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50 Cleaning Hacks for Your Home That Will Make Your Life Easier

50 Cleaning Hacks for Your Home That Will Make Your Life Easier

Do you ever feel like the chores around your home never end? How many times have you lost hours handling tricky cleanups that you just couldn’t resolve? If this is the case then you are in the right place — we have composed a list to resolve these issues definitively. Among these tips, you will find resolutions for the most persistent and time-wasting cleaning problems. They’ll save you time and help you avoid getting annoyed.

1. Use Kosher salt and lemons to clean your chopping board without leaving any chemicals.

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    2. Baking soda can be a great solution for cleaning your sofa.

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      3. Vinegar and baking soda can be a great combo for cleaning your oven.

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        4. Use a razor to remove paint from clothes.

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          5. Clean your blinds with a 50-50 vinegar and water mixture and an old sock.

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            6. Use your hairdryer to remove water rings from wooden surfaces and refresh them with olive oil.

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              7.  Oil stains can be removed from the carpet with baking soda.

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                8. Use lemons to remove stains from faucets.

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                  9. Use one teaspoon of liquid soap, a few drops of antibacterial oils, and baking soda mixed with water to create a paste to clean the tub with.

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                    10. Use sea salt to clean iron dishes.

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                      11. Clean stainless steel appliances with cream of tartar.

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                        12. Protect your baseboards from hair and dust with dryer sheets.

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                          13. Use chalk before you wash your clothes to clean greasy stains quickly.

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                            14. Use your old toothbrush (washed) to clean your keyboard.

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                              15. Use duct tape and vinegar to perfectly clean your toilet.

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                                16. Use vegetable oil and baking soda on a toothbrush to clean your cabinet doors.

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                                  17. Use rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth to remove nail polish from the carpet.

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                                    18. Clean your grater by grating raw chunks of potato.

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                                      19. Use a squeegee to remove hairs from the carpet.

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                                        20. Use steel wool to clean your curling iron.

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                                          21. Coffee stains are a breeze to clean with baking soda.

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                                            22. Use a ball of aluminum foil with a bit of dish soap to scrub glass baking dishes clean.

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                                              23. Play dough can be used to remove spilled glitter.

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                                                24. Clean up your makeup brushes with baby shampoo and hang them to dry to avoid mold.

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                                                  25. Put plastic bags filled with vinegar around your shower heads to rid them of stains.

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                                                    26. Use some Coca Cola to clean oil stains off your garage floors. (Yeah, this works!)

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                                                      27. Clean your ear buds with a Q-tip and a small amount of rubbing alcohol.

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                                                        28. Your coffee grinder can be smell free if you just grind some uncooked white rice in it.

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                                                          29. Toothpaste can restore your old sneakers to glory.

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                                                            30. Toothpaste can also be used to clean your engagement ring.

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                                                              31. Fill your burned pan with water, add two cups of vinegar, bring to the boil, take it off the heat and add two tablespoons of baking soda.

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                                                                32. Clean your hair brush with shampoo.

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                                                                  33. Shoe polish can hide the scratches in leather furniture (be sure to use appropriate colors and rub off any excess well).

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                                                                    34. Baking soda and bleach can clean the grimiest grout in your bathroom.

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                                                                      35. Fill your blender with water, add a couple of drops of dish soap, blend for a few seconds, then rinse.

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                                                                        36. Broken glass can be picked up by pressing a piece of bread on it.

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                                                                          37. Crumpled paper can be used to quick dry your shoes.

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                                                                            38. While your glue gun is still hot from use, wipe it off with a  ball of aluminum foil.

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                                                                              39. Bathtub rings can be removed by rubbing them using salt and a cut grapefruit.

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                                                                                40. Put a microwave-safe dish filled with water and dishwashing liquid into your microwave for one minute and then wipe with a wet sponge.

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                                                                                  41. Lint rollers are great for removing dust from your lamps.

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                                                                                    42. Canned air can be used to remove dust from inaccessible places.

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                                                                                      43. Use coffee filters to clean TVs, monitors and other screens.

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                                                                                        44. Old dusty candles can be brought back to life by rubbing them with stockings.

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                                                                                          45. You can easily clean your iron by running it hot (no steam) over a piece of paper or foil covered with salt.

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                                                                                            46. Newspaper can be used to absorb smells in a refrigerator.

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                                                                                              47. Lipstick stains can be removed by spraying them with hairspray, rubbing them with a damp cloth and then washing them.

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                                                                                                48. Clean your silverware with baking soda.

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                                                                                                  49. Use coasters to prevent jar leakage.

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                                                                                                    50. Use a dustpan to pick up small toys all over your home.

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                                                                                                      There are some things that you should leave to professionals. Things that include using poisons, like for killing bugs and rats, for example, are probably better handled by trained experts. Also, EVAC or airconditioner cleanup should be done by someone who is familiar with your device, since it can have a negative effect on your electricity bill and much worse in case of a breakdown. But for the everyday basics, these tips will help you get some more free time — and a clean house to boot.

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                                                                                                      Ivan Dimitrijevic

                                                                                                      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                                                                                                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                                                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                                                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                                                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                                                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                                                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                                                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                                                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                                                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                                                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                                                      3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                                                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                                                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                                                      4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                                                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                                                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                                                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                                                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                                                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                                                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                                                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                                                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                                                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                                                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                                                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                                                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                                                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                                                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                                                      8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                                                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                                                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                                                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                                                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                                                      10. Find some competition.

                                                                                                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                                                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                                                      11. Go exercise.

                                                                                                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                                                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                                                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                                                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                                                      12. Take a good break.

                                                                                                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                                                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                                                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                                                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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