Car headlights tend to get dingy and dull over time, and they require regular maintenance to stay bright. Just like your car has to be washed sometimes, you have to polish your headlights every once in a while to keep then working just like new.
Cleaning Car Headlights
Before you start cleaning your car headlights, you will want to wash the headlights thoroughly. Dirt and grime can cause a lot of dullness that you see on your headlights, so it is important to have a clean headlight in order to inspect it to see how detailed your headlight work will need to be.
Once your headlights are clean, you can inspect them and proceed as needed.
If you see hazing, which is the hard coat being worn off of the headlights, you can regularly keep the headlights cleaned with soap and water to slow their degeneration.
If you see yellow color on your headlights, you should use Rain-X or another polishing compound to clean and correct the damage. You can even use transmission fluid to clear the yellow away temporarily.
If you see peeling and cracks, then cleaning your headlights may not be enough to restore them. In this case, replacing the headlights is recommended.
Grab a few different grades of wet/dry sandpaper. You will need at least one coarse grade and one fine grade.
Tape off your headlights, so you do not harm the paint of your car during the restoration process.
Wipe down the headlights with rubbing alcohol.
Wet the coarse sandpaper and sand the headlight until you have a dull, even finish.
Switch to the finer sandpaper, wet it, and sand the headlight until the outside is “satiny.”
Use a buffing compound on a microfiber cloth to buff the headlights and make them shine. You can use plain blue toothpaste as a cheaper buffing option.
Once your headlights are polished and buffed, you are finished!
Bright and Shiny
Your headlights will look as good as new after using these steps to clean and restore them. If you want to take your headlight restoration a bit further, you can visit a local body shop and have them spray plastic adhesion onto the lights to extend the life of the headlights. You definitely won’t be struggling to see at night anymore!
Real leather needs special care. When the interior of a car is made out of leather, it can get dirty – just like any car interior. The key to keeping your leather interior looking amazing is proper cleaning.
Steps for Cleaning Your Leather Interior
Before you begin cleaning your leather interior, inspect the interior for any perforated areas or small holes. Make sure to not get any water, cleanser, or conditioner stick into the holes. It’s also important to check your owner’s manual to see if it specifies any products that you can or cannot use on your interior. Once you’ve finished your inspection, you can start the cleaning.
Vacuum the seats carefully to remove any large dirt or other trash.
Spray a microfiber cloth with leather cleaner, saddle soap, or any mild leather soap, and wipe the seats to remove surface layer dirt and grime.
Combine 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts linseed oil to make your own leather cleaner.
Use a brush tool to deep clean the leather. For this step, you spray the cleaner directly onto the seats and scrub the seats with the brush.
If you have perforated leather seats, spray the brush and not the seats directly.
Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the seats and remove any leftover cleaner, dirt, and grime left from the brush cleaning.
Place a leather conditioner onto a microfiber cloth or sponge, making sure to massage all of the conditioner into the leather.
Let the conditioner soak into the leather for a few hours.
Buff the seats with a clean microfiber cloth for a shiny finish.
Use a microfiber cloth sprayed with a leather cleaner to clean all other leather surfaces in your car.
See how to clean leather interior here:
Tips for Cleaning Your Leather Interior
There are some specific things to keep in mind when you are cleaning your interior, and there are also some DIY tips that you can use!
Make sure to spot test anything you use on your interior before using it on large areas.
Choose a good leather conditioner. Cheaper conditioners can leave a greasy feel. Look for a high-quality conditioner that does not have petroleum distillates, silicone, or waxes.
Some DIY solutions to removing stains on leather interior are:
Scrub the stain with a non-gel toothpaste on a toothbrush, wipe the area clean, and dry with a towel.
Dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub it into the stain. Once the stain is lifted, use mild soap and water to clean the area.
Sprinkle baking soda on oil or grease stains and let sit overnight. Wipe the powder off the next day with a cloth, and then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue. Dry with a towel.
Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor
Leather interior may need a bit more TLC than other interiors, but these tips will help your leather interior stay looking great for a long time. Don’t forget the leather conditioner!
What are you supposed to do when you don’t know how to sew and you get a hole in your favorite shirt? Well, if you have an iron and an ironing board, you don’t have to look very far for a solution!
Applying an Iron-on Patch
There are two different ways to iron the hole out of your clothes. One of them involves iron-on patches bought at the store. The other uses a piece of fusible bonding web to attach a fabric of your choice to the hole. Applying iron-on solutions are very similar.
For an iron-on patch:
Cut a piece of the iron-on patch that is large enough to cover the hole.
Lay your piece of clothing out flat on the ironing board.
Place the piece of the iron-on patch on top of the hole.
Apply a hot iron to the iron-on patch, leaving it in place for about 10 seconds.
Repeat this process a few times, removing the iron after 10 seconds each time so you don’t burn the fabric.
See how to iron on a patch here:
For the fusible bonding web:
Find a fabric that you like and cut a piece of it that is a bit bigger than the hole.
Cut out the center of the fusible bonding web. You do not want the fusible bonding web to be in the area of the hole.
Put the piece of clothing with the hole inside out and place it on the ironing board.
Place the fusible bonding web and the fabric over the hole.
Apply a hot iron to the patch and bonding web, leaving the iron in place for about 10 seconds.
Repeat this process a few times, removing the iron after 10 seconds each time so you don’t burn the fabric.
A Unique Result
Ironing on a patch or a fabric of your choice can add an interesting and unique touch to your favorite piece of cloth. You can be as conservative or wild as you want – either matching the color of the clothes or adding animal print to a striped shirt! Whatever you decide to iron-on, your no-sew solution is easy and fast.
It’s late, you had a busy day at work, and you are tired. So you decide to heat the leftover tomato and basil pasta and enjoy a relaxed dinner while watching TV.
But then you hear it: the food is blowing up inside the microwave, covering everything in sauce. The simple thought of having to scrub that mess destroys your appetite.
What if we told you that you don’t have to do it. There are other better ways of cleaning the microwave, no scrubbing included – only the power of steam.
Here are two life hacks that will save you time and your sanity.
Use Steam and Vinegar
If there’s one item that mustn’t miss from any kitchen, then that’s vinegar. It a cleaner, sanitizer, and deodorant all in one. So, obviously, this old kitchen staple can help you clean your microwave too.
Here’s what you will need:
One cup of white vinegar
One cup of water
One wooden spoon
One measuring cup.
Here’s how long this method will take:
5-10 minutes of waiting around for the steam to form;
Take a measuring bowl and pour one cup of vinegar and one cup of water. Mix it with a wooden spoon and leave the spoon inside the bowl. Place the bowl with the spoon inside the microwave. This trick will ensure that the mixture won’t heat up too much and explode. It’s rare, but it could happen.
Set the microwave to 5-10 minutes – it all depends on how powerful your microwave is.
Use an oven mitt to remove the bowl from the microwave.
Use a sponge to clean the inside of the microwave. The dirt has now loosened up from the steam, so you just need to wipe the interior a bit to get the stains out.
Use Steam and Lemon Oil
We know that some people can’t stand the smell of vinegar, so we’ve included a different hack that is just as easy and effective, minus the smell.
Here’s what you will need:
2 ounces of water
A spray bottle
Here’s how to do it:
Wet the sponge and place it inside the microwave. The more soaked it is, the better.
Pour the water in the spray bottle and add a few drops of lemon essential oil. Make it as fragrant or subtle as you want.
Spray the inside of the microwave. Make sure not to miss any spot.
Set the microwave for two minutes and wait. Don’t hurry to start cleaning once the time is up. Wait for a couple more minutes until the sponge is cool enough for you to use it.
Wipe the interior with the sponge and see how all the grime, slime, and dirt disappear in a matter of seconds.
