Believe it or not, lemon juice can be used to scrub stains out of just about anything, including hard to clean plastic.
Have a scratch in your hardwood floor? It only takes some buffing with a walnut to make the mark practically vanish. The oils in the nut help to smooth out the streak and fill the crack.
If you have a pet, then you know the annoyance of finding hair or fur everywhere. A rubber glove is just what you need to keep everything clean. Rub one along the surface of your couch, and the hair will adhere to the sticky surface.
Soap scum shaver
If you have a glass shower, keeping it clean and free from soap scum can be a challenge. The trick? Use some shaving cream to buff out stains. All you need is a bottle of the foamy stuff and a damp cloth.
Giving your car a new paint job to fix a couple scratches or chips can be super expensive. To prevent rusting until you can afford the repair, dab the areas with clear nail polish to seal the paint. (Note: this hack won’t work if rusting has already started.) You can also use coloured nail polish to touch the spot up.
Blenders are a beast to clean thanks to their sharp blades. The solution? Pour some soap and water into the appliance, then blend on high. Allow it to run for 30 seconds, then rinse with fresh water.
Water stains are loathed by coaster lovers everywhere, but the good news is they’re generally easy to get rid of. You just have to wipe a bit of mayo along the surface with a damp cloth. Olive oil and salt also works.
Baked-on gunk is a menace to dirty pans and baking sheets. To clean with minimal elbow grease, soak the dish with water and a nontoxic, biodegradable dryer sheet. The sheet will help loosen the grime.
Get streak-free windows by buffing them with a coffee filter or newspaper. Simply spray a solution of water and vinegar on the surface then shine away.
Raise your hand if you hate scrubbing gross, baked-on goo from your microwave? To get the appliance glistening, warm a bowl of lemon and water for five minutes, then let stand for another five. You’ll be able to wipe dirt away with a paper towel.
If you have some dirty hand marks or fingerprints on your walls, removing them is as simple as rubbing them with an old piece of white bread.
Kid mess cleaner
Don’t have a piece of bread? Baby oil can perform the same fingerprint-removing or crayon-clearing feat. The substance also works particularly well on stainless steel.
There are a lot of chemicals in air and fabric fresheners, but one substance can perform the same trick in an all-natural way: vodka. Simply mix some of the alcohol with water and a few drops of essential oil. Spray on fabric to give it new life.
Who knew old newspapers could be so handy? Scrunch them up to soak up the oil in a pan before scrubbing it clean with some soap and water.
Remember that science experiment from elementary school in which you used coke to clean pennies? The same trick applies to stains in your toilet. Simply pour some cola into the bowl, let sit for about an hour, and scrub clean. Kool-Aid also works.
Stale smell solver
Towels can grow musty and mouldy after a while. The trick to making them smell as good as new is as simple as a vinegar bath. Pour vinegar and water into your washing machine instead of detergent, rinse, then dry. Your towels will be clean as can be.
A little-known trick to getting stains out of just about anything is to reach for a damp cloth and iron. Set the iron on high heat, lay the damp cloth over the stains, and press the iron on top. The heat will lift the stain, leaving your carpet or couch clean. (Note: do not use a coloured cloth for this task. It could leach colour onto your carpet.)
You could reach for a chemical-filled product to buff out watermarks on your bathroom mirror… or you could use some vodka and baking soda (some people use cornstarch instead). Pour some of each into a bottle, spray on the surface, and watch everything from glass to silverware shine.
Simple slat solution
The little slats of an air vent can be hard to scrub clean. Try wrapping a butter knife in a damp cloth then running it along each slat to get the job done in seconds. To add some disinfection into the mix, soak the cloth in vinegar first.
Nooks and crannies
The worst part of buying fresh flowers is that algae that can form in hard to reach places in the vase. The trick to easily getting it clean? Toss some vinegar with a bit of rice and pour the mixture into the vase. Let it sit, then swish around. The rice will scrub the glass clean.
