10 Unusual Ways to Use Banana Peels

The most common thing to do with banana peels is to throw them in the trash. However, there are various miraculous uses for this frequently-overlooked product. The peels can be used in your kitchen as a cleaning product or in your beauty routine.

 

We collected the most practical uses for banana peels that will definitely change how you feel about this fruit.

 

1. They help reduce acne.

Banana peels contain vitamin C and vitamin E and they also contain potassium, zinc, iron, and manganese. These nutrients can calm inflamed skin and reduce acne outbreaks. Furthermore, banana peels contain lutein and carotenoids which are fat-soluble compounds that help fight inflammation and acne breakouts.

  • Rub the banana peel over your skin and leave for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse your skin.
  • Repeat twice daily.

2. They help reduce wrinkles.

Facial wrinkles occur when the skin loses its elasticity and it loses its firmness. The antioxidants and vitamin C in bananas can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

9 Supermarket Things It’s Better Not to Be Fooled by to Get Quality Products

When grocery shopping, we all want to get tasty and fresh food. However, many producers and retailers are concentrated on their profit and try to use different ways to sell us illiquid goods. For example, did you know that putting a lot of herbs into a ready-made salad helps to disguise expired ingredients? Shoppers are becoming more and more attentive and revealing new tricks of dishonest retailers.

 

We collected a few tips that can prevent you from falling prey to grocery store fraud and ensure you’ll always be happy about the goodies you buy.

 

1. Avoid repackaged items.

Try to avoid buying individually packaged foods that were sliced or prepared in the deli (cold cuts, cheese or vegetable platters, marinades, fruit, etc.) It’s highly probable that these foods are expired or are just about to expire.

The date of packaging won’t tell you anything in this case, because stickers with this information can be changed several times a day. Even fresh food in this packaging immediately attracts a lot of bacteria, that’s why it’s better to either ask someone in the deli to cut and pack your food in front of you, or to choose factory-packaged goods.

 

 

2. Be alert in the deli department.

When buying ready-made salads, pay attention to salads that have a lot of garlic and spice or fresh herbs: this is how they try to disguise expired goods. When choosing a salad, remember that salads with meat or fish expire faster than vegetable ones, and salads with oil dressing are safer than salads dressed with mayonnaise.

It’s better to choose salads without dressing that can be stored up to 2 days. In order to be completely safe, you can check the shop and see if they observe safety measures for working with food. Here are some of them:

  • a ready-made salad should be stored in a glass dish (it easily gets oxidized in a metal dish) in a separate display case;
  • every dish has a separate spoon;
  • a shop worker wears disposable gloves when touching food.

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12 Unexpected Ways to Make Old Things New Again

If you’ve noticed that your favorite thing has lost its former gloss, don’t rush to get upset. There are some simple solutions that can help you repair the flaws.

How many old and spoiled things do you regularly throw out without knowing you can actually fix them by yourself? And to do this no special skills or equipment are needed.

We have gathered some useful tips for you on how to restore things to their original luster.

 

1. Mayonnaise for woodwork

You can use mayonnaise to fix the white spots, usually left by condensation, on your wood furniture. Rub it on the surface over the stains and wipe with a cloth until the furniture is clean. Mayonnaise can also be used for cracks on wooden products. Fill the crack with it and leave it for a couple of days. Then polish the area with a soft cloth.

 

2. Toothpaste for glasses

In order to improve eyeglass appearance you can use ordinary toothpaste without granules. Apply it on the glass, spread with a cloth, and then wash away the remains of the paste. You can use this method for Smartphone screens and watches too. In these cases don’t allow water to get inside. 

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Brilliant Solutions to Annoying Summer Problems

Most people — especially those who live far from the equator — look forward to the summer months of long days, outdoor activities and perfect tanning weather. Summer is the time when most vacations are taken and many long-distance trips are made. But while summer weather is incredibly appealing, it also poses serious risks to our health and looks.

 

We have collected some tips and natural remedies to prevent and fix the most common beauty problems we encounter during the summer months. Absolutely everyone deals with them, so be sure to read the article all the way through to ensure a safe, fun summer!

