Winterizing Your Home

It’s the start of the cold season, soon enough there will be snowstorm and frozen lakes because of the negative temperature. New season means that you should be prepared for two things: the cold and the hot. Here’s our winterizing tips to prepare your home for the coming of winter:

Winter Preparation

1. Flush the water heater

This is something that is often forgotten. As you know, the water filter, filters out the sediment and particles and it settles usually at the bottom of it. When not cleaned regularly, this may cause the water heater to decrease its efficiency and might also increase your electricity bill. Winter is the best time to flush it out as it is expected that you will use more hot water than before. In order to clean it you just need to clear out the drain valve by flushing it with water and you’re done.

2. Programmable Thermostat

One of the best things that you could buy this winter (and is also very helpful) is the programmable thermostat. It lets you know the current temperature inside your home and it also tells you if it is within the ideal temperature. Also, this can lessen your electricity bill because as for every degree you lower the temperature of your home, it also lower’s your winter bill.

3. Clear the Yard

If you are a green thumb, I bet you already trimmed and prepared your garden for the coming fo the cold season. If you’re not, well I guess this is the perfect time for you to spend some time at your yard and cut some long branches of the tree, remove dead leaves and branches and just clear out your garden. Make sure that you leave nothing in there that can potentially damage any of your property, as snowstorms tends to be strong enough to do harm.

4.  The Garden Hose

We are used to leaving the garden house where it is supposed to be – the garden. During winter, the hose can freeze and clog it making it not useful. To be able to use it for the next months or so, make sure to drain the water inside the hose and store them away, maybe inside your garage or somewhere it will not freeze. While you’re at it, shut the water valves properly and insulate the faucet.

5. Test your detectors

Fire is not just common in summer but also in winter! There are many reported fire accidents during winter because of overuse of heater or improper use of the fireplace. To avoid and prevent any fire hazard, store your flammable materials somewhere safe and don’t forget to replace your smoke detector’s battery as it may not be working anymore. It is also an option to install a carbon monoxide detector for added protection.

6. Weatherproof

Winter is the best season to weatherproof your home. Aside from making sure that the cold air does not go inside your home, weatherproofing also maintains the heat inside the home – less energy usage. The first thing to check is always the windows and doors. Install a weather stripper to the gaps to prevent the heat from going out. Also, check for spaces in between cupboards and cabinets that may have leakage or holes you may need to fill. You may use caulk to fill in those extra gaps that the weather stripper cannot fit into. Insulating your home is the best way to keep you and your family warm during this cold season.

7. Clockwise Ceiling Fan

This may be the best home hack there is during winter. Ceiling fans gives us comfort during all seasons except on winter which we may find it not useful. People found a great way of using it during the cold season, you just need to make it rotate on the different direction it usually does. Doing so, will help it maintain the heat at home and lessen your energy usage.

8. Outdoor equipment

Men love to buy power tools and string trimmers, but do they store it correctly? Probably not. In order for it to be in a good condition when needed, proper storage and maintenance of the equipment should be followed.  This is the best time to check on them if they are still working. You may use one or two this winter season. Also, don’t forget to stock up on some ice melt, they are a must in winter.

9. Embrace the Sun

We all know that the sun’s ray gives us warmth. Why not let the sunshine in inside your home? It does not only lighten up your home, but it also warms the house. This is the best time to love the sun and keep your curtains on the side. 

10. Save on your Energy Bills

Since the winter season makes you want to use all kinds of heater, it means that your energy consumption may be higher than usual. To counter this, you may consider shifting to LED lights from a traditional one as it is proven to be more efficient. Also, wear your winter wardrobe even at home as it gives you extra warmth lessening your use of the heater. Lastly, make sure to winterize your home to prepare it for the coming season and for you not to have unnecessary expenses when the cold cause damage to your home because you forgot to prepare for it.  

Winter Energy Saving Tips For The Home

The winter season is just around the corner and you are wondering whether or not your house is ready for it yet. As much as winter means skating and snowballs, it is also a season for your home to be ready for warm and relaxation that is brought by the cold breeze. We listed down energy saving tips that can save some of your money during the next 3 to 4 months:

Energy Saving Tips

1. Switch your ceiling fans blade rotation.

I bet you never thought about which direction the span is spinning. Changing the ceiling blade rotation is actually helpful to save you some money. When the ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise, the fan will prevent the rising of the hot air contributing to the warmth of the room.

