knot at each corner of a flat sheet, instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||January 7, 2022 4:22 PM
Parking outside is for the Poors.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||January 7, 2022 4:23 PM
I was very diligent about making my bed, then I read that it was better to leave it unmade. Now I only make it if someone is going to see it.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||January 7, 2022 4:26 PM
Make sure your moody, post-suicidal son is in the mood for breakfast before you go to the trouble of making anything for him.
You can't save French Toast.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||January 7, 2022 4:28 PM
R12, if you turn the flat sheet sideways and align is with the edge of the top surface of the mattress at the foot, you should have room to tuck it under the head of the mattress, and more fabric to tuck deeper under the mattress on the sides, which will hold it without knots. Unless you are a really active sleeper, there isn't a need to tuck the sheet under the mattress at the foot of the bed, as it isn't visible since it is covered with the other bedding. I actually use twin flat sheets on my full bed, as the bottom sheet fully covers the mattress, and the top doesn't need to be tucked in on the sides when making the bed - though that might not work if you don't sleep alone.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||January 7, 2022 5:39 PM
Where were you when they started the Fitted Sheet War of 2022? Or will we just call it January 7th?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||January 7, 2022 5:41 PM
Why would one want to buy flat sheets instead of fitted?
Are they cheaper? Easier to fold? Associated with being "Hi-Klass"?,
|by Anonymous||reply 18||January 7, 2022 5:44 PM
Sports car in the snow and you wanna put sandbags in the rear for extra traction? Don't. Off-brand kitty litter bags are a fraction of the price.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||January 7, 2022 5:45 PM
I have 6 large safety pins that I use on each corner of the bed and 2 in the midde of each long side to attach the fitted sheet tightly to the mattress. I can not tolerate how even fitted sheets get loose and wrinkly after only one night of sleep. The safety pins keeps the sheet super tight.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||January 7, 2022 5:45 PM
They are easier to iron, fold, and store. You can also switch which is the top and which is the bottom sheet. Bottom sheets wear out faster, as they are subject to more friction.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||January 7, 2022 5:45 PM
I keep all my sweet pickle brine from store bought pickles. I buy cucumbers and slice them into strips and place them between thick layers of paper towels for about 4 hours to leach all the water out of them. Then I put them in jars and fill them up with the sweet pickle brine along with some added red pepper flakes for a little kick. After about 5 days in the fridge you have delicious half sweet pickles that still have a hint of the fresh cucumber in them. Delicious.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||January 7, 2022 5:49 PM
[quote] Don't buy fitted sheets.
Except sheets usually come in sets.
I was reading some youtube vids about these kind of tips. True rabbit hole material.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||January 7, 2022 5:54 PM
Instead of wasting money on toner, make an aspirin mask with 5 or so (uncoated) aspirin, water (it could be rose water) or Cetaphil, in a little pool in the palm of your hand. Rub onto your face while showering. Then rinse. Do so 1-2 times per week. Salicyclic acid is the principal metabolite of aspirin, and is a beta hydroxy acid. (Unless you are aspirin sensitive, on blood thinners or allergic)
|by Anonymous||reply 25||January 7, 2022 5:57 PM
Don't trust short men, redheads, skinny straight white men who marry fat or Asian women, women over 30 who call themselves "single moms," people who wear their glasses on a chain around their neck, Mormons,Jehovah's Witnesses, $cios, women who make a point of celebrating a white-skunk-streak in their hair, tenured or tenure-track academics, fundamentalists anythings, nurses (outside the sick room), Kanye West, Mariah Carey, or anyone who voted Republican in 2018 or 2020.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||January 7, 2022 5:58 PM
Have money - lots of it. You will find life much easier.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||January 7, 2022 5:59 PM
Anyone who irons sheets has way too much time on their hands.
R10, what sort of things end up in rooms they are not supposed to be in? It’s genuinely hard for me to see this as a problem and I am trying to think about what and how that happens.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||January 7, 2022 6:00 PM
A coat left on a chair.
A glass left on a coaster.
It’s the best piece of DL advice, and it helpfully shows up in these threads all the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||January 7, 2022 6:02 PM
Agree, R28, ridiculous and wearing on the material.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||January 7, 2022 6:02 PM
It took me 5 seconds after reading all of R25’s post that this did not pertain to printing.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||January 7, 2022 6:02 PM
Asian children are the best at laundering your delicates due to their small hands.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||January 7, 2022 6:02 PM
Why would someone iron sheets? That's what fabric softener sheets in the dryer are for. Just don't use them on your towels or the towels will repel water rather than absorb it.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||January 7, 2022 6:08 PM
I love freshly ironed sheets. It makes them feel soft and smooth. Dryer sheets make me feel itchy, and make my skin break out in tiny hives. They coat sheets, just like they do towels, and make the sheets breathe less.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||January 7, 2022 6:23 PM
If you're out and about and want to remind yourself to do something later use your smartphone. With iPhone, you can say "Hey Siri, set a reminder for 6:00 to .....:"
|by Anonymous||reply 35||January 7, 2022 6:24 PM
If you are visiting someone and have something in their refrigerator you need to take home with you put your car keys in there with it. You won't leave without either!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||January 7, 2022 6:25 PM
Stained food storage containers?
If they're plastic, use the power of the sun to remove red or yellow stains.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||January 7, 2022 6:31 PM
[quote]Dryer sheets make me feel itchy, and make my skin break out in tiny hives. They coat sheets, just like they do towels, and make the sheets breathe less.
Use vinegar as a fabric softener and dryer balls to rough them up as they tumble. Never use fabric softener on towels. You are right, it coats the fibres and ruins the the absorption.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||January 7, 2022 6:32 PM
I don't use fabric softener, dryer sheets or dryer balls and my clothes come out just fine. I rarely fold sheets as I tend to put them right back on my bed as soon as they are dry. No wrinkles.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||January 7, 2022 6:37 PM
R23, light pickling even can be done easily with one's own fresh ingredients rather than reusing mixed-together commercial products.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||January 7, 2022 6:41 PM
Even quality sheets need special care, so I am preserving mine by never having sex on them.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||January 7, 2022 6:50 PM
[quote] Bottom sheets wear out faster, as they are subject to more friction.
Maybe yours are. Unfortunately, not mine.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||January 7, 2022 6:59 PM
[quote] If you are visiting someone and have something in their refrigerator you need to take home with you put your car keys in there with it. You won't leave without either!
What if they don’t know you’re taking it?
|by Anonymous||reply 43||January 7, 2022 7:00 PM
Ladies, wiping back to front will cover up that smell of fish for a while.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||January 7, 2022 7:00 PM
Quick, easy, healthier creamed spinach:
Wilt one bag spinach in skillet (minced garlic optional). Add one of those 4 oz. containers of herbed cheese. Combine and serve immediately.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||January 7, 2022 7:07 PM
[quote] Instead of wasting money on toner, make an aspirin mask with 5 or so (uncoated) aspirin, water (it could be rose water)
I don't think my printer or my copier would work on that.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||January 7, 2022 7:16 PM
You don't get rips where the fabric pulls away from the pins, r20?
|by Anonymous||reply 48||January 7, 2022 7:21 PM
No I haven't noticed so far. That was a concern at first. It may be because I'm a rather little feller.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||January 7, 2022 7:23 PM
[quote]Dryer sheets make me feel itchy, and make my skin break out in tiny hives.
