8 Cool and Creative Lamps

We've already featured multiple articles loaded with stunning lighting options, but the truth is, there are just way too many amazing lights out there to ever exhaust the subject. So with that in mind, here are 8 more that are too incredible to ignore.

Wooden Cathedral Puzzle

Love putting puzzles together but hate having to put them away again? Then check out this amazing lamp by 1Man1Garage. It starts out as a 3D puzzle and once you put it together you have an absolutely gorgeous lamp.

Art Deco Cthulhu

Artist Karl Dupere-Richer created this impressive tribute to Lovecraft's most famous creature with materials culled from old patio chairs, flower pots, umbrellas, bicycles, pipe, cars, garden hoses and more. The end result is both impressive and spine-tingling, just like Cthulhu.

Industrial Robot

This adorable little robot light by Joseph Barral not only has a lot of character -he also has a lot of uses thanks to his built-in electrical sockets and USB ports.

Edison Bulb Chandelier

This industrial-looking light by LightwithShade looks like some sort of mechanical spider, but the best part is that you can set the position of each individual bulb so you can ensure that every corner of your room has just the right amount of light.

Xenomorph

Whether you're a big fan of Ridley Scott's Alien series or just can't get enough of the artwork of H.R. Giger, there's a lot to love about this horrifyingly cool lamp Kreatworks made from discarded machine and vehicle parts.

Knight's Helmet

If you can't afford to buy one of the impressive artist creations on this list, don't despair -you can built this one yourself thanks to Instructable user Mr. Hyde's tutorial. Of course, you'll still need to shop around to find a good-looking and affordable helmet and crankshaft.

Coke Can

It's one thing to make a lamp base from a Coke can, but creating an entire lampshade from pull tabs is what sets License to Craft's creation apart from the competition. If you don't like Coke, she has plenty of other similar lamps made from a variety of beverages including Monster, Coors and Mountain Dew.

Boon Glo

The trumpet-like, color-changing design of this lamp already makes it a fun addition to a child's room, but the real brilliance of this design is the fact that your youngster can grab an LED ball and carry it to light his or her way to the restroom and back (or to light up a potentially monster-filled nook in his or her room).

If you still haven't found the perfect lamp for your taste and space, then be sure to check out our lighting category with all kinds of amazing ways to brighten your home.


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14 Ways to Decorate Your Home With LEGO Goodness

For most people, the word "brick" brings to mind brownish-red construction materials, but for a small segment of die-hard LEGO lovers, the word instead invokes images of colorful toys that can be used to make just about anything. If you fall into the later group, here are a few great ideas on how to deck your house out with all kinds of bricktastic goodness.

Table

Have a boring table you want to spruce up? If it's a rectangle shape, all you need to do is get some LEGOs and a pane of tempered glass in the same size. You can go for random colors for a bright rainbow of hues in your room or be more selective and add your own pattern.

If you don't have the time or patience to make your own LEGO table (or want one with built in LED lighting), then you can always buy a pre-made one on Etsy.

Spice Rack

It would probably be pretty easy to actually build a spice rack with LEGO bricks, but if you really want to make a LEGO creation people will notice from across the kitchen, try using the bottle tops to make a spice rack that looks like a giant LEGO.

Coasters

Again, you could probably make LEGO coasters pretty easily, but these stone coasters with vintage-style LEGO artwork are pretty irresistible in their own right.

Pillow

Here's one case where a thing that just looks like it has LEGO bricks on it is a lot better than having a real LEGO creation -after all, those bricks aren't exactly known for being soft and fluffy.

Shower Curtain

It would be pretty hard to build a functional shower curtain with LEGO bricks, but you still have options out there -this Identity Crisis shower curtain is just one delightfully silly choice available.

Planter

Because LEGO fit together so perfectly tightly, they can easily be used to make a planter. Even more impressively though, you can build a box around your potted plant to make a cool LEGO park scene like The Bob Blog did here.

Key Holder

Always lose your keys the second you walk into the door? Then keep them stored on your LEGO key holder and you'll never lose them again. Best of all, this Instructable shows it's incredibly easy to make one of these on your own.

