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12 Basic Tips to Have a Healthy Home

12 Basic Tips to Have a Healthy Home

As the saying goes, ‘’cleanliness is next to godliness.’’ Homes are dwellings that we spend a lot of time in, and as such, should be kept clean. A clean home keeps away creepy and crawly critters, and gives you a sense of peace.This article gives you some tips to keep your home clean.

1. Dust all cabinet/shelves

One of the best ways to do this is to combine 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil with 2 tablespoons of baking powder. Clean with this mixture using a clean, medium-sized towel to clean the cabinets and shelves at least once a week to avoid dirt and dust buildup.

2. Scrubbing and washing bath tubs

You can scrub or wash the bath to remove mold. Mold could cause blockage of the bath tub if not removed, so to avoid such, washing the bath tub is necessary.

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3. Scrubbing the water closest

The water closest should be kept clean at all times. This can be done at least twice a week. You can use soap and water to scrub off the stains in the water closest. And this will bring out the radiant look of the water closest.

4. Washing the stove top

After a while, the stove top might begin to have blockage from buildup. To avoid such, the stove top needs to be washed to remove any greasily particles. It is advisable to clean it well after each use with a clean dry towel or handkerchief and a multi-purpose cleaner.

5. Washing pillow covers/bed spread

it is important to change your bed spread and pillow covers every five days after use. The already used ones should be washed immediately and kept for use.

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6. Washing and ironing your clothes

it is advisable after washing your clothes, you iron them. It makes them look neat and makes you look smart. After ironing the clothes, arrange them in the right place in the closet to avoid cluttering up the house.

7. Washing kitchen utensils

You need to wash the kitchen utensils you use in the kitchen. Kitchen utensil should be washed after each usage with dish soap, a sponge, and gloves.

8. Scrubbing the sofa

Sofas are need to be scrubbed once in a while to remove dirt, reviving its color and beauty. There are different types of sofa cleaners. There are even some sofas that just require the use of a towel, while others require a little scrubbing.

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9. Having a ceiling brush

The ceiling brush is used to clean or removes cob webs hanging in the corners of the ceiling in your home. It is a mild kind of brush with strands covering a stick-like plastic rod. Use a ceiling brush every once in a while to rid your house of cobwebs.

10. Put all things in the proper place

It is a good idea to place all things in their appropriate place. For example, washed and ironed clothes are meant to be in the closet, while the shoes are supposed to be on the shoes racks. Pillows are meant to be on the bed and so on. Not doing this will make the home look scattered and out of place.

11. Washing the trashcan

This is another aspect of cleaning the home. It is advisable to clean and wash the trashcan after throwing the trash out every once in a while. Do this to avoid smelly odors and food stains.

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 12. Using fragrance in your home

The usage of fragrance in the home gives it a sweet smell. But the fragrance should be mild to avoid irritation to visitors.

In conclusion once all these tips are applied it will make your home beautiful, clean and presentable, irrespective of the size or how expensive the house may be.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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