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Here Are 15 Cleaning Tips That Every Neat Freak Should Know

Here are two words that my mother would never have used to describe me five or six years ago: neat freak.

Like most adolescents, I was way more focused on gaining any sense of control over my personal life and figuring out how to be a person than I was on cleaning my room. After all, nothing says “I’m spiraling out of control” quite like swimming through laundry to get to your bed every night.

I’m happy to report, however, that I’ve since gotten everything together and turned into an adult human who is actually weirdly obsessive about the cleanliness of her apartment. (You’re welcome, Mom.) For my fellow neat freaks out there, here are a few clever tricks that we all should know.

1. Use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers for everything. They’re especially great for glass shower doors!

They might also be good for getting scuffs off your bumper when you’re 17 and you have no idea how cars work. They might.

2. Give sponges a little zap in the microwave for a few seconds to sanitize them when you ultimately forget to buy new sponges at the supermarket 30 times in a row.

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3. Get rid of gunk on your toaster by scrubbing it away with a mixture of cream of tartar and water.

4. Combine equal parts Dawn dish soap, white vinegar, and club soda to clean water stains off of upholstery.

5. Fill a dish wand with dish soap and vinegar to easily clean your shower.

6. Clean mildew out of front-loading washers by soaking a towel in bleach and warm water and giving the gasket a good scrub.

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7. Instead of coaxing a stain out of the carpet with harsh chemicals, place a damp cloth over the spot and go over it with an iron, allowing steam to release it.

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8. Mix baking soda, dish detergent, and vinegar to scrub dingy cabinets.

9. Strap some microfiber cloths to your tongs to clean dusty blinds.

10. Dirty dishwasher? That’s not cute. Clean it with soda and Kool-Aid mix. You read that correctly.

11. After cleaning your faucet, keep things shiny and water-resistant by rubbing fixtures with wax paper.

12. Make your glass cooktop all shiny and new by scrubbing gently with a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap.

13. Bring the shine factor back to your stainless steel appliances by cleaning them with Pledge.

14. Get rid of pesky rings on wood with this mixture of olive oil and salt.

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15. Since unholy heathens like to place price tag stickers smack in the middle of mirrors, you should grab a bottle of orange essential oil to clean up sticky residue.

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Which of these will you try? All I’m saying is that my oven has a date with some Pledge.

(via One Crazy House)

What She Does With 7-Up Is Pure Culinary Genius (And It Looks So Delicious)

Okay, okay, soda might not be great for you, but you can’t deny that it’s delicious, right?

Sitting out by the pool with an ice-cold glass of fizzy goodness is basically the definition of refreshing. Speaking of foods that aren’t really healthy but taste way too good, let’s talk about cake for a second. Actually, let’s talk about soda and cake. If these two treats are high on your “gotta have this right now” list, this amazing recipe is the one for you.

I really need to learn how to bake, because this is just too good to miss.

This Light Take On Pizza Bites Is About To Become Your Poolside Go-To!

You know what’s the worst? Chilling by the pool at a cookout on a sweltering day and being assaulted with an onslaught of heavy food.

Burgers are cool in theory, but when you’re drowning in your own sweat, the idea of scarfing down a greasy, fatty burger becomes less appealing by the second. The same goes for pizza. I was swimming at my apartment complex the other day when it was 95 degrees out and I almost melted when some guy opened up a steaming box of pizza.

But then it hit me. Going three months without pizza should be illegal and we should just deal with the heaviness that accompanies everyone’s favorite meal. Or should we? Someone prayed to the summer gods for a solution, and it comes to us today in the form of these zucchini pizza bites that bring all of the cheese and none of the gut-busting agony.

Stay tuned until the end if you want to hear a song that’s truly not good at all.

I don’t know about you, but I have a date with some zucchini, a whole lot of sunscreen, and a swimming pool.

20 High-Impact Home Upgrades That Are Deceptively Simple

Luxurious home upgrades are usually accompanied by construction crews, headaches, and insane expenses.

Because most of us can’t leave for a few months while people gut the place or drop thousands of dollars in the process, opulent upgrades typically never make it past Pinterest. Since home blogging is now a pretty big deal, however, plenty of options have opened up for those of us who don’t have wads of money to throw at contractors!

Here are 20 high-impact home upgrades that aren’t crazy difficult (and won’t break the bank).

1. Attics are usually dark and cramped, but covering yours from floor to ceiling in light colors can create the illusion of space. Throw comfy floor cushions around and make yourself a little oasis!