Yes, it’s just that easy to clean your microwave. However, if your device tends to get dirty often, we recommend using a paper plate to cover the food when heating it. It’s one of those lifesaver hacks that make everything easier. You could also wipe the microwave every couple of days or whenever you heat something that splatters so that the grime won’t dry.
Over to You
Do you know any other ways of cleaning the microwave that doesn’t include scrubbing and working hard? Share those life hacks with us in the comments below.
Your alarm didn’t go off and you overslept. You are running late just when you’ve scheduled that important business meeting (Murphy never sleeps.) You’ve showered quicker than army men, drank your coffee in just two sips, got dressed in record time and you are ready to get out the door.
Oh, wait! There’s a huge and nasty wrinkle line on your shirt and you don’t have the time to iron it. What should you do?
Here are some lifesaver hacks you can thank us for later.
Use the Flat Iron
Your flat iron can help you remove small wrinkles from your shirt or straighten the collar. Pay attention to the settings (high for cotton and low for silk) and make sure to remove any residue before using it. Just for reference, here’s a video of flat ironing laundry.
Use a Pot
You can use a regular pot to get wrinkles out of your clothes if no iron is available. Put water in it and heat it. Make sure the bottom is clean and there is no greasy residue. Then, throw the water away and use the bottom of the pot to iron your laundry.
Use a Damp Towel
Here’s another life hack that can save you loads of time. Place your shirt on a flat surface. Cover the wrinkled area with a damp towel and pat it gently with your hands. That’s it – you’re done in less than one minute.
Steam Your Clothes in the Shower
Here’s another trick that can help you save time in the morning. Hang your clothes from the shower rod then close the door and window. Go about your usual routine: brush your teeth, shave, shower, and so on. By the time you are done, your clothes will be wrinkle-free. Be careful not to soak them wet during the process.
Use Your Blow Dryer
After you’re done blow-drying your hair, it’s time to move to your clothes. We are serious: the hot air can help you get rid of small wrinkles. Just make sure to hold the blow dryer about two inches from the shirt to avoid ruining it.
Sprinkle a Bit of Vinegar
Is there anything that vinegar can’t do? Not only that it can help you scrub your home clean, but you can also use it to get rid of wrinkles from your laundry.
Mix one part white vinegar to three parts water and sprinkle the spray on the clothes. Then, let them air dry for a few minutes. It’s fast, easy, and highly effective. And, don’t worry: your clothes won’t smell like vinegar.
Make Your Own Dewrinkling Spray
With a few kitchen ingredients and a bit of time, you can create your own spray that you can use in the morning to get rid of wrinkles from your clothes. Here is a DIY solution that we absolutely love.
Boil a Pot of Tea
What does tea have to do with the wrinkles on your laundry? Well, for one thing, they are annoying and you need to relax a bit. So, boil a pot of your favorite tea and enjoy a cup. But, before you do that, spout of the steaming pot about 12 inches away from the problem area. You will see the wrinkles disappearing in a matter of seconds.
Back to You
We hope that you found these life hacks useful. If you know any other creative ways of removing wrinkles from laundry, we would love to hear them.
It’s your phone’s fastest degrading component. No, we’re not talking about its processor or memory, but about its battery. In this article, we’re going to share some tips that will teach you how to extend your phone’s battery life and make it last for an entire day (yes, it’s possible.)
How about the Battery?
Our phones have evolved tremendously in just a few short years. From a device that we only used for making phone calls and maybe playing a game of Tetris, we use our phones today for almost anything: watching videos, browsing the internet, working, answering emails, and so on. They are our entertainment, advisor, and GPS. But, although the functions we can perform on our phones have multiplied and improved, we can’t say the same about the battery.
Charging is becoming faster and more and more convenient, but the batteries aren’t exactly keeping up. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’ve gathered a few lifesaver tips that will teach you how to make your phone’s battery last longer (perhaps even the entire day.)
Understanding What Is Draining Your Battery
Before we proceed, it’s important to take a look at how your battery is degrading. Understanding this process will set your expectations correctly and help you slow down the cycle.