 

1. Sweating

  • Deodorants may help but only if you use them right way. It is way more useful if you apply deodorant in the evening before you go to sleep. If you do so, you leave enough time for the deodorant’s active ingredients to get into the sweat ducts and clog them. If you apply deodorant in the morning, it’s likely to be immediately washed off with sweat as the active ingredients are still on the skin’s surface and don’t work.
  • Avoid spicy food, alcohol, and coffee. Your body will react to them the same way it does to hot weather.
  • There are some natural remedies that can help you to avoid excessive sweating. Apple cider vinegar removes bacteria and closes up pores. Simply apply it to your sweaty areas in the evening and wash it off in the morning. Cornstarch and baking soda are very good at absorbing. Make a mixture and apply it to your sweaty areas for half an hour, then wash it off. Lemon juice complete with citric acid kills bacteria and reduces sweating; you just have to rub your skin with a piece of lemon. Rubbing your sweaty areas with a potato slice has amazing drying effects as it absorbs excess water from your skin.
  • Sweat not only causes an inconvenience for you, but it also leaves stains on your clothes. But there are some things you can use to get rid of them. You can make a thick paste with baking soda or crushed aspirin by adding a little water to it. Water down the sweat stain you want to get rid of, then put the paste on the stain and leave it there for 5-10 minutes. After that, wash the soiled clothes as you usually do.

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20 Computer Tricks to Save Your Energy and Your Data

You have been typing up some text when you suddenly see some mumbo-jumbo appear on the screen. You save a web link to read a page later and then you find out that it’s gone. You work hard on an essay and don’t save it before the computer battery dies. If you have ever been in situations like these, we have good news for you — soon, you will forget about them once and for all.

 

We are sharing tricks that ensure you won’t lose any important data and save time when doing everyday tasks on the computer. And don’t forget about the great bonus waiting for you at the end of the article.

 

The Internet

 

1. To reopen a recently closed tab:

  • Windows — Ctrl + Shift + T
  • macOS — Cmd + Shift + T

2. To save a webpage as a PDF:

  • Windows — Ctrl + P, then choose “Save as a PDF”
  • macOS — Cmd + P, then choose “Save as a PDF” in the drop-down menu

3. It’s easy to find a specific book in Google: open the advanced search and choose the necessary file format — PDF, DOC, RTF, DjVu.

4. To learn the time in any city, type “time+city” into the search engine.

5. To learn the currency exchange rate, type “900 dollars in euros” into the search engine.

6. To use Google as a calculator: type in the desired number and plus, minus and other symbols and press “Enter”.

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8 Insane Yet Effective Tips Only Crazy People Can Dare to Test

Nobody knows if you’ll escape trouble by knocking on wood, but it is true that a cricket can act as a thermometer and a goldfish can not only decorate your apartment, but also perform the functions of a minibar. Sounds weird? Maybe. But, these things really are possible.

 

We collected 8 tips that, in theory, can be useful if you don’t have a more comfortable solution to your problem. The more absurd the information sounds, the easier it is to memorize. Read the article to the end and you’ll notice that you feel sleepy after looking at the soap bubbles.

 

1. A cricket instead of a thermometer

How do you figure out what the temperature is outside if you don’t have a thermometer, a smartphone, or a TV-set around? Just listen for a cricket. Physicist Amos Dolbear was the first one who started listening to crickets.

In order to figure out the temperature, just count the number of sounds that the insect makes within a certain period of time. However, take into consideration the kind of a cricket, it’s better to find a wood cricket for more precise results. Once you find it, if you’re trying to figure out the temperature in Fahrenheit, add 40 to the number of sounds you count within 15 seconds. If you’re trying to figure out the temperature in Celcius, add 5 to the number of sounds you count within 8 seconds.

 

2. A dolphin instead of a pregnancy test

It’s well known that sea mammals communicate using sound waves. The sound waves in dolphins’ heads work like radar and their main function is to inform other dolphins about threats. It’s also possible for them to detect pregnancy using this method.

According to experts, thanks to echolocation, dolphins can detect a developing fetus and will display an interest in pregnant women. They swim over to the pregnant woman and make buzzing sounds around her belly or they press their noses against it and start “vibrating.”

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11 Pieces of Advice That Can Save Your Life in a Critical Situation

Do you know what to do if you get stuck in a rip current? What if someone near you starts choking? We can’t know when such skills will be useful but we are 100% sure that every person should have them.

 

That’s why we decided to compile a list of useful recommendations that might save someone’s life. At the end of the article, there is a bonus that will tell you about an interesting new theory on how to stay safe during an earthquake.