2. Upgrade your fireplace.

Having a fireplace during the winter is the best place to be especially with the negative temperature outside. Most of the fireplace made before uses wood in the fireplace and costs much higher than the new fireplace. Upgrade your fireplace to an EPA certified model, it will not only conserve energy but also you might even receive a tax credit for it.

3. Let the sunshine it.

Most people do not appreciate the sun as much as they do especially in winter. Take advantage of the warm rays of the sun by letting the heat naturally enter your home by drawing the curtains. Letting the sun in not only makes the room warm but also lighten up the room.

4. Weatherproof your windows.

During winter, you may not notice it but some of the heat inside may go out through the spaces in between the windows or the doors. If you don’t have the budget to upgrade your windows and doors to a weatherproof one. You may opt to buy a clear plastic film or a weather proofer and apply it on the windows and doors. This simple and cheap trick will save about 14% of the heating bill.

5. Get selective with a space heater.

If you found yourself rarely at home, you may invest on a portable space heater and use it on areas where most of the people in the house stay like the living room and bedrooms. The portable space heater is not only keeping you warm, but it also reduces your heating costs.

6. Wear winter clothes.

Winter is not all about the the snow and the cold weather. It is also the time for you to rock some of your winter wardrobe that were only hidden in your cabinet for months and waiting for this season to come. Wearing the appropriate clothes at home during winter also lessens the energy needed as it keeps your body warm without using any electricity. Don’t forget to use your favorite fuzzy socks, matching PJs and your cute earmuffs!

7. Avoid using your exhaust fans.

During winter, it is not ideal to use the exhaust fans at your home. It may have been useful in the previous months but during winter you should turn it off. The exhaust fan may cause heat loss in your home as it pulls the warmth inside your home and bring it outside. Save your kitchen and bedroom exhaust for the seasons after winter.

8. Change the old bulbs with LEDs.

If your home is still not using LED bulbs, then you should make the switch now. Winter is the perfect time to do this because LED lights are known to save much energy than the traditional light bulbs. Aside from lighting up your home, it will also lessen your electricity bill for months.

9. Invest in a good thermostat.

You already have so much spending this holiday, why not spend on a vital part of your home – a smart thermostat. Having a thermostat is not only useful during the winter season but all throughout the year. Knowing the temperature at home can help you determine when you need to open the air conditioner or the heater. It decreases energy use by almost 12%. The optimal temperature at home during winter at home should be around 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.

10. Look for Leaks.

Aside from the spaces between the door or window, there are other areas that can cause seepage of heat from gaps around the chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceiling and unfinished spaces in between cupboards and closet. It is important to determine the cause of air leaks so that you can use weather stripper to seal the air leaks.

11. Clean the Air Ducts and Fernace filters.

This is one of the simplest energy-saving tips for winter. Clean the air duct that has been clogged by dirt in previous months. A clogged air duct will prevent the air from coming to and from the house. The furnace filters are advised to be cleaned or replaced monthly especially during the winter season. Like the clogged airduct, a dirty filter blocks the flow of heat and can cause your electricity bill to increase.

Let us know if you tried one of the things on the list and if it works!

How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites

Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night because of the bite marks all over your body? Did you try changing your bed linen but still to no avail? We listed down the most effective ways on getting rid of dust mites that will probably change your sleep forever!

What are Dust Mites?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one of the most common triggers of allergies and asthma attacks at home is the dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs that commonly lives on house dust. They are close relatives of ticks and spiders and cannot easily be seen by the naked eye. Dust mites fed on the shredded skin by the people and thrive on warm environment. This makes the bed or your mattress the ideal place for the dust mites to hide.

Dust mite allergy is a common problem of people with sensitive body. Symptoms of dust mite allergy include sneezing, runny nose, wheezing cough, red eyes, and even difficulty of breathing. These are common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.  Most often than not, the allergic reaction caused by dust mites can be reversed by your anti-allergy medications but if it persists, you may need to visit the doctor immediately.  

Ways to get rid of Dust Mites

Lower the Temperature and Humidity

Dust mites thrive on a warm and moist environment. Dust mites like it when the humidity of the room/house is greater than 50%. If it’s less than 50 percent, they may have a hard time living in the comfort of your home. The ideal room temperature is between 65 to 72 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to keep the humidity of your home low. You might want to consider buying a dehumidifier if necessary, to further decrease the humidity of your home.  