This video here explains how and why your battery will get worse with time. The thing is that your phone’s battery is slowly dying with every charge cycle. So, every time you charge your phone from 0% to 100%, it’s lifespan is shortening a bit.
According to battery manufacturers, your phone’s battery life will degrade by 20% after approximately 400 charge cycles. That means that you will start experiencing some problems in roughly 2-3 years after purchasing your phone, no matter its type or brand. It all has to do with the chemical reactions that take place inside the battery. We’re not going to get into that, but we recommend reading this awesome article here.
So, the question is: can you do something to maximize your battery’s capacity and make it last as much as an entire day or should you just give up? Here are some great life hacks that you can start implementing right now.
See What Is Draining Your Battery in the First Place
If you find that your battery is dying before you can even make it to work, then you should probably have a look at your phone’s settings.
If you are using an Android phone, then go to Settings and tap on the Battery menu. There you will get a report on which apps are consuming more than they should. Select Battery Saver or low power mode, whatever the relevant option in your phone is, if you want to squeeze even more juice out of it. Keep in mind, though, that this option will restrict some app usage. Read more about this trick here.
If you are an Apple user, then go to Settings and tap on Battery. Press on Show Detailed Usage and then on Last 7 Days to get a full breakdown of power consumption and get a good idea of the apps that are draining your battery’s life. Check this article here for more details.
Turn Down the Screen Brightness
The screen is your phone’s largest component and the one that is using the most energy. One way of keeping it in control is opting for the Auto-Brightness feature. But, if you really want to take it to the next level, then you should adjust the brightness manually based on ambient changes. It’s tedious, but it’s one of those life hacks that just work.
Reduce the Screen Auto-Lock
Most phones have the Auto-Lock time (or Screen Timeout for Android) set at around two minutes. If you leave it like that, your phone’s screen will be on for two minutes even when you are not using it. If you change it to a lower period, such as 30 seconds, then your phone may auto-lock too soon, perhaps while you are reading an article. Use an app like Tasker to control for how long your screen is on depending on the apps that you are using.
Opt for a Dark Theme
A dark theme will require less power to light up those pixels on your screen. You should also opt for the Dark mode in Android.
Placing a few widgets on your home screen is a great way of accessing the apps you use the most with just one tap. However, most of us tend to overdo it and crowd the screen with more than we need.
Take a close look at the widgets on your home screen and decide what you use regularly and what is there by default. Remove the ones that you don’t need by tapping and holding on them, and then dragging them to the remove icon.
Reduce Screen Resolution
As mentioned already, your phone’s screen is consuming the most battery out of all components. Another way of keeping it in check is by reducing the resolution. Go to Settings, Display, and then Screen Resolution on your Android phone. Follow the tips listed in this article if you are an iPhone user.
Turn off Vibrations and Reduce the Volume
It takes power to shake your phone or to blast sound through its tiny speakers. Reduce the volume and turn off vibrations to help save your battery life.
Turn off the GPS, Bluetooth, and Mobile Data If You Are Not Using Them
What’s the point in having your GPS turned on when you are home watching Netflix? Why have the mobile data on when you are connected to the office’s WiFi? Turn these features off to prolong your battery life.
Don’t Skip on Any Updates
We know, nobody likes updates. They take forever to install and it feels like almost nothing changes. Phone manufacturers are always working on improving their system’s efficiency, so make sure that your device is up to date with the latest changes and improvements.
Over to You
Do you know any other lifesaver hacks that could make your phone’s battery last longer? We would love to hear them, so don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below.
The greatest discovery humankind has ever made was fire. It was arguably the point where existence itself took a turn and paved the way for many other discoveries and inventions throughout time.
But do you know how to start a fire? You may think this is not such a difficult task. After all, how hard can it be to find someone with a lighter or a few matches? But securing the spark is only one of the steps
Here’s a fire starting life hack you can always use.
When You Would Need This Skill?
