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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.

Three ways to get the best out of Broccoli

Three ways to get the best out of Broccoli

If you are trying to eat healthier, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli should be at the very top of your grocery list. But how sure are you that you’re cooking them right?

There are four ways of preparing broccoli (you could use asparagus, green beans, or even sliced zucchini if you prefer). Each method uses the exact same ingredients, so you can really see the differences among them.

Grab a pen and paper or might as well save this for future reference.


Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Vegetable peeler
Mixing spoon
Measuring spoons
4 medium-sized bowls
Large spoon
Small rimmed baking sheet
Oven mitts
Medium-sized skillet
Medium-sized pot with lid


1 large bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
8 teaspoons olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  lemon wedges


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

Cut the stalks from the broccoli, and cut the florets into bite-size pieces.

Use the vegetable peeler to remove some of the tough outer peel from the stalks, then cut the skinny stalks into 2-inch pieces and cut the thick stalks into thin (1/4-inch) slices.

For raw:
Put 1/4 of the broccoli in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt and mix well. Serve with lemon wedges.
For roasted:
Turn the oven on and the heat to 500 degrees.
Put 1/4 of the broccoli on the baking sheet. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt and mix well.
Once the oven temperature has reached 500 degrees, put the baking sheet in the oven and bake until the broccoli is lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.
For pan-roasted:
 Put 1/4 of the broccoli, 2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons oil, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in the pan and put the pan on the stove. Turn the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil.
Cook, stirring every now and then, until the liquid has been absorbed and the broccoli starts to sizzle, about 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.
For steamed:
Fill the pot 1/2 inch full of water and put the pot on the stove. Cover the pot with the lid, turn the heat to high and bring the water to a boil (you'll know it's boiling when you see bubbles breaking all over its surface).
Put 1/4 of the broccoli in the pot, put the lid back on, and steam for 5 minutes.
Drain the broccoli in the colander, then put it back in the pot. Sprinkle on 2 teaspoons oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt, and serve with lemon wedges.
"Florets" are the branched clusters at the top of the broccoli.
Don't have a 1/8-teaspoon measure? Eyeball half of a 1/4 teaspoon measure!