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Remove rust from your stove element

Use a damp, microfibre cloth to clean off as much baked on food as possible. Rinse the element with warm water. Mix three parts baking soda and one part water or white vinegar, to make a paste. Apply the paste to the rust spot and let it sit for 20 minutes. Scrub the area with a toothbrush to remove the rust stain. Rinse the element in warm water and repeat the process until all the rust has been removed.

Make your smart phone battery last longer

There are several ways to keep your smart phone battery alive longer. Here’s how:

  • Dim your screen brightness
  • Keep your display screen time short
  • Turn off your Bluetooth and/or WiFi when you’re not using it
  • Close apps when you have finished using them

To adjust these functions, visit the settings application on your smartphone or reference your smartphone manual for more information.

Remove wrinkles from your leather jacket

If you have a leather jacket that needs to be de-wrinkled, hang it in your bathroom during your next shower. The buildup of steam will help loosen the wrinkles in your jacket. Close the door and turn off your bathroom fan once you have finished showering to keep the steam inside. Leave your jacket hanging in the bathroom for about 20-30 minutes. Once a half an hour has passed, lay the jacket down, smoothing the wrinkles out with your hands.

Remove the skunk smell from your dog’s coat

Combine four cups of three percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap into an open container. Run a lukewarm bath for your dog, and put them into the bathtub. Wearing rubber gloves, wet their coat and apply the solution liberally, running it through their fur. Avoid getting any solution in your dog’s eyes. Do not leave the solution on too long as the peroxide can bleach your dog’s fur. Rinse the solution thoroughly. Next, wash your dog using pet shampoo to make them smell clean and fresh, then towel dry.

Repair a leaky rubber boot

All you need is some painter’s tape, Gear Aid Freesole Urethane adhesive and light grain sand paper to patch the hole. Start by locating the hole in your rubber boot. Dampen a microfibre cloth in a mix of soap and water, and wash the area thoroughly. Use the sandpaper to sand the repair area. This will help the adhesive bond to the boot. Mark off the area with your painters tap by creating a one inch square around the hole. Use your Gear Aid Freesole to coat the tear, and the area around it generously. Let the adhesive dry on a flat surface for 30 minutes. Remove the tape and let the adhesive sit for an additional 24 hours.