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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 August 15, 2018

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                    Video Summary

                                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                    • Prolapse
                                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                                    • Overweight

                                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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