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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Frozen Banana Snacks – A Refreshing and Healthy Treat

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While frozen banana snacks are almost always coated in chocolate, they don’t have to be. However, if you like frozen bananas covered in chocolate, please don’t let us stop you! For this refreshing treat, we’re keeping it simple. Take a ripe to very ripe banana and slice it in to bite-sized slices. For Home Hacks bonus points, check out our hack on how to cut bananas without a cutting board and you won’t even dirty a cutting board in the process. Be sure to slice the banana and not just freeze it with the peal on (trying to extract the frozen banana from the frozen peal is a real challenge). Take your slices and put them into a ziploc bag. Gently remove whatever air you can from the bag as you seal it up to avoid condensation and ice crystals. The next time you’re looking for a tasty treat on a hot day, reach for your frozen banana snacks (and a chocolate bar if needed).

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Create a Unique Flowerpot with Clothespins

Create a unique flowerpot

Are your flowerpots looking a little plain? Here is an easy DIY to create a unique flowerpot and it should take less than five minutes. All you will need are clothespins and a flowerpot. Simply clip the clothespins all the way around the edge of the pot to make a creative new look for your space. Need more color? Paint the clothespins first. Or better yet, if you love glitter, add some to create a unique flowerpot that is completely you!

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Need to Roast Coffee Without a Roaster? Use a Popcorn Popper

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Want the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans to fill your kitchen but don’t want to invest in an expensive home coffee roasting system? To roast coffee without a roaster, just get some green coffee beans and throw them into your popcorn popper. Seriously! Measure out approximately ΒΌ cup of green coffee beans, place them in the popper, put the lid on, and turn the machine on. Within about four minutes, you should start to hear popping noises and get that distinct coffee aroma. In another minute or so, it should start to smell smokey. You can turn the popcorn popper off at this point for a light roast, or let it continue up to another two minutes for a dark roast. After that, just wait until the beans are cool to the touch, grind them, and make your perfect cup of coffee. That’s all you need to roast coffee without a roaster!

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Use Olive Oil to Make Dull Marble Countertops Look New

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Marble can get cloudy and scratched over time, losing its luster, especially on kitchen surfaces that get a lot of use. The best solution to make dull marble countertops look new is resurfacing, but that takes time, power tools, and money if you want it done professionally. Thankfully, before taking that step, there is still a way to enjoy gleaming countertops, and it takes less than two minutes. To make dull marble countertops look new, just pour half a teaspoon of olive oil (sunflower and other oils found in the kitchen can work too) onto clean marble and wipe it across the surface with a dry cloth or paper towel. Use another dry cloth to buff away any excess oil. That’s all there is to it! It might not be as long-lasting as resurfacing, but no one will be able to spot the difference.

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How to Reheat Rice in the Microwave For Tasty and Moist Rice

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How to reheat rice in the microwave doesn’t seem like it should be a secret or require a home hack. However, if you have ever heated up your leftover Chinese takeout food the next day and have bitten into crunchy rice, you know the issue. Microwaved rice just has a way of tasting crunchy, and not deliciously moist like when it was fresh. Fear not intrepid takeout fans! We’ll provide an ancient secret hack to illuminate how to reheat rice in the microwave for maximum moist, tastiness. OK, so maybe it’s not an ancient secret. Simply fill a shot glass with a small amount of water (filtered water is best). Place it next to your bowl of rice. Ideally you want your rice in a flatter container so lots of surface is exposd. Then hit the nuke button. Assuming you have enough rice to cook long enough, the water in the shot glass should steam up the rice and minimize the crunchy factor. Still not moist enough? Stir the rice, add a bit more water to the shot glass if it is empty, and repeat once more. You now know how to reheat rice in the microwave like a takeout pro!

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