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Transport Hot Dishes In Your Car With a Towel-Lined Box

If you’re heading to a potluck dinner or on making your way to a big family meal, this spill-free transport technique will keep your hot dish nice and warm.

You can have somebody hold your dish, or set it on your seat, but when it gets dropped all over the floor of your car all that hard work you put into goes right out the window. That’s why Sheela Prakash at The Kitchn suggests a better transport alternative. Get an empty cardboard box, line with thick bath towels, then rest your dish inside. The food will keep warm sitting all snug in the towels, and it will be almost impossible to spill anything on the interior of your ride. If there are any spills, they’ll be safely contained in the box.

5 Tips to Help You Pack a Dish for a Trip in the Car | The Kitchn

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Make an Effective DIY Mosquito Repellent With Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

If you don’t want to use DEET to keep the mosquitoes away, lemon eucalyptus-based repellents actually do a pretty bang-up job. Here’s a way to make your own spray at home and keep those bloodsuckers away.

This video from the HouseholdHacker YouTube channel explains how to whip up your own homemade mosquito defense. All you need is lemon eucalyptus oil, vanilla extract, and some witch hazel. The menthoglycol in the lemon eucalyptus oil has been shown to be almost as effective as DEET at repelling mosquitoes, the witch hazel acts as an emulsifier, and the vanilla extract makes the spray smell nice. Add around 30 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil to your mixing container, followed by one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 4 ounces of witch hazel (you can also use rubbing alcohol, vodka, or cooking oil). Mix it all up and pour it into a spray bottle, and your homemade mosquito spray is ready. The repellent should work for about four hours before you need to re-apply.

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How to Make the Ultimate Mosquito Repellent | YouTube

A Quick Way to Chill Beer In a Hotel Room with No Fridge

A Quick Way to Chill Beer In a Hotel Room with No Fridge

Reader Kyle sent in this method to chill beer if you’re on the road, would like a frosty drink, and of course, your hotel room doesn’t have a fridge. Just line up your bottles on the air conditioner unit, fire it up full blast, and give it about fifteen minutes. Surprisingly, that’s all it takes.

Of course, this only works in hotel rooms that have those old school window-mounted air conditioners, but if you’re traveling on a budget anywhere with AC, you’ve probably slept somewhere with one of these in your room before. Kyle writes that instead of heading to the ice machine every hour to try and chill a couple of beers, try this:

Central A/C need not apply here; if your hotel is still rolling with the classic jet engine sounding corner A/C unit, you’re in luck! Simply position your beer bottles carefully along the bottom lip of the vent, and maintain caution as you add each one, as too much vibration can send a previous bottle to the floor. If this occurs, definitely denote which bottle took the plunge, so it has enough time to depressurize as it awaits consumption.

Crank the Temperature and Fan to their highest settings, and within about 15 minutes you have beer cold enough to enjoy. Leaving it on this setting for too long can compromise the taste, so ease off of the Temperature setting after about a half hour to a mid-level range. Continue to adjust the temperature as necessary to suit your taste.

You may find this beer consuming experience a bit chilly, but if you packed your parka, scarf, gloves, beanie, and long underwear, you can drink in comfort! Either way, if you drink enough, eventually you can’t even tell how cold the room actually is.

There are a lot of variables required for this one to work right (the AC needs a lip, for example, and should be angled so you can rest the beer on it while it’s cooling), so if you’re staying somewhere this isn’t a good fit for you, you can always try some of our other favorite methods, or plug up the sink in your hotel room, head to the ice machine, and chill your beer in an ice-filled sink.

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Thanks to Kyle for sending in the tip!

Make a Great-Smelling, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

There are few ways to make a decent DIY fruit fly trap, but this one also adds a fresh lemon scent to your kitchen. All you need is a small plastic container and a lemon.

In this video from the “King of Random” YouTube channel, Grant Thompson will show you how to make an effective fruit fly trap out of some household basics. Take a small, reusable plastic container and cut or burn a tiny hole in the lid. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice into the container, stick the lemon half inside the container, and close the lid. Fruit flies will flock to your citrusy trick and get trapped inside. When you’ve caught a bunch of flies, pour a little water into the lid’s hole, and microwave the whole thing for 15 to 30 seconds. This will kill all the flies and give your home a pleasant citrus scent. Simply rinse the container out and add a fresh lemon half to reuse the trap as many times as you want.

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How To Make a “Lemon Fresh” Fruit Fly Trap | YouTube

Make a Great-Smelling, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

There are few ways to make a decent DIY fruit fly trap, but this one also adds a fresh lemon scent to your kitchen. All you need is a small plastic container and a lemon.

