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My grandfather, the self-proclaimed ‘duct tape guru’ is finally receiving respect in this new economy that is forcing many of us to dedicate our efforts to fixing instead of tossing. Instead of buying, repair what we can. I remember when my family tried to convince my grandfather to throw out his old lawnmower. He proved us all wrong by fixing it with duct tape. We made fun of him then, but what we didn’t know was that he was on to something. The recession has hit many hard, but when we come out on the other side, we will all be better crafters, makers, fixers and ‘duct-tapers.’ Life hacking is an ode to those simpler times living life more resourcefully. Here are some of the best life hacks out there on the web today. Don’t forget to share some of your favorite life hacks!
Using Duct Tape to Open a Jar
No need to buy fancy jar opening gadgets: Just pull out the duct tape!
Using WD-40 to Lift Ink Stains
WD-40 is no longer just for squeaky doors. Get the ink stains out of your carpets and clothes by spraying it with a bit of WD-40.
Use a Clothespin to Hold Nails
A simple fix to ensure your DIY projects don’t result in a battle wound.
Use Paper Clips to Organize your Cables
Prevent your cables from falling behind your desk with this simple fix.
Use Post-it-Notes to Catch Dust
For that next DIY project, use post-it-notes to cut down on the post-project cleaning time.
Hack your Ikea Furniture
Instead of buying a new banquette seat, turn your existing Expedit bookcase into a seating area.
Label Cords with Bread Tags
Re-use your old bread tags to help quickly plug and unplug cords from your power strip.
Use a Bowl as an iPod Sound Amplifier
No need to buy new speakers. Simply put your iphone in a bowl and it will naturally amplify your sound for everyone to hear. Great to use for music or to increase the sound for a group conference call.
Use Beeswax to Waterproof your Shoes
Cover shoes with beeswax and use a blow dryer to work it into the fabric.
Use Crates as Shoe Storage
Use your old crates to create storage in your entry way.
Make A Toothbrush Holder
No need to buy a fancy toothbrush holder when you can make one in your medicine cabinet.
Use Ice-cube Trays to Organize Your Jewelry
Keep rings, earrings and necklaces stashed neatly.