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Is water from a dehumidifier drinkable?

5 Jul 2018

Possibly.  But why would you want to?  Whether the water is drinkable depends how clean you keep your tank and how long the water has been sitting around.  The water the dehumidifier collects is...

Are all oils essential? Are essential oils even oils?

28 Jun 2018

Oils are defined as any net uncharged chemical substance that is a thick liquid at room temperature and is both hydrophobic (does not mix with water) and lipophilic (does mix with fats, or lipids)....

Can Aspirin Help Remove Stains and Keep your Whites White?

14 Jun 2018

The internet is full of suggestions that Aspirin can be used to remove stains and get whiter whites. These sites don’t offer any mechanism of this bleaching of course, so I had to try it myself.

How are mirrors made?

13 Jun 2018

Imagine the surprise of the first cave person who ever glanced into a reflecting pond. The image probably wasn't too pleasing but the effect was surely intriguing. Vanity was instantly born and the...

Can "Dog Rocks" stop dogs from staining my lawn?

7 Jun 2018

“Dog Rocks” are supposed to solve the problem of grass dying from dog pee. Urine contains a variety of nitrogen compounds, mostly metabolites of protein in food. These are effective fertilizers,...

Do Egg Shells Prevent Slugs and Snails From Eating My Plants?

30 May 2018

Snails and slugs, which are basically snails without shells, share dietary habits. They like to feast on garden plants such as tomatoes. Maybe the snails are just exercising revenge for their...

Why does ouzo turn cloudy when water is added?

24 May 2018

Ouzo is a beverage served around the Mediterranean. You’ll see people in Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey sitting in cafes with a small glass of ouzo and a glass of water. When the water is poured...

Can we use eggshells to treat osteoarthritis?

17 May 2018

NEM, or Natural Eggshell Membrane has popped up as a popular supplement for osteoarthritis sufferers. The companies selling it boast claims about relieving joint pain and improving the user’s range...

How does anti-fog spray work?

30 Apr 2018

When water vapour from the air condenses on a cold glass surface, such as one's eye glasses, you'll end up with droplets of water. These droplets are commonly known as fog. And with fog, comes...