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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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