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5 smart hacks at home that you should try on your next schedule for general cleaning!

5 smart hacks at home that you should try on your next schedule for general cleaning!
  1. Packing tape as a duster.
It’s easy to ignore lampshades, speakers, and the insides of drawers because it's tough to get them clean with regular dusting. With its strong adhesive, packing tape is the answer—it grabs dirt from fabric and crevices.
Press a foot-long stretch of tape onto the surface, then pull it back to pick up the grime. To get crumbs out of drawers, ball up the tape, leaving much of the sticky side facing out. Tap the ball onto the debris, applying extra pressure to catch stubborn pieces.
  1. Polymer-based car wax to prevent toilet-bowl stains.
Clean the toilet to remove existing stains, then back the water out. Shut off the water valve by turning it all the way to the right; flush the toilet, holding down the handle until most of the water flows from the tank; and pour a bucket of water into the bowl. Dry the interior with a cotton cloth, and use a separate cloth to apply the protectant. Make sure to open a window for ventilation. Let sit for 10 minutes, then replenish the water by turning the valve left to open. For upkeep, every three months pour ½ cup distilled white vinegar into the bowl to prevent water rings from forming.
  1. Clean marks on upholstery with shaving cream.
Shaving cream, is essentially a whipped soap, and an ideal substitute. Its lather can penetrate nearly any stain and lift it to the surface. (Test first in an inconspicuous place.)
Apply a small dollop to a damp cloth. (Use a standard white shaving cream as much as possible) Dab this onto the spot and let sit for 20-30 mins, blot with a clean, then damp cloth. If any stain remains, reapply and let sit overnight.
  1. Get rid of crayon marks on your walls with toothpaste.
Cleaning sprays can discolor walls. Yes? But a white, non-gel toothpaste that contains baking soda acts as a fine abrasive to rub away wax without leaving a tint.
Apply with a clean toothbrush, scrub gently, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
 
  1. Clean your mattress with a spritz of vodka.
Mattress upkeep is often overlooked, even though pros suggest quarterly cleanings we all don’t really follow that rule. Or is it just me? Lol.. Vodka is an odorless disinfectant that evaporates fast, so you’ll never have to do a deep cleaning.
Using a vodka-filled spray bottle, spritz the mattress and pillows when changing the sheets and wave goodbye to those that is not visible in our eyes who savagely bite our backs at their convenience.

What are the benefits of walking and why you should encourage your family and loved ones to walk more!

What are the benefits of walking and why you should encourage your family and loved ones to walk more!

You don’t need to go to the gym and put too much pressure on yourself to do some work out routines just to get significant health improvement.

Simply walk! Walk! And Walk! Yes… you read that right!

Many of us have underestimated the power of walking in our daily lives. What we don’t realize is it is the easiest yet effective way in keeping your mind and body healthy.

Below are just a few of the benefits of daily walking:

  • Improves your sleep
  • Decreases hypertension, reducing risks for heart attacks and strokes. Walking daily has been shown to increase good cholesterol (HDL) and decrease bad cholesterol (LDL).
  • Reduces stress
  • Helps you improve your health when balanced with other positive habits
  • Increases balance and endurance
  •  Walking between 7500 and 10000 steps a day is one of the keys of fitness.

  • Increases sexual desire and satisfaction
  • Slows mental decline
  • Improves the mood and battles the effects of depression
  • Gives you time to think. Daily walking can act as a form of meditation. It gives you time to mull over ideas. If you have problems at work or at home, a nice walk could help you to come up with solutions
  • Once you form the habit, it is easy to turn it into a lifestyle change. Of all the forms of fitness and exercise routines, walking has the highest compliance rate.
  • It can make you smarter. Daily walking can make you sharper and smarter and reduces the chances for long term mental disease because it helps to increase blood flow through the brain.

Now that you have a glimpse of reasons to walk more, why not encourage the whole family?