On days when the weather is dry, you may open your windows to allow good ventilation of your room. Aside from keeping your room smell fresh, opening your window also helps in reducing the humidity of your room.

Cleaning is your Best friend

As much as you love or hate cleaning, this might be your best friend when it comes to stopping the dust mites from thriving at your home. Cleaning your house thoroughly and dusting the areas that are often exposed at least 1-2x weekly will help in eradicating your enemies. You might also consider using a damp cloth to avoid spreading the dust mites in the air when you are dusting. Make sure to wash the cloth at high temperature or dispose it after use.

Hot Temperature is Recommended

As dust mites cannot survive in temperature more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to wash your beddings at high temperature. This will ensure that the dust mites that might be present on your cushions, linens or rugs will be eliminated and washed away by the heat of the water. Also, adding a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the wash will help remove at least 99% of the dust mites that are present in the beddings.

Freeze Them!

Some fabrics cannot be washed on high temperature like silk or stuffed toys. But this should not hinder you from eliminating the dust mites that are thriving in them. If these items can fit in your freezing, you might want to try this hack. Place the items on a container or a zip lock and freeze them for a day. Dust mites doesn’t love an extremely high temperature. The freezing temperature is enough to kill each one of them. After freezing it, use a vacuum and thoroughly clean each item to remove what’s left on them. If possible, you can still wash them in low temperature.

Diatomaceous Earth can do Wonders

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that can easily be crumbled to a fine white sand. It is often used as a pesticide as it absorbs the oils and fats from the cuticle of an insect’s exoskeleton causing them to die. It also has sharp edges which are abrasive and is not harmful for humans but deadly for insects – such as the dust mites!

You may sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth powder on carpet rugs, mattresses, beddings and sofa to better eliminate these unwanted visitors. Leave it for a few hours or better, overnight before cleaning it up using a vacuum. You can use it as often as you want.

Keep your Houseplants to a Minimum

Having houseplants does not only make your house feel and smell fresh but also keeps the air clean. Not all houseplants are recommended because some can trigger allergic reactions. You might want to consider on investing on air-purifying plants such as Peace Lilies, Golden Pothos, Philodendron, and Dracaena. Fun Fact: It can also help you have a better sleep at night!

Essential Oils

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that captures the plants scent and flavor. It is more commonly used as an aromatherapy treatment either via inhaling them or applying it on your skin.  These essential oils have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which can be used in eliminating dust mites. Make your own mite spray by using tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil and mix it with water. Spray them on areas where dust mites hide. The smell is not only refreshing but is also relaxing for the body.

Vacuum!!

Vacuuming is more important than you think it is. It is a great way of reducing the dust mites and also makes it easier for you to clean the house. Here are some tricks that can make cleaning with a vacuum easier:

  • Choose a vacuum cleaner that has HEPA filter to decrease the dust emission from it.
  • Vacuum at least 2x a week and thoroughly clean areas where dust often accumulates such as under the bed or near the door.
  • Wear a mask when cleaning to avoid inhaling the dust that was dispersed. If you are allergic to dust, hire someone who does not have allergies.
  • Wet vacuuming or steaming is effective in removing mites and their dropping on rugs and carpets.

How To Choose The Perfect Mattress

It is recommended to change your mattress every 8 years. Buying a new one is easy but getting the right one for you may be hard especially if you don’t know what you are looking for. We made a definitive guide in buying a mattress that will probably change your view with sleeping.  

Choosing a Mattress

There are several factors that one should consider for having a good night’s sleep such as comfort, stress, diet, the environment and even sleeping on the right mattress. To ensure that you buy the right one, here are some things you should consider:

Measure Up – Whether you already have a bed and just want to change its mattress, or you are just planning to buy one. It is important for you to know what size your mattress is as it comes in a range of sizes – single, double queen and king.

Know your Budget – A mattress is a long-term investment and you’ll probably use it for 8 years or more. Aside from that, you will also spend most of your nights here therefore you need to buy the best quality of mattress there is, but it should fit within your budget. Make sure to let the salesperson know so that they will be able to give you a good but economical one.

Bring your Partner – If you share a bed, it is important that both of you will agree on what mattress you will buy. You should also consider your preferences and agree on what to buy together.

