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6 Cool, Unconventional Uses for Tennis Balls

6 Cool, Unconventional Uses for Tennis Balls

Do you have some used tennis balls sitting in the garage? Then don’t miss this great Mental Floss article featuring 6 great unconventional uses for tennis balls. Of course, even if you have to go buy them for these hacks, it’s certainly worth the investment. After all, the article offers ways tennis balls can be used to help you stop snoring, provide a safe haven for endangered rodents, to clean your house, to work out muscle knots, to help your large clothes dry more evenly in the drier and to catch and kill slugs in your garden. Aside from the ideas listed in the article, you can also slice a line in a tennis ball, screw it into your wall and use it to bite down on your keys while you’re at home.

Who knew tennis balls had so many incredible uses beyond sports and pet entertainment?

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1. SLEEP AID – Have a light snoring problem? Tape or otherwise affix a tennis ball to the back of your pajamas before you go to sleep at night

2. MOUSE HOUSE – If you bore a small, mouse-sized hole in a tennis ball, it can make a great safe haven for species of rodents like Eurasian harvest mice.

3. HOUSEKEEPER – Felt is a great material for dusting, because the thick woolen fibers cling well to dust and cobwebs.

4. LAUNDRY MATE – This is another popular DIY housecleaning trick.

5. PHYSICAL THERAPIST – Many physical therapists recommend using a tennis ball to work the kinks out of tight muscles or soothe muscle aches, as the pressure created by sandwiching a tennis ball between your muscle and a wall or floor is good for targeting the tension-sources or “trigger points” that cause muscle distress.

6. SLUG TRAPPER – Next time you have a backyard boozefest, pour one for your homies.

6 Unconventional Uses for the Tennis Ball | Mental Floss

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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