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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 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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