I like wool dryer balls, and will frequently toss a Bounce Free & Gentle in with the load as well. I hate strong laundry smells, but can't go without using anything because fabrics will get stiff or full of static.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||January 7, 2022 7:25 PM
R35, if you hold down the Siri button and say Lumos the flash light will turn on. You can also say Hey Siri, Lumos, but I find that less magical.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||January 7, 2022 7:26 PM
In the hot summer months squeeze some mint flavored toothpaste onto your wash rag and wash your naughty bits with it. You'll thank me later. Pepsodint is my favorite.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||January 7, 2022 7:29 PM
I once put CBD rub on my naughty bits and it was opening.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||January 7, 2022 7:49 PM
May not be the most earth shattering advice but it helps me all the time: If you bake ad-hoc and need room temperature eggs, leave them in hot or warm water for just five or ten minutes.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||January 7, 2022 8:55 PM
It's not home made cole slaw if it doesn't have a chunk of skin in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||January 7, 2022 9:03 PM
Obviously that advice only applies if you grate your cabbage and don't chopper it. My old aunt told me that but she only had a grater.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||January 7, 2022 9:04 PM
[quote] Quick, easy, healthier creamed spinach:
Healthier than what, R46? A pint of Ben and Jerrys?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||January 7, 2022 9:08 PM
[quote] They are easier to iron, fold, and store. You can also switch which is the top and which is the bottom sheet. Bottom sheets wear out faster, as they are subject to more friction.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||January 7, 2022 9:08 PM
R24 Yes, if you buy those floral-decorated polyester sheets with the "free" pillowcase at K-Mart you'll be buying a plastic-wrapped set, and you'll get what you're given.
Those of us who buy 400-thread undyed percale sheets have more options.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||January 7, 2022 9:28 PM
[quote] Those of us who buy 400-thread undyed percale sheets have more options.
If I ever start bragging to people about how Klassee my sheets are, please shoot me.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||January 7, 2022 10:37 PM
If you don't like dryer anti-static sheets just wad up some aluminum foil into a loose ball about 4" in circumference and throw that into the dryer. That will remove all static electricity from your clothes. And you can use it over and over.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||January 7, 2022 10:39 PM
Honey, I’m not doing anything for 4”!
|by Anonymous||reply 62||January 7, 2022 10:44 PM
[quote] I once put CBD rub on my naughty bits and it was opening.
Trust me there's no youch. Toothpaste is just soap for your teeth. Using Pepsodint or any other mint flavored toothpaste in the summer will cool your junk down nicely.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||January 7, 2022 10:44 PM
But not on your sheets. The staining is a nightmare.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||January 7, 2022 10:45 PM
R51, that’s a great tip. But what do say to Siri to get him to turn OFF the flashlight?
|by Anonymous||reply 65||January 7, 2022 10:45 PM
If you're the sort that worries if you turned off the oven or iron, or locked the door(s), or other small task that might have consequences, utter some nonsense phrase while doing so. ("Paris egg salad," for example.) When you try to remember if you've done something you'll remember the phrase, if not the act.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||January 7, 2022 10:52 PM
Don't put your hat on the bed, it's bad luck.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||January 7, 2022 10:52 PM
Duct tape...good for many things, in a pinch.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||January 7, 2022 10:57 PM
Wear caftan for easy presentation of hole. You never know when you'll need to present.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||January 7, 2022 10:57 PM
[quote] But what do say to Siri to get him to turn OFF the flashlight?
|by Anonymous||reply 72||January 7, 2022 10:59 PM
If you want to spend less water, only 💩 once a month, so you don't have to flush.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||January 7, 2022 11:01 PM
I stopped using fabric softener when I found out it softens fabric by breaking down the fibers. No thanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||January 7, 2022 11:04 PM
[quote] Duct tape...good for many things, in a pinch.
How well I know.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||January 7, 2022 11:24 PM
Look in the mirror, carefully.
The person looking back at you is the only person you can trust in this cold, lonely world.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||January 7, 2022 11:24 PM
Make the bed?
Iron the sheets?
Why would I do my maid's job?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||January 7, 2022 11:29 PM
Say "Hey Siri, vibrate the phones of the sexually promiscuous near me?" Then, look for men who pick up their phones.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||January 7, 2022 11:38 PM
Before getting in your car, empty your bladder. If you get in a wreck and are transported to the ER by ambulance, you will remain strapped to a backboard for HOURS.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||January 7, 2022 11:40 PM
[quote] I stopped using fabric softener when I found out it softens fabric by breaking down the fibers.
Fabric softener only damages synthetic fabrics. And, you don't want to be hanging out with the sorts of people who wear synthetics anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||January 7, 2022 11:40 PM
Double knit! It is of the Devil.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||January 7, 2022 11:41 PM
Broadcloth is also one of Satan's scourges on mankind.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||January 7, 2022 11:42 PM
Unless you dig ditches for a living, use half the amount of laundry detergent you are currently using.
And stop using those ridiculously stupid pods!
|by Anonymous||reply 85||January 7, 2022 11:44 PM
Hair conditioner can substitute for shaving cream.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||January 7, 2022 11:45 PM
Fabric softener makes me not want to stand next to you, let alone lie down with you. I had a friend who wanted to "get together" with me (his terminology), but he absolutely reeked of dryer sheets. Turned out he used liquid fabric softener, then two dryer sheets with each load. The only place I would get naked with him was the steam room at the gym.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||January 7, 2022 11:46 PM
A friend of mine spent a few hundred dollars and had an Ozone Laundry system installed. No more detergent. It sits on the wall behind the washing machine.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||January 7, 2022 11:50 PM
If you find yourself out of toothpaste, just go into the kitchen and get the baking soda. Cake your wet toothbrush with it and brush your teeth. They'll be cleaner than ever before.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||January 7, 2022 11:53 PM
This thread has me moist as a snack cake down there.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||January 7, 2022 11:59 PM
“This thread types poor” made me lol
|by Anonymous||reply 91||January 8, 2022 12:14 AM
Go to 10:04...very helpful
|by Anonymous||reply 92||January 8, 2022 12:26 AM
If you break your spaghetti in half before boiling, point the V down into the pot instead of a Λ up into the air. More of the little bits of spaghetti that always result will fall into the pot instead of onto the floor or the stove top.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||January 8, 2022 1:10 AM
Or you could break it over the sink like everyone else R93
|by Anonymous||reply 94||January 8, 2022 1:17 AM
No, the little bits fly. I started doing this because I was tired of finding little bits of spaghetti in the corner when I swept the kitchen.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||January 8, 2022 1:19 AM
Those little bits of spaghetti are the roaches' share; you're supposed to leave the bits for them so as not to upset the balance of nature.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||January 8, 2022 1:22 AM
Unclear how the pot catches more of those "little bits" than the sink, but if it makes you happy...
|by Anonymous||reply 97||January 8, 2022 1:24 AM
Use a bigger pot so you don’t have to break spaghetti
|by Anonymous||reply 98||January 8, 2022 1:35 AM
No, it's the direction of the break that makes the difference, r97. You want the break to point down, not up. So, a V-shaped break instead of aΛ . It feels odd, your hands want the broken ends to point upward after the break, but if you point the break downward, fewer bits fly away.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||January 8, 2022 1:42 AM
And if you broke it in a V over the sink?
|by Anonymous||reply 100||January 8, 2022 1:47 AM
Who the hell breaks spaghetti?
|by Anonymous||reply 101||January 8, 2022 1:58 AM
Drain your spaghetti. It saves time.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||January 8, 2022 2:00 AM
If you're a top and you realize you forgot to put out a towel you can use to wipe the lube off your hands, the bottom's hair makes a good substitute.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||January 8, 2022 2:18 AM
Who is breaking spaghetti?