Gold Magnets

It's easy enough to stick a magnet on the back of your LEGO and use it on the fridge, but if you want it to look chic as well as geek, follow She's Called Claire's example and spray paint them gold first.

Portraits

Why get a poster for the LEGO movie when you could instead make your own poster with practically anything on it. This instructable shows how easy it is to make your own custom mosaic in LEGO.

Soap

What bathroom theme is complete without some matching soaps? When it comes to LEGO soap, you can either buy these cute bar soaps from Etsy or make a simple and adorable liquid soap dispenser brightened up with colorful LEGO blocks inside.

Picture Frame

No home is complete without a few family photos, but if you want to geek yours up, you might want to store it in one of these cute LEGO picture frames.

Kleenex Holder

Perfect for offices, bedrooms and bathrooms, this LEGO Kleenex box holder is a perfect way to add a little touch of LEGO to something you already have anyway.

Phone Docks

There are all kinds of LEGO phone dock designs online, many with instructions to create your own. We're particularly big fans of these designs by designer Augusto Roberto that not only work great, but also maintain a distinctly block-friendly look.

Via Bit Rebels

Business Card Holder

This cute business card holder is a great addition to any geek desk and the magnetized paperclip holder makes it even more functional.

If you still haven't found quite the perfect LEGO home accessory, then don't miss this list that shows you how to use minfigs to hold your cables or this one that features a LEGO Avengers lamp.


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8 More Storage & Organization Hacks

We've already featured two articles detailing how to make the most of your space, but storage and organization is just so critical in to every home that we simply couldn't stop there. Here are 8 more simple ideas to keep your life clutter free and your home feeling spacious.

Use Hanging Shoe Organizers to Store  Everything

Have too much cleaning stuff under your sink? Tired of the massive block of paper towel rolls filling up your shelves? Invest in a hanging shoe organizer. Use the wall-pocket version to hold under-the-sink cleaners, pantry snacks or kid's school supplies, and use the stacked-shoe-box style to hold your paper towel and toilet paper rolls.

This tutorial on Imperfect Homemaking can even show you how to make your own wall-pocket style organizer if you don't want to buy a pre-made one.

Install Spinning Tables in Your Pantry

Searching through all the jars and cans in the corner of a pantry can be a pain, but with a lazy Susan in each corner, you can just rotate through the items until you find the one you're looking for. Decor Chick shows how easy it is to do.

Use Bungee Cords to Store Sports Balls

Take advantage of the wooden walls in your garage by adding a few U-shaped wood pieces and some bungee cords -now you have a ball-holder just like the ones featured at all the toy stores. Some plain wooden boards can also be added to store fishing rods, paddles and other toys. Designed to Dwell can show you how.

Add A Wire Shelf To Your Garage Ceiling

Similar to storing your gaming balls, this Family Handyman trick takes advantage of the unfinished walls of your garage. Just install a wire shelf under the wooden boards on the ceiling and you have some great out-of-the-way storage that was just going to waste before.

Hang and Label Your Jeans

Let's face it -jeans tend to look alike until you pull them out. But if you hang them up and then label them with a simple tag like Love Bug Living uses, you can immediately identify the right pair of jeans and grab them in only a minute. You can also do this with tees and other pants. It's a great way to cut down on your time getting ready.

Carve a Toothbrush Holder in Your Medicine Cabinet

If you have wooden shelves in your medicine cabinet, why take up extra counter space with a toothbrush holder when you can hang them right behind the door? This Family Handyman tutorial is so simple you'll wonder why you haven't done it yet.

Hang Your Wrapping Paper on the Ceiling

Install a few anchor hooks and galvanized wire in your closet ceiling and you'll be able to hang your wrapping paper out of sight and out of mind until you need it.

Store Board Games on Their Side

Board games are meant to be stored flat, which is fine when you only own a couple, but when you start to get more and more games, they start to stack upon each other and eventually it becomes a nightmare to access any one particular game. As Imperfect Homemaking shows though, wrapping a large rubber band around the box makes storing games on their side simple, which makes grabbing your favorite game worlds easier.

If you still haven't satisfied your need for clean, then don't miss the all of our fascinating storage solutions in our organization category.


