From The Tips Box: Cable Organisation, Salad Dressing, Odours

From The Tips Box: Cable Organisation, Salad Dressing, Odours

Readers offer their best tips for storing cables, bringing salad dressing with lunch, and masking odours with simple household objects.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in — the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Use Liquor Boxes to Store and Organise Cables

wheeeler shares a nice tip on keeping cables stored and organised, tangle-free:

I used to have an old Rubbermaid bin full of knotted-up cables (mostly USB, Cat 5e, and miscellaneous others), but my wife had (another) great organisation idea that really solved the problem.

Liquor stores routinely throw away those big cardboard boxes with cardboard dividers that keep bottles from clanking together. She picked up a few different sizes and started putting the cables into the different Corona-sized compartments.

That box is in a storage shed right now, but I’m attaching a picture of a Patrón box that is about to be stuffed. The Patrón compartments are about 4″x4″, so they would be better suited for my power strips or the kids’ old toys, but she also picked up a wine case that would be good for cables.

Store Salad Dressing in Play-Doh Containers for Single Servings

Photo by Kevin Spencer.

emmielee tips us off to a household item that simplifies bag lunches:

Old Play-Doh containers (the teeny tiny small ones) hold 2 tbsp. of salad dressing! Small enough to throw in with your lunch to put the salad dressing on before you eat. (Extra tip: Wash out the Play-Doh container first!)

Let it be known that Play-Doh is non-toxic, so no health concerns with this tip. Let it also be known, though, that it is non-delicious, so you should still wash that container out well.

Light a Match to Mask Odours in the Air

Photo by Andrew Magill.

Kevin Ferguson shows us how to easily mask odours in the house:

Light a match after you smell up a bathroom- the match’s burning masks the smell whatever dirty deed you just did!

Use Shampoo to Prevent Mirror Fogging

Pyroticsky lets us know how to keep your mirror shave- or makeup-ready immediately after a shower:

Use shampoo to prevent fogging. Rub a little bit of shampoo onto bathroom mirrors to prevent them from fogging up while in the shower. This also works for scuba masks

This can be especially useful if you have a mirror in your shower that isn’t the fog-free kind.

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