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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.


Mark Your Screwdrivers For Easy Identification

In most tool bags, screwdrivers are stored tip down for easy access, but it can make identifying them a guessing game. Mark a “+” or “-” on a phillips or slotted screwdriver for easy identification.


Dust Right After Returning From Holiday For A Longer-Lasting Clean

Dusting is my least favourite household chore. Here’s a tip to get more bang for your dusting buck: If you’re away for any significant period, like a holiday, dust as soon as you get back. The air has settled, you’ll pick up more dust, and you’ll get a longer-lasting clean before you have to dust again.


Remove Plastic Food Container Odours By Storing Them With Salt

If you tend to make pungent meals — or just forgot about one in the fridge — you probably have to deal with smelly containers. Adding a pinch of salt to your container after washing it can help keep the leftover odours at bay.


Quiet Slamming Doors With Felt Pads

The sound of a door slamming can be alarming, to say the least. Quiet them with some simple felt pads.


'Getting Organised Isn't Your End Goal, Saving Your Sanity Is'

Getting organised might take effort, but it’s better than never knowing where anything is. However, there’s a point when you spend more time organising than is necessary to get the job done. The Small Notebook reminds us to stop there before we hit those diminishing returns.


Three Types Of Traditions Every Family Should Have

Your family probably has big traditions for big holidays, but daily and weekly traditions can be just as useful for keeping your family tight. Meg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions, recommends three types of traditions every family should have.


Ask LH: How Can I Check Under My House Safely?

Hi Lifehacker, My wife needs me to check underneath the house. Is there some way I can do this without getting bitten/covered by the spiders and whatever else lives under there?


This Video Explains When Carbon Steel Knives Are Better Than Stainless

Carbon steel knives are popular among chefs and people who love to cook for a number of reasons, but they’re also much more expensive than stainless steel. To find out if the performance delta was worth the price, America’s Test Kitchen brought some serious science to bear. Here’s what they found.


Learn To Properly Split Wood With This Instructional Video

If you have a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, splitting your own firewood is a great skill to learn. This video demonstrates tips and tricks for splitting logs, as well as how to safely use the tools.