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  • 7 Home Cleaning Tips and Tricks

    Your house is your kingdom, make it shine with beauty. Nothing beats having a good time with your family and enjoying a clean house together, it makes them appreciate you as well.

    Cleaning is never on our favorite to-do list, it is always a hard, tiring and energy-consuming process. It might sound like a huge duty, but you can easily learn how to make the best of a bad situation.

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    home cleaningA few tips can definitely transform the cleaning process; make it less time consuming and a lot easier than the usual routine.

    There are no magical tricks that will get the job done in a blink of an eye, but we gathered the most functional home cleaning tips and tricks that could be a great deal of help.

    1.      Baking Soda is Your Best Friend.

    You never want to run out of baking soda. It has uncountable usages around your house.

    For Kitchen

    • It can help you easily remove hard water from the water boiler.
    • You were too tired to do the dishes last night and now you have hard food stuck to your pans? No problem! Add a bit of baking soda and warm water and leave them overnight. Scrape the pans easily in the morning.

    baking sode-for-home-cleaningFor Bathroom

    • Baking soda works like magic for scrubbing the toilet, ditch the expensive cleaning detergents and use it.
    • Use it to clean the sink and the hard water in the shower head or the bathtub.

    Personal Care

    • Baking soda is a natural teeth whitener for those who are in love with caffeinated drinks, or smokers.
    • Add a pinch of it to your hair conditioner, and enjoy hair full of volume, shine and squeaky clean.
    • Are you allergic to deodorants? Even if not, skip the harsh chemicals and pat some baking soda under your arms to neutralize body odor.
    • Additional tips
    • To freshen up your rugs you can sprinkle them with baking soda, leave it for an hour, vacuum and voila!
    • To eliminate bad odor from a pet’s litter box, sprinkle a bit of baking soda.

    2.      Vinegar is Your Second Best Friend

    Some remedies claim that baking soda combined with vinegar work amazingly. However, chemically when both are put together they neutralize each other and become ineffective. Both are best used individually.vinegar for home cleaning

    • Use vinegar to clean PC, whether it is a keyboard or a mouse; a cup of vinegar dilated in an equal amount of water will clean all the dirt.
    • Your jewelry is a bit dull? Vinegar can easily add shine if you soak your jewelry in it for 15 minutes and then pat them dry.
    • You can fix a clogged drain by bringing vinegar to a boil and pouring it.

    3.      Always have Cornstarch in Your kitchen

    No, this is not for food; it is a great cleaner with so many purposes.

    cornstorch for home cleaning

    • Oil stains are a bit too stubborn, all you need it to sprinkle cornstarch, let it sit for a while and hand wash.
    • If one of the family members have sweaty feet, you will all probably be disgusted by the smell. A bit of cornstarch in their sneakers will absorb the entire stink and leave them fresh.
    • Cornstarch has almost the same ability of cleaning a rug as baking soda, just in case you run out of either.

    4.      White as Salt

    Salt is not just good for cooking; it has the ability to clean as well.salt for home cleaning

    • Salt with lemon or tartar cream (preferably) is an easy remedy for cleaning rust.To brighten the colors of an old rug or colored curtains, wash them in salt water; the results will surprise you.
    • To fill cracks or holes in walls, use equal amounts of salt and cornstarch and enough water to form a paste. Fill and let the paste dry.
    • If you forgot to put a coaster under your cup of tea, you will probably end up having water rings; not pretty. Make a paste using salt and vegetable oil and gently scrub until the water ring vanishes.
    • For tough greasy pans, you can sprinkle salt and let it sit for a while and then easily wash the grease off.

    5.      Lemon is not Just for Lemonade

    • Lemon works wonders as a sanitizer, for example, use it for your garbage disposal. Pour a gallon of hot water mixed with lemon juice.
    • You can use it to clean and remove odors from a microwave. Simply, out one cup of water and one cup of lemon juice and bring to boil. Let it sit for another 10 minutes. Clean food particles, if any, with a piece of cloth.

    lemon for home cleaning

    • If your cutting board is stained, pour some lemon juice and leave it over night. This process does not only remove the stain but also kills bacteria.

    6.      Onions, You Read it Right. Onions

    • Onions are used to easily scrub grills and make them shine.
    • When you have paint odor that is irritating, you can simply slice up a couple of onions and leave them in a bowl and they will surly absorb the stink.

    onions for home cleaning

    • Bug sprays usually have annoying smells; you can trade that for a spray of a mashed onion and water. This works great to repel bugs.

    7.      Coca-Cola is not Just a Drink

    It might be harmful for your insides, but it sure is useful around the house.

    • Forget all about rust, coca cola is a quick fix for it. Pour a can and let it do its magic.
    • Marker stains are as tough as oil stains, but coca cola can make things a lot easier.
    • If you have been out for quite a long time and your clothes stink a bit, you can add a can of coca cola to the laundry to help break down the bad odor.

    coca cola for home cleaning

    • Coca cola helps remove gum, from hair or fabrics. Just pour a little and it will come out easy.