Stupidi maiali volgari che dovrebbero perdere la lingua.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||January 8, 2022 2:19 AM
Don’t eat broken spaghetti.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||January 8, 2022 2:19 AM
Never buy new small kitchen appliances. They are all poorly made. Instead buy vintage new-in-box items on eBay.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||January 8, 2022 2:19 AM
R103, one of the first things you learn in Catholic seminary is the motto "Semper Ubi Sububi."
|by Anonymous||reply 108||January 8, 2022 2:21 AM
I wouldn't share my tip with the whores around her if I had ten condoms on it.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||January 8, 2022 2:21 AM
Can’t ever remember where you parked in a big parking garage? Take a photo of the nearest pillar that has the floor number and area painted on it (“4B” for instance). Also works with street signs on corners (“24th and Sanchez”).
|by Anonymous||reply 110||January 8, 2022 2:50 AM
If your bed sheets ball up in the dryer and then don't dry uniformly, buy these online -- Wad-Free Washer & Dryer Bed Sheet Detangler. I used to have to run my king sheets twice through the dryer after unballing them. Not anymore. These things are genius.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||January 8, 2022 2:50 AM
Seems cheesy. Totally worth the cost. I won't wash sheets without them now.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||January 8, 2022 2:53 AM
I like those detanglers. Stupid tangled and balled up sheets in the dryer bothered me a lot. Or blankets. I tie the four ends together with a shoe lace. No tangling.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||January 8, 2022 2:54 AM
Take a photo of your ID with your vaccinations card.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||January 8, 2022 3:08 AM
OP- You sound like loads of fun! Really.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||January 8, 2022 3:12 AM
I use that one R110
And when I was in my George Cllooney in Up In The Air stage of constant business travel, I also used to take a photo of my hotel room number,
|by Anonymous||reply 116||January 8, 2022 3:36 AM
[quote] "Semper Ubi Sububi."
That is Latin for "Never Break Spaghetti".
|by Anonymous||reply 117||January 8, 2022 3:41 AM
Broken spaghetti is the drained pasta of 2022.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||January 8, 2022 3:48 AM
[quote]Don’t eat broken spaghetti.
I can't eat it. My spaghetti is brokened.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||January 8, 2022 3:55 AM
These are good until they rip holes in your sheets R111
|by Anonymous||reply 120||January 8, 2022 2:15 PM
For better spaghetti once it's finished boiling pour out all the cooking water and return the pot of noodles to the burner. If you're cooking with electricity turn the element off and just use the residual heat, and if with gas turn the flame down as low as it will get. Stir the noodles in the pot to evaporate all of the remaining cooking water for a minute or so. Once your noodles are dry remove the pot from the stove and stir a ladle of two of the spaghetti sauce into the noodles. Once it's all well incorporated you're ready to turn the noodles out into a serving bowl.
Doing this will make sure the sauce will not run off the wet noodles onto your plate forming a watery puddle.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||January 8, 2022 7:00 PM
[quote] I wouldn't share my tip with the whores around her
|by Anonymous||reply 122||January 8, 2022 7:35 PM
R112, I don’t want anything called No Wad!
|by Anonymous||reply 123||January 8, 2022 7:36 PM
[quote]Also works with street signs on corners (“24th and Sanchez”)
This will be on my gravestone. Thank you!
|by Anonymous||reply 124||January 8, 2022 7:43 PM
If you are not already doing so make a plan to regularly make sure all your photos are backed up somewhere, whether it's the cloud or an external hard drive.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||January 8, 2022 7:50 PM
Keep a list of everything that is normally in your wallet so if it gets stolen or you lose it you know the information for which cards to cancel, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||January 8, 2022 7:51 PM
[quote]Keep a list of everything that is normally in your wallet so if it gets stolen or you lose it you know the information for which cards to cancel, etc.
Easier still: scan or photocopy front and back of every card and keep it somewhere safe.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||January 8, 2022 8:07 PM
Use an Afro pick as a knife guide to cut even slices of tomatoes and onions.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||January 8, 2022 8:59 PM
Don't trust anything I say.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||January 8, 2022 9:29 PM
[quote] Use an Afro pick
That’s racist! It’s a [italic]hair[/italic] pick!! Now I’ve got my eye on you, kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||January 8, 2022 9:38 PM
[quote] Use an Afro pick as a knife guide to cut even slices of tomatoes and onions.
That’s actually a fantastic idea and a great tip.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||January 8, 2022 9:39 PM
"Broken Spaghetti," an emotionally devastating duet by Adele and Chrissy Metz.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||January 8, 2022 9:42 PM
Yeah, like she’d turn down spaghetti, broken or otherwise.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||January 8, 2022 9:43 PM
In all seriousness I need to do some scanning etc with papers. And also ID where gas/electric shutoff is....am in earthquake country now
|by Anonymous||reply 136||January 8, 2022 9:43 PM
Broken spaghetti has no calories.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||January 8, 2022 10:04 PM
If like me you have no idea what your license plate # is, have a photo of it on your phone in case you need to know it in a hurry.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||January 8, 2022 10:08 PM
Don't pee in my pool and I won't swim in your toilet.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||January 8, 2022 10:11 PM
Broken spaghetti is for people in day care and nursing homes.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||January 8, 2022 10:15 PM
Couldn’t you just check your registration in your wallet?
|by Anonymous||reply 141||January 8, 2022 10:15 PM
“ Couldn’t you just check your registration in your wallet?”
Do people carry their car registration in their wallet?
|by Anonymous||reply 143||January 8, 2022 10:20 PM
[quote]—PATSY RAMSEY LOVING MOTHER OF JONBENET
Someone is new.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||January 8, 2022 10:25 PM
Shower mirror. I use a trimmer and a blade with high fat shaving cream (not cheap foam). There's zero cleanup. i shave before shower and it all goes down the drain. and the hair and shaving cream don't end up clogging the sink drain over time.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||January 8, 2022 10:27 PM
Making your bed every day is a useless exercise in futility. Unless you are having guest over and they can see your bed, there is no need to do that and it's just a waste of time and energy.
Buy bed bands to hold your fitted sheet in place.
Buy a crock pot and make meals in it, then freeze them for later. Saves time and money.
Get rid of cable and buy a $30 antenna. You will get crystal clear picture and a lot of channels you've never heard of and you'll save a ton of money. And yes, you can hook up a dvr just like you normally do.
Freeze your bread. Unless you are making sandwiches and need fresh bread, freeze that shit and then toast it. You'll never notice the difference and you will stop buying so much bread. Lots of bread heats up nicely after being frozen and tastes the same as if it were fresh.
Always live below your means. Never charge anything you cannot pay off immediately. The only things you should carry a balance on is a house payment or a car payment and try to avoid those if you can. Debt is slavery. Get a credit card that offers cash back or travel points and use those for all your purchases during the month (including groceries) then pay it off monthly. You'll rack up some free shit and improve your credit score.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||January 8, 2022 10:28 PM
[quote[ freeze that shit
No, R146, flush it down a toilet.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||January 8, 2022 10:30 PM
Insert floor mop into refuse bag to create improvised giant plunger to free up fat doody blocked toilet and save on plumbing call out charges. Have spare bag to hand to carefully slide shitty used one into leaving mop unsullied by its venture down the pan.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||January 8, 2022 10:32 PM
I keep a laminated scan of my driver's permit, my tag (greatly reduced), & my health insurance card, along with the registration in a secret compartment in my trunk. I also keep the same copies on my phone. I asked a cop if the scan of the driver's permit would get me out of a ticket if I got stopped without my real license and he said it would as long as their check came back clean.
