Peru has become one of South America’s favorite destinations for tourists to visit, and Peru’s Rainbow Mountain has become one of the country’s most popular attractions. With the spotlight now on the Rainbow Mountain, the region has come under increased pressure from visitors, and it may be too unprepared to handle the crowds.
With many stunning photos posted on Instagram, the colorful layers of mineral deposit have caught the eye of many travelers. Vinicunca is the name known for the Rainbow Mountain and it is accessible from Cuzco and just a couple hours away from the famous attraction, Machu Pechu.
Rather than just seeing it on their mobile screens, tourists are jetting off to Peru to get sight of the colorful mountain range themselves. It is now estimated that 1,000 people visit every day to make the trek up the mountain and get their own incredible photo opportunity.
While the pressure may be too much for the region, it has been a blessing to the surrounding area. With the local Pampachiri community charging tourists to enter the site, the influx has brought in more hard currency to the area. Along with financial benefits for the area, the influx has created 500 jobs in guiding hikers up and down the mountain.
However, there are downfalls to the influx of visitors; overcrowding is a serious issue in the area and with a car park now built close by there are also ecological concerns. In addition, in the past 18 months, the trail the hikers take up the mountain has been badly eroded, and in wet conditions, this trail can be extremely dangerous for walkers.
With the height of the mountain at 5,200 meters, which is almost as high as the Everest Base Camp, the trek can be extremely strenuous for trekkers, who often come unprepared to tackle altitude sickness.
Struggling to clean? Here are 25 house cleaning hacks to get your home looking pristine from top to bottom.
Use Play-Doh To Pick Up Glitter
If you have kids, there’s a good chance that they enjoy using glitter for all sorts of activities. This inevitably means that the playroom is going to transform into a sparkly war zone. Of course, you don’t want your vacuum cleaner to be full of glitter that you can’t get out. You know what’s a useful hack for this problem? Play-Doh. This sticky material is perfect for picking up glitter, even in the tightest of spaces. Of course, anything sticky, like tape, could also do the job.
Use White Vinegar To Clean Your Laptop
Many people tend to resort to professional help in order to clean their computer. However, there are plenty of little hacks that will ensure that you can make your PC or Mac pristine in-house. For a start though, make sure not to use chemicals such as acetone, alcohol or ammonia – this is a recipe for disaster. Just use vinegar! You can scrub your keyboard with a bit of white vinegar, or wipe your screen in a circular motion using a microfiber cloth. Your laptop will look pristine in no time.
Cleaning Shower Heads With Vinegar
Like most parts of the bathroom, showerheads are also known to develop stains or get nasty cases of mildew or rust. One DIY genius came up with an awesome hack to restore their showerhead to its former glory. All he did was get a plastic bag, fill it with some vinegar and then wrap the bag around the head before tying it shut. Simply leave the bag hanging for a few hours, maybe even overnight and rinse accordingly. Showers will be pleasant once again.
Salt Removes Stains
We often associate salt with food, it makes things taste better. However, people are notoriously narrow-minded when it comes to salt and don’t know the many incredible uses it has. For example, it is great for removing stains from both surfaces and fabrics. This nontoxic, natural material is safe to use and can even absorb grease from the toughest of fabrics. Simply apply salt to the stain and rub thoroughly with a wet cloth. Before you know it, your stained clothes will look good as new.
Lint Roller “De-Dusts” Everything
We often use lint rollers to remove fluff from our clothes. However, this little tool can actually help us a lot when it comes to keeping our home in top condition. Simply take your lint roller and use it to collect dirt, dust and even crumbs from wherever you might find them. It works on virtually everything, from drawers and curtains to lamp shades and bed linens. You want a dustless home and perfect surfaces? Go get yourself an extra lint roller.
Newspapers Make Windows Extra-Shiny
Many people resort to classic paper towels in order to make their windows and mirrors as shiny as possible. However, there is reportedly a more effective alternative that might be quite surprising to home-cleaning aficionados – newspapers. Not only does it do just as good a job, but a soy ink newspaper won’t leave traces of lint or streak the glass surface. Remember, you also get to read it before using it as a cleaning device, killing two birds with one newspaper!
