Lifehacker readers show us a few tricks to clean up abused cookware and file paper documents for easy searching.
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Clean Out a Gunked Up Scorched Pot
Len wrote in with a two-step method for cleaning a pot after it boiled dry:
[The first step was to]add water, and some detergent.. and get it to boil and then simmer for like 10 minutes.. then turn off the water completely. [...] [The results were]definitely a step in the right direction.. I actually scraped out the caked on food with a spoon.. easy enough, I suppose I could have used something else, but it did the trick.
The next step I noticed everywhere was to leave it soaking in Vinegar overnight.. this worked out well since it was getting late and I wanted to go to bed anyhow!
You can see the results after each step in Len's original post.
Cleaning A Scorched Pot in Pictures [the lencurrie life]
Use Evernote to Organise Your Paper Documents
Photo by quinn.anya.
John shares his method for organising paper documents for easy searching later:
- A scanner (I use the Fujitsu ScanSnap)
- A label maker capable of printing today's date
Grab a folder, and print a label with today's date on it. Incoming paper (eg receipts, bills, etc) gets scanned into evernote, where I can rename and tag at my leisure. The document goes in the folder. When the folder is too full (say 50 documents), it goes into the filing cabinet, and I print a new label and grab a new folder.
The beauty of the system is its simplicity. When I want to find a physical document (say a receipt) I search for it in evernote. I'll either find it by name, tags or OCR text. Then I check the creation date of the document in Evernote, and grab the folder from the filing cabinet with the closest date before that. I only ever have 50 documents to look through, and I know from evernote exactly what the document looks like.