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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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                                                                                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                                                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                                                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                                                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                                                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                                                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                                                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                                                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                                                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                                                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                                                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                                                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                                                      Listen carefully:

                                                                                                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                                                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                                                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                                                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                                                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                                                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                                                      1. Pray Daily

                                                                                                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                                                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                                                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                                                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                                                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                                                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                                                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                                                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                                                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                                                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                                                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                                                      3. Smile Often

                                                                                                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                                                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                                                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                                                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                                                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                                                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                                                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                                                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                                                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                                                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                                                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                                                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                                                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                                                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                                                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                                                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                                                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                                                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                                                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                                                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                                                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                                                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                                                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                                                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                                                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                                                      8. Go Exercise

                                                                                                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                                                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                                                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                                                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                                                                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                                                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                                                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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