And no, you should not carry your registration in your wallet. No one is ever going to ask you to see that other than a cop. Even though in my state they never ask to see your registration because they can look that up on their computer. But the law was amended years back to allow drivers to keep their registration on their smart phones and the cops have to accept that should they want to see a registration.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||January 8, 2022 10:34 PM
[quote] Do people carry their car registration in their wallet?
I thought most do. If you get stopped by a cop you’ll need it, and to keep it in your glove box isn’t a good idea either. If your car gets stolen they’ll have your name and address, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||January 8, 2022 10:35 PM
I think R146 and I were raised in the same household.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||January 8, 2022 10:36 PM
[quote] Have spare bag to hand to carefully slide shitty used one into leaving mop unsullied by its venture down the pan.
Say what now?
|by Anonymous||reply 153||January 8, 2022 10:37 PM
Well, r152, did you have a sister?
|by Anonymous||reply 154||January 8, 2022 10:38 PM
r152, are you my sister? Hahahaha.
I am willing to bet you are in your early to mid 50's like me. My parents grew up living in the shadow of their parents' experiences during the depression so they taught us how to live off of little. Although my mother would insist on making the bed every day. This is where I veer away from that. It's just a silly thing to do every day and there is evidence that suggests not making it is better as your body oils and sweat needs to dry.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||January 8, 2022 10:40 PM
I did R154, but trust me you couldn't be her because if you were I would have detected the smell of sulfur and brimstone coming from your post. 😀
|by Anonymous||reply 156||January 8, 2022 10:40 PM
[quote] I am willing to bet you are in your early to mid 50's like me
Well I am headed toward my mid 50s. Unfortunately I'm headed there from the opposite direction. And I've got more than a decade to get there. 😀
|by Anonymous||reply 157||January 8, 2022 10:43 PM
[quote] not cheap foam
My friend Hisstopher is so Hi-Klass.
He does not use cheap foam to shave with, but rather high-fat shaving cream. He said that is the type that European aristocrat billionaires use and that he is lucky that the Dollar Store was carrying it
|by Anonymous||reply 158||January 8, 2022 10:46 PM
[quote] Buy bed bands to hold your fitted sheet in place.
Isn't the point of a fitted sheet that it doesn't move?
Do other people have this problem?
And what is up with the Eldergay Sheet Fixation? Ironed flat sheets? Fitted sheet bands? WTF Eldergays?
|by Anonymous||reply 159||January 8, 2022 10:49 PM
I tried bed bands. The ones with the connectors that are just like the things on the ends of lady's garter belts. I could never get to work. Sheets are something that I splurge on, and those clips could never get a firm enough hold onto them so they just slipped right off with the least movement. Big 4" safety pins did the job form.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||January 8, 2022 10:52 PM
So your fitted sheets slip too R160?
Is this a common problem?
Can't you just buy sheets that fit your bed?
|by Anonymous||reply 161||January 8, 2022 10:54 PM
I read the R148 post as...
Insert floor MLOP into refuse bag to create improvised giant plunger to free up fat doody blocked toilet and save on plumbing call out charges. Have spare bag to hand to carefully slide shitty used one into leaving MLOP unsullied by its venture down the pan.
One can dream...
|by Anonymous||reply 162||January 8, 2022 11:06 PM
[quote] So your fitted sheets slip too [R160]?
They don't slip as much as they get loose on the bed after one night's sleep. My mattress is 16" deep so I have to buy the fitted sheets that will accommodate that thick of a mattress. I just hate the bottom sheet not being extra tight at all times.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||January 8, 2022 11:24 PM
How the hell can you get a mop head any farther down a toilet than a couple inches from the opening? The toilet bends at 90° just below the surface of the bowl. Why not just buy a real plunger. Or better yet change your diet so your poopiedoops aren't so disgustingly thick.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||January 8, 2022 11:27 PM
[quote]A friend of mine spent a few hundred dollars and had an Ozone Laundry system installed. No more detergent. It sits on the wall behind the washing machine.
I have one too, R88. It's the best three hundred bucks I ever spent! I love the way the ozone smells and my clothes feel so much cleaner.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||January 8, 2022 11:30 PM
Men, don't spend money on those expensive pre shave beard softeners. All they are is cheap hair conditioner. Buy a big bottle of any conditioner at the dollar store and it'll do the same thing as the little tubes of beard softener you'd pay $5.95 for. And don't wipe it off your face before you put the shaving cream on. Your razor will glide over your face so easily.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||January 8, 2022 11:35 PM
[quote]If like me you have no idea what your license plate # is, have a photo of it on your phone in case you need to know it in a hurry.
Same with your VIN.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||January 8, 2022 11:45 PM
Mine: if you're so shit-faced you can'tell if it's 7 am or 7 pm just ask Siri.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||January 8, 2022 11:51 PM
Most people don't even know that their VIN is in at least 2 locations on their car. On the top of the dash in the corner and also on a label inside the driver's side door panel, along with the paint codes for your car should you ever need to buy touch up paint.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||January 8, 2022 11:53 PM
R161 Of course standard fitted sheets slip because they don't really fit your mattress. Use the tie-a-knot-in-each-corner method and you'll get those tight-fitting sheets on your bed, no more slipping.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||January 8, 2022 11:59 PM
Spray your dry cum covered sheets with Shout prior to washing to remove all the cum stains.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||January 9, 2022 12:08 AM
I'll stick with fitted sheets.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||January 9, 2022 12:14 AM
After shaving rinse your razor well with hot water making sure you've gotten all the bits of beard out of the blades. Then use a towel to dry the blades completely before you put the razor somewhere it won't get wet until you use it again. This will make your blades last weeks instead of days.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||January 9, 2022 12:21 AM
[quote] Spray your dry cum covered sheets with Shout
What are you, a wild animal? Don't you keep a cum rag next to your bed? 😀
|by Anonymous||reply 174||January 9, 2022 12:23 AM
[quote] For better spaghetti once it's finished boiling pour out all the cooking water and return the pot of noodles to the burner.
Won't that burn the spaghetti, even at low heat?
|by Anonymous||reply 175||January 9, 2022 12:25 AM
[quote] Use the tie-a-knot-in-each-corner method and you'll get those tight-fitting sheets on your bed, no more slipping.
How exactly does tying a knot on the corner of a flat sheet keep it in place? Do you mean you tie it on to something on the mattress? Or do you create some sort of loop with the knot (is there enough material for that)?
|by Anonymous||reply 176||January 9, 2022 12:37 AM
The best back scratcher in the world is a dollar store toilet brush.
Just to make sure you don’t mix them up
|by Anonymous||reply 177||January 9, 2022 12:38 AM
Listerine kill many germs not just in mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||January 9, 2022 12:38 AM
Yuck R177. They make dry brushes for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||January 9, 2022 12:49 AM
Oh! Shave in the shower! Get some mirror. Saves time and those hair bits in the sink.
Piss in there too. OH shower douche while you are at it. 🍑
|by Anonymous||reply 180||January 9, 2022 12:52 AM
I make clove tea and it makes me feel better. You just throw in a handful , let the water boil , turn it off, and let it steep for five minutes or so. After I drink it, I feel good.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||January 9, 2022 12:58 AM
[quote] The best back scratcher in the world is a dollar store toilet brush.
