Every once in a while I stumble across a tip that someone shared that is amazingly simple yet solves a problem that has forever bugged me.
When I find one, I’ll share in the event you find it useful, too.
Here’s one that I appreciate every time I open my kitchen drawer to get out the superglue.
Problem: A tube of superglue, once opened, dries up before I can use it a second time.
I must have bought a hundred tubes of superglue over my lifetime. You know, the tiny tubes that come in packs of 2 or 3 (for this very reason!).
Then, one day, someone told me that the reason superglue dries up so quickly is that the way it works to create a bond is that it reacts with moisture in the air. So, essentially, as soon as you open it, it starts hardening inside the tube.
Hack: Save those packets of silicon that you may sometimes find in a bottle of aspirin, a new pair of shoes, etc. The next time you are done using a newly opened tube of superglue, store it in a ziploc baggie along with a packet or two of silicon. The packet will act as a desiccant and absorb the water in the air; preventing the superglue from hardening in the tube.
This hack has kept my current, open, tube of superglue usable for almost a year. I just pulled it out to mend a broken Christmas ornament.