A Hack For Your Blender
Who doesn’t love a milkshake or a smoothie from time to time? Our blenders are the perfect tools to ensure that we have these tasty (and sometimes healthy) beverages in our lives. However, it can be tricky to keep a blender in top condition. Don’t worry though, we have a little trick that might help. Simply fill the blender with warm water and a add a drop of dishwashing soap. Then, turn it on and give it a spin for a minute. Presto!
Clean Your Range Hood With Baking Soda
For those of us who are blessed to have a range hood above our stove, you could also consider it something of a curse. Inevitably, like virtually every other part of the kitchen, the range hood can get dirty and as result, not perform as well as it could. It needs a clean every once in while. So why not try out the following? Put the range hood into a stock pot big enough to hold it, fill it with water, add baking soda, and bring to boil!
Iron Out Carpet Stains
This home cleaning hack isn’t that surprising. Sure, a clothes iron’s main purpose isn’t to clean clothes, it’s to get rid of creases. However, if you use it the right way, you can actually use your iron to get rid of really tough carpet stains. Use a bit of ammonia on that stain you gave up on six months ago and mark our words, your carpet will look as a good as new and you’ll be ready the next time you spill your glass.
Cheap Way To Unclog Your Drain
It’s inevitable. While we can try our best to keep our drains nice and clear, they will eventually clog up due to a buildup for gunk. While there are products you can buy to solve this problem, there are cheap alternatives you can resort to, like the following one. Simply take some baking soda and vinegar, make a mixture and slowly pour it down the sink. You’ll no longer have to worry about you sink water hanging around every time you wash the dishes.
Use Bread To Pick Up Broken Glass
No home is truly a home if the person who lives in that home dropped a glass at some point in their life. It smashed to a thousand pieces. Now how do you ensure that not one piece remains without cutting yourself? Believe it or not, but a slice of bread can solve this problem pretty easily. Simply slice some bread, take a piece and press it down on the area where the shards are. Safety is the name of the game, so always use bread, never hands.
Cover Your Ceiling Fan With Pillowcases
Ceiling fans are another example of a household item that not everyone has. But for those who do, they’ll understand how dusty the blades can get. Simply cover each blade with a pillowcase and turn it on for a bit. You can then put the cases in the laundry, or suck up the dust with a vacuum cleaner. The point is that dust will no longer fall on your lounge area every time you turn on the ceiling fan.
Cleaning Coffee Grinders With Rice
So many of us can’t go through the day without a fine cup of coffee. While coffee drinkers have numerous ways to drink the caffeinated beverage, many use coffee grinders during the process. However, these tools can get stinky pretty quickly if not maintained properly. Thankfully, someone figured out a way to eliminate this problem. All they did was put some uncooked rice into the grinder, grind the rice and leave it in there for a couple of hours. The smell vanished, like magic trick.
Scrubbing A Cast-Iron Skillet With A Potato
Cast-iron pans, as good as they are, can be notoriously difficult to scrub. While many have struggled to find a definitive method to give it a good-enough clean, one person came up with an unexpected idea – scrub the pan with a potato. The key is to pour salt on the pan before scrubbing it with half a spud. When you feel like the dirt has been lifted from the surface, simply rinse everything away and voila, your cast-iron pan is good to go.
Cleaning Of The Ceilings And Walls
You need to make sure that you’re accessing all the corners of the ceilings and walls by dusting them. Always consider starting from the top as you go to the bottom, using a microfiber mop since it works great. You can also tie a t-shirt or your old towel over a broom if you don’t have access to a microfiber mop. By doing this regularly, you’ll reduce the amount of dust collected in your home, hence spending less time with a broom in hand.
Take Excess Bags To The Waste Baskets
To make sure your house remains as clean as possible; you should take all the excess bags and stash them in the bottom of the wastebaskets. By doing this, you don’t have to carry the bags around as you clean. Also, as you move around the house cleaning, you can easily just take out the full bag to take outside and have a new one ready to go.
Use A Pattern
Using a pattern is the best option to go for if you want your house to shine and even turn it into a sparkling oasis within a few minutes. Avoid cleaning the surfaces of your home willy-nilly. By using a consistent pattern whenever cleaning your house, you’ll not have to go back and clean again the spots that you missed. Therefore, using design to clean your home is the best option if you want to save time.
