Day: December 3, 2020

8 Amazing Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Home Sparkle

For most of us, cleaning the home might be the most stressful and boring task in the world. After all, no one would like to go through those hard-to-reach areas, dirty sinks, stained toilets, stinky bathrooms, and large dirty floors. Many of us start doing the cleaning only at that moment when we realize that there is little to no clean spot in the whole house, each room portraying the picture of a battlefield covered in grime and dirt.

However, keeping your home neat and clean has become important more than ever. With the pandemic still posing a threat to our well-being and many people staying at home than ever before—giving your sweet home a deep clean has never been a pressing priority as it is now.

But cleaning your home shouldn’t be that stressful.

Here I have shared some tips that will save you time, money, and sanity down the road when it comes to cleaning your home. Let’s get started.

Lemon for Those Stubborn Water Spots

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Stubborn water spots on faucet handles and faucet are some of the culprits that often go unnoticed. Top of that, they don’t go away easily with frequent cleaning.

The remedy is super simple—cut a lemon wedge and rub it all over the faucets, shower handles, and shower heads. Let the solution sit for nearly 20 minutes, then wipe it with a damp cloth. Don’t throw away the remaining lemon. Place it in your trash can to get rid of bad smells.

Thank me later for your sparkling faucets and bath fixtures.

Tap into the Power of Baking Soda

Baking soda is a super cleaning agent and can be found easily at every home. From removing stains, driving away foul smell to cleaning your sinks, this “fizzy” solution works superbly to clean your home.

  • It can be used to remove stains from plastic food containers. All you need to do is wipe them with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Or, you can soak them in a solution of baking soda (4 tbsp of baking soda plus a quart of warm water.)
  • Put it in the fridge to remove strong food odors.
  • Put store-bought fruits and veggies in baking soda solution to remove waxy coating.
  • Combine it with water to clean stainless steel sinks, countertops, range hoods, cooking utensils, and microwaves.

Hydrogen Peroxide or Citric Acid for a Sparkling Bathtub

Want to make your bathtub look new again?

Enter hydrogen peroxide. It is an effective cleaning agent for lime scale, yellow spots, and calcium stains. Just put it into a spray bottle and spray it on the bathtub’s surface. Leave it for 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.

You can also use a solution made with citric acid to remove yellow stains. Just mix one package of citric acid with a cup of water. Apply the mixture with a sponge onto the bathtub and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.

Mildew Spots in the Bathroom? Try Vodka

The bottle of vodka in your fridge is great for more than just accentuating the celebrations. It can also be used to remove mildew in the bathroom, too.

Just fill a spray with a 50-50 mix of vodka and water, spray it on the affected areas, and wait for nearly 10 minutes. Use a clean cloth to wipe it away. The alcohol in vodka will not only remove the mess, but will also kill the mildew.

Clean Left to Right, Top to Bottom

Don’t start a room by wiping the dining table, then clean the fan, and seeing the dust from the fan cover your newly clean dining table. Therefore, get started at the top of the room, such as cleaning the ceiling fan, and go down to the floor to remove redundant work.

Similarly, cleaning left to right helps you cover the entire area instead of rushing from place to place. This way, you work once instead of cleaning the things you have just cleaned, saving you time and hassles.

Learn the Art of Cleaning the Windows

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Cleaning the windows can be tricky as it leaves residues and streaks behind.

You can use a window squeegee that can cost you around $12. Mix a drop of dish soap in a gallon of water. Wipe it liberally on the window with a cloth, then squeegee it off. Make sure to clean from top to bottom and wipe the blade each time you are done with the bottom. This way, you get sparkling and streak-free windows. If you don’t want a squeegee, you can use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth instead.

Make sure to wash the window in horizontal strokes and get from top to bottom when wiping with the cloth. Avoid rubbing the window in circles as it can leave streaks. Don’t use paper towels and newspaper as they leave a residue.

Use Feather Dusters for Cleaning Blinds and Pictures

Feather dusters are effective for cleaning blinds, nooks, pictures, and other areas. They tackle the dust and the large quills don’t get out of their handle.

Keep Your Cleaning Tools Handy

Having all the tools and cleaning products you require at arm’s reach means you won’t waste time going back and forth to the ceiling fan or the cabinet under the sink. Otherwise, this just adds to the stress of the cleaning. You can also put your cleaning tools in a bucket or a caddy to stay organized.

So these are some amazing tips to make your home sparkle while keeping hassles and complications at bay. What do you think?

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PhonePe raises $700 million, becomes a separate entity

PhonePe, the crown jewel in Flipkart’s acquisition by Walmart, is “partially” spinning off, the Bangalore-based financial services firm said on Thursday. To kick off its new journey, the firm said it has secured $700 million in a new financing round.

This round, the name of which was not disclosed, was led by Walmart with participation from some existing investors, PhonePe said. The new round gave PhonePe, which was founded by a former Flipkart employee, a post-money valuation of $5.5 billion.

Today’s announcement is a big boost to the confidence investors have on PhonePe. The startup has been engaging with investors for new capital for several quarters and had struggled to raise capital at a $3 valuation earlier this year, TechCrunch reported earlier.

The partial spin-off means that Flipkart’s stake in PhonePe will reduce from a 100% to 87%. “This partial spin-off gives PhonePe access to dedicated long-term capital to pursue our vision of providing financial inclusion to a billion Indians,” said Sameer Nigam, founder and chief executive of PhonePe, in a statement.

PhonePe currently leads the mobile payments market in India, by some metrics. In October, it surpassed Google Pay to become the top UPI payments app. UPI is a four-year-old payments infrastructure built by India’s largest banks. It is the most popular way people transact money digitally in India. PhonePe reported 835 million UPI transactions in October, ahead of Google Pay, which processed about 820 million transactions that month.

“As Flipkart Commerce continues to grow strongly serving the needs of Indian customers, we are excited at the future prospects of the group. This move will help PhonePe maximize its potential as it moves to the next phase of its development, and it will also maximize value creation for Flipkart and our shareholders,” said Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group, in a statement.

More to follow…

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