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25 Creative Hacks That Make Cleaning Your Home So Much Easier

25 Creative Hacks That Make Cleaning Your Home So Much Easier

Ah yes, cleaning the house – that activity we all must get around to, whether we like it or not. If you’ve been looking for ways to cut down on the amount of work cleaning your home can bring, check out these insanely practical tips for hacking your cleaning list.

1. If you have a front-loading washer, get rid of mold with water, a bit of bleach and a towel.

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    It’s surprising how much gunk can build up in a small, unacknowledged area!

    2. Your iron can be made smooth and shiny again (meaning cleaner, fresher, crisper clothes) with some salt.

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      Just take some salt and gently but firmly rub the face of your iron in the pile of salt. Your clothes will be happier, it won’t be an eyesore, and you’ll be back to ironing shirts in no time.

      3. Mattresses can be made far cleaner (and will smell better) with a sprinkling of baking soda.

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        Check out the instructions here.

        4. You can actually use an iron and a few other materials to remove extremely stubborn stains from carpet.

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          Who knew you could create your own “heat press” so easily?

          5. Lightbulbs can be dusted using a clean paintbrush. This way, you don’t have to remove and refit them!

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            This method is much easier and faster than taking all your lightbulbs out and putting them back in.

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            6. Use a bit of vanilla extract in your oven to kill a bad odor throughout your entire home.

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              Hopefully you never have to deal with a terrible smell throughout your entire house, but if you do, this tip is a cinch!

              7. If you’re cleaning your bathroom, fill your bathtub with a few inches of the hottest water you can draw.

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                This will drastically improve the effectiveness of your existing cleaning materials.

                8. Use a hair catcher to keep your drains and piping from getting clogged.

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                  It’s easy to not think about, but as soon as you consider it, it’s a natural choice!

                  9. When cleaning windows, use newspapers instead of window cloths or “standard” cleaning rags.

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                    Your windows will remain streak- and residue-free!

                    10. To deep clean your toilet, take the toilet seat off and use a screwdriver with a Clorox wipe for the hard-to-reach sections.

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                      Who knew it could be this easy?

                      11. Get dried sweat, face gunk and saliva stains off your pillows with hot water and bleach.

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                        Ahhh! Clean, fresh and crisp once more!

                        12. Clean ceiling fan blades with an old pillowcase (use a ladder, too!).

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                          Now when your fan is actually in use, you won’t have to worry about dust microbes being spread around the room!

                          13. Using Lemonade Kool Aid in the detergent holder for your dishwasher.

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                            Apparently this works just as well, if not better than other soap-like materials!

                            14. Baseboards can be wiped clean with used dryer sheets.

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                              Just remove it from the dryer when the load is done and wipe your baseboards clean.

                              15. Scuff marks on floors can be removed with WD-40.

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                                WD-40, one of the most universally applicable substances, can loosen up the particles of scuff marks and leave your floor much cleaner.

                                16. Your drying machine vent will be far cleaner, and you’ll prevent the chance of a fire, if you clean it out every six months.

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                                  You can do this with a pipe cleaner.

                                  17. Use a dish wand to clean your shower while you’re in it.

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                                    It’s much more straightforward than having to worry about a squeegee and other materials when your shower is dry.

                                    18. Dirty window blinds can be cleaned with an abandoned sock, a bit of water and vinegar.

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                                      This removes dust and dirt, and the vinegar acts as an anti-buildup agent.

                                      19. Window tracks can be cleaned with a cotton ball or swab and some white vinegar.

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                                        Vinegar comes to the rescue once again, breaking down the chunks of dirt, grime and dead organic matter.

                                        20. A bagel can be used to safely clean old paintings.

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                                          Yes, it’s definitely random, but it also works!

                                          21. Clean your washing machine once a year with a full load of hot water and a dash of bleach.

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                                            This acts as a disinfectant for the large container that is your washing machine, where thousands of germs and microbes enter and exit on a monthly or even weekly basis.

                                            22. Give your sink drain the best cleaning of its life with hot water, lemon slices and a toothbrush.

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                                              The pipeways of your home will deeply appreciate it, and you won’t have to worry about nasty problems further down the road.

                                              23. Use the largest binder clip you can find to hold your sponge.

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                                                Such a convenient use for an office tool!

                                                24. Your kitchen sponge can be microwaved to remove 99.9 percent of germs.

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                                                  According to a fair amount of research on the subject, this works far better than putting it through the dishwasher.

                                                  25. Salt can be used to clean cast-iron pans.

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                                                    Salt, one of nature’s best cleaning agents, is back in action to clean this type of cooking pan. Check out details here.

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                                                    Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                    It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                    If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                    One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                    Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                    In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                    Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                    The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                    Stress

                                                    If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                    Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                    We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                    While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                    Eating close to bedtime

                                                    Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                    Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                    Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                    Medical conditions

                                                    In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                    The vicious sleep cycle

                                                    The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                    Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                    You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                    –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                    –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                    –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                      You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                      How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                      To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                      1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                      What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                      Here are a few suggestions:

                                                      • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                      • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                      • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                      • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                      • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                      2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                      What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                      • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                      • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                      • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                      • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                      3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                      Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                      Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                      Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                      Sleep better form now on

                                                      Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                      I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                      As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                                      Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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