Nurses Are Sharing Secret Tips They Use At Home - I'm Trying Them All!
Adrian Quinton 1/21/2016
Nurses work 24/7 to make anyone’s hospital experience a little easier. Here, we share nurse-approved tips that work as well in a hospital as they do at home!
Freshen Up Any Room
Your morning cup of joe can do more than help you get through your day. Fill a small pot or container with your fresh coffee grounds and place in a room you want to remove foul odors from. The grounds work wonders absorbing and eliminating unpleasant smells!
Clean Stubborn Stains Quickly and Easily
Hydrogen peroxide can be used for more than simply cleaning cuts and scrapes. It’s also a great way to remove blood stains from clothes, carpet or upholstery, even if they’re already set in. Simply pour some on a cotton swab or rag and blot the area until it’s clear.
Prepare For Your Day Beforehand
Nurses are able to get so much done in so little time by being prepared and making the most out of the time they do have. Practice getting everything ready for your next day’s activities by setting out the things you’ll need early--no matter how tired or busy you may be. Pack lunches, set out the day’s outfit, get your shower supplies ready, fill the car with gas and make it as easy as possible for you to get out the door when you wake up. Preventing the hurried, last-minute stress of doing all of this in the morning will help you arrive at work relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle the day!
Make Mascara Last Longer
To prevent your mascara from drying out, simply add a few drops of saline solution to your tube and mix well. You can also use saline solution to keep your contacts from drying out in a pinch.
Calm Down With Simple Chores
De-stress and re-focus when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed by doing simple tasks. Nurses know that folding towels or organizing supplies is a great way to feel purposeful and accomplished, without using a lot of concentration. Doing these types of “second nature” tasks can help give you the minute or two you need to collect yourself.
Tackle Tangled Hair
Rubbing alcohol can help you detangle even the messiest hair. Simply pour a small amount on the tangled area and massage until the knots loosen. It works by breaking down any sticky residue in the hair and making it smoother and easier to manage.
Fuel Up With the Right Foods
Staying productive requires energy. Instead of filling up on more coffee, be sure to eat balanced meals of carbohydrates and protein. The carbs will give you energy and the protein helps avoid blood sugar spikes (and crashes!), so you’ll have a steady flow of energy and be able to finish your to-do list in record time.
Stop Bloody Noses in a Breeze
Out of Band-Aids and have a child with a particularly messy cut or scrape? Use tampons and sanitary pads to clean up blood! For a bleeding nose, cut a regular tampon in half and lightly place in the affected nostril(s). It may look silly, but it’ll stanch the blood flow in no time. For smaller wounds, sanitary pads provide great protection and blood absorption.
Use Toothpaste to Filter Foul Smells
If you’re working or dealing with anything particularly stinky, rub a small amount of toothpaste, Vaporub or any other mentholated ointment under your nose. Breathing in the fresh scents will help cut the bad smells significantly. If you happen to have paper masks around, layer the same ointment between two of them for even more protection from those stinky smells!
Swap Salt For Lemon
If you or your loved ones have been put on a low or no-salt diet, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor! Keep a stash of fresh lemons and limes on hand to spice up even the blandest dishes. Simply squeeze a wedge or two over your meal and enjoy! You’ll have a more flavorful meal while still staying within your doctor’s guidelines.
Glue Minor Cuts & Scrapes
You know that Superglue is great for fixing small things around the house, but did you know you can also use it on your skin? For shallow cuts and scrapes, apply a small amount of Superglue to keep skin together when you don’t have bandages or other supplies handy. For any deep or more severe injuries, always seek medical attention.
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"Shave" Off Stickiness
Got sticky substances on your hands that you just can’t get off? Use shaving cream like lotion to break up those pesky messes. Shaving cream helps to break down and loosen things like glue, lotion and other hard-to-wash-off messes, quickly and easily. Simply rub shaving cream on, lather, and rinse off. Finish off with a wipe or regular soap and you’ll be as good as new in no time!
Save Time & Money With Bulk Food Prep
Streamline your food routine by buying and cooking in bulk. In just a few hours one day a week, you can prepare an entire week’s worth of meals that you can grab while you're on-the-go during your workdays. Preparing everything at once not only saves you time and money, but also ensures that you’ve got healthy meals to look forward to (and not the ho-hos in the vending machine).
Learn From the Best
Nurses are completely dedicated to helping others in times of need. Whether that means lending a helping hand to comfort or console a sick patient during treatment, celebrating exciting moments like the birth of a child, or simply doing what they can to make everyone's hospital experiences easier and more comfortable, nurses do it all. We can learn from their smart, hardworking life hacks to make our own lives a little better!