As you know, Spring cleaning isn't restricted to your house and home (or Spring). We live our digital lives via our computers every day, so expect to find a lot of random files, folders, and media that you've collected all year, but don't ever use. That's not even mentioning all the dust and grime on the outside. Dump all that wasted space and clean up your computer inside and out! Ready to start clean and fresh all year long? I thought so.
By now I'm sure you're all aware of Rachael Ray's garbage bowl technique. She keeps a bowl on the countertop during cooking, and stashes all the trash and bits in the bowl. It's actually a pretty great tip and helps make cleanup a breeze. I sometimes follow it myself, and just use one of my smaller mixing bowls. Recently Ms. Ray has actually started selling her own garbage bowls ($17.95). What do you guys think of them? I'd rather use a bowl I already have. After all, do I really need a special bowl for "garbage"?
When I read this story on Lifehacker, I immediately got grossed out and bolted straight for the canned air and Clorox Wipes. Keep reading and you'll find out why.
A study conducted in a regular run of the mill London office concluded that the keyboards harbored more germs than a toilet seat and held 150 times the recommended limit of harmful bacteria. What's more, the mice were even dirtier! Ever wonder why office colds and flus travel around so quickly? Yeah, wonder no more. Let this be a gentle reminder to do the deed today, and keep doing it, cause I don't ever want to talk about this again.
If you've gotten used to the joys of the Mighty Mouse scroll wheel, then you know how utterly annoying it is to go to scroll down a page and not have it work. I mean, where am I without a scroll wheel?! Back to the early '00s with the whole point, click, and drag thing, that's where. Since you can't get in there to find the cause for the breakdown or blockage, you'll probably assume it's time to replace it — but don't give up hope just yet. You might be able to save yourself a few bucks and try to bring the little guy back to life yourself.
I've done some legwork and attempted a number of cleaning methods to see which one worked the best. Test methods included pressing down on the wheel and scrolling, wiping down the wheel with cleaner, trying to smack whatever might be lodged in there loose by tapping the mouse on my desk, and spraying it with canned air. To see my verdicts, read more
I abuse my laptop. I can't help it. I'm constantly on it, mistakenly touching its screen and leaving my fingerprints all over. So how does one protect their screen? Aside from being more cautious, you can use LappyMats, an ultra-microfiber cloth that was designed to protect your laptop's LCD screen.
The mats act as a soft cushion to be laid in-between your laptop lid and keyboard to provide full protection from scratches that are caused by your keyboard or trackpad while traveling. You can also use the cloth to clean dust, dirt and everyday oils off any part of your laptop.
The screen protectors are available for just about any make or model of laptop/notebook on the market from 11.1” widescreens all the way up to 20” custom laptops. They cost $10-20.
What I hate about making cupcakes is having to scrape and scrub the muffin tin afterwards. Removing the caked on batter hurts my arm and ruins my nails. So I developed a system: I cover the muffin tin tightly with aluminum foil. Next, I slice a hole where the cupcake batter is supposed to go and press the foil into each indentation. I place the cupcake paper liners in the hole and fill with batter. If any of the batter spills it gets on the foil and not on the pan! After the cupcakes or muffins are finished baking & cooling, simply peel off the dirty foil and dispose.
Empty bottles, half eaten appetizers, bottle caps, used napkins, and cookie crumbs. There is natural disarray that occurs after any sort of party. While some mishaps (shattered wine glasses, candle wax on the tablecloth, spills on the carpet) are unpreventable, there are some messes that can be avoided with the proper planning. To minimize the clean up after the party, read more
The worst part of peeling vegetables is the clean up. I used to peel them over the sink and then scoop everything up afterwards. It was a slimy sensation that I decided I could live without. Now I place a few layers of newspaper on the bottom of the sink before peeling. When I'm done I just wrap it all up and toss the whole thing out.