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The Best of Lifehack: February 2012

The Best of Lifehack: February 2012

    This is the continuation of our Best of Lifehack series that we will be featuring the first week of every month showcasing articles from the month before. We bring you a bunch of amazing content every single month, and sometimes some of the most important and interesting ones aren’t seen by our busy readers for whatever reason (probably because they are busy!).

    So, here is The Best of Lifehack for February, 2012.

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    The Only 5 Tools You Need to Implement GTD

    Karol Krol, the same guy that brought us our awesome series on GTD in January, shows us the 5 essentials tools we need to Get Things Done. A great article that supplements his series.

    101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life

    Lifehack Editor, Mike Vardy gives us 101 quick ways to make our lives better, get unstuck, and just be an all around awesome person.

    Ask The Entrepreneurs: 13 Golden Rituals That Keep Entrepreneurs Sane

    The Young Entrepreneurs Council brings us 13 rituals from some amazing people that keep them on the straight and narrow and not going crazy. These are some good tips to keep you sane, especially if you are a new entrepreneur.

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    5 Productivity Lessons From the Millennial Work Style

    The Gen Y workforce is upon us in full force. Marissa Brassfield gives us 5 lessons about productivity that we can all afford to learn from these Millenials.

    Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work and Done Lists Do

    Instead of obsessing over what we have to do, Leo Wildrich argues that we should keep track of what we have done and base what we should do off of it to be more productive and effective. This is a truly inspirational piece.

    7 Time Management Tips for Road Warriors

    Thanh Pham gives the road warrior 7 tips that can save them time and frustration while they are traveling. These are also great for anyone that needs to get their work done in different, disparate places.

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    9 Ways to Get Rid of All the Crap in Your Life That’s Holding You Back

    Caz Makepeace shows us how to make this year the simplest one ever in this prolific article. Go back to paper productivity, go to sleep early, and improving your diet are just three of the ways she offers to get rid of the junk in your life.

    Manage Your Twitter Followers With Three Simple Tools

    Chris Skoyles, a guy who knows a thing or two about social networking, shows us some tools to use to tweak our Twitter accounts by getting rid of people that don’t follow us, unfollowing inactive accounts, and whether you should friend or follow someone.

    Warning: You Have Entered the Burnout Zone

    Burned out? Not sure? Royale Scuderi provides us with some handy lists to identify if we are burned out as well as some ways to fix our burn out.

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    There are no do overs, but there are 2nd chances

    Instead of regretting our past actions and mistakes, Judy Belmont suggests that we create a “second chance checklist” so we can start to look at how we can correct an issue rather than regret it.

    5 Productivity Habits That Will Rock Your World

    Sometimes we need big changes to start being more productivity again and Ciara Conlon shows us 5 habits that will rock our non-productive worlds.

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    20 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola That You’ve Never Considered

    20 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola That You’ve Never Considered

    Coca-Cola is an adored product the world over. While keeping yourself in good health means moderating how often you enjoy this drink, Coca-Cola lovers will be happy to hear that there are plenty of uses for the soda pop that don’t involve ingesting it. Impressively, Coca-Cola can be used to help you clean, get rid of rust, and even help maintain your garden. Whether you are looking for a way to finally get rid of those pesky stains, or just want to find new ways to love this drink, these 20 jaw-dropping and unusual uses for Coca-Cola will blow you away.

    Kill pests in your garden

    Coca-Cola is also an effective pest control method for your garden. To rid yourself of plant munching slugs and snails, pour a small bowl of Coca-Cola and place it near your garden or flowerbeds. The smell will attract these crawling bugs and the drink’s acidity will kill them.

    Defrost your windshield

    Incredibly, Coca-Cola can also defrost your windscreen in the wintertime. Simply pour Coke liberally across your windshield and wait about a minute. The ice should turn to slush for easy removal.

    Clean your pans

    Coca-Cola is also useful in the kitchen, especially on burnt pans. For any pan with burnt on messes, pour a can of Coke into the pan and simmer. The mess should easily wipe away. You can also soak kettles and other kitchen items in Coca-Cola to remove scale and build up.