The most obvious answer to this question is the good, old fashioned campfire. The campfire is a mandatory element for any overnight outdoor activity, and there’s really nothing beating the relaxation of sitting around the fire with your friends and family.
But there are also some emergency-type of situations where, of course, knowing how to start a fire can come in handy. For instance, being stranded overnight in an area without reception. The best thing to do in these cases is to build a fire that can both keep you warm and keep any predators away, at least until the morning when you can go and look for help.
But understanding how to build a fire doesn’t just protect you and the people you are with. It could also protect the environment. There have been many reported instances where campfires have caused serious damage to nature and even other people, either because they were improperly built or left unattended by campers.
Starting a Fire 101
Starting a fire sounds like one of those life hacks everyone knows how to do. That is, until you start trying. There are several different steps involved, and it’s imperative you follow them to the letter.
Take a look at these tips on how to build a successful fire and keep everyone around it safe.
1. Gather What You Need
Starting a fire doesn’t just involve putting a few sticks together and throwing a match between them. You’ll need a lot of materials to be able to light it and maintain it for longer times.
Here’s what you should look for:
Tinder, which is key to getting the fire started. Because it’s the smallest material, it’s the first to catch fire, and then it can spread to the rest of the wood. Tinder can be wood shavings, paper, cardboard, wax, etc.;
Kindling like twigs or small branches;
Firewood – which is the basis of the campfire. It can be up to 5 inches in diameter, anything thicker can be problematic. Make sure your firewood is completely dry, otherwise your fire won’t stay lit.
Matches or a lighter for the final spark.
When you go around to find the materials for the fire, remember to just look for the wood that’s already on the ground, and not cut any branches from the trees if you can. If you know you’re going to start a campfire, try to bring as much of the materials (like tinder) from home.
2. Setting the Stage
If you’re camping in an area that has special places for campfires, you can use it to start your own, though you’ll most likely have to remove any ash or stones from previous fires first.
However, if you have to create your own pit, you should do so in an area where there are no hovering branches that could potentially catch on fire. Clear any grass of vegetation in the place you want to start the fire until you reach the dirt. You should dig it at least a few inches deep, and keep the extra dirt around to put out the fire when you’re ready.
At the center of the fire ring, you’ll need to place a bed of tinder, then lay your kindling over it, topped with the firewood. It’s important to put the materials in this order for the fire to stay lit.
3. Light the Fire
After you’ve set the ground for the fire and placed the burning materials, it’s time to enjoy the fire! Take your matches or lighter and light the tinder on multiple sides to ensure the rest of the materials will catch fire as well. Don’t use any other substances like lighter fluid or gasoline – you could potentially burn yourself and those around you.
As long as you placed the tinder at the base and light from multiple sides, you don’t need any inflammable substances to light the fire.
For maintenance, add an additional log from time to time if you see the size of the flame is decreasing. But be careful not to put too many at once, as it can cause the flame to get uncontrollably big. Place on a log at a time only.
4. Put it out
It’s vital you don’t leave the fire unattended, even if for just a minute. Make sure there is at least one person watching it, and that your fire extinguishing tools are nearby. Even a small change in wind direction could potentially bring the flames closer to branches, and cause a wildfire.
Once the evening is over and you want to call it a night, remember to put out the fire before going to bed. Start by sprinkling water on the flames. Pouring water may flood the fire ring and render it unusable for other campers.
As you sprinkle water, stir the remaining logs with a longer stick to make sure they all get wet. When the steam will clear, you’re pretty much done!
It’s Always Safety First
For whatever reason you’re starting a fire, the golden rule is to put safety first. These tips, while they can help you start a lovely campfire you and your friends can enjoy, also ensure the entire process is safe for everyone involved.
Keep them close by the next time you’re headed for an outdoor adventure.
When a person has a heart attack, in most cases their heart will go into a fatal rhythm. It essentially means their heart cannot pump enough blood to the body and without immediate intervention, that person is likely to die. Or, if they make it, other health issues could ensue.