I bought one of those toilet brushes once. Worked pretty good but started to hurt after a while. I went back to toilet paper.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||January 9, 2022 1:02 AM
R25 mentioned laundry detergent pods. I found out a while back that you should use powdered dishwasher detergent, not the pods, and put the powder in the little extra cup as well. The reason is that dishwashers have a pre-wash cycle at the beginning, and if you're only using the pod in the cup, which won't open until later in the process, you're missing out on a cleaning cycle during which it will be washing without detergent.
Of course, if you usually select a short cycle anyway (I do), it probably won't make much difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||January 9, 2022 1:08 AM
To keep open bags of salty snacks fresh, I fold over the top of the bag and cinch it with a clothespin.
|by Anonymous||reply 184||January 9, 2022 1:09 AM
I thought you used your hairclip.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||January 9, 2022 1:10 AM
What kind of trash has clothespins laying around the house? Oh, honey, no.
You’ve got to get those fancy BAG CLIPs Walmart sells.
|by Anonymous||reply 186||January 9, 2022 1:17 AM
Clothespins are handy for Recon twinks' nipples, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 187||January 9, 2022 1:20 AM
I thought all the fat whores in here ate the whole bag of salty snacks on one sitting, so a clip to keep them fresh is unnecessary.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||January 9, 2022 1:23 AM
Clothespins work. So do document clips.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||January 9, 2022 1:39 AM
[quote] Won't that burn the spaghetti, even at low heat?
No, the cooking pot should have cooled down some by the time you pour out all the cooking water, and the noodles will still be plenty wet. Obviously you need to keep a watch on the noodles to make sure you're not overheating them. It takes very little time to evaporate the water on the noodles.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||January 9, 2022 1:40 AM
Detergent pods should always be put into the washer drum, never in the detergent cup. It tells you clearly that on the packaging. And they should be put in first before you put the clothes in.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||January 9, 2022 1:42 AM
Don't snap your spaghetti. You're killing Italians. My lifehack is put a spoon in your open sparkling wines and it'll keep bubbly in the fridge LOL
|by Anonymous||reply 192||January 9, 2022 2:08 AM
Keep from forgetting your baby in the back seat of the car by leaving your phone on the seat next to him.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||January 9, 2022 2:36 AM
[quote]Keep from forgetting your baby in the back seat of the car by leaving your phone on the seat next to him.
The state of American parenthood: they'll forget a baby, but NEVER forget their phone.
|by Anonymous||reply 195||January 9, 2022 3:11 AM
[quote] expensive pre shave beard softeners...you'd pay $5.95 for.
Don't send this guy into Kiehl's
And I asked my husband who confirmed that our fitted sheets never sleep. He said we have a mattress pad which makes the mattress less shiny/slippery and maybe that's why but that he's never had a problem with it either.
Maybe just buy bigger (or smaller?) sheets
|by Anonymous||reply 196||January 9, 2022 3:48 AM
Okay you bitches. I have this sweater (Ralph Lauren Pima cotton) that says hand wash only. I’ve never worn it much, and I’ve only occasionally given it a low heat tumble in the dryer to “freshen” it up. Now, I think it’s time to clean it. There is a small little smudgy spot on it. I have never hand washed a garment before. I’ve seen tutorials online, but they seem like a lot. It’s not like this is some super expensive sweater—should I just throw it in a delicate setting in the washing machine? I feel like the dry cleaners would screw it up. Any of you Susie Homemakers have any tips for hand washing?
|by Anonymous||reply 197||January 9, 2022 3:58 AM
R197, I would just machine wash on the most delicate setting, unless you really like the sweater and plan to keep on hand-washing it.
Hand-washing: Fill up your bathroom sink with water and a little bit of soap. Massage it around once, drain. Refill with water and massage around some more. Drain.
You can either hand squeeze it out, gently. If you have a washing machine, you can put it in the spin cycle.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||January 9, 2022 4:18 AM
Machine washing on cold/delicate should be fine, but maybe put it in a net bag so it doesn't get tossed around too much. You can dry it by starting out wrapping it in a clean towel. Lay it out in its proper shape, fold the towel around it, and roll it up. Step all over on it on the floor to squeeze out the excess water. Then lay out the sweater on a drying rack, again reshaping it if necessary.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||January 9, 2022 4:36 AM
Type 5318008 into a calculator, turn it upside down and it spells out BOOBIES.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||January 9, 2022 4:59 AM
Pay attention to minor household issues before they snowball and become huge issues.
A tear in a lampshade. Towels with loose threads. Pint-sized harlots. Don't let them get out of hand!
|by Anonymous||reply 202||January 9, 2022 5:12 AM
I have an adjustable bed, I put it on a slight incline and it makes putting the sheets on easier.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||January 9, 2022 5:28 AM
[quote] Keep from forgetting your baby in the back seat of the car by leaving your phone on the seat next to him.
Did you get lost on your way to mommy.com?
Do you know where you are?
|by Anonymous||reply 204||January 9, 2022 1:28 PM
Instead of buying toilet paper (AKA Bathroom Tissue) use 1-ply napkins. They flush as easily and can be used at the table.
|by Anonymous||reply 205||January 9, 2022 1:49 PM
[quote]high fat shaving cream
I didn't know Shimmer made shaving cream!
|by Anonymous||reply 206||January 9, 2022 1:53 PM
R141 Your Registration should be in the glove box with proof of insurance.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||January 9, 2022 2:02 PM
Why, R205? Toilet paper is cheaper than napkins.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||January 9, 2022 2:44 PM
Be sure to produce more than one child, in case one of them goes missing. - Nothing compares to... oh, forget it.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||January 9, 2022 2:47 PM
The left lane is for passing, not for hogging.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||January 9, 2022 3:02 PM
R205 Only use one square inch of TP or napkins to wipe!
|by Anonymous||reply 211||January 9, 2022 3:24 PM
Get on the property ladder as early in your career as possible. Then you won't have to worry about spending a little money on toilet paper etc etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||January 9, 2022 3:31 PM
[quote] Spray your dry cum covered sheets with Shout prior to washing to remove all the cum stains.
Hmmm. Should I spray my husband's back before he showers?
|by Anonymous||reply 213||January 9, 2022 7:38 PM
Sure it's dangerous and the neighbors sometimes complain about the loud hum, but my home food irradiation plant makes sure there are no flour weevils ever!
|by Anonymous||reply 214||January 9, 2022 9:02 PM
DIY ‘Blood and Bone’ fertilizer works just as well as store bought and can be easily be made from home sourced ingredients.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||January 9, 2022 9:11 PM
Cut cherry tomatoes easily by holding a serrated knife blade up and running the tomato along the blade while pinching the tomato between your thumb and forefinger. No more chasing rolling tomatoes around the cutting board (no cutting board cleanup either).
