17-5 Same Color T-Shirt

I never understood how tedious taking care of white clothes is- until now.

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I used to only wear darker-colored clothes, such as black, maroon, and navy. Back in those times, I looked down on people who wore white saying they were too overly obsessed with their clothes and appearance. I always hated to do laundry and I found it excruciating to wear any light color because cleaning it would be an absolute pain. However, as I saw my friends get white clothes, I started questioning myself and my ideology on people wearing white clothing. Finally, I decided to get some white clothing of my own. I finally understood how a light color added a new depth to clothing and style. I now own more than 10 pieces of white clothing I wear weekly. Yet as the days progressed, I became more and more obsessed on keeping my white clothes clean because blemishing it was excruciatingly easy. For months, I was left with dirty white clothes, an annoying pain that was always stuck in my head.

Excruciatingly, I used trial and error to try to restore my white clothes to their original selves. I tried washing my shirt with anything to first get rid of the stains- dish soap, a lot of detergent, even 

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some spot cleaner. Then finally, I read an online trick of how vinegar removed stains better than all of these combined. I tried doing this and to my surprise, it worked. However, it required a large amount enough to soak in and needed a lot of time to really get out all of the stains. However, as a result my clothes reeked of acid. I needed a way to remove the smell and my white clothes would be amazing again.



Then, I realized my flaw during my laundry process after spot cleaning with vinegar- I was using hot water. After seeing an ad that promoted cold water because it uses less water and energy to wash my clothes, I wanted to try it because of the California drought making water more expensive than other areas. Amazingly, after I used cold water to wash my white clothes, they did not have that horrible odor of vinegar, but

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instead smelled like my detergent. Additionally, using cold water prevents clothes, especially cotton, from shrinking and making it uncomfortable. Air drying with cool air seals the prevention of permanent shrinkage for those items that just fit perfectly.




Now, every time I wash my white clothes, I remember to give it a little vinegar bath to wash out all of the

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unneeded blemishes and let the vinegar soak in for a good five to ten minutes, depending on the soilage.  Lastly, I would wash it with a regular amount of detergent on tap cold water and air dry it for about two hours. Air drying takes longer to dry clothes because of the lack of heat. Finally, my white clothes are clean and new again.

No Chill: How to have a Cold Drink Without Pesky Ice Cubes

I have never realized how good it feels to drink chilled water without constantly having to deal with the ice.


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Every day this happens to me: I come home from the gym or a basketball game craving for some ice-cold refreshing water to quench my thirst. I fill a glass of water and place some ice cubes in so it can be chilled. However, every time I drink water I always have to slowly sip because the ice constantly bumps into my lip and continues to make it numb or irritate me enough that I have to delay my drinking just for it to submerge into the depths of my cup again. Every time. So every day as I came home hot, sweaty, thirsty, desiring for something to relieve me of my ailments the heat has caused me, I always consistently run into the same problem. How can I get a drink if every 5 seconds I have to take a dramatic pause to not afflict myself of frostbite.


I lived in a 24/7
nightmare for several years until I stumbled upon something that completely changed my perspective on my chilled drinks. As long as something touching the

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water was cold, the water would be cold! It led me to nights of innovating with frozen peas, carrots, tomatoes, and apples. Although they all helped chilling my drink, they still gave an unnecessary taste to the perfect liquid that would ever touch man’s lips. Somehow, I had to come up with a way to chill your drink without giving it flavor or taste, my largest challenge for years.



There were several conditions that needed to be met to make it the perfect substitute for ice cubes. Did it chill water? Did it allow

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for continuous drinking while the water is cold? Is it cheap? Is it efficient? And finally, on a Sunday morning by complete accident, I discovered my answer.






The night before I stayed up late to finish some pesky homework that needed to be done. I took a sip of water and unknowingly placed it in my fridge along with the leftover foods from dinner. After I woke up for a few hours or so, the temperature was blazing as the sun branded our backs. I went in for a drink and when I opened the fridge, lo and behold, my cup was still there. I took a drink from it. It was completely cold! I retested this by placing an empty cup in the refrigerator. When I used it, all

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of the contents were perfectly chilled and did not serve as an obstacle to my thirst. At long last, I came upon two conclusions: Pre-chill multiple cups in the refrigerator to have it instantly chill the refreshment or to pre- chill the drink itself. Never again will ice distract me from quenching my thirst, ever.

No iPhone 7? No Problem


I never realized how harmful it is to have your phone water damaged.


Only recently, I noticed these blotches on my phone, each of different shades. I never had any problem with my phone in the past. Upon discovering the cause of 

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these spots was water damage, I also continued to learn how water damage can short circuit the motherboard of the phone and ultimately make that $500 phone worthless. Luckily, my phone was not severely damaged, except for the still-present dots on my phone. Although all my fears and concerns about my phone were put to rest, I still only had one question: How on Earth was my phone water damaged?


For days I continued to research the root of my problem to no avail until I came to a life-changing realization while repeating the same mistake that caused my phone’s water damage: Using my phone in the shower. Even though a phone owner does not stick their phone directly under the water (who would?), the heat and water vapor enter the pores of the phone, inevitably leading to the water damage I have now. With my newfound

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research, I tried not using my phone or even having my phone in the bathroom as I showered. However, it was too hard to do as I craved to use my phone in the shower. What other time is better to use your phone besides when you are warm, relaxed, and at peace? Somehow, I needed a way to tend to both my phone’s and my own fundamentals.



Then, I came across an idea that made me feel so simple minded for not thinking about it earlier. If something could simple cover the phone and not fall off, anyone could use their phone in the showers when they wanted to. However, there were a few standards this miracle item had to meet: Is it completely water repellent? Does it wrap around and stick to the phone? Is it thin enough to still use the phone’s touchscreen functions but still repel water? As I explored for items that met all these requirements, I finally found the Holy Grail of protecting phones in the showers simply in my kitchen cabinet.


A plastic food bag. That was all it took. Plastic is a wonderful all-around go-to item. It is thin but still repels water and is resistant enough to withstand the heat of the shIMG_2866.JPGower (I usually shower on the hottest setting). To make sure this worked, I decided to try it myself. I filled my sink with water and placed two cans of tuna inside a plastic food wrap bag while the water was still running. My average shower takes almost twenty minutes, so for good measure I left the tuna and plastic bag in there for thirty minutes. When I opened it, I was astounded. There was no liquid at all to be found in the plastic bag. In conclusion, plastic bags save the lives of those who use their phones in hot showers.