You think you’re warding off disease, but if you don’t spend enough time washing your hands in the correct manner you’re fooling yourself.
Use the simple guide below to wash your hands like a doctor.
January has been the month of the cold that would not die at the McKay household. First one half of the family got sick, then the other, then the first half again. It was a downright pandemic around here. Productivity, morale, and my gains — my poor, poor gains! — have suffered greatly.
It’s gotten me thinking about how to better handle getting sick in the future, and how to prevent getting sick in the first place. When it comes to the latter, proper and regular hand-washing is one of the most important weapons in your cold and flu-fighting arsenal.
In the past I’ve admittedly been a short and sloppy washer. And I’m not alone; studies have shown that only 5% of people wash their hands correctly.
So we talked to Bryan Canterbury, ER doctor at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, to get his tips on how to wash thoroughly like a right-old medical professional. His doctor-endorsed guide is above.
According to the CDC, you should wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Skip the antibacterial soap; it’s not only no more effective at getting rid of germs than regular soap, it may lead to the development of resistant strains of bacteria (i.e., the “super bug”). The antibacterial label also tends to make people careless about washing their hands the right way, figuring the soap will take care of the germs itself, which isn’t the case.
Hand sanitizer will work in a pinch — use a big glob, make sure it’s at least 60% alcohol, and rub it over every surface of your hands. Sanitizer’s not a good choice when you’ve got actual grime on your hands, and it doesn’t kill all germs, but it’s almost as effective as hand washing. It won’t lead to super bug-dom, either; hand sanitizer breaks down bacteria in a different way than the anti-microbials in antibacterial soap do. Here’s how Dr. Canterbury recommends using sanitizer:
“In the hospital, we use hand-sanitizer in-out of each patient room. But we are told to soap-and-water after the bathroom and before/after meals and when hands are visibly dirty — and I think that’s great minimum criteria throughout the day no matter your work/life setting; more if possible to prevent catching a cold, flu, pneumonia — or worse.”
There you go, how to wash (or sanitize) your hands like a doc. Until next time, keep your noses, and your hands clean.
We’ve all been there before. While cooking rice or something similar on the stove top, we are distracted just long enough for something we are cooking to get stuck to the bottom of the pot. The resulting layer of blackened food gunk not only causes our home to reek of the evidence, it also creates a difficult situation in terms of cleaning.
Rather than scrubbing the pots incessantly, which can potentially damage them long-term, we suggest trying the following natural and effective method.
– the soiled pot
– baking soda (1/2 cup)
– your stove
– dishwasher detergent
1 Add Water
Add enough water to your pot to cover the burned and stained area. Place on the stove top and set to high. Remember to be careful while working around the stove as you should observe all the necessary safety precautions.
2 Baking Soda
Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the pot and bring to a boil. The baking soda will help loosen up the burnt areas on the bottom of the pot. Depending on the size of the pot you may want to add more baking soda for it to be effective.
3 Time Heals
Allow the solution to boil until the blackened and charred stain begins to disappear. Continue boiling until the stained area is completely gone. If some of the stain still remains, move to the next step. Be careful while the water boils as you do not want to get burned.
Drain the pot and place it in your sink. Add enough dishwasher detergent to cover the remaining stained area. Add 1″ of boiling water and allow the pot to sit overnight.
In the morning, rinse the pot and the remaining stains should be gone with some gentle rubbing. Remember not to scrub too hard as you do not want to damage your pot.
5 Cleaning solutions:
You will also find a wide variety of different cleaning solutions that are designed specifically for the purpose of removing burnt stains from pots. Most of these cleaners are readily available at any convenient store. The basic premise is that you spray the solution on the pot and it will begin to create a thick foam. Then you let it sit for a few minutes. The foam will loosen the burnt out stains and then all you have to do is rinse the pot to clean it. Most of these cleaners do not require any tedious scrubbing.st of these cleaners do not require any tedious scrubbing.
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Some of us use our keyboard each and every day. It’s an essential tool for millions of jobs, but the unassuming keyboard can harbor some nasty, scary, dangerous germs and bacteria. In fact, studies show more than 3,000 organisms occupy every square inch of the average keyboard. Despite all this icky stuff lingering at our fingertips, many of us neglect cleaning the dirt and grime that builds up over time. The following infographic looks into the scary statistics behind keyboard filth plus offers easy and effective ways to keep it clean—and help keep you healthy.
Look like a genius using these secrets for navigating everyday life.
What is it with boys and shoes? You can clean smelly shoes in just a few minutes with this quick and easy 2 ingredient DIY recipe. Also works great for other stinky sports equipment and gym bags!