|by Anonymous||reply 216||January 10, 2022 5:03 AM
As far as snow on the car, I have one of those triangle-shaped shade canopies, and I stretch it across the front windshield. It's easy to remove and makes it a snap to get the snow off the windsheld later. I could put one on the back it's much steeper and doesn't collect much snow. I use a broom to push snow off the hood and the top of the car. I park the car where the morning sun will hit it and that usualky takes care of most snow, frost or ice. We live in the high desert, but we do get 7 or 8 snows per year. We got 10 inches of snow this past December 14th. Now DRIVING on snow or ice... that's a whole 'nother matter.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||January 10, 2022 5:14 AM
A stitch in time saves nine
|by Anonymous||reply 218||January 10, 2022 5:17 AM
Whenever cooking, always start off by filling one side of your sink opposite the garbage disposal with warm soapy water. Clean as you go constantly while cooking, so when you're all done you hardly have anything left to clean up afterwards.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||January 10, 2022 6:01 AM
Sleep in a coffin. That way, if you die in your sleep, you will save on funeral expenses.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||January 10, 2022 2:45 PM
Fitted sheets in the dryer tend to collect other items inside them and roll into a ball that just won't dry. So I take one of these plastic hanger clips and clip the four corners of the fitted sheet together so that other items can't be trapped inside the fitted sheet. Since starting to do this I have only had one small item get trapped inside the fitted sheet. Clothes pins or large safety pins might also work, but this is what I had on hand when I came up with the idea.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||January 10, 2022 2:59 PM
When traveling by car dress as if you will be outside. If your car breaks down in cold weather you need your coat!
|by Anonymous||reply 223||January 10, 2022 3:02 PM
[quote] Cut cherry tomatoes easily by holding a serrated knife blade up and running the tomato along the blade...
Why would anyone want to cut cherry tomatoes? The whole point of their small size is you don't have to slice them.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||January 10, 2022 3:07 PM
Place the cherry tomatoes between two plastic take-out container lids (facing rim to rim) and slice right through all them lil maters at once.
|by Anonymous||reply 225||January 10, 2022 3:11 PM
R204, that was for Mr. Cooper.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||January 10, 2022 3:22 PM
r19 or get snow tires....
|by Anonymous||reply 227||January 10, 2022 3:48 PM
R225, I used to do that after Julia from America's Test Kitchen suggested it, and it's not a simple as you'd think to guide the knife smoothy between the lids. Plus you have to have a sufficient number of tomatoes in there to keep the lids from wobbling around - you have to adjust where you hold the lids mid-cut to avoid slicing your hand. And the tomatoes all have to be roughly the same size, (which of course they never are).
Try my suggestion, you may also never go back to the lids.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||January 10, 2022 3:52 PM
Thank you, fitted sheet substitute advice givers! I despise folding fitted sheets, and I never have enough of them. And yet I have lots of flat sheets somehow. This has been an ongoing minor frustration throughout my life. And you have solved it. Excellent thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||January 10, 2022 4:06 PM
Percentages work either way, so 8% of 25 has the same answer as 25% of 8. Just choose the one that's easiest to do in your head.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||January 10, 2022 4:29 PM
Dippity-Do saved my marriage!
|by Anonymous||reply 231||January 10, 2022 4:55 PM
Interesting, R230. That is good tip.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||January 10, 2022 5:12 PM
If you ever saw Summer Stock (1950), at the beginning, before leaving her bedroom, in the morning, Judy Garland turns down her bed covers and top sheet, and puts the pillows on the foot of the bed rather than making the bed. I remember my mom did something like this - she wouldn't make the beds until later in the day, and she would also shake out the sheets and reverse them, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||January 10, 2022 5:36 PM
[quote]Why would anyone want to cut cherry tomatoes? The whole point of their small size is you don't have to slice them.
Why would anyone want to eat them?
|by Anonymous||reply 235||January 10, 2022 5:41 PM
I'm still shocked at the OP being too lazy to clean her car off when it snows so she goes through a ritual of bagging her car roof.
Laziness and OCD are a terrible combination.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||January 10, 2022 5:42 PM
certainly the frozen layer is easy to get off, dumbass.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||January 10, 2022 5:50 PM
R236 It seems easier just to brush the snow off the car with a snow broom/rake (one of those rubber rectangles on a stick). If it's frozen, you just start the car earlier and put the defrosters on. The bags are not a bad idea but for me it would be impractical, somehow.
Incidentally my dad thought up and made one of those things out of rubber and wood, on a broomstick, 50 years ago, and didn't think to patent the idea. He even made a few for the neighbors.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||January 10, 2022 5:56 PM
Even though calculators are common and almost everyone has one on their phone, do some arithmetic on paper once in a while to keep those skills fresh in your mind.
Also do simple geometry quizzes and puzzles, simple algebra puzzles and those "logic problems" where you arrive at an answer by deductions using clues.
Also do crossword puzzles to refresh your vocabulary. All of these puzzles can keep your skills sharp and help you deal with real-world situations more easily.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||January 10, 2022 6:32 PM
r239 has a Reader's Digest subscription.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||January 10, 2022 6:39 PM
I have tried turning on the defroster to get the windshield clear of frost or ice, and it eventually works, but it seems to take forever. I've had more success parking the car so that the windshield will be facing the sun when it comes up. The sun does the job in just a few minutes. If it's cloudy, of course, that's not an option.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||January 10, 2022 6:40 PM
You and I think alike R222. That's because we were raised right.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||January 10, 2022 6:45 PM
Have trouble opening some overtight jars? Don't buy one of those expensive jar opener thingies. Go to your auto parts store and buy yourself a cheap rubber strap oil filter wrench like the attached. It makes getting any size jar lid off a cinch. I found mine at Dollar Tree years ago and it still works a treat.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||January 10, 2022 6:51 PM
Place a wooden spoon across the spaghetti pot when boiling pasta and the pasta won't foam up and boil over thus causing a disastrous mess on your harvest gold Tappan range.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||January 10, 2022 6:51 PM
Keep a big spray bottle with 1 to 1 water & rubbing alcohol. If you get ice or snow on your car spray it down with the alcohol solution and watch it melt like crazy.
If you've washed some dishes in the sink and have a big mound of bubble foam left when you drain the water that same solution will make bubbles disappear in a split second.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||January 10, 2022 6:59 PM
If you're bathtub's not deep enough for your liking, just flip around.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||January 10, 2022 8:30 PM
This thread reminds me of reading Hints From Heloise in the paper (where vinegar and/or pantyhose apparently could solve nearly any household problem). Well done, DL! I'm putting a clothespin in my laundry basket for the next time I wash The Bane Of DL's Entire Existence: Fitted Sheets. Thanks for the tip, R222!
|by Anonymous||reply 247||January 10, 2022 8:31 PM
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||January 10, 2022 9:21 PM
[quote] Place a wooden spoon across the spaghetti pot when boiling pasta and the pasta won't foam up and boil over
I’ve read and heard of this, but I have no idea as to the reasoning behind it.
Why doesn’t it boil over because there’s a wooden spoon on top of it?
|by Anonymous||reply 250||January 10, 2022 9:24 PM
R239 --? How are those things tips or life hacks?
|by Anonymous||reply 251||January 10, 2022 9:24 PM
R250 It doesn't actually work
|by Anonymous||reply 252||January 10, 2022 9:24 PM
It does work. It increases the surface area for the bubbles to pop on. Same thing works when you pour soda too fast and it bubbles up. Stick your fingers in the bubble to increase surface area and the pop foam will go down faster.
|by Anonymous||reply 254||January 10, 2022 9:34 PM
R254 Ok, Mr. Science. It didn't work for me. It works to some extent but the pot still tends to bubble over.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||January 10, 2022 9:37 PM
R256 I don't get it. Does your bathtub have a deep end?
|by Anonymous||reply 256||January 10, 2022 9:39 PM
(I mean mine is probably an inch deeper on that end?)
|by Anonymous||reply 257||January 10, 2022 9:41 PM
i think it's the oil on your finger and the spoon.