Comfort – Make comfort your goal. It is the most important part of buying a mattress. We spend more time on the bed than in doing other things that’s why you need to buy a comfortable bed. A good mattress will not only support your body on whatever position you want but also helps keep your body in alignment. Try spending 10 minutes lying on the mattress in your sleeping position to know if it gives the right amount of comfort that you needed.

Allergens – If you have a quite sensitive body, you might need to consider looking for a mattress that has a hypoallergenic quality. This is to prevent any allergic reactions from whatever material that your bed might have.

Consider your Bed – Bed and mattresses should work together. Also, the bed should be able to accommodate whatever is the weight of your mattress and should provide a good foundation for your mattress

A Good Mattress

  • A good mattress helps keep you back in alignment and perfectly conforms to your body shape. It does not cause curvature of the spine or should not cause high pressure on your hips and shoulder.
  • It gives your back proper support and alleviates your back pain.
  • Has a good temperature and moist control. It should not cause you to sweat or be too cold.
  • Lastly, it lets you sleep comfortably throughout the night with no pain and body aches in the morning.

Mattress Types

Innerspring Mattresses

This type of mattress is readily available on the market and has a lot of styles to choose from. It has different range of firmness and is economical. Because of its wide range of brands and types, it is advised not to buy the cheapest innerspring mattress there is on the market as it may not have the same support like the others. For someone who has quite a heavy weight, spring mattress provides a firmer support making it easy to get in and out of the bed.

Memory Foam Mattresses

This type of mattress molds to the shape of your body as your weight shifts when you sleep at night. Also, memory foam was proven to reduce pressure points and relive back pain. Since memory foam is a good movement absorber, sleeping with your partner will not disturb you especially when they get out of the bed to pee. The only common complaint with this mattress is that it is temperature sensitive and might make you feel extremely hot during the night. Lastly, it has a arduous smell unlike the others.

Latex Mattresses

Latex might be one of the best materials for a mattress because it is not only firm enough but also provides support and comfort like the memory foam but in much affordable price. The only disadvantage of is its firmness so if you are not a fan then this might not be the mattress for you.

Air Mattresses

This mattress is advisable for couples who have different preferences when it comes to a mattress because of its unique quality of changing the firmness level of each side of the bed. Avoid making it too firm as it might cause you to wake up at night due to back aches.

Adjustable Beds

This bed is ideal for people who have a difficulty getting in and out of the bed or for those who often watch Television before going to sleep. Adjustable beds make it easier for you to move closer wherever you want to be. It also causes you to sleep flat on the bed which is not a good idea especially if you are suffering from sleep apnea or acid reflux.

Sofa Beds

The most convenient bed there is. It’s multifunctionality allows you to use it as a bed or a sofa whichever is needed. It is advisable for naps and such but not for long-term sleeping as the mattress of it is very thing and the springs are quite weak.

House Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Cleaning may be the hardest house chore ever, but it is also the most fulfilling one. It may seem as a fairly self-explanatory task but there are a lot of tips and trick to make cleaning easier! We’ve listed down a few that we think will be useful in doing so.

Time-Saving Tips

Can somebody tell me why there isn’t an actual guide for cleaning? Cleaning the house takes a lot of time if you don’t know where to start. Knowing where to start and what to clean will lessen your time doing the task and more time for other things that needs prioritization too.

Toothbrush cleaning keyboard

1. Cut the Clutter

Before starting anywhere, make sure to de-clutter all the scattered mess around you. Reorganize your things especially on your desk or the kitchen. This not only make your room organized but it also helps decreasing the cleaning process.

2. A Toothbrush can make a change

We all know that the toothbrush is used for brushing, but did you also know that it is an effective cleaning tool? Its brush helps reach areas that can’t be cleaned by the vacuum or any sponge or cloth. It is not only handy but also inexpensive (saving you lots of money!).

3. Microfiber Cloths

Maybe one of the best inventions ever made is the Microfiber. It is easy to clean, absorbs water fast and dries surfaces faster. It lessens the rinsing time of the cloth meaning more surfaces can be cleaned!

4. Start with the Cleanest, End with the Dirtiest

Start cleaning the “cleanest” or most organized room in your house. It is imperative to start at the cleanest area to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria all-over your home. Imagine cleaning your bathroom first then your bedroom after. You are spreading germs all over your house! This is not only a dirty way of cleaning but it can also be a source of disease in your family.

5. Clean the Drapes

Oh, but not the way you’re thinking. You don’t need to put it on the laundry. Every heard of vacuuming the drapes. It takes much less time cleaning it and far easier to vacuum the dusts that is sticking on the drapes.

