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12 Hacks That Will Help You Get Through Cleaning Faster

12 Hacks That Will Help You Get Through Cleaning Faster

Don’t leave your cleaning time to just once a year when spring rolls around. Of course, it can be time-consuming and tedious, but it is necessary. When you use these handy hacks, you won’t dread the time to clean, and you can use these tips throughout the entire year, and they will alleviate the pain of the big spring cleaning.

1. Cream of Tartar to Clean Your Toaster

Any small stainless steel appliance can be cleaned and shined with cream of tartar. Simply mix 1 tablespoon with enough water to make a milky consistency. Rub this mixture onto the appliance. Then, just wipe it away to remove stains, dirt, or other buildups.

2. Club Soda and White Vinegar

This simple trick will get rid of tough carpet stains. Mix one part vinegar and one part water and store it in a clean, unused spray bottle. Blot the stain first, and then spray the solution and let sit for up to 15 minutes. Apply a clean sponge to the area to soak up the stain as well as the mixture. Rinse the area with water and blot with paper towels.

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3. Microfiber Stains and Alcohol

All you need to do to remove stains from a microfiber cloth is to spray rubbing alcohol onto the stained area and then rub the stain off with a sponge. Then, brush the fibers smooth with a bristle brush.

4. Blinds and Vinegar

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar, and use an old sock to wipe the blinds clean. The sock can be worn like a glove for ease of use.

5. Dryer Sheets on the Baseboards

You can keep dirty baseboards at bay with this simple laundry item. All that you need to do it take the dryer sheet and dust the baseboards. This will repel dust as well as hair and keep it on the floor so that it can be swept away.

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6. Sorting Old Clothes

Rather than spending hours upon hours going through your old clothes, start fresh and hang all of your clothes in the closet with the hanger facing backwards. When you wear this item, hang it up with the hanger the right way. In 6 months, check your closet and donate any of the items that were not worn, as indicated by their backward hanger.

7. Clean Shower Heads Overnight

It can take forever to clean a gross shower head, but this tip will save you so much time. All that you need to do is pour plain white vinegar into a plastic grocery or Ziploc bag and then tie it around the showerhead, rubber bands or bread ties will be sufficient. This should be left overnight. Then run cool water through the shower the next morning. The residue will rinse right off, and anything left can be whisked away with a toothbrush.

8. Cleaning Your AC Unit

The AC unit is something that is easily overlooked, but should never be skipped when doing a thorough cleaning. Turn your unit off before beginning, and use a shop vacuum to remove all of the debris and dust that has collected through the months. Don’t forget to replace your filter regularly as well.

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9. Lemons and Stainless Steel

Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it on the stainless steel. This will work on hard water stains as well as rust. Rather than opting for harsh chemicals, use something that you know is safe.

10. Cleaning the Bathtub Naturally

Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid soap with a few drops of any essential oil. The best would be peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, or tea tree oils, as these are antibacterial. Add 1 cup of baking soda as an abrasive to remove tough stains. Mix all together and spread on the tub. Wipe clean.

11. Salt on Cast Iron

Simply add some coarse salt to a dampened cast iron skillet and proceed to scrub with a soft sponge. The salt acts as an abrasive and rinses away easily.

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12. Steam Clean Your Microwave

Fill a bowl or measuring cup with 1 or 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (a few drops of essential oil is optional). Microwave for 5 minutes and then wipe your microwave clean with a damp cloth or towel.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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