6th grade science teacher?
and coke does cook meat.
|by Anonymous||reply 258||January 10, 2022 9:41 PM
[quote] and coke does cook meat.
But not it it’s laced with fentanyl.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||January 10, 2022 9:47 PM
Here's an article on the spoon on boiling water trick.
[quote] The wooden spoon, with its rugged texture, has lots of surface area, explains Scott Beaver, who has a doctorate in chemical engineering and founded the online chemistry education website Learn With Dr. Scott. “That makes lots of opportunities for bubbles to start absorbing and wicking into the wood,” Beaver explains. “This stretches the bubble. The stretching force to pull the bubble apart becomes greater than the force of surface tension to hold the bubble together. So the bubble collapses.” When this happens over and over, the foam goes down.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||January 10, 2022 9:48 PM
sick your oily finger in a fizzy drink!
|by Anonymous||reply 261||January 10, 2022 9:51 PM
Reader's Digest doesn't have puzzles. Try again.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||January 10, 2022 10:14 PM
disposable shower curtains from the Dollar Store come in very handy. You can use them as a drop cloth when painting. I had a garage sale and ran out of tables, so I just unwrapped a few shower curtains and put the items on top of it. That way they weren't laying on the ground
If I have to clean up anything really dirty, I just put a shower curtain underneath it.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||January 10, 2022 10:46 PM
[quote] That way they weren't laying on the ground
|by Anonymous||reply 265||January 10, 2022 10:48 PM
I keep a black spray bottle filled with 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% hydrogen peroxide in the shower, and use it to spray down the shower curtain liner after a shower. This helps keep buildup off the curtain liner.
The bottle is black because light will break down peroxide.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||January 10, 2022 10:57 PM
Always such a lot of fuss about pasta on the DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||January 10, 2022 11:12 PM
[quote] Reader's Digest doesn't have puzzles.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||January 10, 2022 11:13 PM
R266 you made me laugh out loud. Bravo.
|by Anonymous||reply 270||January 10, 2022 11:15 PM
I'm all for being clean and organized, but disposable shower curtains sound really bad for the environment. Yes, buy cheap ones, but don't throw them out after one use.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||January 11, 2022 12:07 AM
[quote] Place a wooden spoon across the spaghetti pot when boiling pasta and the pasta won't foam up and boil over
[quote] It does work. It increases the surface area for the bubbles to pop on.
[quote] Same thing works when you pour soda too fast and it bubbles up. Stick your fingers in the bubble to increase surface area and the pop foam will go down faster.
If I stick my finger in to the boiling spaghetti pot will stop it from foaming up?
|by Anonymous||reply 272||January 11, 2022 1:34 AM
[quote] but don't throw them out after one use.
Then what should be done with them?
|by Anonymous||reply 273||January 11, 2022 1:40 AM
[R168] LMAO It's better than calling 9-1-1
My tip: did you shrink your woolen sweater?? Put it to soak with any kind of hair conditioner in the water. Rinse. Shape, then dry flat.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||January 11, 2022 1:55 AM
r244, turn the stove down to medium high once you add pasta to boiling water and it will not boil over.
|by Anonymous||reply 275||January 11, 2022 3:51 PM
With cherry tomatoes I take 2 round plastic lids that are deep enough to be about half the height of the tomatoes. I load a bunch of tomatoes in the lid, put the other lid on top and then just slice through the middle of the two lids. Perfectly sliced cherry tomatoes.
|by Anonymous||reply 276||January 11, 2022 5:59 PM
I got sick of hauling load after load of yard debris to the street for the county to pick up every few weeks. The work was back breaking. In the fall months I get tons of pine needles that fall in my back yard from 3 gigantic trees. Over the fall season it would take no less than 30 loads in my pull behind cart I connect to the lawn tractor. So, I ordered a 10/12' piece of heavy duty canvas from Home Depot. On one end I stapled the canvas to a 1x4 I had drilled two holes in about 4' apart from the middle. In those holes I inserted a 5' piece of nylon rope and tied knots on the ends. Now I can connect the canvas sled to the hitch on my lawn tractor and pull it all around the yard and put all the yard debris on it and drag it out to the street in 1 trip.
|by Anonymous||reply 277||January 11, 2022 6:09 PM
I have that baby boa (strap) wrench posted above. I like to re-use jars, e.g., the Tostitos salsa jar is a really good storage container. You can get the lid off without damaging the lid (e.g., hitting it with a metal butter knife).
|by Anonymous||reply 278||January 11, 2022 6:14 PM
[quote] I load a bunch of tomatoes in the lid, put the other lid on top and then just slice through the middle of the two lids.
Can’t you just smush the top lid down on the bottom one and have sauce?
|by Anonymous||reply 279||January 11, 2022 6:22 PM
No wire hangers, EVER!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 280||January 11, 2022 6:26 PM
I actually like to slice through the "poles" of the fruits / veg (stem to bottom or across the equator). These "hacks" sound sort of random in how you're slicing these tomatoes.
|by Anonymous||reply 281||January 11, 2022 6:44 PM
You can buy bags of plastic drop cloths at Home Depot, really cheap. 9 ft by 12 ft - 6 for 10 or 11 bucks. I don't get using something else when there are things made for that purpose.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||January 11, 2022 7:21 PM
Ladies : wiping back to front is the REASON you get a fishy smell.
|by Anonymous||reply 283||January 11, 2022 7:52 PM
The word "hack" is like "joint" for film work.
It makes me hack up my lunch and wish I had a joint to forget it.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||January 11, 2022 8:18 PM
R284 I know, hack drives me crazy as a term, where did it come from?
|by Anonymous||reply 285||January 11, 2022 8:19 PM
[quote] Can’t you just smush the top lid down on the bottom one and have sauce?
I'm cutting them for salad, not sauce.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||January 11, 2022 8:23 PM
Do you think your stomach knows the difference? Do you swallow them whole too?
|by Anonymous||reply 287||January 11, 2022 8:31 PM
Be rich and pay people to take care of your problems for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 288||January 11, 2022 8:31 PM
To make life much easier, ditch DIY projects in favor of PSE.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||January 11, 2022 8:45 PM
R281, another good point and easily done with my method of running the tomato along the upturned knife blade.
R276 see RR228
|by Anonymous||reply 290||January 11, 2022 9:14 PM
I think R264 knows other secrets... like where the bodies are buried.
Disposable shower curtain uses, indeed.
|by Anonymous||reply 291||January 11, 2022 9:21 PM
You don’t know nuthin’, r291. You got that? Nuthin’!
|by Anonymous||reply 292||January 11, 2022 9:37 PM
Do not use children as bartenders. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||January 11, 2022 10:30 PM
If you need a hack to cut cherry tomatoes, you're eating too many cherry tomatoes. Cutting a pint of cherry tomatoes shouldn't take more than a minute.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||January 11, 2022 10:53 PM
Yeah, I don't think I'd cut cherry tomatoes. They're mostly juice. Grape tomatoes, I do cut, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 296||January 11, 2022 10:56 PM
Get a small twig
Chew on one end
Then brush it against the surface of your teeth
|by Anonymous||reply 297||January 12, 2022 1:05 AM
I will not be shamed for my cherry tomato addiction. Regardless, my way of cutting them is easier.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||January 12, 2022 2:58 AM
Apples are nature’s mouthwash.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||January 12, 2022 3:13 AM
I’d like to thank R46 for the creamed spinach “hack” (ugh). I just made it and it turned out delicious. I used regular Alouette spread, next time I’ll use light. Much easier than fussing with butter and cream and Parmesan or whatever. I did include some minced garlic.