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10 More Stunning Pools We'd Love to Visit This Summer

We've previously featured some amazing swimming pools that would make anyone's summer a lot cooler, but with so many beautiful pools out there, it's impossible to limit the selection to just fifteen. Here are ten more absolutely gorgeous pools to day dream about.

The Human Watering Hole

There aren't many place where you can take a dip and watch elephants roam the savannah at the same time, but the "human watering hole" at Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Tanzania allows you to do just that.

The Perivolas Pool

Sanding high above the Aegean Sea, the white infinity pool at Perivolas provides incredible views that seem to be at one with the horizon.

The Many Theme Park Pools of Atlantis

With not just one pool but almost a dozen of them, the Atlantis on Paradise Island is certain to please children and adults alike. Don't miss the clear-tunnel waterslide that sends you through a whole tank of sharks!

The Luxurious Pools of Oberoi Udaivias

Whether you prefer the labyrinth-like main pool, the spa pool adorned with gentle arches or the semi-private pool that is only accessible by those who stay in the rooms closest to the lake, you'll be sure to fall in love with the pools of Oberoi Udaivias.

Ceasar's Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas offers the choice of up to eight pools in a space that expands an amazing five acres.

Laucala

There are plenty of amazing beaches around Fiji's Laucala Island Resort, but their lap pool built right inside the stunning main pool isn't to be missed.

The Fiber Optic Pool

With a resort that's surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, Huvafen Fushi had to do something truly amazing to make their pool stand out. The addition of more than 1000 small fiber optic lights managed to make the mineral pool truly memorable.

Nandana's Infinity Pool

The infinity pool at Nandana Villa seems to be at one with the Atlantic Ocean of the Bahamas outside. The pool also serves as a stunning focal point of the villa itself.

The Golden Pool

Dreaming of wealth and a life of leisure? Then you may want to take a nap in the golden pool at the St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Kept at a cozy 90 degrees Fahrenheit, this pool is a great place to rejuvenate and relax.

The Cantilevered Pool

Hong Kong’s Hotel Indigo provides a one-of-a-kind view from their rooftop pool that overlooks the city not only from the side of the pool, but through the bottom of it as well.

Be sure to check back with us, because we will absolutely be following up on this topic with even more wonderful pools.


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9 Epic Man Caves

Sometimes a man needs a place to get away from the world -whether to spend some time alone or some time with his buddies. The man cave is a perfect refuge from work, family and life in general and these man caves are just about as removed from the everyday world as you could hope for.

Skyrim Inspired

Comic book artist Tyler Kirkham created the ultimate in geeky man caves when he spent over $50,000 creating this truly magnificent tribute to Skyrim and the rest of the Elder Scroll series. His space includes a kitchen, a bathroom, an alchemy lab, a secret door hidden behind a bookcase, a waterfall, a suit of armor, a $20,000 home theater system and over $8,000 worth of stone masonry.

Fan Zone

This home in Forest Hill, North Carolina is an ultimate shrine to the Toronto Maple Leafs, featuring not only a collection of photos, equipment and uniforms from team members -but even a turnstile from the Maple Leaf Gardens. The main seating area features a drop down screen and projector to create one impressive viewing area, as well as peripheral televisions on each side.

One Great Garage

If you ask many men what they'd want in their dream man cave, they'll tell you they want a gorgeous car. This ultimate garage hangout by tdSwansburg Design Studio is the epitome of car collector fantasies. The space not only includes the owner's prized collection of Mustangs and Shelby  Cobras, but also a full bar and entertainment center.

Wooden & Rustic

Just a fraction of the space of this $11.5 million waterfront home in Orcas Island, Washington makes up the beautiful game room, but it's enough to make you dream of long nights spent sipping scotch, shooting pool and reading anything by Ernest Hemmingway.

Barn Room

If you're of the opinion that a man cave should be its own separate structure, then you'll love this beautiful, rustic design by Heritage Restorations. With a wet bar, a pool table, a ping pong table and an entertainment center it's the perfect home-away-from-home that's still next door to home.

Wood & Stone

This wonderful basement man cave by CHC Creative Remodeling features wooden walls and flooring, stone accents and a stunning ceiling inspired by the night sky. Entertainment options include vintage video games, pinball machines, a foosball table, a full bar, slot machines, a pool table. The basement is even equipped with its own gym and a half bathroom.