6. Vacuum, then Mop

Sweeping the floor is quite the traditional way of cleaning one’s home but maybe people needs an upgrade. Just like how sweeping works, vacuuming also does the job pretty well. Don’t forget to mop after!

7. Don’t Forget to Turn-off the Electronics

Some people just clean without really think whether or not their electronics are plugged or unplugged. Cleaning your TV or any devices while its powered on or plugged may put you at risk of being electrocuted and at the same time might cause damage to your devices.

8. Read the Tags

I believe everyone is guilty of not reading the labels off the clothes and sheets. Did you know that the tags on the bottom of the fitted sheet is a guide to know what size the sheet is? If it’s on the left, it’s a king-size sheet and on the right, it’s a queen size sheet. Also, the tags show exactly the way on how and how-not-to clean it.

9. New House Smell

Who doesn’t love the smell of a clean, fresh, new house? It makes you want to move from one house to another. Adding a few drops of essential oils on your organic cleaning solution is a great way of starting your cleaning. It does not only make you feel relaxed but also eases your mind and heart.

10. Always remember the Showerhead

This is one of the items that isn’t usually cleaned. The showerhead builds-up residue and is quite hard to remove. You need a cleaner that you can leave overnight to dissolve the dirt. Don’t forget to rinse it in the morning!

Smart Cleaning Tricks

ice cubes to deodorize garbage disposal

Ice cubes to Deodorize a Garbage Disposal

Got a stinky garbage disposal? Get rid of its unruly smell by dropping lots of ice cubes made of vinegar down the disposal. The vinegar’s acidity help remove the smell and also clean your disposal. Don’t forget to flush it with cold water after to rinse all the residues.

Use Aluminum Foil to Scrub Off Pans

Do you love baking but never the cleaning part? The aluminum foil is an effective scrub to remove remnants of your baking on a pan. Don’t forget to add a few drops of dishwashing liquid!

Baking soda does Wonders

It’s no secret that baking soda has a way of making everything sparkling and clean. There are many baking soda recipes and the most popular one is the baking soda and vinegar mixture. This is most effective in cleaning the kitchen sink, drain and even pots and pans.

Pillowcase for the Ceiling Fan

Cleaning a ceiling fan is not only messy but is also quite dangerous. Its blades can cut your hand. Using a pillowcase is the best way to clean it. Just slide it over the blade and slowly pull it back removing the dirt from the fan while protecting your hands.

Rice for your Coffee Grinder

Rice is not only good for eating but also for making your coffee grinder squeaky clean. Just toss some rice grains on the coffee grinder, let it stay for a while to remove the odour then wipe it clean.

Rubber Glove is your Protection

Rubber gloves are often used as a protecting when cleaning. But did you know that it works wonders on your pet’s furs. The hair and furs that is scattered on your sofa will automatically cling to the rubber glove like a magnet. Saves you a lot of time!

Coffee filter to Dust

The dust on your flat screen TV can easily be removed by using a coffee filter. Unlike cloths, the coffee filter it leaves your screen lint-free.

Lemon Juice is the Best!

Lemon juice is a popular fruit that has a lot of health benefits. It has antioxidants that helps remove all the toxins in your body. Aside from that, lemon juice is also an effective cleaning agent. It helps remove stains and deodorizes surfaces. Giving you that lemon fresh scent.

Can A Home Be Too Clean?

No amount of cleaning can really get rid of all the dirt and germs that stays at your home. No matter how many times you clean, there will always be new germs that will be coming from outside your home or from your pets who loves to go outside. The idea of a clean and disinfected house is far from being true.

Is my house “Too clean”?

In all honesty, no amount of cleaning can really get rid of all the germs and dirt that is dormant at your home. They move as fast as you clean. New germs and dirt appear because air goes in and out of your home and people and pets brings it along with them when they go out. Contaminated foods and stacked items are good areas to pool germs. The idea of having a house that is “too clean” is wrong and even impossible.

Health Benefits of a clean home

a clean home is a happy home with a home background

Wanting a clean home is not a bad dream. It is not only good for you but also for your family as well. A study at Indiana University found out that people who has cleaner homes has increase physical activity making them physically fit.

Also, a clean home lowers the stress and fatigue that a person is feeling. A messy home may be a subconscious reminder of a work that needs to be finished while a clean home makes you feel even more organized.

