From The Tips Box: Sliding Door Lubrication, Facebook Newsfeed

Readers offer their best tips for lubricating a sliding door, getting the old Facebook newsfeed back without extensions, creating your own air freshener, and avoiding splinters from cheap chopsticks.

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? Add it in the comments or email it to tips at

Alternate Lubricant for Sliding Doors

hterag found a little trick for lubricating sliding doors:

Useful alternative for lubricating sliding doors and the like... spray furniture polish. Recently used some for a sliding door mechanism, cleaned out the tracks, sprayed along them with the polish and it runs smooth as anything now!

Photo by: JoshBerglund19.

Get Rid of Facebook's Newsfeed Without Extensions

We took a look at a few extensions to fix Facebook today, but Aacidus offers another trick:

If you don't like the new Facebook newsfeed layout, change your language to English (UK) or try out English (Pirate) for kicks. You'll get back the old layout.

Note: experience suggests this will only be a short-term fix, as Facebook will eventually roll out the new model to all languages.

Make Your Own DIY Air Freshener

Wjglenn offers up not just one, but two different tips to make your own air freshener:

DIY air freshener #1:

In a big spray bottle (32oz or so), mix the following:

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 2 cups of water

* 1 tablespoon white vinegar

* (optional) a few drops of something scented - vanilla extract, peppermint oil, citrus zest, even a little mouthwash

Don't worry. the baking soda and vinegar won't fizz up much if you add the water first.

Shake before each use and spray a couple blasts into the air in each room. The vinegar helps kill odours and the vinegar scent does not linger long (maybe 5 minutes).

Another DIY air freshening tip. Soak cotton balls in mouthwash (or something else you like the smell of, like water and vanilla) and tuck one or two in an out of the way place in a room. We put them in tiny dishes we stash behind picture frames or knick-knacks. You could also stick them behind a potted plant or whatever.

They are subtle, but noticeable and if you're like me and hate most artificial scents, much nicer than things like Glade or scented candles.

Photo by: Mike Shmid.

Avoid Splinters in Chop Sticks by Rubbing Them Together

Dathbe reminds of us an easy trick for making sure you don't get splinters from chop sticks:

To avoid splinters from cheap chop sticks, rub them against each other in a cross pattern before use. It will flake off most of the imperfections, and smooth them out a little. For the cheapest of chop sticks, it still doesn't quite take care of the issue, but it's better than nothing.


    I was taught in Japanese class in high school that rubbing your chopsticks together to remove splinters is a massive faux pas. In cheaper takeaway places you can get away with it perhaps, but if you do this anywhere else you're essentially displaying how cheap and nasty you think the establishment is.

      Lifehacker actually reported this faux pas about 18 months ago:

      For what it's worth, I've been to Japan several times and did not know this... Whoops :/

      Never do it around food vendors. If you get takeaway, sure, do it when you are away from the seller, but yeah it's offensive.

      ummm... maybe it is a good thing to tell them that their chopsticks are going to leave splinters in your mouth, and to stop bieng cheap and get better ones...

      if you never tell them.....

    I was kind of hoping we could learn how to make a car air freshener, like the leading image suggests.

    I suppose one could find an absorbent material and soak this mixture in it for a while. Not as cool as making a 1up air freshener though.

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