Everyday Exercise

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May 042017
 

Staying fit can be difficult at the start of the year. Cold, wet weather combined with dark evenings and the ‘come down’ from Christmas and New Year festivities can all make getting to the gym seem unattainable.

But all is not lost, everyday activities around the home can have huge physical benefits and support mental well being too. In fact, researchers at Oregon State University found that 300 minutes of household chores and other light-intensity exercise may be nearly as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise for older adults.

Activities such as hoovering, tidying and changing sheets all exert energy and are great all-round exercises for improving strength and flexibility and can be of great help in reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other medical conditions.

AXA PPP healthcare has released the following infographic outlining just how beneficial everyday activities can be on the body, to celebrate a new year of living life well.

Everyday Exercise

 

How To Of The Day: How To Wash Your Hands Like A Doctor

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Jan 112017
 

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.

How 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.

Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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How to Clean Burnt Pots: How To Clean Burnt Pots

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Aug 162016
 
How To Clean Burnt Pots

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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.

Things Required:

– the soiled pot
– baking soda (1/2 cup)
– water
– your stove
– dishwasher detergent

Instructions

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.

4 Detergent

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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Genius Cleaning Tricks For Your Bathroom

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May 102016
 

Houshold Hacker is here to help you with a seven handy tips to clean your bathroom.

Enjoy!

Learn 7 awesome life hacks to quickly clean your bathroom, leaving it looking shiny and new! Many common household items can be used to clean up even the worst messes and stains so save your cash.

 

How To Of The Day: How To Clean Your Keyboard

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Mar 112016
 

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.

Dirty Work: How Nasty is Your Keyboard?

 

How To Of The Day: Clean Smelly Shoes

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Jan 252016
 

Clean Smelly Shoes

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

Directions

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!

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5 Ways To Clean With Baking Soda

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Jan 152016
 

Clean your house without harmful chemicals.

Enjoy!

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
Freshen carpets
Remove dishwasher smells
Get brighter, cleaner laundry
Refresh laundry hampers
Just watch the tutorial video above and never worry about rubber gloves again.

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An Ultimate Guide To Mould Removal

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Dec 232015
 

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.

An Ultimate Guide To Mould Removal

 
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A Guide To DIY Cleaning Products

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Dec 192015
 

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!

A Guide To DIY Cleaning Products

 

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Uses For Common Natural Products

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Aug 192015
 

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.

72 Uses For Common Natural Products

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.

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