Here are this week’s life pro tips.
01. Pocket-Pat Routine
If you always forget things when you leave somewhere, develop a pocket-pat routine. Keys, wallet, phone.
I have mild ADHD, the inattentive type, so getting out of the door with all the things I need for the day can be hard. If it’s a long day and I need to bring a lunch or other items with me for the day, sometimes it gets even harder to keep track of the 6-10 items I need to bring with me to get through the day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left a lunch on the counter, but successfully remembered to bring a piece of paper that I need to fax at work. Every time I walk out the front door of work/home, I check to make sure I’ve got the basic things I’ve listed above.
If you’re leaving the house and you get the vague thought “I’m forgetting something” but can’t remember what it is, just stand there for a second and figure it out. It’ll usually come to me. Noticing that thought has saved me a bunch of times.
02. If you don’t have a surround sound system…
If you’re on a simple tv (without a surround sound system), setup your audio to 2.0. This way music and voices will have an equal volume.
03. Avacado Protip
Put an unripe avocado in a beer koozie and it will be ripe the next day.
Ethylene serves as a hormone in plants. It acts at trace levels throughout the life of the plant by stimulating or regulating the ripening of fruit, the opening of flowers, and the abscission (or shedding) of leaves. Commercial ripening rooms use “catalytic generators” to make ethylene gas from a liquid supply of ethanol. Typically, a gassing level of 500 to 2,000 ppm is used, for 24 to 48 hours.
Fruits and (some) vegetables give off ethylene gas and that’s what you smell in a poorly ventilated produce section Putting your green produce in a bag with an old Apple or banana increases the amount of ethylene gas.
By the way, putting fruit on the windowsill just oxidizes the outside of the skin/rind and has no effect/relationship with the rate of ripening.
04. Blocked nose?
Do ten pushups and it will clear up straight away.
Exercise will clear your nose from congestion or a runny nose. The body views the need for oxygen so it stops trying to block germs from coming in. It has to do with the parasympathetic and asympathetic systems changing up how your body works. I always exercise when sick and it keeps my nose clear through the day.
05. Clean your oven like this with about 40 minutes of work
You will need:
- 250 ml ammonia
- 1000 ml boiling water
- 2 ovenproof containers
- The night before doing the cleaning, heat up your oven to 150 degrees C (300F).
- Boil the water, put it in one of the containers.
- Put the ammonia in the other container.
- Turn off the oven.
- Put the container with ammonia on a grate in the middle of the oven, put the container with water on the floor of the oven. Close the oven.
- Go to bed and look forward to cleaning your oven the next day.
- Mix the ammonia with dishwasher soap and apply it around the oven.
- Use an ice scraper, or similar, to peel the buildup off from the inside of the oven.
What happens is the ammonia mixes with water vapors and loosens all the buildup in the oven. This is much more effective than commercial oven cleaners and you don’t have to breathe in all those uncomfortable gasses.