 

11. Rip currents

Rip currents are strong flows of water moving away from the shore that can take even the most skillful swimmers out to sea. That’s why it’s important to know the techniques of how to get out of it:

  • The main goal in this situation is to get back to calm waters. Since rip currents are usually narrow and don’t exceed 30 ft, those waters are located at the sides. That’s why it’s important to swim parallel to the shore.
  • You shouldn’t try to swim against a rip current — it’s too strong. Swim with the flow.
  • Keep in mind that a rip current will be pushing you away from the shore, so don’t worry and swim parallel to the shore until you feel you are out of the dangerous area.
  • Once you are out of it, try to swim diagonally towards the shore because rip currents tend to circulate back.

 

10. Choking

We are used to tapping on the back of someone who is choking. However, there is another method that is considered more effective and safe — the Heimlich maneuver.

  • Stand behind a choking person.
  • Wrap your arms around them. Your thumbs should be placed lower than his chest but higher than his belly button. One of your thumbs should be kept in the position shown in the left picture above.
  • Press their abdomen firmly, quickly, and with an upward thrust.
  • Repeat this until the foreign object is dislodged.

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16 Inventions That Make Usual Things Incredibly Cool

Most people strive toward perfection, and this is especially true for product designers. There are things we use every single day without knowing that there are updated and improved versions of it that could make our lives much easier! Take a look at these products to see what you’ve been missing!

 

We have collected several things that have been altered just a bit, but improved quite a lot!

 

Toothpaste squeezer to make sure you use all of it!

Slippers that always keep your home clean

This pizza place offers online ordering that can be picked up at a “pizza portal” with a confirmation code and no human interaction.

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World’s 9 Greatest Magic Tricks Finally Revealed

The number of magicians in the world is really small — only one person out of 25,000 people knows how to perform magic tricks. And you are about to become one of those rare people.

 

We gathered some of the most brilliant tricks for you and explains how they’re done. You can even learn some of them and surprise your friends and family. Enjoy!

 

9. Darcy Oake’s dove illusion

In Series 8 of Britain’s Got Talent, the audience was shocked by the Canadian illusionist Darcy Oake, who performed several magic tricks with doves. In one of them, the magician makes a pigeon appear from a burnt feather. How did he do it? Easy.

The feather that Darcy showed us before lightning it up is actually a piece of special paper known as flash paper. It is commonly used by magicians when they wish to create quick large flashes of fire in order to hide brisk moments of illusion from the audience. That’s exactly what Darcy did — using the fire, he quickly got the pigeon from a secret pocket in his sleeve.

 

8. The rising card

In this trick an illusionist asks a spectator to randomly choose any card from the deck and place it back. Then the magician makes some magical moves and the spectator’s card is popped out of from the deck. What’s the secret to this illusion?

When placing the card back in the deck, the magician puts it in front of a card with a special mechanism — a small pad, that sticks to the card and moves it upwards. This creates the illusion of it popping out of the deck.

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9 Tricks Celebrities Use to Quickly Get in Shape and Stay That Way

Famous women take very good care of their appearance and worry a lot about their shape. That’s why they usually have their own set of tricks that they use from time to time to lose weight and to stay in good physical shape. Just in time for the summer season, we are showing you their secrets!

 

We invite you to take a look at some of the best-hidden beauty secrets of famous women. But be warned: even though there are some really safe methods to losing weight out there, we’re going to tell you about some pretty risky ones as well. Be sure not to experiment with any of these tricks without consulting a specialist first.

 

Madonna: The Werewolf Diet

“The Werewolf Diet” is eating on a schedule based on the lunar calendar. The most important thing is to only drink liquids during the full moon and the next 36 hours during the new moon.

Experts explain that different lunar phases influence people’s metabolism and increase the drainage of toxins. This effect can be intensified by drinking a lot of water or other drinks. The people who tried this method claim that it’s possible to lose up to 4.5 lb in just one day.

 

Renée Zellweger: ice cubes

One of the tricks that this actress uses to get in shape is eating ice cubes. In fact, you can achieve the same effect if you drink a lot of cold water. This is because the body needs to spend additional temperature control to warm something up to the body’s natural temperature, which increases the metabolism. As a result, the ice which doesn’t have any calories forces the body to spend the energy which leads to losing weight.

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