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Honey, syrups, and bottles of oil tend to get drippy and sticky over time and, if you store them upside down (as I do my honey), they can spill all over your pantry, turning your shelves into a tacky mess. Luckily, The Kitchn has a very elegant solution to this: Just store the bottles and jars in a ramekin.

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This week we talked about personal hygiene with professional clean person Jolie Kerr. Jolie's been a cleaning expert for Esquire, Deadspin and The Hairpin, and she's the author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha. In this episode, Jolie answers questions from our audience on how to handle stinky feet, weird breath, and the other embarrassing issues we all deal with (but don't want to admit to).

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At some point, most of us have tried to use a chore chart or wheel, or maybe just a list, to get our partners and housemates and families to do their share of the tasks that keep our homes running. But we also know the sinking feeling of seeing the dishes pile up — and then rolling up our sleeves to do it ourselves. Well, maybe the reason you're stuck doing all the chores is because you're using one chart. When really, you need two.

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You wipe your kitchen sponge all over the grossest things in your sink, so it makes sense that it would accumulate some pretty gross bacteria. But is it possible to clean or sanitise that sponge? Yes, it turns out — but only as a short-term fix.

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No matter how big or small your home is, if you're not naturally a tidy person then keeping it clean can be a bit of a challenge. I live in a one-bedroom apartment which means it doesn't take much clutter for my place to look like it's gone completely off the rails. Adding to my more-stuff-than-space problem is the fact that I'm really just a messy person by nature. For a while, I thought I was just destined to live in a mess — until I started cleaning in sections.

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If you live in a small space, then even the smallest of smells can be a big problem. The way my apartment is set up, whenever we decide to cook bacon for breakfast, the entire apartment smells like bacon for at least the rest of the day, sometimes going into the next. If you like the smell of bacon, that's great. However, going into day two, I'm usually looking for ways to replace the smell with something a little more neutral.

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"Keeping house" is something my grandmother has always excelled at. Not only does every dish, appliance and Snowbaby have a very specific place that it mustn't be moved from, but she has a very strict dusting schedule that keeps those aforementioned Snowbabies looking their best.

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Dear Lifehacker, We recently moved my father into a long-term care facility. There are a number of wonderful things he wanted my sister and I to have and to share with our children. The trouble is that he was a lifelong smoker and everything reeks from years of smoke. We want to keep these things, but the smell is just awful. What can we do?

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For those of us who live in abodes with less-than-sprawling kitchens, counter space is a precious thing, and it can be hard to decide who gets to hang out in the open. Basically, your countertops are a work space, which means you need space to work, and having each and every appliance out can get kind of crowded.

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Sure, that box of Lipton can be great when you want a cup of tea in the morning, but those bags can actually be good for a whole lot more than drinking. From relieving pain to cleaning furniture, here are a few unexpected uses for those tea bags in your cabinet.

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If your kitchen didn't come with an exhaust fan, you may feel like you have to forgo cooking certain foods that tend to linger, smell-wise. Luckily, your frying and high-heat searing days are not behind you, as there are several strategies you can implement to de-stink and freshen up after a particularly pungent meal.

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You can keep your asparagus, and your peas, and whatever other green thing you're excited about right now, as I am pretty much only here for morels: The frilly, tasty little mushroom morsels.

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The sensor of a digital camera is one of the most delicate parts of the device. While lenses can be replaced, a damaged sensor poses a significantly trickier repair job. But, from time to time, you're going to need to get in their to clean the thing and when it comes to the mirrorless variety, you don't have to get yourself into a tight ball of anxiety in preparation.