Less dirt and germs reduce the risk of having allergic reactions and asthmatic attack. Dirt that has been stagnant for a long time and inhaled by a person can trigger allergic reactions. 

Importance of Good hygiene

Good hygiene is critical in stopping the spread of diseases-causing germs, bacteria and viruses such as the novel coronavirus, common colds and flu, and even tummy bugs like salmonella and E.coli.

Good personal hygiene not only keeps all parts of the body clean, but it is also plays a role in maintaining our health including our physical and mental health. Poverty and lack of access to clean water are only a few of other factors that can affect a person’s personal hygiene.

5 Simple steps of effective handwashing

step by step infographic of washing hands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular washing of hands at certain times to avoid spread of infectious diseases:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating meals
  • Before and after looking after anyone who is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a wound or cut
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning your child
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching any form of garbage or dirty surfaces/objects
  • After handling pets or pet-related items such as food and feeding bowl

The CDC outline 5 simple steps that everyone should follow to have an effective handwashing:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water then turn the tap off and apply soap.
  2. Lather the hands by rubbing them together with the soap, remember to reach the backs of the hands, between the fingers and under the nails.
  3. Scrub the hands continuously for at least 20 seconds (sing your “happy birthday” song twice).
  4. Rinse the hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Does exposure to germs strengthen our immune system?

The immune system

Childhood exposure to germs was though to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma. Until now, there were various researches that tried to identify the mechanism behind this. Some studies show that early life exposure to microbes can help fight infection in the body but might also trigger a range of disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease.

According to hygiene hypothesis, people who grew up in a clean environment with proper sanitation lack normal exposure to microbes, pollen and other germs in the environment. It was said that this have a negative effect in the development of their immune system, which makes them have a higher risk of acquiring diseases unlike those who have been exposed to dirt at an early age.

With the advent of numerous antibacterial and antimicrobial soap readily available in the market, many people developed a fear of germs which has been pushed too far and might be causing us more harm than cure.

Dirtiest Places At Home

Our home is the comfiest place on earth! This is where we spend almost all our day at – aside from work. As much as we love our home, it may not be as clean as we think. We listed down the top places at home that needs a little bit of love and more cleaning.

Dirtiest Spots

Those that made it to the list might surprise you! Majority are commonly used items and are often touched by you and your family while some just really love being dirty. Get to know them well:

a dirty sink

The Kitchen

According to the National Sanitation Foundation, food preparation or storage areas has the greatest number of bacteria and has probable fecal contamination apart from other areas at home. The most popular ones are the sponges used in cleaning the dishes and rags to wipe away surfaces. They were found to have Salmonella and E.Coli . These bacteria cause loose bowels and diarrhea.

Kitchen items such as cutting boards, kitchen sink and countertops, refrigerator and even coffee maker should be cleaned often as they are highly exposed to dirt and possible contamination.

The Bathroom

This place surely is a part of the dirtiest part at home because this is the area where you clean and scrub off all the dirt on your body. Aside from that, the moisture caused by the hot shower and use of water is a good medium for the bacteria to stay and multiply. Areas such as the shower tub, drains, faucets, floor, bath towel, and toothbrush should be paid extra attention because these are the areas that the germs love to stay at.

The Living Room

Things such as remote controls, computer keyboards, cellphones and tablets are the ones you often share with family members and guests at home. Common pathogens that is found on these items are yeast and staphylococcus.

The Knobs, Handles, Light Switch

These knobs, bathroom light switches, refrigerator handles, stove knobs, microwave handles are considered high-touch surfaces. Recent studies show that these areas might even have more dirt and bacteria than the bathroom doorknob or switches. These areas are often forgotten and not commonly cleaned.

The Makeup Bag

Makeups make you look good, but it is also a good place for the germs and viruses to multiply and stay. If your job requires you to bring your makeup bag outside, it might even be dirtier than you think. It can carry the germs from outside and bring it to your home.

You should also keep in mind the expiration date of your makeup. Some makeup loses its touch as the expiration date nears. Change your makeup once expired or when needed. To prolong your makeup, store it in a clean, dry space and at room temperature.

The Pets

Aside from being your bestfriend, your favorite pet is also loved by the germs and viruses in your home. Every time they go out and play then come back, the bacteria and viruses tag along with them. A study conducted by NSF showed that the feeding bowl of your pet is included in the top 5 things that has a lot of germs at home.