Sporty & Sleek

With a home theater, a basketball court, a full bar and a shuffleboard table, this great space by Kaufman Construction Design and Build functions as both a man cave and a great place for the whole family to get together and enjoy each other's company.

Covering All Bases

With an awesome baseball-themed home theater room, an indoor basketball court and a game room equipped with pinball, video games, pool and a card table, this basement renovation by BOWA may be designed for a family, but it has all the makings of a magnificent man cave.

Simple & Modern

With three tvs, a comfy couch, shelves of helmets and an air hockey table, this great space by KDS Interiors shows that man caves don't need to be massive to be brilliant.

For those looking for a man cave focused around audio and video entertainment, don't miss our great collection of amazing home theaters.


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10 Totally Beautiful Modern Libraries

Libraries have traditionally been a central attraction for those gaining knowledge and their detailed, stunning architecture often reflect that fact. In modern times though, libraries have been losing influence in their communities. But there are some designers working to keep interest in our book depositories alive.

Harold Washington Library, USA

Beeby & Babka did a marvelous job of combining old and new design touches in their beautiful, modern neoclassical library. The red brick contrasts strikingly with the dark glass rooftop while still managing to fit in well with the surrounding Chicago architecture.

Central Library of Vancouver, Canada

Taking obvious influence from the Roman Coliseum, Vancouver's central library is one of the city's most famous icons. The beautiful and influential structure was designed by DA Architects and Moshe Safdie and fills up an entire city block and features shops, restaurants, a parking lot, office buildings and a rooftop garden.

Stuttgart City Library, Germany

Designed by Yi Architects, Germany's Stuttgart City Library has a striking cube-like shape covered in a unique pattern of doors lined up nine by nine on the exterior. Inside, the pure white color scheme makes the structure look like a library from heaven. The library is actually just the first completed structure in a much larger development that will be built around it, so these amazing views of the building are only going to be around for a short period.

Halmstad City Library, Sweden

Set in a park near the Nissan River, the Halmstad Library overlooks the city's historic center with floor-to-ceiling windows stretching across the entire building's exterior, providing natural light and a completely green heat source. The structure, design by Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen, extends beyond the walkway along the river and into the Nissan itself like an enclosed pier.

National Library of Belarus

The dramatic shapes and angles of Belarus' national library have led to the structure quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions in the city. The arhombicuboctahedron structure designed by Victor Kramarenko and Mikhail Vinogradov houses not only the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials, but also the third largest collection of Russian books. Since its opening in 2006, the building has been listed as one of the World's Best Libraries, 100 Most Surprising Acheivements of Modern Architecture and Top 50 Unusual Buildings.

EPM Library, Colombia

Udeb Arquitectos designed the EPM library to look like an upside down pyramid, with the massive structure stretching over 107,000 square feet. The entrance plaza is adorned by a collection of white columns that stretch into the sky like a white forest and the entire library project was completed along with a major urban renewal plan to revitalize the city of Medellin.

TU Delft Library, The Netherlands

The largest technical scientific library in The Netherlands, Delft University's cone-topped study center is a popular destination for everyone in the area that is seeking to expand their knowledge. The roof of the structure is covered in grass, allowing students a comfortable place to relax and read under the sun, while keeping the library itself well insulated and comfortable. At the same time, Mecanoo's use of an iconic white cone creates a unique focal point that lets natural light flow into the building below.

The Black Diamond, Denmark

With tons of irregular angles and a polished black granite exterior, The Black Diamond is a highly appropriate name for the Royal Danish Library. Designed by Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen, the structure is one of the most famous landmarks along the Copenhagen waterfront. The library not only houses space for over 200,000 books, but also scientific institutions, exhibition rooms, a cafe, a bookshop and a restaurant.

Spanish Park Library, Colombia

Perched on a hill rising above Santo Domingo, the Parque Biblioteca España is an icon of modernist design in South America. The three rock-like buildings are a major contrast to the plain, low-income homes in the area, providing a place for locals to learn and dream. As architect Giancarlo Mazzanti explained, “We wanted to take people from this poor community into another place and change their reality.”

