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10 Surprisingly Dirty Places in Your Home that You Need to Clean Up Now

10 Surprisingly Dirty Places in Your Home that You Need to Clean Up Now

Germs are everywhere, and no matter how clean you think you are, there are still germs all over your home. In order to protect yourself from certain sicknesses, you should clean your home thoroughly, especially in the areas listed below:

1. Door Handles, Knobs, and Light Switches

The other day I was doing a very thorough cleaning of my house, when I came across a very dirty light switch. I don’t know how I missed it all of these times, but when I cleaned it off I was completely shocked. It was like I just inserted a brand new light switch. These areas are places that everyone touches, yet they don’t seem to be cleaned nearly as often as they should.

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2. Clothing Left in the Washing Machine

We’ve all been there: you start washing some of your clothes and then you forget about them. However, if you forget about it for a couple of days, mold could build up. Your wet clothes are a great habitat for germs, so be sure to re-wash them and try again.

3. Personal Items, Such as Remote Controls, Cell Phones and Keyboards

Remote controls, cell phones, and keyboards are all things that you constantly touch with your hands, which are always full of germs. Every now and then you should wipe down these items to help eliminate germs. That said, before you go get all of your electronics wet, make sure that you are cleaning them properly, with the right products.

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4. The Entire Bathroom

Make sure to clean your bathroom (especially your toilet) regularly. Not only is it scary/disgusting to use a bathroom that hasn’t been cleaned in ages, but it is also unsanitary. Whip out your mop and mop the floor, and then whip out your disinfectants and brushes and clean that toilet.

5. The Family/Play Room

One of the most active rooms in your home is most likely the family room or play room. You kick back and relax in these rooms, or rough it up and make a mess. You probably don’t always clean your hands before or after hanging out in this room either, which means that there are a lot of germs. Make sure that you are cleaning these rooms as often as needed, and that you are thoroughly cleaning toys as well.

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6. Your Makeup Bag

My makeup bag is fairly clean, but I know that it could be better. I happened to go through my sister’s makeup bag the other day to find something that I quickly needed and found that it was incredibly dirty. I didn’t even want to dump it on the ground to find what I needed (she told me to just dump it all out), so I had to set a towel down because of how filthy everything was. Clean out your makeup bag and use what you need.

7. Your Kitchen

There are many reasons for why your kitchen is one of the dirtiest places in your home. Your kitchen is home to dirty dishes (which, lets be honest, may pile up every now and then), soiled wash towels, left-over food on the counter and so on. Make sure to wash the sink, any knobs, the faucet, the fridge, the counters and so on.

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8. The Trash Can

This spot in your home is probably pretty obvious. You throw away all sorts of things in your trash can, which can lead to a mess. Make sure that you are carefully places things into your trash can and that nothing falls off to the side, or that the trash bag ever rips.

9. Towels and Dish Rags

Many people re-use rags and towels a couple of times before they wash them, but if these rags or towels have germs on them, then you are most likely just spreading germs around. Make sure that you are using fresh towels when needed.

10. Pet Areas

We all love our pet family members, but they can be dirty. They most likely don’t receive baths as much as humans, and they play outside all day and do all sorts of crazy things while they are out there. Make sure to wash the areas that they sleep or play in, and wash their food bowls as well.

What are you running off to clean first?

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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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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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