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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 July 10, 2020

                                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                    Boundaries are limits

                                                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                    • When do you want to be alone?
                                                    • How much space do you need?

                                                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                    Sample language:

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                                                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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