Tips on How to Clean

Cleaning is easy but doing it properly is different. It requires a little bit of research to know which areas to focus on. Knowing these will help you in preventing your family from getting sick. Also, it makes you feel even more comfortable because you are sure that you have a nice and clean environment. Here are some tips on cleaning that you should know:

vinegar, baking soda and a slice of lemon
  • Scrub the sink using a mix of baking soda and vinegar. Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with warm water or vinegar and this will be your cleaning solution. Let it stay for a while before rinsing it to remove stains and disinfect it.
  • Apply a small amount of dishwashing soap on the refrigerator’s door handle to remove the bacteria. Do not use bleach or any harmful chemical as it might get into your food.
  • Remove the faucet filter every few months. Soak it on white vinegar and brush it to remove dirt and stains.
  • To prevent bad odour from your garbage disposal, mix a half cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar then flush it on the drain. Let it stay for a few minutes before pouring hot water to rinse it.
  • Replace your toothbrush often. You may also put it on the dishwasher and sterilize it for about 10 minutes to remove the bacteria.
  • Clean your shower curtain with a mixture of water and vinegar then spray it on the curtain. This helps remove the bacteria and clean the shower curtain.
  • In the living room, use disinfect wipes on the remote control or on every item that may be shared with guests when they visit your home.
  • Clean your pet’s feeding bowl by removing the food and water left on it. Use vinegar to remove the stain the clean it with dishwashing soap.
  • The walls are included in the cleaning too. Wipe off that fine dust on the wall using a soft cloth then gently scrub it off using a cleaner that is safe for your wall.

Try these few tips and let us know if it works for you!

Common Types of Bacteria at Home

How sure are you that after cleaning there are no bacteria or viruses lingering somewhere in your home? Our home is our comfort zone and where we spend most of our day in. Keeping it clean, disinfected and tidy must be hard but if you want to prevent you and your loved one from getting sick, you might need to start with it real quick. We listed down the most common bacteria and we also included the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 for you to know them better.

Types of Bacteria

1. Proteobacterium

If a man is a dog’s best friend, it is Proteobacterium that is a dog’s best friend.  Every time your dog comes into your house, expect them to bring this bacterium with them. Proteobacterium comes from the group that causes whooping cough.

2. Streptococcus mutans

Every morning after you wake up and every night before you sleep you often brush your teeth. Aside from preventing cavities from eating your teeth, brushing also helps remove this bacterium away. It can also be transported to the bathroom especially when we drool in our pillowcase at night.

3. Lactobacillus

This one is what most of us are familiar with. It is included in some processed foods such as cheese, sour cream and any kind of thickened milk. This is the bacteria that causes the milk to become thick. Some Lactobacillus are also mixed with milk and are good for the digestive system. Its acidification helps kill off or inhibit the growth of other bacteria.

4. Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria

I bet you are familiar about Mycobacteria, which is often associated with tuberculosis. We also have non-tuberculous mycobacteria which often resides in the shower or on the shower curtains as well.

5. Pseudomonas

The kitchen is almost the most important part of the house (and should be the cleanest!). But this place also hides a dark secret and that is because it is a home for the Pseudomonas, especially the sink! Most strains of this bacteria do not cause a problem but one, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  It is a powerful bacterium that causes a serious infection when a person is infected. It is one of the most hated bacteria as there are only selected antibiotics that can work against it.

6. E-Coli

This one is also a resident in our home. It can be found almost everywhere and on any surface. Sometimes, it can also be found on fruits and vegetables and that is why washing them prior to consumption should be given greatest importance. It comes from the family of Enterobacteriaceae which is known for causing food poisoning and diarrhea.

7. Micrococcus Bacteria

Most of this type of bacteria is harmless but can be deadly for people who have poor immune system. This bacterium can be found on dust, dairy products, beer and even the skin.

8. Bacteroidaceae

It is not a surprise to find a fecal bacteria inside the bathroom. Honestly, they traveled long before they found themselves to be on the outside world. Usage of chemical cleaners helps wiping them out, but a few often survive. Since the environment inside the bathroom is moist and oxygen-poor, they are more likely to multiply as this is their natural habitat.

The Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19

With the ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. It is important to get to know this virus for us to better understand how this virus works and prevent ourselves and our family from being infected with this deadly virus. This virus was first reported in the city of Wuhan, China late last year which caused a massive epidemic in China and quickly spread across 70 other countries in the world causing the current pandemic.

The coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily present as a case of mild to moderate respiratory illness and most of the patients recover without requiring treatments. For the high-risk people such as the elderly and those who have known co-morbidity such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer,  and patients with immunosuppressive disorders, they are more likely to develop the severe type of this disease.

The virus spread quickly through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when a person infected with the virus sneezes or coughs. It may also stay for long hours in the air causing it to easily infect people. Here are some symptoms that you might take note of to see if you may or may not have the virus:

Most common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigability

Less common symptoms:

  • Body aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Rash on skin and discoloration of fingers or toes.

If you are currently experience these symptoms, immediately go to your doctor to seek consult. There is no vaccine yet available for the coronavirus, but some medications were proven to be effective in lessening the symptoms an infected person is experiencing. To prevent spread of the virus, let us continue social distancing, proper and frequent hand washing, practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette and lastly, do not go out if you don’t have anything important to do. STAY AT HOME.

Clean and Disinfect yourself and your Home

With the government slowly loosening the Covid-19 restrictions across the country, British people are able to move around freely. The coronavirus is still a threat, majority of the industries needs to open and continue to serve the people. It is more important now to still continue with social distancing, wearing of mask and maintain proper cleaning habits on yourself and even at home. To keep you, your family and your home virus-free take note of the following:

  • Always wash your hand before and after holding anything. Usage of hand sanitizer is no substitute to washing hands.
  • Clean and disinfect your home at least once daily just to be safe. Always assume that you have had contact with a person infected outside your home.
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces like the doorknobs, tables, kitchen counter, faucets, light switches and remote controls. These items are held or touched more than once a day and can easily cause spread of the virus if not properly disinfected.

This is Sad – A Loyal Dog Waits For His FamilyTo Return

A dog named Boo was left behind with the trash when his family moved out, but the loyal dog stayed right by their belongings, waiting for them to return.

A heartbreaking photo of Boo lying on a discarded mattress on a Detroit sidewalk, captured the attention of animal lover Liz Marie, who shared the image of Boo on Facebook, and it quickly went viral.

“This picture absolutely breaks my heart, I am literally in tears. Meet Boo, this beautiful boy was left behind with the trash and belongings when the family moved out. He stayed right by their stuff and never left it, confused and lonely,” she wrote.

Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue, a foster-based animal rescue, came to save Boo. They had been notified by a neighbor that Boo needed help and Mike Diesel answered the call. At first, Boo didn’t want to budge.

Mike said that he tried for 11 hours to try and catch Boo, but the dog did not let him get close.

Mike came back the next morning and this time he succeeded by coaxing Boo with Sausage McMuffins and other goodies!

Once Mike got Boo in the car, the two drove to Groesbeck Animal Hospital right away and unfortunately Boo tested heartworm positive.

Boo is currently not up for adoption, as he will first go to a foster home while he undergoes treatment for heartworms.

In the meantime, Mike has been visiting Boo at the hospital and giving him some love and attention and to say ‘hello’ and see how he’s doing.

Check out the whole article with images and video from the source link below.

Source: www.reshareworthy.com/loyal-dog-boo-lies-on-mattress/
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Video: Expectant Mother’s Water Breaks On Her Wedding Day!

Deborah and Shane of Independence, Oregon have had a lot to celebrate. On March 28, 2016, the couple had planned to get married at the local courthouse. They were also expecting their first child together, but Deborah wasn’t due to give birth to their baby girl for another month after their wedding date.

Video Url: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSnyBsEYCg4

But sometimes, as we all know, life can take unexpected twists and turns. At 4 a.m. on her wedding day, Deborah woke up and realized her water broke! It was a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, Deborah and Shane were sad about missing out on their wedding. On the other, they were thrilled about their new arrival.

The couple went to the Salem Health Family Birth Center in Salem, Oregon, where doctors discovered that Deborah was not yet in labor. They did, however, learn that Deborah was supposed to get married that day. Instead of letting the big day fall to the wayside, the nursing team banded together and asked Deborah and Shane if they wanted to go ahead and get married. The only catch? The couple would have to forgo their original plans and get hitched right there in the hospital room. They said yes.

Just wait until you see the way in which this nursing team pulled off the impromptu ceremony. Watching Deborah and Shane say their vows from her hospital room was enough to bring tears to my eyes.

Source: www.littlethings.com/water-break-wedding/
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