Showers aren’t just good for your hygiene—they’re good for your creativity, too. A recent study out of Drexel University found that over seven out of 10 people have reported experiencing an insight or breakthrough while in the shower. Other solitary activities, like taking a walk and daydreaming, show similar opportunities for inspiration.
1.there’s no better way to wake up in the morning than with a great shower
Look, no matter how the day before (or the night before) worked out for you, each and every one of us need a little bit of help jumpstarting our morning. It really doesn’t get any better than a nice cup of coffee and a good long hot (or cold) shower!
2) It’s a great way to relax after a long day at work
On the flip side, we are all dealing with a lot more stress and pressure than we are probably used to – and it’s only getting worse and worse as time goes on.
Stepping into a nice warm shower after a long stressful day at work is the best way to relax, unwind, and just kind of let it all out. The worry and stress of the previous day just seems to head down the drain with all the warm water that cascades off your body.
3) It’s the ONLY way to get the smell of the gym off of you
If you’re like millions and millions of people all over the world that are busy getting in solid work at the gym every day, keeping yourself healthy and looking your very best, your cranking up quite a bit of sweat and more than a little bit of “funk” at the same time.
The only way – the ONLY way – to get rid of the smell of the gym on your body (regardless of what you may have heard from those AXE body spray commercials) is to spend a little bit of time underneath the shower.
4) You’ll have a chance to clear your mind and open up “shower thoughts”
Each and every single person has had some of their best thoughts, some of their best ideas, and some of their best breakthroughs standing underneath the head of a shower as the hot water just comes pouring down.
There’s something about the silence that sets us up perfectly to clear our minds, to open up our creativity, and to just kind of work through any and all of the issues that have been bugging us down for a while.
If you need a big breakthrough, give the shower a try!
5) Your skin and your hair will thank you
Although there are some that aren’t all that crazy about showering every day because they think it’s bad for your skin or your hair, the truth of the matter is daily showers aren’t ever going to cause you any trouble unless you’re using heavy-duty cleaners every time you step under the water.
So skip the super shampoo or the body washes every other time you climb underneath the shower head and you won’t have anything to worry about at all!
In fact, your skin and your hair will be in even better shape if you pay attention to this advice.
6) The shower is the perfect place to speed up recovery and breakdown tightness in your body
There’s a reason why elite level athletes all over the world make their first trip into the locker room a trip to the shower, then the hot job, and then an ice bath – and maybe back around again after that.
Water has an amazing ability to help speed up rest and recovery, as well as breakdown all of the kind of tightness in tension you’ve likely built up over time. Hot water and cold water, when used in conjunction with another in the shower, can really help you breathe new life into your body, speed up recovery come and help you eliminate aches and pains.
7) You’ll be able to “get away from it all” for at least a little while
It’s almost impossible to get a little bit of quiet time these days.
Almost all of us have ridiculously fast paced lifestyles, are always attached to a mobile device, and really don’t have even the littlest bit of time for ourselves. The shower gives you a chance to step out of the rest of the world for 15 minutes or so and just kind of center yourself.
8) It’s the next best thing to a hot tub
If you have ever spent any time in a boiling hot on top, just sitting and relaxing away, you know exactly how beneficial a super hot shower can be.
Resting underneath a pounding shower head that is pouring hot water all over your body is going to give you a big boost, but it’s going to work even better if you hit yourself with a blast of cold water before you slide under the hottest water you can handle.
It really doesn’t get any better than that!
9) You’ll feel more confident attacking the day after a nice long shower
Everybody feels a lot better when they have taken a shower.
People feel cleaner, people feel more organized, and people feel more clearheaded. There’s just something about the shower in the ritualistic process of washing everything away that gives us a second chance to start the day fresh again that’s really rewarding.
The odds are pretty good that you were going to feel super confident attacking the day after nice long hot shower!
10) You’ll get the chance to wrap yourself in a nice toasty towel
With the help of the best towel warmers money can buy, you’re going to be able to wrap up each and every single shower with a nice fluffy and toasty towel. You can say goodbye to damp or chilly towels (especially in the colder weather), and start your day off the right way with a beautifully toasted towel courtesy of your new towel warmer!