T4T: Cleaning Products you have in your Pantry

 

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You already know that vinegar and baking soda have numerous household uses, but what about the rest of your pantry?

Your cabinets are probably stocked with products that can help you get your home clean and sparkling, and you may not even know it.

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To get your home in tip-top condition, just turn to your kitchen cabinets and you’ll find many of the ingredients you need for your next major cleaning endeavor. Here are 11 that will probably come in handy…

Clean Copper with Ketchup

If you’ve got brass or copper details or items in your home (even jewelry) you can buff away tarnish and get them shiny and good as new with the help of some ketchup. For smaller items, you can cover them in ketchup in a dish, and for larger items, use a toothbrush to apply, then rinse.

Take On Hard-to-Clean Glassware with Rice

If you’ve ever tried to clean out a narrow vase or glass, you know how much of a challenge it can be. But a little uncooked rice can actually go a long way, especially when combined with water, vinegar and dish soap—swirl it around in the glassware you need to clean, and according to Real Simple, it’ll get the hard to reach spots for you.

Take Out Grease Spots with Corn Starch

Next time you find yourself dealing with a grease stain—even if it’s an older stain that you think there’s no hope for—try covering it in a coat of corn starch and letting it sit for at least an hour before you wipe it off with a damp sponge. According to Esquire, it can take out even the tough stains.

Get Out Grass Stains with Sugar

You bake with it, you put it in your coffee, and you… can use it to do your laundry? It may seem surprising, but sugar can help cut grass stains. According to a video from HouseholdHacker (via LifeHacker) sugar contains enzymes that can break down the chlorophyll in grass stains. Make a paste out of sugar and water and let it sit on the stain for 30 minutes before washing.

Remove Rust Spots with Tea

If rust is taking over, there’s an easy way to take it on: just brew some black tea. Soaking rusty items (like gardening tools in this example from WikiHow) in black tea for a few hours will loosen up any rust, so you can wipe them clean much easier—just make sure everything is totally dry before you put it away.

Combat Bad Smells with Coffee

Even if you don’t drink coffee every day, you probably have some stored away in your pantry. Good news: If your home has some weird odors going on, you can use that coffee to your advantage. Heat a cup of freshly ground coffee beans and then set them in rooms that smell less than their best—the coffee will soak up all the odors.

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Polish Wood Furniture with Olive Oil

Sure, you can buy furniture polish at the store, but if you want something a little more homemade, you can DIY it with olive oil (and vinegar or lemon juice, depending on whether you want a deep clean or a regular clean) according to WikiHow. Use a polishing cloth to get the job done, and let it air dry when you’re finished.

Clean Cast Iron Pans with Salt

If you’ve ever wondered how to clean a cast iron pan without ruining the seasoning, you’re in luck—all you need is some coarse salt, which is probably in one of your cabinets right now, and a paper towel. Food52 shows you exactly how it’s done in this video, but it’s a quick and simple scrub (and rinse, if you feel the need to).

Unstick Gum with Peanut Butter

Few things are more annoying than stepping in gum in your favorite shoes, but the peanut butter you always keep stocked in your kitchen can help. According to Do It Yourself, you should coat the gum in peanut butter and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then scrape it off (with not against the grooves of your shoe) with a wire brush, and rinse.

Polish and Clean Leather with Milk

Okay, so technically this isn’t a pantry item, but more than likely you have it on hand in your kitchen, right? If you’ve found yourself dealing with a stain on your favorite leather jacket, bag or furniture, a little milk can go a long way according to eHow. Simply dip a cleaning rag in milk until it’s damp and dab the affected area, then rub in circular motions. Wipe off the milk with water when you’re finished.

Remove Kitchen Grease with Vegetable Oil

It may seem totally counterintuitive to clean grease with… well, grease, but vegetable oil can help loosen up sticky grease spots in the kitchen. Rub grease-splattered areas with vegetable oil and a paper towel, then follow up with either a vinegar or baking soda treatment to get it extra clean.

