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What are some of your favorite life hacks?
#1
I love hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant. It's better and cheaper than apple cider vinegar. It's H2O2, basically water with an extra molecule of oxygen and when it degrades it becomes water and oxygen so it's totally safe for the environment.

The only real downside is that light breaks it down, which is good for the planet but not good for a disinfectant so it has to be kept out of light which is why it's sold in a brown bottle. You'll need a special sprayer but that can be refilled over and over.
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#2
Hydrogen peroxide is one of my favs. It is also an excellent teeth whitener and much cheaper than teeth whitening products. It is safe to use.

Mix equal amounts hydrogen peroxide with water, such as 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup.

Swish this mixture around your mouth for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Stop and spit out the solution if it's hurting your mouth and try not to swallow any of the mixture.

https://www.healthline.com/health/hydrog...hitening#2
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#3
I use a leaf blower to blow snow off the drive/stairs. Works great.
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#4
Learned this in Saudi Arabia. We were in a military humvee in the dessert and got stuck in sand as fine as soft snow. A caravan of camels was close by and a few of the Saudis came to our rescue.

They laid prayer rugs under our wheels. Worked like a charm.

I got stuck on ice here in Tennessee. Laid the truck's floor mats under the wheels. Worked like a charm.
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#5
I'm not one of those doomsday preppers but I do think everyone should have a couple of weeks food, water and some basic emergency supplies.

Here's two handy things you may not have thought about...

The first is those outdoor solar lights. If your electricity goes out you can bring them in for some light at night then put them back out the next AM to recharge.

Also a roll of pallet wrap can really be useful. Pallet wrap is like industrial strength plastic sandwich wrap. It's cheap and really strong. You can use it for emergency windows in your car or home, a sling, to seal off part of a house or room, make a solar still, seal a home from hazzards, a green house and even a survival shelter.

You can get a roll of pallet wrap at Office Max, Amazon, Home Depot etc for a few bucks.


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#6
(02-24-2020, 01:13 AM)Jeffery Wrote: Learned this in Saudi Arabia. We were in a military humvee in the dessert and got stuck in sand as fine as soft snow. A caravan of camels was close by and a few of the Saudis came to our rescue.

They laid prayer rugs under our wheels. Worked like a charm.

I got stuck on ice here in Tennessee. Laid the truck's floor mats under the wheels. Worked like a charm.

I live on the side of a mountain in Colorado and have had to do that to get up the hill in front of my place. It really works well.
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#7
My Dad built a screen covered porch on the back of his house. Every winter, 20 some odd years,  he would cover the outside of it in plastic. It kept the rain and snow out.

He was getting up there in age and asked me to help him cover it all one year. He had plastic air pallet wrap which the U.S. Air Force uses. Real tough stuff. However, I didn't know it was stored under the front porch.

Went to his home while he was at work and figured I would do it by myself and surprise him. Couldn't find his plastic wrap, so I went to Lowes and got some industrial bubble wrap. Finished the job and was putting away the ladder, etc. when he came home. He was happy in-a-way because he was the type of man that always took the initiative, yada yada.

It was a very cold week.. snow and ice. On the weekend I went to his house to dig him out. Went to the back porch and man was it warm and cozy. That bubble wrap thing really works wonders.



Another one. Solar powered phone charger. I have few that are water proof. Also have some adapters for batteries. Comes in handy when the electricity is out and when I am on a fishing and camping trip.
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#8
My brother is really into the outdoor stuff. I showed him a video on Youtube about using welder's cloth as a portable fireplace. He got some and said it's the most underrated outdoor survival tool he has. Being able to build a fire just about anywhere and not worry about burning and melting things can come in handy. Smile
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#9
Re the welders cloth. I use an old cut-up welders apron for camp fire cooking. Actually I use it to cover my clay ovens that I place in a hole in the ground.

Another use was to cover SCUBA tanks when I was a Army Diver.

And also used one for a quick bush fix to cover rabbits in the bed of my pickup truck, so as to keep buzzards and hawks from snatching them. Don't know why, but buzzards and hawks won't go near a welders apron.
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#10
This is literally a "life hack"...

If you live or work in a high rise, have an axe and/or a sledge hammer handy. If there's ever a fire in the hall and you're trapped, it may be possible for you to go sideways through walls to got to a stairwell. Walls are made of plasterboard and don't take much to get through. You could even punch through them just don't hit the studs.

Feel the wall first to see if you can feel any heat.
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#11
More on hydrogen peroxide. I've read were there's some pretty good evidence that at the first sign of a cold or flu to put a couple of drops of h2o2 in each ear. It's also OK for loosening ear wax. I think because of the corona virus situation it's a good time to use a little prevention. To me this is one of those things that probably won't help, but can't hurt.
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#12
(03-06-2020, 03:42 AM)Kurt Wrote: More on hydrogen peroxide. I've read were there's some pretty good evidence that at the first sign of a cold or flu to put a couple of drops of h2o2 in each ear. It's also OK for loosening ear wax. I think because of the corona virus situation it's a good time to use a little prevention. To me this is one of those things that probably won't help, but can't hurt.


I just came across this...it seems H2O2 is effective against corona. The interesting thing is this is from 1977.


Quote:Abstract

The effect of H2O2 on adenovirus types 3 and 6, adenoassociated virus type 4, rhinoviruses 1A, 1B, and type 7, myxoviruses, influenza A and B, respiratory syncytial virus, strain Long, and coronavirus strain 229E was studied in vitro, using different H2O2 concentration and timec of exposure. H2O2 in a 3 percent concentration inactivated all the viruses under study within 1--30 min. Coronavirus and influenza viruses were found to be most sensitive. Reoviruses, adenoviruses and adenoassociated virus were relatively stable. H2O2 is a convenient means for virus inactivation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/203115
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#13
In the past I was an Army Diver and our team had a doctor. Anytime we dove the tropics the doctor had us place two drops of h2o2 in our ears before and after every dive. There are some very nasty bacteria in tropical waters.

Divers have to clear their ears when diving or possible ear drum rupture. We also used it before flights that helps to equalize the pressure in your ears.

Thing was other teams of divers had moderate to severe infected inner ears than our team. Matter of fact I can't recall anyone on our team ever having an infected ear.
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#14
The ear canal and sinuses are all connected which is why it's suggested to us h2o2 at the first signs of a cold or flu. If corona starts to really spread I'm going to put a couple of drops in my ears every week. I don't see how it can hurt and it may very well help.
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#15
Not exactly a favorite...if your area runs out of TP get a garden sprayer and use it like a bidet. You'll probably want to make sure to rinse out all the Weed Be Gone first.

Seriously, I actually have a clean sprayer just for this reason. Be sure to get one with a wand that's long enough.
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