Peckham Library, UK

Will Alsop of Alsop & Stormer designed this library was designed to look like no other building in the area in order to inspire curiosity from passersby. After its grand opening in March of 2000, it quickly received numerous awards, including the Stirling Award for architectural innovation, the Civic Trust Award for excellence in public architecture, the Copper Cladding Award and more.

These lovely libraries remind us of the knowledge and magic that hides within the pages on their shelves, reminding us that even in our technological age, there is still plenty of room for good old fashioned books. While this list only features libraries from the Americas and Europe, we fully intend to feature more libraries in future articles from other fantastic locations across the globe.


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12 Awesome Decor Pieces Inspired by The Avengers

The Avengers have always been awesome and with Age of Ultron out right now, they've never been more popular. If you're a die-hard fan who would love to bring a touch of Marvel into your home, here are a few awesome home accessories featuring the Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Movie Prop Desk

This desk by Tom Spina Designs (previously featured in both our Geek Home Theater and Star Wars furniture articles) doesn't just look incredible, it's also loaded with all kinds of hidden compartments to make it totally functional while still efficiently displaying a huge selection of replica props from the films.

Record Wall Clock

Recycled vinyl clocks are always cool to look at and this one featuring the full team of Avengers in incredible detail is a testament to the skills of Etsy seller ASecondLifeForVinyl.

Towel Set

These cool Captain America towels from Think Geek are a great way to add a little geek touch to your bathroom decor. The company even sells a matching rug and terrycloth robe so you can get out of the shower feeling like a true American hero.

Curtains

Even if they are listed in the kid's decor section, you don't have to be a youngster to appreciate these fun Avengers drapes sold at Wal-Mart.

Table Lamp

Nothing sets the mood quite like a lamp featuring the newest villain in the Avenger's movie series and this official Marvel product is ideal for offices, living rooms and bedrooms. You can even customize it to match your other decor.

LEGO Desk Lamp

If you like the Ultron lamp shade, but wish the lamp itself was a little more imaginative, don't miss this fantastic LEGO playset lamp by Etsy seller brickablocks. It even optionally comes with an Ironman and Thor minifigs.

Dresser

Does it take a team of heroes to help you get dressed in the morning? Then perhaps you could use this cool dresser from Etsy seller CalderonCustoms.

Drawer Pulls

Etsy seller ThemeMyRoom has a great selection of superhero-inspired drawer pulls. While some come in sets, like the adorable growing Hulk fists, many are also sold individually, so you can assemble your own team of Avengers.

Cutting Board

At long last, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are here and ready to help you make dinner. Etsy seller HeartwarmingGift will even customize the design for you in case you want to give one of these to a superhero-loving friend of yours.

Light Switch Covers

For only five dollars, Yakamaniac can customize your light switch or outlet cover to feature a real page from an Avengers comic book (or a page from one of the related character's comic stories). If you want to use a specific page or just want to DIY it for fun, this Instructable shows that the process is relatively simple.

Birdfeeder

Your resident avian population may not understand what's so great about The Avengers, but they'll grow to love the heroic team when they start regularly dining from this birdfeeder by Etsy seller BirdFeederGuy.

A Whole Apartment

If you really want your space to show your love for The Avengers though, then you may want to contact Singapore’s Absolook Interior Design, the company that put together this gorgeous apartment dedicated to Marvel's legendary team of heroes.

If you're looking for more great geek furniture and accessories, don't miss our round ups of video game decor, dorky doormats, nerdy bedspreads and gorgeous gaming tables.


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16 Mason Jar Hacks for Your Home

Few things offer quite as many uses as a mason jar and practically nothing offers that same level of quaint country charm. Whether you're looking for an excuse to buy more jars or have a collection lying around from your canning experiments phase, mason jar lovers everywhere will love these great household uses for their favorite containers.