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2. Why waste all that space under the stairs? Install a bookshelf that’s functional and has visual appeal.

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3. Get rid of all the crap you don’t need in your backyard shed, add some windows, and create an outdoor getaway.

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4. Install a hidden mini fridge in your kitchen island for storing important things like white wine and beer.

5. Trade in your bed linens and opt for all white for a super-chic vibe.

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6. Create the least clunky kitchen storage of all time by building baseboard drawers.

7. Create a secret room by trading in your door for a hinged bookshelf.

8. Install accordion windows to bridge the gap between outside and in.

9. Make that spare room useful all the time by building a platform and using it for hidden storage.

10. Extend deck railings and get some barstools to create an outdoor bar for entertaining.

11. Upgrade that dingy linoleum floor with a quick paint job!

12. Carpet installation can cost an arm and a leg, so add some flair to your staircase with a DIY runner.

13. Make rooms look more spacious by attaching inexpensive framed mirrors to closet doors and painting them to match.

14. Add an unexpected pop to your living room by framing your TV.

15. Use tiered cake plates to store things like spices and toiletries.

16. If you don’t feel like spending a fortune on new drawer pulls, upgrade the ones you have with metallic paint.

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17. Use PVC pipes and curtains to create a cozy canopy bed.

18. Hang drapes on curved shower curtain rods to get the look of bay windows.

19. Add interest to your bathroom by mixing tiles. You could use small subway tiles for your backsplash and larger ones on the tub!

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20. Unexpected pops of color are always a hit, so have some fun and paint the inside of your closet.

The best part is that most of these projects can be done in one afternoon! Which ones will you try? That canopy bed is calling my name. Just remember that at the end of the day, making your friends jealous is all that matters.

If You’re Stuck In A Boring Meeting, Here’s How You Can Keep Yourself Entertained

When it comes to tech accessories, there are some that warrant spending money, and some that don’t.

Phone stands tend to fall into the latter category. Although they’re helpful when you want to have a hands-free smartphone experience, they’re not usually worth the price.

Thankfully, there’s a way around that problem. If you have a piece of paper on hand during your next staff meeting, flight, or lazy day at home, you can make your own phone stand! The act of making it is honestly just as amusing as the cat videos you’ll watch when you use it. Sure, it won’t be as pretty as the ones you can get at the mall, but it’ll get the job done.

I don’t think that could’ve been any easier. Save your money for what’s really important — sweet headphones and pretty iPhone cases!

11 Brilliant Uses For Deodorant That Have Nothing To Do With Armpits

Summer is right around the corner, and it’s about to get sweaty up in here.

It’s time to stock up on your favorite, tried-and-true deodorant, friends. Most of us slap on the stuff to ensure that we can still go out in public without it becoming a mortifying experience, but did you know that you could put your antiperspirant to good use outside the realm of armpits?

Whether you need to remove nail polish or cut down on shoe-induced blisters, these ingenious uses for deodorant are about to make your life so much easier.

1. If you run out of primer and your oily face makes a mess of all that pretty makeup, apply a thin layer of deodorant to areas where you get shiny before putting on foundation.

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2. Dab some deodorant on bug bites to keep itchiness and irritation at bay.

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3. Just like it reduces itching from bug bites, deodorant can save you a world of hurt in the razor burn department. Spread a bit on irritated skin after shaving for some much-needed soothing.

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4. Ah, boob sweat. If your girls start giving you trouble, apply some deodorant under the band of your bra to up the freshness factor.

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5. If you’re like me and you somehow never have nail polish remover on hand, soak your nails in warm water. After that, spritz some spray deodorant on a cotton ball and wipe your old manicure away!

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6. When your glasses start migrating south in the summer heat, rub some deodorant on the bridge of your nose to cut down on sweat and slippage.

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7. Sweaty palms are the least cute. Nip that problem in the bud before your next job interview by applying deodorant to those clammy hands of yours.

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8. Freshen up your home by laying open sticks of deodorant in front of air vents.

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9. Keep things smelling nice by taking the lid off of some deodorant and placing it in one of your dresser drawers. The sock drawer is always a good place to start!

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10. Don’t pop that pimple! This isn’t exactly dermatologist recommended, but if you need to zap a zit quickly, dry it out with deodorant.

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11. Killer pumps can also kill your feet. If your shoes start giving you trouble, apply deodorant to areas that are getting rubbed the wrong way.

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(via One Crazy House)

There you have it, folks! Deodorant is full of potential. Which one of these tricks will you try first?