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5 Set/10

Hang Your PC Tower on the Wall to Save Floor Space [Clever Uses]

Hang Your PC Tower on the Wall to Save Floor Space [Clever Uses]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); One of the drawbacks of using a desktop PC is that the tower takes up a lot of space on your floor. If you don’t have room to spare, you can hang it on the wall with an inexpensive, sturdy rack. More » (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Continua a leggere – Original Link: Hang Your PC Tower on the Wall to Save Floor Space...

16 Nov/09

Use Old Mittens To Protect Your Sunglasses [Clever Uses]

Use Old Mittens To Protect Your Sunglasses [Clever Uses]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Don’t throw out single mittens when you lose their mate. Slip them over a pair of specs or sunglasses to protect them from scratches. Photo via Real Simple. Like single socks, mate-less mittens aren’t much good for keeping you warm and covered. Don’t throw them out, though—just put them to use as protective cases for your eyewear. Sure, they won’t keep them from getting bent or broken, but...

16 Nov/09

Make Easy, Less Messy Bacon in a Waffle Iron [Clever Uses]

Make Easy, Less Messy Bacon in a Waffle Iron [Clever Uses]

You love bacon, but cooking it in a pan is tough to time and leaves you with scalding-hot grease to dispose of. The microwave? Please. Food science miracle worker Alton Brown shows how a waffle iron makes the best bacon. We’ve customized the above video embed to skip right to the waffle iron goodness. Watch the whole clip, however, and Alton explains not only what kind of bacon to buy at the grocery store, but why the waffle iron wins out as a cooking platform. In a pan, the fat...


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18 Ott/09

Remove Pet Hair With Rubber Gloves [Clever Uses]

Remove Pet Hair With Rubber Gloves [Clever Uses]

Due to an influx of natural cleaners, many homes don’t keep rubber gloves around like they used to, but they may very well be the easiest and cheapest way to remove pet hair from your sofas, chairs, and vehicles. Photo by How Can I Recycle This. There’s no trick or gimmick with this tried and true method of pet hair removal. All you need is a pair of typical rubber gloves found in the cleaning aisle at your local grocer or big box store. Slide them on and you’re set...

10 Set/09

Use a Microplane Zester to Trim Sticking Doors [Clever Uses]

Use a Microplane Zester to Trim Sticking Doors [Clever Uses]

Wooden doors and windows tend to stick inside their frames in summer because they’re swollen with the summer’s humidity. If you’ve got a Microplane-style zester handy, a few quick swipes can scrape away the sticking. Photo by tokyofoodcast. The legend behind Microplane-brand zesters is that they were turned into kitchen tools by a woodworker tired of seeing his lemons and oranges get mangled in graters, realizing that a fine-toothed rasp in his shop could do a much better...

3 Set/09

RunMyErrand Outsources Your Chores [Chores]

RunMyErrand Outsources Your Chores [Chores]

Looking for someone to pick up your dry cleaning, make a grocery or IKEA run, or tackle other errands for you and don’t mind paying a few bucks extra for the convenience? Web service RunMyErrand might be worth a look. This isn’t the first service of its kind—previously mentioned DoMyStuff is a similar offering—but where DoMyStuff lets anyone offer to run your errands (and could be a nice way to make some extra cash for yourself if you want to run a quick one), RunMyErrand...

3 Set/09

RunMyErrand Outsources Your Chores [Chores]

RunMyErrand Outsources Your Chores [Chores]

Looking for someone to pick up your dry cleaning, make a grocery or IKEA run, or tackle other errands for you and don’t mind paying a few bucks extra for the convenience? Web service RunMyErrand might be worth a look. This isn’t the first service of its kind—previously mentioned DoMyStuff is a similar offering—but where DoMyStuff lets anyone offer to run your errands (and could be a nice way to make some extra cash for yourself if you want to run a quick one), RunMyErrand...

31 Ago/09

Use Your Car as a Food Dehydrator [Clever Uses]

Use Your Car as a Food Dehydrator [Clever Uses]

Keeping tasty dried fruit on hand doesn’t require buying a device off late-night TV. Using the sun as a free energy source, you can use your car’s sun-baked dashboard to get the job done. Tom, of the home and garden blog The Tangled Nest, had an abundance of fruit on his hands that he didn’t want to let go to waste. He started off by building a simple solar dehydrator out of a box and a piece of window screen, but it didn’t seem to be drying them effectively. Building...

29 Ago/09

Use a Tea Bag to Freshen Small Spaces [Clever Uses]

Use a Tea Bag to Freshen Small Spaces [Clever Uses]

Need to freshen a small space without a can of Lysol handy? Don’t buy over priced sachets and fresheners—just grab a fragrant tea bag. The aisles of your local grocery have all sorts of scented candles, sprays, sachets of scented material, and other items to mask smells and fresh areas in your home. Why spend money on over-priced and chemical-laden scents? While traveling, writers for the home-centric blog Apartment Therapy discovered a simple air-freshening hack: Yesterday...