Chalkboard Spice Jars

It's hard to keep a good spice collection organized and accessible, but if you have a spare drawer and some small mason jars, you may want to consider this brilliant idea from Raising Up Rubies that puts all of your spices and measuring tools front and center.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

If you have a mason jar, a lid, a hammer and a nail then you can easily make the simple salt and pepper shakers featured on The 36th Avenue. Alternatively, if you like to pour your spices rather than shake them, you won't want to miss the tutorial from Put It In A Jar that shows how to add a pour spout to your lid.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

A hammer, nail and mason jar are also all you need to prep up a simple toilet bowl cleaner that just requires a little vinegar. Just pop some holes in the lid, fill the jar with vinegar and set the jar upside down in your toilet tank. A little vinegar will escape every time you flush, keeping your bowl sparkling clean.

Image via Dplanet:: [Flickr]

Soap Dispenser

Instructables ser ctx1985 managed to make a delightful soap dispenser with little more than a mason jar, an old soap dispenser, a drill and a hot glue gun. Of course, if that sounds like too much effort to you, there are plenty of places to buy one on Etsy -like this one from NemaSoap.

Bathroom Organizer

Skinny Meg found a $2 pallet-style wood shelf at Ikea. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, she turned it into this beautiful, rustic bathroom organizer. If you like the look but aren't quite that handy, you can buy a similar one from Etsy seller RichAccents.

Shelf Organizer

Under-shelf space often goes unutilized, but with this handy hack from Poofy Cheeks, you can keep your stuff organized and out of the way by simply sticking it in mason jars under a shelf.

Hanging Lights

Even without ample electrical knowledge, it's pretty easy to put together this great mason jar light set featured on Design Sponge with a hanging lamp kit -though you will need an electrician to hook it up for you. If you'd like a premade one though BootsnGus has a beautiful alternative as well as a charming chandelier-style mason jar light.

Tiki Torches

Looking for some unique lighting for your next outdoor gathering? Then invest in some tiki torch fuel, tiki torch wicks and mason jars. A small hole through the lid for the wick is all it takes to convert your jars into torches and The Frugal Homemaker can show you how.

Bird Feeder

Mason jars are mighty sturdy, so it only make sense that they would also make great bird feeders. You can make your own wood-covered one with this tutorial from Instructables user Rustic Wood or you can buy the copper-wrapped design from Jarring Creations.

Moss Terrarium

There are a lot of ways to turn your mason jar into a centerpiece, but if you like the idea of making one that will last for years to come, try this cool moss terrarium by Parent Pretty. Best of all, it's a great project to do with your kids.

Branch Vase

A mason jar doesn't have to look like a mason jar to be functional. Garden Mama proves that a few branches and hot glue can turn a basic mason jar vase into something surprising.

Wine Glasses

These novelty wine glasses have become widely available at stores across the nation, but why buy one when you can make your own with little more than glass glue, a mason jar and a candlestick holder? Modern Day Moms shows how simple it is.

Blender Jar

If you ever break your blender jar or want a smaller container, Real Simple points out that most blender blades will attach to a small-mouth mason jar. It's also a great option if you want to blend something and store it for later.

Twine and Ribbon Holders

Have a pile of crafting supplies that seem to be taking over your space? Then check out this handy tutorial on A Cassarella for making a twine holder with a long bolt and a mason jar. While the writer only suggests using this for twine, it's easy to see that it would also be a great way to organize ribbons -just make sure the mouth of the jar is large enough to fit your spools.

Sewing Kit

Speaking of crafts, here's a simple storage solution for your sewing kit that's even a copy of a $48 Anthropologie product. It All Started With Paint can show you how to make your own (or one as a gift) for practically nothing.

Speaker Kit

Want to learn some basic electronics and have a cool-looking speaker at home? Then check out this cool mason jar speaker kit from Trash Amps. If you love the look but don't want to put in the time and effort, they also have a premade design available.

And, of course, don't forget that mason jars are also great for canning, baking and storing food!

Mason jar image in the header via Dwight Burdette [Wikipedia]

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16 Surprising Cleaning Hacks

We've already featured some great tricks for deep spring cleaning and simple ways to spruce up your home, but there are some chores you need to do all year round. Fortunately, cleaning your bathroom, kitchen and bedroom doesn't need to be a nightmare. These great tricks can make your regular cleaning routine go by in no time.

Clean your showerhead overnight. 

As Real-Life Housewife demonstrates simply pour vinegar into a plastic bag, secure the bag over your showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight. When you remove the bag in the morning, you'll be able to wipe off the hard water deposits and soap scum with little to no effort.