Baking Soda Deodorizes Trash Cans
It’s always going to happen. Your trash will inevitably start to smell if there’s enough trash in it – and enough of a variety! Whatever it is, you’re going to have to do something about it. Simply emptying the can isn’t going to cut it. However, you don’t have to give it a spring clean every few days either. Simply apply some baking soda the next time you replace the can with a new bag and it will smell incredibly fresh!
Remove Paint from Clothes With a Razor
Anyone who has done some DIY painting at home probably has a leftover T-shirt they use specifically for this mundane task. However, what if you actually don’t want to paint on a certain item of clothing and you just don’t know how to get it off? The answer is actually pretty simple. Take a razor blade, and safely scrape along the surface and the paint will be extremely easy to remove. You can also add some glass cleaner to the blade to do an even better job.
Clean Blinds With an Old Sock
This one might seem like one of the most ridiculous on this list, but trust us, it works! Of course, make sure to take the old sock you had lying around and actually put it in the laundry before you consider using it. Anyway, now that the sock is clean, take it and dip it into a bowl of warm water and some cleaning solution. Once it is damp to dry, put your hand in the sock and start working your way along the blinds.
Baking Soda Keeps Stuffed Animals Clean
Let’s face it – every child deserves to have some sort of stuffed animal in their lives. Whether it’s a teddy bear, a dog, an elephant or a superhero, it should be cleaned every once in a while. But how do you do it without ruining the stuffed animal forever? The answer once again lies in baking soda. The key is to place the stuffed animal in question inside a plastic bag, before adding some baking soda and sealing it shut. Shake it and presto!
Remove Water Rings With Hairdryer
Ever wondered how to get rid of those annoying water rings on your coffee table? Of course, it’s important to put your glasses on coasters in order to prevent this from happening in the first place. But here we are. Now, the key to getting rid of the water rings before they cause any serious damage is by using a hairdryer. Simply set it to medium heat and hold it about two inches away from the stain in question.
Clean Faucets With Lemons
This might be a bit of surprise, but lemons actually work wonders in the bathroom (or kitchen) specifically on faucets. They are bound to build up hard-water with time. So if you have lemon at your disposal, you just need to cut a piece off and open up the center with one of your thumbs. Then, take the lemon and press it onto your faucet. The only thing left is to take a rubber band and wrap it around the lemon on the faucet.
Keep the Oven Clean With Baking Soda
This might seem like one of the most obvious ones on this list. But still, it’s worth doing! Our ovens are naturally going to get dirty over time. With all the things we like to cook and bake in them, plenty of dirt and grease will build up. That all needs to be maintained on a semi-regular basis. All you have to do is sprinkle some of it onto the base of the oven and then dampen it with some water.
Clean Keyboard With a Toothbrush
Of course, this is another cleaning hack that requires an unusual item that you won’t plan on using for its original purpose anytime soon. Keyboards get dirty without us even realizing it. In order to keep them relatively clean, we can take an old toothbrush, apply vinegar to the bristles and apply it to the keys in a gentle movement. It is exactly like brushing your teeth, except your doing it to your keyboard instead.
Use Newspaper & Charcoal to Absorb Fridge Odors
While one could clear out the bad smells in their fridge with some baking soda, there are other things that can have just as much of impact, if not more. Firstly, take an old newspaper, crunch it up and fill the shelves with it. The next step is to put some chunks of charcoal into the two trays. You can also put some in the freezer. All you have to do next is close to the door and let it work its magic.
Remove Carpet Stains With Baking Soda
There is no denying that carpets can get all sorts of stains as the years go on. However, some stains are worse than others and even the most laidback homeowners might feel a desperate need to get rid of the worst ones. All you need to do to fix this problem is to mix some baking soda with a bit of vinegar. These two compounds end up fizzing together when mixed. A little bit of science can solve any problem.
Clean Shoes With Toothpaste
You know what actually helps keep your sneakers in top condition? While we usually associate with toothpaste with cleaning our teeth, it actually works on all sorts of footwear too. It’s especially useful for white-soled sneakers, which are easiest to get dirty. Just make sure that the toothbrush you’re using is an old one you’re willing to through away after. Apply some toothpaste to where there’s dirt and start brushing away. Leave the toothpaste on for 10 minutes before removing it.