Also thanks to whoever posted the Lumos/Nox trick, I’ve been delighting my friends with that one. You never know when you might be tied up in a trunk and need some light!
|by Anonymous||reply 301||January 13, 2022 1:48 AM
When you run out of sugar, salt or flour... coke is a great substitute.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||January 13, 2022 3:17 AM
R282 Disposable plastic is bad for the planet. You should use a reusable substitute whenever possible. Canvas is an excellent choice.
|by Anonymous||reply 303||January 13, 2022 3:30 AM
[quote] Also thanks to whoever posted the Lumos/Nox trick,
I’ve been using it since I saw the tip. Makes it much easier in certain situations, so I thank you also.
|by Anonymous||reply 304||January 13, 2022 2:00 PM
If your baby won't stop crying, but a used Target bag around it's head until he or she does.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||January 13, 2022 9:58 PM
Never play leap frog with a unicorn.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||January 13, 2022 10:31 PM
That’s fucking hilarious, r307!
I scared my cat when I burst out laughing.
Good show, old man!
|by Anonymous||reply 308||January 13, 2022 10:47 PM
Are you new here, R306? R277 is the leziest lesbian who ever lezed.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||January 14, 2022 1:39 AM
To extend shelf life, soak berries in 125 degree water for 30 seconds, drain and refrigerate. It will slow mold growth and make them last longer.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||January 15, 2022 12:25 AM
I've heard of that, only the water has white vinegar added to it. Let them soak in it a few minutes, then drain. The berries don't retain any taste of vinegar.
|by Anonymous||reply 313||January 15, 2022 1:35 PM
You NEVER drain your berries! NEVER!!
|by Anonymous||reply 314||January 15, 2022 1:48 PM
This is a weird one, but sometimes you will buy a piece of clothing that itches for no reason, or has a fabric scent that doesn't totally go away with washing. I have found that putting said items out in very cold weather - below freezing - more or less eliminates these problems.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||January 15, 2022 7:34 PM
For clear ice cubes, fill the tray with hot water, not room temperature.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||January 15, 2022 7:38 PM
If you see an item you're interested in buying on eBay, put it on your watchlist. Chances are the seller will contact you with a private offer at a lower price. They usually will negotiate if the offer is still too high for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||January 15, 2022 8:56 PM
For the broken spaghetti posters, the best way to make spaghetti or any pasta is in the microwave using a Fasta Pasta cooker. Your spaghetti will turn out perfectly and it frees you up from watching a boiled pot so you can do other things while the pasta cooks.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||January 15, 2022 9:29 PM
Clean your dishwasher every six months including the filters in the bottom. All it takes is time, baking soda, and vinegar. This video shows you how!
|by Anonymous||reply 320||January 16, 2022 2:24 AM
If unexpected guests stop by, pretend that you’re not home.
|by Anonymous||reply 321||January 16, 2022 2:36 AM
[quote] To extend shelf life, soak berries in 125 degree water for 30 seconds, drain and refrigerate. It will slow mold growth and make them last longer.
Does that work with dingle-berries?
|by Anonymous||reply 322||January 17, 2022 12:25 AM
Lightly crumple parchment paper before lining baking dishes or cookie sheets to prevent it from curling up.
|by Anonymous||reply 323||January 17, 2022 1:35 AM
R323 ooh now that’s a deep cut tip
|by Anonymous||reply 324||January 17, 2022 3:03 AM
R323 What's the difference if the parchment paper is lightly crumpled or curled up? Or do your baking dishes and cookie sheets curl up? I must be too thick to understand this tip.
|by Anonymous||reply 325||January 17, 2022 10:54 PM
If they have hacks for baking, I think they may be the thick ones.
They like brownies.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||January 17, 2022 11:46 PM
Indoor wintertime air extremely dry?
Buy a folding clothes rack and wash some laundry.
Place the rack in your bedroom or elsewhere where the evaporating moisture will do the most good.
Poor man's humidifier and it WORKS!
|by Anonymous||reply 327||January 17, 2022 11:56 PM
^^ or just crack a window.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||January 18, 2022 1:12 AM
The outdoor air is often even drier than inside!
|by Anonymous||reply 329||January 18, 2022 1:26 AM
When speaking to a group, into a microphone, or on a Zoom chat take the fucking gum out of your mouth! You don't need a few chews between thoughts and we can all see and hear it in your mouth. I'm always surprised how little home training the average savage received from their parents!
|by Anonymous||reply 331||January 18, 2022 7:04 AM
[quote] or just crack a window.
I did that once. Boy, was my husband pissed.
Turns out it’s very expensive to replace.
|by Anonymous||reply 332||January 18, 2022 2:44 PM
Here is an actual tip. If you use a razer ( 3, 4, 5 blades) after you rinse it, dry it off and store the head in a small glass of mineral oil. It will extend the sharpness of the blades to months. The blades don't dull, they rust. The mineral oil stops the rusting. The downside is if you have one with a bunch of shit on it (like lube strips or rubber around the razer, the oil will ruin it but the razer works just fine).
|by Anonymous||reply 333||January 18, 2022 3:42 PM
[quote] Here is an actual tip.
I have another one. Those little red squiggly lines under certain words are not for emphasis.
|by Anonymous||reply 335||January 18, 2022 9:22 PM
R168, I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I'm absolutely guilty of doing this. In my defense though, it wasn't do to alcohol. During the winter months where I live (in the northeast) it's dark in the morning as well as getting dark early in the evening. 6am looks like 6pm. I've jumped out of bed in a panic thinking I needed to be at work only to realize it was 6pm.
|by Anonymous||reply 336||January 18, 2022 9:45 PM
[quote] it wasn't do to alcohol.
|by Anonymous||reply 337||January 18, 2022 10:04 PM
Toothpaste (not gel) will remove scuff marks from your floor.
|by Anonymous||reply 338||January 18, 2022 10:36 PM
R337, unlike your sad ass defacto.
|by Anonymous||reply 339||January 18, 2022 11:30 PM
R168 R336 I thought I was the only one who panicked at waking with no sense of day or night.
|by Anonymous||reply 340||January 18, 2022 11:31 PM
R339, you think I’m de facto?
Are you high?
I’ve been here under the same name and same shit for years.
|by Anonymous||reply 341||January 19, 2022 12:16 AM
Keep track of when you're water heater was installed and replace it before it is too late.
|by Anonymous||reply 343||January 19, 2022 7:22 PM
The easiest way to extend the life of berries is to just FREEZE them. Why bother with soaking them at a certain temperature, or soaking them in vinegar? It's not an actual hack if it requires more work.
|by Anonymous||reply 344||January 19, 2022 7:32 PM
[quote] Keep track of when you're water heater was installed
|by Anonymous||reply 345||January 19, 2022 8:55 PM
When cooking tomato sauce, sprinkle some baking soda on the surface, it cuts acidity immediately.
|by Anonymous||reply 346||January 19, 2022 9:08 PM
Ooooh, that’s interesting.
Do you stir it in, or…?
|by Anonymous||reply 347||January 19, 2022 9:41 PM
R343: Your advice is especially sage when your water heater is in your attic.
You will want to replace it before it fails creating a terrible mess below it.
|by Anonymous||reply 348||January 19, 2022 9:45 PM
Could I get a tip re how to tell the top from the bottom of my a) iPhone and b) Apple TV remote?
|by Anonymous||reply 349||January 19, 2022 9:49 PM