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 Organizing Personality Style Type

What is an “Organizing Personality Style?”

Is there a “Type?”  Do you have one?

 

YOU CAN GET ORGANIZED ONCE AND FOR ALL!. 

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What you need to know is your own organizing personality style, then organize according to your preferences.

There are 6 Organizing Styles! What are yours? To Find Out Visit Personality Style Types

Please comment your style results and if you agree with that result. Why? Why not?

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Sentimental Clutter after a Loss

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Sentimental clutter are those things you hold onto for no reason other than a memory. You do not have a use for the item. In fact, the item may not even bring you joy. But there is some emotional attachment to the item that is making it difficult to part ways.

Sentimental Clutter After a Loss

 

Stress caused by CLUTTER

When the clutter in our home starts mounting, our stress levels rise right along with it. Dishes pile up, laundry bins overflow, belongings get misplaced and surfaces go uncleaned for too long — and in turn, we become not only more worried about about keeping the home clean, but also more stressed out in general.

Home organization is one of the most universal stress triggers, according to a recent online survey. Eighty-four percent of recently stressed Americans say they worry that their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and within that group, 55 percent called it out as a source of recent stress.

Combating clutter in your house or apartment is instrumental in creating a calming environment where you feel relaxed, and lowering overall stress levels. The best way to tackle cleaning and organization in your home is to implement small daily routines and actions that will, over time, result in a better-kept home. Get through unwanted piles and excess “stuff” with these tips and tricks for clearing out clutter and expert strategies for tackling both physical and psychological clutter.

It’s also important to make sure that everyone in the home is pulling their weight: Over four in five respondents who were worried about their homes felt like they were responsible for a larger amount of household than others who live with them. Try breaking up cleaning responsibilities or areas of the home into manageable bits, and then assigning them to different roommates or family members so that everyone’s tasks are clearly outlined and the work is evenly divided.

Once your home is clean and clutter-free, it will be easier to maintain the level of cleanliness you desire.

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The AMAZING affects of drinking water on an empty stomach upon waking

 

Japanese women are well known for their slim, healthy, and toned figures. While genetics almost certainly plays a role, many claim that their morning ritual may also be helping them stay healthier. Put simply, most Japanese women drink water immediately upon waking.

This ritual, now deeply rooted within Japanese culture, is actually a form of water treatment that’s scientifically proven to help remedy a number of body disorders. Unlike the U.S. and other western countries, Japan’s population does not suffer heavily from disorders such as obesity and diabetes. It stands to reason that we could learn a thing or two from their healthier lifestyles!

 

Why is Drinking Water So Important?

For a start, 70% of your body is made up of water, so it’s essential to keep it fresh and topped up to keep the body working properly. When the body’s water requirement is not met, it has a variety of negative short-term and long-term health consequences.

Long-term dehydration can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, angina, colitis, dyspepsia, hypertension, obesity, haemorrhoids, breast cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, kidney stones, sinusitis, and uterine cancers!

Help your body to better avoid these conditions by drinking water after waking up and keeping your body hydrated throughout the day.

 

How Can I Perform Water Treatment?

This is a proven method for treating body disorders, menstrual disorders, and eye-related ailments. Also, you will feel invigorated the whole day after following this water treatment.

  • Drink approximately 160 ml of water four times immediately after waking up, before brushing and on an empty stomach.
  • Don’t eat anything for the next 45 minutes.
  • Drink water at least 30 minutes before eating, but not during the following two hours after breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • If you cannot drink four glasses of water on an empty stomach, then you can begin with one glass or as much as your body supports. You can gradually increase the intake of water till you reach the desired level of 640 ml.

When Can I Expect Results?

  • Diabetes or high blood pressure patients: allow 30 days
  • Suffers of constipation and Gastritis: allow 10 days
  • TB patients: allow 90 days.

Key Benefits of Drinking Water on an Empty Stomach

 

1. Helps Rid the Body of Toxins

As you drink water, it naturally urges movement in your bowels. At night, your body repairs itself and casts out all the toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you will flush out these harmful toxins, leaving your body fresh and healthy. Drinking plenty of water can help in increasing the production of muscle cells and new blood cells.