Get rid of nasty water stains around your sink.

Since you can't wrap your whole sink with a bag filled with vinegar, do what The Thrifty Home recomends and clean your faucets and sink with paper towels soaked in vinegar. Just wrap them around the affected area and spray with a little more vinegar every 10 minutes to keep them moist. After an hour or so, you should be able to easily scrub away the nasty deposits that caused the stains.

(Note: do not use vinegar on marble or stone as it can corrode these materials.)

Leave bleach-soaked cotton balls to remove mold from caulking.

This one's pretty basic -just soak cotton balls in bleach and then stick them along corners and crevasses where mold has started growing in your caulking.

Image Via The Craft Patch

Scrub your tub with less elbow grease.

Mix a combination of 50% vinegar and 50% dish soap. Put the mixture in a dish scrubber that holds soap and spread the concoction around your tub using minimal elbow grease. This alone should get rid of most of your grime, but for anything left over, try putting kosher salt on half of a lemon and scrubbing the tub with it. The citrus should clear off any of the other cleanser's residue, provide an extra level of cleanser and make your tub smell good, while the salt will scrub any stubborn grime.

Disinfect wood and bamboo cutting boards with lemon.

Just like the tub trick, use salt and lemon to scrub your cutting board, only this time, put the salt over the entire surface of a wet cutting board before scrubbing away residue with the lemon. All Kinds of Yumm has the full details.

Ammonia the filth out of our cooking space.

Two of the hardest to clean surfaces in a kitchen are the stove burners and the inside of the oven. Amazingly, ammonia can make both of these chores much less tedious. For the burners, do what The V Spot suggests and fill a plastic bag with 1/4 cup ammonia and seal a burner inside. A Real-Life Housewife says for the oven, put a glass bowl with 1/2 ammonia on a rack in the oven and seal the door closed. Leave both overnight, then open up all your windows and doors. Open your oven to release the fumes and leave the room for 10 minutes. Then remove your burners from the bag and wipe the burners and your oven with a wet sponge -they should both wipe clean with little to no effort.

Pre-treat your microwave.

Spraying chemicals all over your microwave and scrubbing your fingers to the bone is the worst possible way to clean this appliance. Instead, fill a glass with water and a few lemon halves or with vinegar -which is what The Craft Patch used in the image. Zap things for two minutes (the liquid should start boiling), let cool for a minute and then open and wipe away the filth with a sponge. You'll be amazed how quick the cleaning process is once you try it.

Clean your refrigerator in a jiff.

Don't sit and scrub your fridge. Just move things around so you can wash one shelf at a time in your dishwasher (along with other dishes). A few cycles and re-organizations later and things are clean without wasting power leaving the fridge door open and without scrubbing nasty, mysterious food spills.

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Instantly wash your blender.

Blenders are just one of those appliances that are a pain to clean. While you still might want to run it in the dishwasher here and there, skip the majority of scrubbing by throwing dish soap and water in the pitcher right after you use it. Run the motor for a few seconds, then rinse the pitcher and dry it -it's ready to go again.

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De-grime your coffee grinder.

You can't really wash your coffee grinder with water, but you can still clean it. Just throw some uncooked rice or some white bread into the device and run it for a minute. Dump out the chopped food, then grind a tablespoon baking soda and use a wet rag or sponge until clean.

Image Via Faruk Ates

Clean your light covers in the dishwasher.

Dirt, insects and dust can leave light fixtures looking nasty. A quick trip through the dishwasher will leave them looking like new though. You can also remove light switch and outlet covers the same way.

Image Via Michelle Jones

Throw toys in the washing machine.

And not just stuffed animals. Many plastic toys, including action figures, Legos and bath toys can be thrown in the washing machine. Just tie them up inside a pillow case, run a short cold cycle and voila -your kid's toys are clean in a jiffy. Plastic and metal toys can also go in the dishwasher on a low temperature as long as you can secure them in the utensil box or a mesh laundry bag.

Image Via Jim Bauer

Wash your vents in minutes.

Washing air vents is often a pain in the butt, it doesn't have to be though. Either try wrapping a clean towel around a butter knife and using regular cleanser to slice away grime between the slots, or simply remove the vents, put them in your dishwasher and replace when dry.

