- When your toilet clogs up, squeeze at least three squirts of dishwashing liquid into the bowl. The chemicals can help to break up the debris.
- Pour in hot water into the bowl. I poured in around four cups of water that I heated up.
- Let everything soak for a while before attempting to flush. I left it for a few hours, and it worked! And if you really want to make sure it works, you can use a plunger after you let the mixture soak in for five minutes.
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Broken lipstick, unruly brows, runaway glitter makeup . . . we've all dealt with headache-inducing beauty issues at some point. But we have a few simple tricks up our sleeve, so you can avoid yet another beauty mishap. We're breaking down three beauty hacks to know and commit to memory.
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- Carefully open one side of the tissue box, and drop three to five drops of eucalyptus essential oil on the inside sides of the cardboard. You can also add a few drops of peppermint or rosemary essential oil, which work well together with the eucalyptus to help clear stuffy noses and clogged sinuses.
- Use a hot glue gun to close the side of the tissue box. Repeat on the other side, and you've got instant stuffy-headed relief! Simply catching a whiff of these scented tissues before blowing your nose makes things better.
Eucalyptus essential oil does a bang-up job of breaking up mucus and opening sinuses while killing airborne staphylococcus bacteria (the stuff that causes colds). Peppermint helps reduce coughing and congestion. Placing the essential oils on the sides of the tissue box keeps the oils from coming in direct contact with the tissues, which may cause irritation.
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We picked a strong scent for this test, reaching for wintergreen so the smell wouldn't be missed. Using vanilla, rosemary, vetiver, or lavender would be good choices for a fresh commode. We dripped five drops on the inside of the tube, and popped it in place. It was just enough to lightly scent the room without being overpowering.
The Next Day
After several spins of the toilet paper roll, and a full 24 hours, the bathroom was still smelling fresh. And the scent continued down to the final few sheets. The smell is slight, though, so for really stinky situations, a spray may be needed.
The Bottom Line
This is a quick and simple way to freshen your bathroom, but be careful when dripping on the essential oil. Some can irritate skin, and with this bathroom essential being used in a delicate manor, any essential oil that gets on the toilet paper may mean you have to ditch the roll. And it might be a good idea to skip using the last few sheets as the essential oil may have seeped through the cardboard. Otherwise, this is a great tip!
If you're groggy throughout the day, it might be because you're not getting good sleep. Quality snooze time is important, as it sets the pace for the rest of the day. To help you get great sleep, we've found some hacks that you might not know about. We found it fitting to illustrate these tips with the masters of snooze, aka cute animals.
1. Your last cup of coffee should be at 2 p.m.
The half-life of caffeine, or the time it takes for the average person to get rid of half the caffeine in your system, is about five to seven hours. To get rid of 75 percent of the caffeine in your body, it will take eight to 10 hours. Drinking later in the day can generally interfere with your sleep.
2. Move your favorite night activities to the morning
Maybe you stay up late to indulge in activities you enjoy, such as scrolling through Reddit or reading a book. Instead of putting off precious sleep for these time-wasters, do them first thing in the morning instead. That way, you'll look forward to going to bed and waking up. Reading a book while leisurely munching on your breakfast sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
3. Clean your sheets
You will sleep better when your bed is clean and comfortable.
- Sprinkle the area of the wood floor that's squeaking with baby powder.
- Gently sweep the baby powder over the cracks in the floor. It will fill the spaces and keep things from squeaking.
- The baby powder keeps the boards from rubbing together, without being abrasive. And it's safe to use over and over again.