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Clean Your Hardwood Floors And Hide Scratches With Black Tea

Black tea is a tasty, uplifting drink, but it also has other uses around the house. If you have hardwood flooring, you can put together a large batch of black tea to use for cleaning and disguising scratches.


Make Churros In Your Waffle Iron And Skip The Deep Frying

Doesn’t this look delicious? The surprisingly versatile gadget that is the waffle iron has yet another use: it can turn batter into churros, saving you the hassle of deep-frying the dough in a pot of oil.


7+ MacGyver Tricks People Have Learned In Prison

When you’re sent to prison, you’re stripped of basic comforts the rest of us take for granted — things like having many food options or a way to light contraband cigarettes. Necessity is the mother of invention, so those who have been in prison have had to come up with some creative life hacks for when resources are limited. Here are a few of them.


Take A Photo Of The Back Of Your TV Before You Move

Packing up for a big move is tedious work, but with a bit of extra preparation, you can make unpacking much easier. Take a photo of the back of your TV (and other devices) so you know how to plug everything back in.


Get Rid Of That 'Old Book Smell' With Cornflour

If you have some books that have been sitting around in the garage, they might pick up “old book smell”. Sprinkling some cornflour helps get rid of the smell without damaging the book.


Create Extra Pantry Storage With Sponge Holders

Pantries never seem to have as much space as you need. Try sticking a sponge holder inside your pantry or cabinets for extra usable space.


Rethread A Drawstring With A Safety Pin

Losing the drawstring in your tracksuit pants, hoodie or gym shorts is frustrating because getting it back in — and all the way through — is a pain. With a safety pin, and a little patience, you can once again ensure that your gear will stay on.


Keep Kids On Time With Post-Its And An Analogue Clock

With digital clocks, kids don’t always understand the passage of time. They’re just numbers on a screen, after all. Using an analogue clock with some Post-it notes helps them visualise when a deadline is approaching.


This DIY Fix Keeps You From Losing Change Between Car Seats

It’s hard to retrieve coins and other things that fall into the little gap between the car seat and the door or the gear box. Here’s a quick, DIY solution that costs a dollar and almost no time.


Wash Chilli Oil Off Your Hands With Bicarb Soda

If you aren’t careful with hot peppers like jalapeños, you’ll get the burning oils on your hands. Ouch. Once on your hands, they will transfer anywhere. Double ouch. Clean up those hands with some bicarb soda.