How to clean smelly shoes: (DIY shoe freshener)
Luckily, it’s easy to get the smell out of smelly shoes. All you need are 2 ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2-4 drops Purification essential oil
Sprinkle about a half a tablespoon of baking soda into each shoe. Add 1 drop of Purification essential oil blend. Tilt the shoe around to spread out the baking soda, taking care to get some down into the toe of the shoe. Leave overnight or longer.
In the morning, tap out the excess baking soda. The shoes will smell much better!
Clean your house without harmful chemicals.
There’s no reason to buy expensive or dangerous cleaning products, disinfectants or fabric refreshers when all you need is probably already in your cupboard!
Baking soda can work magic around your house:
Clean your barbecue grill
Remove dishwasher smells
Get brighter, cleaner laundry
Refresh laundry hampers
Just watch the tutorial video above and never worry about rubber gloves again.
As the weather is to get much colder in the new year it is time to start putting in place a few small measures to protect your home. One of the biggest problems facing people in their homes is Mould. Humidity, dampness, leaks and condensation in the right conditions can cause mould to grow almost anywhere.
Here’s a quick run-down of how to remove mould from some common household surfaces and everyday items. Just another great home improvement tip.
Forget the smell of harsh chemicals when cleaning, you can clean just as effectively by combining just a few natural ingredients. Using various different products like white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and essential oils you can keep your house crystal clean!
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Ditch store-bought products and make your own with this handy infographic. You might be surprised at just how versatile everyday natural products can be.
Lemon Juice: Great for detox, digestion, sore throats, immunity, whitens clothes, cleans glass, highlights hair, can reduce wrinkles, skinks pores and can disinfect!
Coconut Oil: Can polish wood, used as wd-40, lip gloss, deodorant, prevents wrinkles, improves thyroid function and can reduce migraines, just to mention a few.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Repels fleas, deodorizes laundry, can soothe a sunburn, washes hair, treats acne, great for detox, can help control blood pressure, can cure yeast infections, prevent colds and much much more!
White Vinegar: Can polish silver, clean windows, unclog drains, cure an upset stomach, soothe a bee sting, used as a natural conditioner etc…
Baking Soda: Puts out fires, helpful for cleaning toilets or ovens, can be used in deodorants and toothpaste, heals diaper rash, treats heartburn just to name a few.
Castile Soap: All-purpose cleaner, dish soap, can mop floors with it, body wash, pet shampoo, toothpaste, treats eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin problems.
Castor Oil: Keeps away rodents, helps plant health, strengthen eyelashes, heals cracked heels, softens cuticles, treats dry/itchy skin, can be used as a laxative, helps induce labor and can even reduce menstrual cramping.
This acidic wonder can wipe out tarnish, soap scum, mineral deposits, and more. Among natural cleaners, it’s the clear champ. Distilled white vinegar creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, says Jeffrey Hollender, author of Naturally Clean.
Price: About $1.80 for a quart at supermarkets.
Use It to Clean Your…
Coffeemaker: Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the machine’s water chamber, then switch on the brew cycle. Halfway through, turn off the coffeemaker and let the solution sit for about an hour. Turn it on again to complete the cycle, then run several cycles with clean water.
Dishwasher: To disinfect the interior of the machine, pour ½ cup vinegar into the reservoir and run an empty cycle, says Hunter. Or place a small bowl filled with vinegar on the bottom rack and run an empty cycle.
Drains: Clean drains―and the pipes they’re attached to―by pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush with cold water.
Floors: Add ¼ cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean almost any type of floor except marble (vinegar can scratch it) or wood (vinegar can strip it).
Glassware: For spotless hand-washed glasses, add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water.
Moldy walls: Spray vinegar on the affected areas. After about 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly.
Showerheads: To combat mineral deposits, pour vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead, securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight. Rinse with water in the morning.
Steam iron: To get rid of mineral deposits, fill the iron with equal parts vinegar and water; press the steam button. Turn off, let cool, empty, and rinse.
Windows: Mix ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle. Spritz windows and wipe with a sheet of newspaper.
The Kitchn offers a nifty trick for cleaning burnt enamel pots and pans, and it doesn’t require hours of scrubbing. All you need is baking soda and water.
Let the water come to a boil, add the baking soda, and give everything a good stir. After a few minutes of simmering, use a wooden spoon (no metal on that enamel surface, please!) to nudge off the burned-on bits. Just like that, all that yucky stuff will release from the pot, minimal elbow grease required.