Clean Blender With Dish Soap
While there are a number of ways to clean a blender, this might be the easiest way of them all. In order to get your blender crystal clean and spotless, simply take some dish soap, pour into the blender and mix it with some warm water. Then, turn on the blender for a minute or so. In no time at all, you can rinse the blender and empty out all of the water. Add white vinegar or some chopped lemon if there are any stubborn stains.
Toothpaste Can Also Clean Engagement Rings
Another “household” item that toothpaste apparently works wonders on is an engagement ring. Any wife out there likes to keep their diamond ring shiny and sparkly, even 50 years into the marriage. However, you might be apprehensive to get it cleaned at a jeweler – it can be quite expensive! So all you have to is apply some toothpaste to the actual diamond on the ring. Then, brush it a bunch of times before adding some polish.
Baking Soda Keeps Grills Clean
Sure, inviting our friends over for a BBQ and using the grill is always a lot of fun. However, it isn’t fun when you forgot to clean it from last summer. Also, you can’t just ignore it and expect to be able to fire up some more hot dogs and burgers. The key to the solution is by applying some baking soda to the grill. Of course, make sure that the grill is cool and is not being used when you finally decide to do it.
Clean Your Baseboards
Yes, there are cases where your house may look clean, but it is essential also to check your baseboards. Remember, you can’t say that you have a clean house if your baseboards look dirty. Therefore, clean the panels with a damp microfiber mop if it has been some time ever since you cleaned them, since a lot of dust and dirt tends to stick to this lower part of the wall.
Folding Towels In Threes
Another essential cleaning hack you need to try today is folding your towels in threes. This cleaning hack must be a priority for anyone who wants to have the look of their bathrooms put together. Therefore, you should take some of your time to fold all your towels in threes. Wrapping them in threes is the best option for enhancing a polished, hotel-inspired look.
Lemon Will Sanitize Your Trash
Everyone can agree that trash cans are an absolute nightmare to maintain. This is because that mixed bag of decaying stuff creates a horrible stench pretty quickly! It seems like all the spray in the world won’t stop the smell. Here’s a cool little trick that could improve the odor round this part of the house. Cut a lemon into small pieces. Then, with each piece, make an ice cube with it, as well as some vinegar. This awesome combination will clean and sanitize your trash in no time.
Use A Rag To Clean Your Bathroom
It’s hard to top the look of a floor washed by a hand, but for many people it’s not realistic. But cleaning the floor of your bathroom should not consume much of your time since it’s only a small space. Besides getting down on your hands and knees, using a rag to clean the bathroom’s floor is the best option to go for if you want to access the tight areas and have them clean.
Purchase An Extension Cord
Don’t waste much of your time unplugging and plugging your vacuum while cleaning your house. With the extension cord, you don’t need to disconnect it while moving to another room to clean it. When you have an extension cord, you only plug it at a single place, hence saving much of your time. For this case, a 50-foot extension cord is the most preferred option since it can serve almost all or a significant portion of your house floor without having to pause and then look for a new outlet.
Let Cleaning Products Sit
This is the best housing cleaning hack if you want to save time. Spray on your favorite cleaning products and then give them some time to sit for the best results. This will save you time and effort when scrubbing. This technique works best in the bathroom or on stained kitchen counters. You need to give these cleaning products some time to work since some of them don’t disinfect immediately when you spray them. During this period, they break down the crud and kill germs.
Clean Your Bath Tub With A Grapefruit
Grapefruits can be useful cleaning tools if you use them the right way. The Krazy Coupon Lady’s DIY experts claim that this citrus fruit is a great thing to use in order to remove stubborn dirt from one’s bathtub – just cut the fruit in half and add salt.
Clean an Iron With Foil & Salt
Cleaning an iron can be a tricky job. However, with this neat little cleaning hack, it will be the easiest thing in the world. Firstly, take a sheet of aluminum foil and place it over your ironing board. The next step is to take half a teaspoon of regular table salt and sprinkle it over the foil. And finally, you need to make the iron nice and hot before running it over the foil a handful of times.
Use Baking Soda To Remove Mildew
The truth of the matter is that you can use baking soda to solve (no pun intended) any problem in your home. Most of us are familiar with the mildew that builds up on our bathroom walls. Well, have no fear, folks. Baking soda is here to save the day. All you have to do is combine the compound with some water, form a paste and then take a brush of some kind and start brushing away.