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9 Unusual Car Cleaning Tips to Have Your Car Looking (and Smelling) Brand New

9 Unusual Car Cleaning Tips to Have Your Car Looking (and Smelling) Brand New

Sometimes a trip to the car wash just won’t fit into a busy schedule, or it may just be too costly. Here you will find some of the most unexpected tips to have your vehicle looking and smelling brand new. Chances are, that you will also have these cleaning items at your home already, so a trip to the store won’t be necessary. These obscure tips aren’t just for small cleaning jobs either—combine them and your car will look like a professional took care of it.

1. Toothpaste to the Rescue

Headlights can get foggy over time, making it dangerous to operate the vehicle at night. Use toothpaste to scrub down the headlights, and then rinse with water and pat dry. Toothpaste will also clean vinyl or leather interior. Vacuum the excess dirt up first, and then dab on non-gel toothpaste on the stain. Wipe it off with a clean and damp cloth.

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2. Clean Out Your Air Ducts

Many people actually neglect the air ducts in their vehicle, leading to an unpleasant smell over time. To get the new car smell back, all that you need to do is use a can of compressed air to clean the vents out, and use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove loose particles that were dislodged with the canned air.

3. A Spray Bottle and Squeegee Works Magic on Hair

Strands of hair, human and animal-like, can be annoying when they become trapped in the fibers of your car. All that you need to do is use a spray bottle of cold water and spray down the carpets and seats. Then, use a squeegee to rub over it and it will lift the hair into a clump so that you can remove it easily.

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4. Hair Conditioner on Water Spots

Waxing a car in the traditional sense can take hours upon hours to buff, shine, and repeat. Hair conditioner will remove existing water spots, and it can be applied after you have completely washed the vehicle to give it an amazing shine while preventing water spots from forming again.

5. Freshen Carpets

Trying to cover odors won’t work well if your carpets still stink! The carpets and floor mats are where most of the dirt and grime ends up, slowly forming an odor. Deep contaminants should be cleaned with a soda and vinegar mixture overnight, and let to air dry overnight. Sprinkle the carpets with cornstarch to soak up remaining liquids, and then vacuum it up. Use baking soda to neutralize any other lingering smells. After this has absorbed the odors, vacuum it up and love your new car smell.

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6. Keeping it Clean

The easiest way to have a clean car is to help it from getting dirty in the first place. For trash, always keep a few plastic bags tucked away so that you will always have a trash bag easily accessible when the time comes that you will need it. For the outside, use a car cover to prevent fading paint and water spots when you are not using the car.

7. Cream of Tartar

If you frequently travel over oil roads (often times found in rural areas), your windshield might become coated with an oil grime, thanks to the particles that get kicked up. To cut through this, use cream of tartar sprinkled on the windshield and then wipe down with a soapy water mixture. Rinse this off, and then dry well.

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8. Soda Water Cleans a Lot

Combine soda water and alcohol, and get a powerful cleaning agent that will also disinfect, and use it on both the interior and exterior of your car. The soda solution doesn’t leave streaks on surfaces like some traditional cleaners do.

Soda water and vinegar will clean upholstery and carpets simply by scrubbing the surface with a toothbrush and the solution.

Wipe your windshield wiper blades with a cloth that has been soaked in a soda and alcohol solution to help keep the blades from leaving streaks.

9. Vodka

If you need to fill the windshield washer fluid, you can use a mixture of 3 cups vodka (cheap is fine), 4 cups of water, and 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing detergent. Shake the mixture well and pour into the reservoir as needed.

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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!

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