In this video from the “King of Random” YouTube channel, Grant Thompson will show you how to make an effective fruit fly trap out of some household basics. Take a small, reusable plastic container and cut or burn a tiny hole in the lid. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice into the container, stick the lemon half inside the container, and close the lid. Fruit flies will flock to your citrusy trick and get trapped inside. When you’ve caught a bunch of flies, pour a little water into the lid’s hole, and microwave the whole thing for 15 to 30 seconds. This will kill all the flies and give your home a pleasant citrus scent. Simply rinse the container out and add a fresh lemon half to reuse the trap as many times as you want.

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How To Make a “Lemon Fresh” Fruit Fly Trap | YouTube

Make a Great-Smelling, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

There are few ways to make a decent DIY fruit fly trap, but this one also adds a fresh lemon scent to your kitchen. All you need is a small plastic container and a lemon.

In this video from the “King of Random” YouTube channel, Grant Thompson will show you how to make an effective fruit fly trap out of some household basics. Take a small, reusable plastic container and cut or burn a tiny hole in the lid. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice into the container, stick the lemon half inside the container, and close the lid. Fruit flies will flock to your citrusy trick and get trapped inside. When you’ve caught a bunch of flies, pour a little water into the lid’s hole, and microwave the whole thing for 15 to 30 seconds. This will kill all the flies and give your home a pleasant citrus scent. Simply rinse the container out and add a fresh lemon half to reuse the trap as many times as you want.

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How To Make a “Lemon Fresh” Fruit Fly Trap | YouTube

Make a Great-Smelling, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

There are few ways to make a decent DIY fruit fly trap, but this one also adds a fresh lemon scent to your kitchen. All you need is a small plastic container and a lemon.

In this video from the “King of Random” YouTube channel, Grant Thompson will show you how to make an effective fruit fly trap out of some household basics. Take a small, reusable plastic container and cut or burn a tiny hole in the lid. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice into the container, stick the lemon half inside the container, and close the lid. Fruit flies will flock to your citrusy trick and get trapped inside. When you’ve caught a bunch of flies, pour a little water into the lid’s hole, and microwave the whole thing for 15 to 30 seconds. This will kill all the flies and give your home a pleasant citrus scent. Simply rinse the container out and add a fresh lemon half to reuse the trap as many times as you want.

http://lifehacker.com/5635971/lifeha…

How To Make a “Lemon Fresh” Fruit Fly Trap | YouTube

Make a Great-Smelling, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

There are few ways to make a decent DIY fruit fly trap, but this one also adds a fresh lemon scent to your kitchen. All you need is a small plastic container and a lemon.

In this video from the “King of Random” YouTube channel, Grant Thompson will show you how to make an effective fruit fly trap out of some household basics. Take a small, reusable plastic container and cut or burn a tiny hole in the lid. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice into the container, stick the lemon half inside the container, and close the lid. Fruit flies will flock to your citrusy trick and get trapped inside. When you’ve caught a bunch of flies, pour a little water into the lid’s hole, and microwave the whole thing for 15 to 30 seconds. This will kill all the flies and give your home a pleasant citrus scent. Simply rinse the container out and add a fresh lemon half to reuse the trap as many times as you want.

http://lifehacker.com/5635971/lifeha…

How To Make a “Lemon Fresh” Fruit Fly Trap | YouTube

Make a Great-Smelling, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

There are few ways to make a decent DIY fruit fly trap, but this one also adds a fresh lemon scent to your kitchen. All you need is a small plastic container and a lemon.

In this video from the “King of Random” YouTube channel, Grant Thompson will show you how to make an effective fruit fly trap out of some household basics. Take a small, reusable plastic container and cut or burn a tiny hole in the lid. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice into the container, stick the lemon half inside the container, and close the lid. Fruit flies will flock to your citrusy trick and get trapped inside. When you’ve caught a bunch of flies, pour a little water into the lid’s hole, and microwave the whole thing for 15 to 30 seconds. This will kill all the flies and give your home a pleasant citrus scent. Simply rinse the container out and add a fresh lemon half to reuse the trap as many times as you want.

http://lifehacker.com/5635971/lifeha…

How To Make a “Lemon Fresh” Fruit Fly Trap | YouTube

Make a Great-Smelling, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

There are few ways to make a decent DIY fruit fly trap, but this one also adds a fresh lemon scent to your kitchen. All you need is a small plastic container and a lemon.

In this video from the “King of Random” YouTube channel, Grant Thompson will show you how to make an effective fruit fly trap out of some household basics. Take a small, reusable plastic container and cut or burn a tiny hole in the lid. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze out some of the juice into the container, stick the lemon half inside the container, and close the lid. Fruit flies will flock to your citrusy trick and get trapped inside. When you’ve caught a bunch of flies, pour a little water into the lid’s hole, and microwave the whole thing for 15 to 30 seconds. This will kill all the flies and give your home a pleasant citrus scent. Simply rinse the container out and add a fresh lemon half to reuse the trap as many times as you want.

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How To Make a “Lemon Fresh” Fruit Fly Trap | YouTube