Thongs in the rain solve a very specific problem: water invading your boots and taking up residence there. Once your stuff gets wet, it does not dry out, at least not on any prompt timeline. I've spent many futile afternoons with my shoes waterlogged and my otherwise protected feet soaking in a dumb swamp prison. You might have also inadvertently owned yourself in the same way.
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The six packs that your bottled booze, soft drink or water come in are great for carrying other stuff, like a backyard dining kit, for example. Here's how you can turn one, and the bottles that come with it, into a snack carrier for car trips, or just tidy organisation.
I've been peeling tomatoes with simple blanching for years, but I've never once given a thought to the skins that slide off. Cuisine Queen Gabrielle Hamilton transforms hers into a fancy tomato powder, but Food 52 has tweaked her method to make a tomato-flavoured salt that is fresh, fragrant and easy on the eyes.
I recently encountered a smart little product called RediTape, which is basically a super thin, pocket-sized roll of man's most versatile tool: Duct tape. Here's how to make a homemade version that's cheaper and more customisable to fit your preferences.
Video: You can't exactly blast your favourite tunes when you're supposed to be listening intently to the baby monitor. This custom build from popular DIYer Ben Heck will let you listen to your music until your little one starts to make noise.
3D printers build models in layers, which you can see if you look at a model closely. If you want a smoother, shinier surface, you can achieve injection mould-like quality with a little acetone.
Let's say you've just made a stew, soup, or something with a layer of fat swimming on top and you want to get rid of it. You can use the ice cube trick, spoon the fat out, or refrigerate it to harden the fat and remove later. Those are good options, but now you have another: skim the top with sliced bread to sop up that grease.
Ants love the messes that are associated with outdoor meals, so there's always an anthill near every picnic area. If you want to keep them from crawling on your seat and into your food, you can make some mini ant moats with pie tins.
If you're pitting a bunch of cherries for baking or snacking, don't toss them out. You can make a delicious cherry-flavored whipped cream with them.