29 Ago/09

Use a Tea Bag to Freshen Small Spaces [Clever Uses]

Use a Tea Bag to Freshen Small Spaces [Clever Uses]

Need to freshen a small space without a can of Lysol handy? Don’t buy over priced sachets and fresheners—just grab a fragrant tea bag. The aisles of your local grocery have all sorts of scented candles, sprays, sachets of scented material, and other items to mask smells and fresh areas in your home. Why spend money on over-priced and chemical-laden scents? While traveling, writers for the home-centric blog Apartment Therapy discovered a simple air-freshening hack: Yesterday...

15 Ago/09

Nine Alternate Uses for Dryer Sheets [Household]

Nine Alternate Uses for Dryer Sheets [Household]

Dryer sheets give your laundry that so-fresh-you’ll-sneeze scent, but they also keep bugs away, make stuffy hotel rooms and second hand smoke more tolerable, save on vacuum filters, and have more creative uses than your spam box has investment proposals. Photo by admiller Around the House (And Garage) Photo by wili_hybrid We know that you can keep shoes smelling nice and clean pots and pans with dryer sheets, but there are plenty of other uses for them around the house: GregoryAmymon‘s...

30 Lug/09

Turn a Pizza Box into Serving Plates and a Leftovers Container [Clever Uses]

Turn a Pizza Box into Serving Plates and a Leftovers Container [Clever Uses]

The next time you order a pie for yourself and those near and dear to you, don’t just toss the box aside. With a few quick steps, you can transform it into four serving plates and a container for your leftovers. The above video shows the patented “green box” in action, a pizza box specially designed to break down along perforations to give way to cardboard plates and a convenient storage container for the remaining slices. Obviously you can already do the same yourself...

20 Lug/09

Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Herb Garden [Clever Uses]

Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Herb Garden [Clever Uses]

Don’t have enough space in your place to grow some herbs? Turn a shoe organizer into a vertical garden and as long as you have even a balcony railing with sun exposure, you’ll have more than enough room. Whether you’re living in an apartment and dreaming of a garden’s worth of fresh herbs for use in your kitchen, or you already have a garden and you want to put the bare side of your potting shed to work, this simple hack will turn your vertical space into an herb...

1 Lug/09

Amplify Your Speakerphone with a Cereal Bowl [Cellphones]

Amplify Your Speakerphone with a Cereal Bowl [Cellphones]

Sometimes the volume on your cellphone’s speaker just isn’t loud or clear enough. What can you do without a soldering iron or third-party add-on? Turn a breakfast utensil into a makeshift amplifier. Photo by tracyshaun Frank writes about a trick he and his wife use to help on weekend family calls: [We] place our cell phone in a cereal bowl for greater speakerphone amplification. Aiming the speaker at the bottom of the bowl reflects the sounds up the sides and out with a significantly...

10 Giu/09

Make a Quick and Dirty Sun Visor “Tripod” with Hair Bands [MacGyver Tip]

Make a Quick and Dirty Sun Visor “Tripod” with Hair Bands [MacGyver Tip]

We’ve shown you how to mount a camera on your bike and construct a DIY camera mount for your car, but Flickr’s Heather Champ details her own dead-simple-but-effective method for mounting a camera in her car. Her trick couldn’t be easier to pull off (or less expensive): Just flip down your sun visor, grab a couple of hair bands, and strap in your camera. If it seems like an unstable little system, check out her stop-and-go traffic time lapse; it works really well. Hit...

19 Mag/09

Use Your Old Coffee Grounds to Clean Dishes, Kill Fleas, and More [Clever Uses]

Use Your Old Coffee Grounds to Clean Dishes, Kill Fleas, and More [Clever Uses]

Your coffee grounds are good for a lot more than a liquid pick-me up, so before you trash the next batch, read on for ways to reuse them instead. Hint: a flea rinse is involved. Photo by How can I recycle this. According to Natural Home Magazine, the coarse texture of coffee grounds makes them ideal for scrubbing hard to clean dishes. Start by packing the grounds into a square sized cloth, then gather its ends and secure with a rubber band. This tip also works on tea bags. If you’ve...

10 Mag/09

Build a Sturdy Cardboard Laptop Stand [DIY]

Build a Sturdy Cardboard Laptop Stand [DIY]

You already shelled out your hard earned cash for a swanky laptop, why drop more cash on an overpriced laptop stand? Cardboard alone can do the trick, as detailed in this step-by-step tutorial. Matt Embrey put together a guide to building a sturdy DIY cardboard laptop stand at the eco-friendly blog greenUPGRADER. Inspired by an acrylic stand built by Eric Skiff but lacking spare acrylic or a laser cutter, Matt opted to work with heavy packaging cardboard instead. The templates for each...