The only way to prevent this scenario is by using an automated external defibrillator to give the heart an electric shock and hopefully get it to its natural rhythm. The good part is that these devices can be used on people of different ages, and they’re so easy to handle that you don’t need any training to do it.
However, you do need to know a thing or two about using these life-saving devices, which unfortunately not a lot of people do. Here are some lifesaver tips on how to use an automated external defibrillator and save someone’s life!
When You Might Use an AED
For something that can do a pretty impressive thing like save a person’s life, AEDs don’t look like much. They are fairly small, light portable devices that check a person’s heart rhythm and send a shock to the organ and bring it back to its normal beating rhythm.
This device has sticky pads with electrodes (which are sensors) that you will attach to the chest of the person in need. The computer inside the AED will ultimately decide if there is a need for an electric shock, so you don’t have to worry about not making the right call. If the AED picks up that the person has a normal rhythm, then you won’t be able to shock the person.
It’s vital to use these devices when a person is having a cardiac arrest, which can cause the heart to have a dangerously lower beat. Please note that a cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack:
Heart attacks happen when a blocked artery prevents blood from reaching a section of the heart, but it does not generally cause any changes in cardiac rhythm. In this case, the artery must be reopened as quickly as possible, and the AED is not necessary.
Symptoms and Causes of a Cardiac Arrest
It’s essential to spot the signs of a cardiac arrest in order to offer people help when they need it. Sudden cardiac arrests can often take place out of the blue, with little to no previous warning. It’s usually triggered by a small defect in the heart’s blood arteries.
These triggers can often be harmless or have less severe symptoms and go unnoticed. However, some types of heartbeat irregularities can cause a sudden cardiac arrest.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some causes for a sudden cardiac arrest can include:
Various heart diseases;
High blood pressure;
High blood cholesterol;
Drug usage, etc.
Unfortunately, sudden cardiac arrest can occur with little warning, and its symptoms are immediate:
Lack of pulse;
Loss of consciousness.
In some cases, a sudden cardiac arrest may cause victims to show these symptoms:
The NHLBI also states that when the heart stops from sudden cardiac arrest, it’s imperative to administer help within 10 minutes the event took place. Otherwise, it’s possible for cardiac arrest to be fatal.
If you see a person fainted and suspect they might be having an SCA, here’s how you can help:
1. Confirm Loss of Consciousness
People suffering from an SCA are unresponsive, so you need to make sure the person in front of you isn’t having some other issues, such as a seizure or fainting.
Check to see if the person is unconscious or unresponsive (unable to react to certain signals like your voice.) You can shout or gently shake the person. If it’s a child, you can slightly pinch their arm to see if they respond – never shake a child.
2. Call 911
Even if you’re planning on using an AED, it’s imperative to call in the EMT for help. The person could be suffering from additional issues that may require emergency treatment.
3. Use the AED and Begin CPR
If there are more people present, one should start CPR while another person finds the AED device. If not, rush and find the AED first, then continue with CPR until the paramedics arrive.
AEDs can be found in many public spaces like commercial buildings, schools, theatres, or even public streets. Some resources like the Staying Alive app can help you locate an AED in your area fast.
To use the AED, follow these steps:
Power up the device, and place it near the victim’s head;
Expose the victims’ chest and wipe off any moisture. Apply the AED pads, one on the right just below the collarbone, and the other on the lower left side of the chest;
Connect the pads to the device.
If there is a person doing CPR, they mustn’t stop until the shock is ready to be delivered. The device will first analyze the victim’s rhythm and see if a shock is needed;
If the device says the rhythm needs a shock, make sure nobody is touching the victim, and push the shock button;
After the shock, continue CPR. The device will show you if the rhythm improved. If it did not, another shock may be needed.
Back to You
If you see a person collapsing and suspect they may be having a cardiac arrest, using an AED can save their lives. Remember to call 911 right away and follow the instructions on the device to the letter to effectively restore the normal cardiac rhythm.