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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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                                                                                                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                                                                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                                                                      When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                                                                                      So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                                                                                      1. Exercise

                                                                                                      It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                                                                                      2. Drink in Moderation

                                                                                                      I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                                                                                      3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                                                                                      Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                                                                                      4. Watch Less Television

                                                                                                      A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                                                                                      Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                                                                                      5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                                                                                      Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                                                                                      If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                                                                                      6. Don’t Smoke

                                                                                                      This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                                                                                      7. Socialize

                                                                                                      Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                                                                                      8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                                                                                      Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                                                                                      9. Be Optimistic

                                                                                                      Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                                                                                      10. Own a Pet

                                                                                                      Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                                                                                      11. Drink Coffee

                                                                                                      Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                                                                                      12. Eat Less

                                                                                                      Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                                                                                      13. Meditate

                                                                                                      Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                                                                                      Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                                                                                      How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                                                                                                      14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                                                                                      Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                                                                                      15. Laugh Often

                                                                                                      Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                                                                                      16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                                                                                      Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                                                                                      17. Cook Your Own Food

                                                                                                      When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                                                                                      Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                                                                                      18. Eat Mushrooms

                                                                                                      Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                                                                                      19. Floss

                                                                                                      Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                                                                                      20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                                                                                      Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                                                                                      Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                                                                                      21. Have Sex

                                                                                                      Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                                                                                      Reference

                                                                                                      [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                                                                                      [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                                                                                      [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                                                                                      [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                                                                                      [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                                                                                      [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                                                                                      [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                                                                                      [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                                                                                      [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                                                                                      [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                                                                                      [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                                                                                      [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                                                                      [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                                                                      [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                                                                                      [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                                                                                      [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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