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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 November 9, 2020

                                                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                    Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                                    Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                                    Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                                    If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                                    Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                                    1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                                    Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                                    Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                                    Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                                    2. No Motivation

                                                    Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                                    This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                                    If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                                    3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                                    Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                                    A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                                    A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                                    The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                                    4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                                    One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                                    We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                                    Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                                    You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                                    5. Upward Comparisons

                                                    Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                                    The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                                    These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                                    Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                                    6. No Alternative

                                                    This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                                    Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                                    Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                                    Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                                    7. Stress

                                                    As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                                    When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                                    We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                                    If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                                                    8. Sense of Failure

                                                    People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                                    Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                                    Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                                    If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                                    9. The Need to Be All-New

                                                    People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                                    These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                                    10. Force of Habit

                                                    Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                                    Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                                    These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                                    There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                                    [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                                    [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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