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Welcome to the Smart Stuff home and home improvement section with some of the world's smartest stuff, tips and tricks for home and home improvement. Also browse the useful tips and tricks page for some clever and useful ideas.



Hefty zipper bags

Why no zipper bags in Sweden?
The question is justified, since the zippered plastic bags you can pick up at any old grocery store or supermarket in the U.S., are so smart and so useable. At least the ones we have managed to lay our hands on. We have even tested ours by filling them with water and holding them upside down. No leaks. Our bags are called "Hefty", but there are several different brands to choose from. The name is not important, anyway. The important question is why neither of ICA, Vi(vo) or Konsum has managed to find them, when it took us all of two minutes at Ralphs...

17 June 2005



Dynamo flashlight

Battery free dynamo flashlight.
Everybody and every home should have an emergency flashlight in case of at power outage or other unforeseen event where a little illumination would be helpful. The best flashlights, in this respect at least, are in our humble opinion the dynamo driven ones, i.e the ones that do not need batteries. We think other people are like us, and keep forgetting the batteries. This flashlight comes from Swedish Homeshop where it's SEK 98:50 (approx. USD 13:-), but there are plenty of other lights out there.

11 June 2005




Wine spill from glass
How to get stains out.
The following tips on stain removal comes from iHemmet.
Blood stains: Cold water and salt. Berry juice stains: Citric acid dissolved in luke warm water. Rinse thoroughly. Ball point stains: Moist stain with red spirit. Then ammonia and soap water. Rinse thoroughly. Lipstick stains: Moist stain with red spirit. Rinse in luke warm water. Candle wax stains: Cool the wax, then try to pick off as much as possible by hand. Warm the rest off with an iron and blotting paper. Wine stains: Ammonia and soap water. Rinse in luke warm water.

Disclaimer: This information is issued in good faith. We can not be held responsible for damage due to the implementation of any of these methods. Always test the method on a small out-of-sight spot on your garment or cloth before trying for the whole thing.

10 June 2005




Furniture sliders
How to move furniture without breaking one's back.
We do not really understand the tech behind these furniture sliders, but we use them anyway. They have one surface (the one facing down) with very, very low friction. They seem to work on most floors, and we use them just like the old time lo-tech furniture feet; we just put them under the legs of our heavy chairs and couches. This works like a charm when we are vacuuming. Instead of getting down on our hands and knees, we can keep a more dignified upright position and just push the couch aside, vacuum, and push it back. We got ours from Bed, Bath & Beyond in the U.S., but we have bought similar sliders at Clas Ohlson. Unfortunately, Clas Ohlson's sliders do not seem to be as slippery as the BB&B ones, which is a pity since max slipperiness is the whole point with these things.

31 May 2005



360 Electric's rotating wall power outlet

Rotating power outlet.
We have lots of places at home where wall power sockets need add-on outlets just to accommodate colliding plugs and/or power adaptors. It does not make for a tidy home. These sockets are of course made for the US market (110-125V) and unusable in Europe, but how hard would it be to make them for 220-230V? From 360 Electrical. Via House Blogs, and Boing Boing.

22 May 2005



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