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5 Clever Uses For Vinegar

Chris Barnes | Posted 04.24.2013 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

Dust off that old bottle and put this kitchen staple to work.

5 New Uses For Maps

Chris Barnes | Posted 11.24.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

I didn't realize that getting my dad a GPS for his birthday would affect my parents' household ecosystem. Suddenly there were a few boxes of outdated,...

5 Unusual Uses For Keys

Chris Barnes | Posted 11.18.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Chances are, you have a bunch of keys that are no longer useful. I have a set for a 1994 Ford Escort that I don't even own anymore. And while the emer...

5 Unusual Uses For Dish Soap

Chris Barnes | Posted 11.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Dish detergent can do more than just keep plates clean. One particular "unusual use" comes to mind: cleaning off oil-drenched birds and wildlife. But ...

5 New Uses For Nail Polish Remover

Chris Barnes | Posted 11.04.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Nail polish remover might not be as ubiquitous as, say, vinegar. But, if you have a bottle hanging out underneath the bathroom sink, you're in luck: Y...

5 New Uses For Action Figures Beyond The Playroom

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.28.2012 | HuffPost Home
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So many people associate these scaled-down toys with playtime (or geekery), which is unfortunate to say the least. (I might be biased, since I have dozens...and dozens.) But in the spirit of this column, I'm finding new ways to use action figures in the home.

Why Your Cooler Isn't Just For Picnics

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.21.2012 | HuffPost Home
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A cooler is a summer standby, but if yours is a little worse for the wear, don't chuck it just yet. Whether plastic or foam, the insulated container can do more than just chill a few bottles of beer.

5 New Uses For Rubber Bands Beyond The Office

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.14.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Rubber bands are the unsung heroes of the workplace, offering an easy way to keep giant file folders and other random papers bundled together. For most people, that might be the only job for these lowly office supplies. But there are a bunch of new uses for rubber bands--here are just a few of my favorites.

5 Uses For Cards...Beyond Poker

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.07.2012 | HuffPost Home
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I was going through a box of random junk and came across multiple decks of playing cards. Unfortunately they're pretty worthless; out of the three pac...

A DIY Wallet And 4 Other New Uses For Duct Tape

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.03.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Duct tape is one of the marvels of the modern world. It's been used to repair everything, ranging from the crew of Apollo 17 using it to fix their lun...

5 Uses For Milk...Beyond Breakfast

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Back in the day, milk was used for more than just cereal. Instead, the dairy product found its way into other things, like paint. Today, I still think...

5 New Uses For Pill Bottles

Chris Barnes | Posted 04.01.2014 | HuffPost Home
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What do you with your prescription pill bottles when you finish taking its contents? Turn them into containers, emergency kits and more. Here are my favorite uses for this everyday item.

Bookmarks, Cherry Pitters And 3 Other Uses For Paper Clips

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Growing up in the 1980s, I watched a lot of "MacGyver." Thanks to Richard Dean Anderson's portrayal of a non-violent secret agent, there is whole generation that thinks they can save the world with a paper clip, a soda can and some duct tape. MacGyver was right -- you can do anything with your trusty paperclip.

Bleach Your Laundry, Highlight Your Hair and 3 Other Uses For Peroxide

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Hydrogen peroxide is a staple in the first aid kit. Did you know that this household antiseptic can be used to help out on a bunch of different projec...

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Throw Away Eggshells

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Remember the American Egg Board's "Incredible Edible Egg" commercials? Though there's lots to love about an egg, it turns out the shells are actually ...

Pet Shampoo And 4 Other New Uses For Cornstarch

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Cornstarch is useful for more than just a thickening agent in the kitchen. This powder has been used by people for a variety of household tasks since ...

Shine Chrome, Bleach Grout And 3 Other Uses For Lemons

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Lemons are good for more than garnishing cocktails or other summer dishes. Thanks to their high acid content and great citrus scent, they can be used ...

How To Clean A Grill With...Coffee?

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Coffee is good for starting the day, keeping you awake for meetings and...cleaning the grill? Yes, it's true. The acidic nature of a strong cup of cof...

Igloos, Planters And 3 Other Uses For Milk Jugs

Chris Barnes | Posted 06.04.2012 | HuffPost Home
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If you have a household like mine, you probably go through plenty of plastic one gallon milk and water jugs each week. Before you put them out with th...

Wasp Traps, Stain Remover And 3 Other Uses For Sugar

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Sugar is one of those kitchen staples you will always have on hand. (While I've admittedly forgotten to buy things like paper towels at the grocery st...

How Do You Clean Oven Door Glass?

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Oven door glass is one of those things that you never think to clean, but gets oddly dirty. Grease splatters, burnt food bits and who-knows-what-else ...

5 New Uses For Plastic Bags

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Are you like me and have a seemingly unending supply of plastic shopping bags shoved in cabinets around your house? Instead of letting them accumulate...

Does Newspaper Really Work On Windows?

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
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Country legend Willie Nelson might not do windows, but the rest of us have to (unless you like looking through a smudged view on a daily basis). And ...

5 New Uses For Vegetable Oil

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

We all know that vegetable oil is an incredibly useful tool in the kitchen. Did you know that there are countless household uses for vegetable oil? He...

5 Surprising New Uses For...Comic Books?

Chris Barnes | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home
Chris Barnes

When I'm not talking about household tips here, I'm talking about comic books here. And I'm not the only one who loves comics: From references on supe...