Aug 6 2015

TBT: Grandma’s Old School Cleaning Tips Pt. 1

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Whether it was World War II or the Vietnam era, our grandparents learned valuable lessons on staying frugal. They learned how to clean, preserve and repair without having to buy commercialized brands that we’ve grown accustomed to.

This Throwback Thursday, we’re bringing old school cleaning tips that your grandparents innovated in their time without breaking the bank.

Cleaning Your Oven without the Foul Smell

Hate that powerful oven-cleaner smell? Here’s a great alternative: Mix one box of baking soda (about 500g) with 1/4 cup of washing soda. Wet the floor and walls of the oven with a wet rag and sprinkle the mixture on the surface. Repeat and leave overnight. In the morning, wipe the mixture and grease away. Rinse well to remove the residue. Any remaining baked-on stains? Use salt on an abrasive pad to get it out. Continue reading »

Aug 4 2015

13 Uses for your Old Coffee Grounds

coffee grounds Toss out old coffee grounds? We’re all guilty of the after-use, dispose everything method. When we buy something, it’s obvious that we should toss it out once we got our use out of it, right? Coffee grounds can do so much more than fill us with caffeine. This is a habit a lot of us are guilty of, and Crucial Vacuum is here to show you alternative uses for your old coffee grounds that will probably make you slap your forehead in shame for tossing out your old grounds all this time.


Keep your used coffee grounds in the kitchen

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  1. As the grounds still give off a pleasant smell, you can use your grounds to deodorize your fridge.
  2. Grab a rag and scrub your grounds against your pots, pans and tools to get rid of that tough grime. (Do not use on ceramic or easily stained dishes)
  3. Rub on your hands after cutting onions or other strong odor food products to get rid of the odor.
  4. Mix with boiling water and dish soap; you can use it to unclog your drains.

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Jul 31 2015

Packing Tips for College: The Conventional and Unconventional

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We have another great set of packing tips for you dear departing college students. We’re giving you the essential packing tips to surviving your first year on your very own.

Pack only the essentials

As a new college student, it’ll be very tempting to bring your entire bedroom to college, but college is the time for learning who you’re going to be for the rest of your life. So bring what you need and leave some room for a new you!

  • Bring clothing, toiletries, and all the important “necessary to live” items that your parents call practical.  Also think about all the types of weather you may face. Be sure to leave winter clothing at home or bring it if you visit home before winter break.
  • Do not bring a lot of posters, stuffed animals, high school trophies, or anything that turns the room into your old bedroom. Instead, invent and grow over the months at college!

So don’t worry, college will introduce you to new interests that will fill your bare walls and shelves.

Hercampus provides a great long list of both the necessary and the optional to bring.

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Jul 28 2015

Back to School: Dorm Cleaning Tips

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It’s back to school season, and the importance of cleanliness within the dorm room is a matter of life and death – well, socially, that is. The first few weeks of college consist all of the valuable first impressions. And one impression must not be that single label: “slob.”

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Jul 16 2015

How to Clean During the Week to Free Up Your Weekends

Most people fail to realize that your weekends don’t have to consist of an endless cleaning frenzy – especially during the summer. Weekends should be spent enjoying yourself and having fun preferably with a rum infused drink by a pool. Here’s a Mojito recipe – just because.

What it comes down to is being able to balance your work/life schedule throughout the week. By spending a little bit of time everyday cleaning you’ll see a drastic change in the levels of awesomeness in your weekends. You could be doing fun stuff like this.

Here’s a simple schedule to follow to learn how to clean your home during the week to free up your weekends.

Surprisingly not everything has to be done all at once. If you’re able to complete even just one task a day throughout the week you will be able to cut down on your stress level and workload. Continue reading »