2. Improves Metabolism

Drinking water on an empty stomach can increase your metabolic rate by at least 24%. It is very important for those people who are on a strict diet. An increased metabolic rate means an improved digestive system. You will be able to follow your diet routine more easily if you digest faster. Drinking water immediately after waking up purifies the colon, making it easier to absorb nutrients.

3. Reinforces Healthy Weight Loss

When you drink water in the morning on an empty stomach, you will release all your toxins and it will improve your digestive system. You will feel less hungry and your cravings will be reduced. This will prevent weight gain caused by overeating.

4. Alleviates Heartburn and Indigestion

Indigestion is caused by increased acidity in the stomach. You suffer from heartburn when the acid refluxes into your oesophagus. When you drink water on an empty stomach, these acid are pushed down and get diluted, solving the problem. Also, this provides a head start for your stomach for the upcoming breakfast.

5. Improves Complexion and Skin Radiance

Dehydration causes premature wrinkles and deep pores in the skin. It was found out in a study that drinking 500 ml of water on an empty stomach increases blood flow in the skin and makes skin glow. Also, drinking more water throughout the day means that your body is releasing toxins, which will make your skin more radiant.

6. Promotes Shiny, Smooth, and Healthy Hair

Dehydration can have a serious impact on your hair growth. Drinking plenty of water nourishes your hair from the inside out. Water makes up almost ¼ of the weight of a hair strand. An insufficient intake of water can cause brittle hair and thin hair strands. You should drink more water every day, but drinking water on an empty stomach can improve the quality of your hair to a greater extent.

7. Prevents Kidney Stones and Bladder Infections

Drinking water immediately after waking up is important for preventing kidney stones and bladder infections. It is a fact that drinking water on an empty stomach dilutes the acids which lead to stones in the kidney. The more water you drink (to a healthy limit), the more you will be protected from various kinds of bladder infections caused by toxins.

8. Strengthens Immune System

Drinking water on an empty stomach helps in flushing and balancing the lymphatic system, which leads to increased levels of immunity. A strong immune system will keep you safe from various diseases and prevent you from falling sick as often.

As you can see, there are a whole host of benefits of drinking water immediately after waking up. It’s without a doubt the easiest way to make a positive change to your lifestyle without spending any money.

Thursday THINK

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THINK:

Does your “STUFF” support your life goals?  

                                       Or is it the other way around??

Decluttering, isn’t just about getting your desk and closet in order. It’s about relieving yourself of all the stuff you’re hanging onto from past careers, relationships, and unfinished business.

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There are myriad reasons we keep stuff. You might get around to reading that fat stack of old New Yorker’s one day, or lose 30 pounds and fit into those unworn pants hanging in your closet. But the reality is that we hang onto far more objects than we need, and, instead of motivating us, they become talismans of guilt and shame. 

We also hold onto stuff with the rationalization that we might need it one day. It’s easy enough to hide the things you don’t use or need in the back of a closet or cabinet. But after a while, all those things pile up and you cannot ignore them.

How many items do you need to hold onto before it starts controlling your life?

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LET YOUR GOALS SHAPE YOUR ORGANIZING

Organizing your physical space around the goals you want to achieve will naturally start to declutter your space. Think of a goal you want to achieve and come up with three action steps you can take to get closer to that goal. Prioritizing what you want to get done will allow you to organize your space in a way that makes those goals more tangible.

DON’T GET BOGGED DOWN BY UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Another important step: being ruthlessly honest with yourself about what you really need to get done and what you’re just fooling yourself about.

Staying organized often means keeping your brain from going haywire with distractions. Each morning—type out or write down all the things on your mind that you know you need to get done that day.  Another important step: being ruthlessly honest with yourself about what you really need to get done and what you’re just fooling yourself about.

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Organizing goals in check

Please share any revelations and ideas that help you know what stuff supports your goals.

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