     

     

     

     

  • 7 Stuff in Your House That Show You Are an Impulse Buyer

    "Shopping can provide a pick-me-up and make you feel more in charge of your life," says April Lane Benson, Ph.D., a psychologist who specializes in consumer buying behavior. Sure enough, that flashy “SALE” sign has a hypnotic effect on the human brain! Strolling through a supermarket you naturally end up buying more than you actually need - even if it means shopping out of your list. Psychologists say we enjoy a great deal of pleasure when we imagine owning a product that we happen to see; most often than not, we end up buying that product to continue experiencing this ecstatic pleasure of owning. Shopping outside of your needs easily gets classified as impulse buying. Glance through the following stuff typically witnessed in an impulse buyer’s home. Who knows, you could be one such deal-prone impulse buyer!

    1. Multiple Cards

    A decade ago, receiving a loyalty card from a diner did raise a few eyebrows among consumers. Now it is a common sight to receive one such card even from your favourite coffee shop. It is a natural tendency of impulse buyers to throng many shops and obviously accumulate almost every card on the deal. Gone are the days when one credit card sufficed for all the shopping needs of a home and now it does not come as a surprise for one member to stack atleast 4 to 5 credit cards from many banks offering varied lucrative schemes. Since credit cards let you pay and forget all about it till reminded by the bank, it is common for an impulse buyer to possess many credit cards; one for supermarkets, one for online shopping, one for a particular retailer and another suitable for a particular diner. It sure is a crazy cards dealing!

    Loyalty_cards                                  Photo credit: petergreenberg.com

     

    2. In-Trend Stuff

    No doubt you chose that multi-tasking furniture to double your utility. At the same time, this novelty means you have to get rid of your old stuff that served you till the new one arrived. If you are replacing your dear old stuff just to keep up with a trend chased by your kitty party friends, you sure are an impulse buyer. There are thousands and millions of home improvement ideas flooding the market and naturally trends come and go. Opt for timeless home improvement things that you can rely on for years because altering massive stuff becomes a huge investment every time. Pursuing trends sure is a gamble!

    home-office-delightful-trendy                                                               Photo credit: kuwans.com

     

    3. Craft Fair Hauls

    Handicrafts surely drive your buying impulse go wild and crazy. If you have a craft fair haul lying around the house since you did not have the time to arrange them or the old arrangement was taken down for a fresh stock of handiwork stuff, you sure did let your impulse take over everything else. Even if you visit one of those craft fairs to buy Christmas gifts, you will end up walking out with a bulky haul all for yourself; such is the enticement of handicrafts. You can keep this inclination under check by carrying the required amount of cash that is within the plan instead of your flashy credit card.

    Craft Fair Hauls                                                   Photo credit: richmondcraftmafia.com

     

    4. Rolled Rugs

    Rugs are magical stuff that can dispense enormous charm when they are rolled out; they are the most irresistible of all the handicrafts you come across for home décor. As sumptuous and striking the natural fibers in your rugs are; they are vulnerable to get infected by moths when left to lay idle. Moist conditions will surely make your rug quality deteriorate with time. If you have an assortment of rugs, use them in layers and allow your rug the privilege to age gracefully instead of piling them in your store. You sure cannot buy gorgeous rugs out of mere impulse. Can you?

    Rolled Rugs                                                        Photo credit: tollidaycarpetservices.com

     

    5. Shy Art Pieces

    Unless you are an epic character like Virgil Oldman from “The Best Offer”, who can afford to have a huge room full of art for display, buying art pieces only to be stashed in the attic shows you did go very far with your impulsive shopping. Art looks its best when displayed; if not revealed for the whole world, set-up a separate room for your art to be hung or displayed elegantly. Consider putting up art in your attic, loft, basement and even the mud room; any place that flaunts the beauty of an art is suitable for your collection. The artist did complete his masterpiece for someone to admire; and that “someone” happened to be you, who has invested heavily on these living legends.

    Shy Art Pieces                                                                 Photo credit: penn.museum

     

    6. Overloaded Fridge

    We sure do not need a picture to demonstrate an overloaded fridge; if you are forcing close the fridge door, it sure is overloaded - one of the most common sights in an impulse buyer’s abode. Most of the time you will end up buying stuff that is already present in your fridge - just that you did not notice due to the food outburst in your fridge. Shopping in supermarkets as we already know is the main gateway for buying out of impulse. Declutter the fridge every week or just before hitting the supermarkets to curb this concern.

     

     

    7. Sweet Burst

    Unless it is Halloween round the corner, if it is normal for your home to be sprawling with sweets, it shows you are an impulse buyer. Your home need not flaunt Willy Wonka’s factory; even if one can find sweets in notable places of your home - that is without any occasion, you sure need to smack your hand when picking sweets off the aisle, during your wait at the supermarket cash counter. Sweets are displayed prominently near the checkout area to activate that sweet-buying-impulse; without which you wouldn’t otherwise consider buying sweets.

    Halloween_candy_sweets                                                       Photo credit: onebusywahm.com

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