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8 Weird Natural Cleaning Products That Work

8 Weird Natural Cleaning Products That Work

It is interesting to know that not all cleaning solutions have to be bought at the store. Rummage through your kitchen cabinets and you can find a wide variety of cleaning detergents you never knew could get the job done. Common household goods can be used to clean almost all kinds of stains, spots, saturated grime, grouts, metal surfaces etc. The key is to know which product cleans what. Here are some eco friendly cleaning products you never thought would work.

Bread

It is said that wasting bread is a sin. But we are far from wasting our precious bread without a good, solid reason behind it. Bread is the natural equivalent of synthetic sponges, mainly because of its awesome absorption abilities. Bread can be used for dusting; soaking spills; cleaning marks off walls and general wiping where nothing else is available.

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Ketchup

This common condiment is useful when polishing brass, copper or even silver elements. There isn’t anything special that needs to be added to the ketchup beforehand. Just apply the ketchup sauce directly on top of the object that needs cleaning; leave it for a while and then with a moisten towel, thoroughly polish the surface.

Toothpaste

Not many people realize how good abrasive toothpaste is. The reason we use toothpaste to clean our teeth, is because toothpaste is made of small abrasive particles, which are ideal for scrubbing not only your teeth, but many different things as well. Cleaning grouts; buffing metal surfaces; defogging mirrors are to name a few.

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Mayonnaise

Mayo is made primarily of oil, which is perfect for cleaning wood. Like ketchup, its use in not only limited for salads and sandwiches. Add a little bit of mayo to clean spills, oil-based pain, food stains off your wooden floors/furniture. Only use small amount of mayonnaise at a time and don’t let it sit on a wooden surface for too long. Mayo is also ideal for removing certain types of glue.

Alcohol

Note to use only clear, high-proof alcohol – like vodka or Everclear. Alcohol is not only a powerful antiseptic, but sugarless/odorless alcohol is fantastic for removing foul odors from floors and walls. You can either use it as it is or dilute it in water – depending on the contamination level and the nature of the spill.

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Olive Oil

Like we know, olive oil (or any kind of oil for that matter) is almost 100% fat. This makes it ideal for polishing stainless steel, polish wooden furniture and maintaining leather. Just put a little bit of olive on in the corner of a cloth and rub it gently on the troubled area. Don’t use too much, or the ‘glistening’ effects of the oil will do more harm than good.

Baking Soda

Another common household item that is fantastic for cleaning almost any kind of stain off various surfaces. Baking soda binds well with with materials at both sides of the pH spectrum. Just add a little water and mix until reaching even consistency. Apply directly and wait at least 1 hour before rinsing with water. Baking soda is also a a good carpet cleaner. Sprinkle baking soda generously onto your carpets. Wait for 3-4 hours, vacuum and repeat until the carpet’s smell has been neutralized.

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White Vinegar

Add one cup of white vinegar to two cups of lukewarm water. Add salt and stir well. Place the solution in an spray bottle and apply directly on greasy/hard to clean stains. You will be amazed how well it works, and it is a much cheaper solution compared to most “all-purpose detergents”.

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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