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    Clean bugs from your windshield

    Another way Coca-Cola can aid in your car care is by removing bugs and gunk from your windshield. Soak a cloth in coke, then rub across your windshield. Just be careful not to get any on your paint job.

    Remove rust from your car

    Coca-Cola is also useful when removing rust. The simplest method is to dip crumpled tinfoil in Coca-Cola, then give the item a scrub and you should be rust free.

    Loosen rusty bolts

    Similarly, use Coca-Cola to loosen up a rusty bolt. Simply unscrew the bolt half a turn and pour on Coca-Cola. Let it sit, then give the metal a wipe. The bolt and screws will be one hundred percent in no time.

    Remove stains from your fabric

    Surprisingly, Coca-Cola is incredibly helpful when removing stains from clothing and fabric. Coke will easily remove grease stains, as well as blood spots. Remember that Coca-Cola itself is brown, so stains on light fabrics might be better removed another way.

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    Remove oil spots

    Another way to use Coca-Cola is to remove oil stains from cement. Whether it’s your garage or your driveway, soak the stain in Coca-Cola for a few hours then hose off.

    Relieve jellyfish stings

    Should you be unwilling to neutralize a jellyfish sting the traditional way (with urine) pouring Coca-Cola on the sting will also do the job.

    Clean your car engine

    Coca-Cola is also an effective ways to clean your car engine. Believe it or not, Coke distributors have reportedly been a fan of this technique for ages. 

    Use it in cooking

    Coca-Cola is also a fantastic addition to many recipes. Using Coca-Cola to cook pot roast or steaks in will easily tenderize the meat for you. Mixing Coke with ketchup or barbecue sauce also makes for a delightfully sweet glaze.

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    Clean your old coins

    Another way to use Coke to clean is to soak tarnished coins in the soda. About ten minutes should be enough to get rid of the muck.

    Clean your tiles

    Incredibly, Coca-Cola can also be applied to tiles to effectively clean grout. Let Coke sit on the tiles that need cleaning for a few minutes, then wipe away.

    Supercharge your compost

    Coke is also an impressive way to speed up your compost. The sugar in Coca-Cola feeds micro organisms, plus the acidity will help your compost break down faster.

    Remove gum from your hair

    Coca-Cola can also help you avoid a major hair disaster. If you have gum stuck in your hair, dip the gum into a small bowl of Coke and let it sit for a few minutes. The Coca-Cola breaks down the gum, allowing you to wipe it off.

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    Fade unwanted hair dye

    Similarly, if you made a mistake with your hair dye, Coca-Cola comes to the rescue. It’s probably best to get in the shower first, then pour Diet Coke over your hair. Let the soda sit for a few minutes, then wash your hair like normal. This method is effective in removing temporary hair dyes, but will likely only fade professionally applied dyes.

    Clean marker stains

    Coca-Cola is also an easy way to remove marker stains from carpet. Apply a small amount of Coke, scrub the spot, then clean with soapy water. Again, remember that Coca-Cola is brown, so removing stains on white or light-colored carpets might be better achieved with another method.

    Clean your toilet

    Coca-Cola can also help you clean elsewhere in the house. To easily clean a toilet, pour Coca-Cola all around the bowl and let it sit. There’s no need to scrub, simply flush and your toilet should be sparkling clean.

    Feed your plants

    Coca-Cola is also a surprising way to add a little extra life to some flowering plants. Particularly with azaleas and gardenias, adding a small amount of Coca-Cola to the soil can deliver nutrients your plant may be low on.

    Get rid of bugs at a picnic

    The last of our unusual uses for Coca-Cola is to safeguard your picnic or outdoor lunch from pests and wasps. Simply pour a small cup of Coca-Cola and set it out about a half hour before you start to eat. By placing the cup away from your site, bugs will be drawn to the soda and not your lunch.

    Featured photo credit: Omer Wazir via flickr.com

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