Image Via Jasleen Kaur

Use a sock to wash your blinds.

Put your hand in a sock, put it in a mixture of white vinegar and water. Use the sock like a sock puppet to run down the length of your blinds in one quick motion. Keep Home Simple shows how easy it is.

Disinfect your mattress.

You may clean your sheets regularly, but what about the bed itself? Do what WikiHow demonstrates and fill a spray bottle with vodka and spray a little across your whole mattress. Let the vodka air dry and you'll have a smell-free, sanitized mattress in no time.

Rub dirty paintings with bread.

Admittedly, this sounds a little crazy, but even professional painting specialists will use white bread to remove dust and grime from old paintings. Just rub the painting with bread until clean, then use a soft-bristle brush to sweep away any crumbs. The Brick House does it with bagels, but you can also use white bread.

We'd like to offer a special thank you to Jennifer of The Craft Patch Blog, who has gone above and beyond when it comes to testing many of the cleaning tricks floating around on Pinterest. Remember, don't believe everything you read (unless you see it here).

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10 Cool Home Design Illusions

If great art makes you think then these wonderful optical illusion designs are examples of art at its finest. From wall paper that looks like your walls are alive and moving to flooring that looks like you're walking on water, these amazing illusions will make you think a little more about the possibilities of your ordinary home decor.

Bias of Thoughts Bookshelf

This neat bookshelf by Clarke Hopkins Clarke is based on the classic impossible fork illusion where the eyes accept each end of the piece as looking normal, but when you observe the object as a whole, you realize those forms cannot actually exist simultaneously.

Cafe Wall Illusion Table

Based on the famous Cafe Wall illusion, this fantastic table by Etsy seller Exotic Tiles doesn't show a spiral, but simply a set of circles adorned with black and white tiles. While the tiles look to be of different, flocculating sizes, they are all actually the same.

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Imeüble 

Bjørn Jørund Blikstad's Imeüble challenges our spatial perception, turning each wall of what looks like a set of 3D blocks into usable storage space.

3D Epoxy Floors

You may not be able to install a waterfall in your bedroom, an aquarium in your entry way, a beach in your bathroom or a dolphin tank in your living room, but with these amazing 3D epoxy artworks by Imperial Interiors, you can at least get the next best thing. Just don't be surprised when drunk guests refuse to step foot in your living room swimming pool.

Extend Bookshelf

Small and inconspicuous, Yoy Idea's Extend bookshelf is designed to clamp on to the edge of a desk or counter and then be extended outward so your books look like they are floating in midair.

Psychedelic Illusion Pattern Wallpaper

Some people want their rooms to seem bigger, which is often easy to do with a few extra mirrors. But if you don't want your room to seem bigger so much as immeasurable, you might prefer this fantastic psychedelic wallpaper by Etsy seller Livettes.

Apartment House

The entire interior of this home by Kazuyasu Kochi is a living optical illusion. The structure started as an apartment building with eight units, but in the process of renovating it into one single family home, Kazuyasu Kochi also transformed the space into a mind-bending illusion that looks more at home in a psychedelic cartoon than in the real world.

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Bulbing Lights

These odd 3D-looking lights by Tel Aviv's Studio Cheha are actually flat acrylic sheets placed above a light box. The creations were initially funded on Kickstarter, where they made close to 1000% of their original goal. The designs are interchangeable and energy efficient, so they're even cool beyond the illusion aspect.

Sima Pashtun

Designers from Eos México made history when the introduced the first hand-knotted illusion rug in history. The piece was made with 3000 year-old hand-made Tibetan knot methods and, when viewed from the right angle, gives the illusion that the middle of the rug is sinking into the ground.

The Black Door

Design studio UXUS wanted their workplace to reflect the sense of wonderment a well-designed space can inspire. To that end, their entire headquarters looks fantastic enough to enamor any hesitant clients, but we're particularly impressed with the mysterious black door that seems to be free standing in the middle of a large, white room thanks to the use of a mirrored wall.

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Don't miss other great examples of illusion design included in our roundup of amazing lights, unbelievable sinks and beautiful bookcases.


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