Use Peels to Create Orange Scented Kindling for Your Fireplace

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Do you want an extra nice scent to go along with the aroma of burning logs on a cold winter night? Orange peels are a simple solution. Simply save them and leave them out to dry, and then add them to your fireplace as natural orange scented kindling the next time you go to light a fire. It’s ecofriendly, simple, and you needed the extra vitamin C from eating all those oranges anyway!

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Hide Emergency Cash in a Spice Jar

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Have you considered hiding your cash in one of those fake soup cans but worry that thieves already know about those a little too well? You’ll want to skip the cupboard and head directly for the spice rack. You’ll need glue that dries clear and a spice jar that is about 25 percent full. This works best with small darker flakes such as oregano, but as you can see, even garlic or onion can work if you don’t mind adding an extra layer. Empty the jar and coat the inside with glue. Then, pour your spices back in, put the cap on, and shake until the inside of the jar is completely covered in spices. Take the lid off and let it dry. Repeat the process if you are using lighter spices. The inside of your spice jar will be hollow to hide emergency cash, while the outside will look like any other jar of spices. Just don’t try to use it for cooking!

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Simple Bookmark Ideas – The Paperclip

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Looking for simple bookmark ideas? Short of folding over the corner of your pages, this simple hack is one of the easiest out there. Never again lose your bookmark – or your place in a book, for that matter! Paperclips, a readily accessible stationary item in many households, make excellent placeholders that will hold on to their designated page for dear life, unlike the traditional bookmark which can have a habit of slipping away and under the bed unnoticed as you are engulfed in a particularly exciting chapter. The next time you’re looking for simple bookmark ideas, or you just lost your normal bookmark, reach for your simple household paperclip.

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How to Extend Zip Ties by Doubling Them Up

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Zip ties, also known as cable ties, are infinitely practical items to have around the home and shop. But what happens when your zip tie isn’t quite long enough to secure what you need to? Luckily, Home Hacks is here to walk you through how to extend zip ties, all without having to run to the store or wait hours and hours for an Amazon delivery (the horror!) It turns out, you can double, triple, quadruple, etc. up your zip ties to just about any length. Simply run the end of one zip tie into the receiving portion of another to slightly past where the teeth start to engage. repeat the process if you need more than one zip tie if needed. Then, just run the one loose end back into the receiving part at the start of your length of zip ties and tighten that one up. That’s how to extend your zip ties in a snap!

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Use a Kitchen Glove to Open Stuck Jars in an Instant

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Are there jars that just make you want to scream or completely change your plan on what’s for dinner? If you have already tried sheer force, running it under hot water, or the very questionable banging of that glass jar against something when trying to open stuck jars, here’s a trick that will always work. Just find a kitchen glove (we know there is one somewhere in the kitchen), put it on, and then grab that lid to open stuck jars. The rubber surface will give you a much more secure grip, making jar opening a breeze.

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Quickly Fill in Scratches on Wood with a Crayon or Candle

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Are there deep scratches in your wood that no amount of buffing or wax spray will cover? Don’t despair! All you need is an unscented candle or a box of crayons to effectively fill in scratches on wood. Start by roughly rubbing or sanding the wood to remove any pieces that may be jutting out or uneven. Then, use the crayon or candle that most closely matches the wood’s color and simply rub it back and forth against the wood (no melting required) until you completely fill in the scratches on the wood. After that, wipe the surface and lightly buff it with a clean cloth to remove any excess wax.

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