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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

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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                                                                                                      Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                                                                                                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                                                                                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                                                                                                      A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                                                                                                      Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                                                                                                      1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                                                                                                      Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                                                                                                      If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                                                                                                      2. You put the cart before the horse.

                                                                                                      “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                                                                                                      3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                                                                                                      A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                                                                                                      4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                                                                                                      The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                                                                                                      5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                                                                                                      If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                                                                                                      6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                                                                                                      Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                                                                                                      The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                                                                                                      7. You’re trying too hard.

                                                                                                      Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                                                                                                      8. You don’t track your progress.

                                                                                                      Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                                                                                                      9. You have no social support.

                                                                                                      It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                                                                                                      10. You know your what but not your why.

                                                                                                      The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                                                                                                      Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                                                                                                      Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                                                                                                      Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                                                                                                      Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                                                                                                      Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                                                                                                      • The more specific you can make your goal,
                                                                                                      • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                                                                                                      • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                                                                                                      • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                                                                                                      I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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