December 14, 2015 : Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

With the holiday season among us, it’s important that we stay healthy so that we can enjoy it. Nothing is worse than being sick this time of year and being unable to spend quality time with friends and family. Here is a list of things you can do to prevent you or your loved ones from being absent from any holiday festivities this year:

 

1.  Get plenty of sleep! Sleep is what refuels our body and if we don’t get enough of it then we become more vulnerable to illnesses.

2. Drink enough water! Being dehydrated can leave you more vulnerable to being sick! 

3. Keep your hands clean! Using soap and water, and keeping sani-hand wipes nearby on the go will prevent viruses and bacteria.

4. Reduce your stress! Our immune systems don’t function well when we are stressed so try to take it easy this holiday season.

5.  Eat right! Foods with vitamin C will help keep your immune system stronger this time of year, so incorporate fruits and veggies in your weekly diet. 

 
 



February 19, 2015 : How to Clean iPhone Case

How to Clean iPhone Case

Twenty-five percent of the cell phone owner population own something in common, an iPhone. Many cellphone owners, including myself, take their phone everywhere and use it constantly. People use them to text and call, take pictures, play games, explore the internet, play music and the list goes on.  That said, phones are constantly getting touched and set down on a multitude of surfaces therefore getting covered with dirt and grim constantly. Or if you have a phone case, the phone case is what’s getting covered in dirt and grim. Fortunately if you do use a case there are two easy steps to clean the phone case. According to OtterBox, a popular manufacturer of phone cases, there are two steps in cleaning the case.

“1. Wash your OtterBox with warm soapy water to easily remove surface stains.

2. Quickly sanitize your OtterBox with a Sani-Wipe to keep your case germ-free”

So next time you need to clean your phone case, make sure to use warm soapy water and follow up with a Sani-Wipe to wipe it clean! 

 
 
Otterbox source: http://blog.otterbox.com/how-to-clean-your-otterbox-case-step-by-step/ 



July 11, 2013 : How to Declutter Your Kitchen

How to Declutter Your Kitchen

Summer time is a perfect time to clean your kitchen out. When warm summer days and evening give way to cool Autumn temperatures you will want to have your kitchen organized and ready to easily bake cookies, hot cider, and a litany of other classic fall recipes. Here are some quick and easy ways you can make sure your kitchen is in tip-top shape.

Kitchens usually have windows and appliances that have the ability to shine. If yours don't, start by taking down all the window coverings and cleaning them. Throw the curtains in the laundry, take the hose to the mini-blinds, and send the draperies to the cleaners.

Now get out a window cleaner or mix water with vinegar or ammonia (about 1 cup per gallon of water) and clean those windows and other shiny surfaces. Don't forget light fixtures.

This may seem a strange place to start if there is a lot of clutter or dirty dishes, but the sparkling windows can put you in a better mood for serious cleaning.

Now empty the sink or dishwasher and rinse them out. As you clean out the kitchen, you will be finding things that need to be washed. Fill the sink with hot soapy water.

Start with one counter and start working your way around the outside of the kitchen. Clear all the visible clutter from the flat surfaces. Once the flat surfaces are clean, wipe them down with sani-wipes.

Use trash bags and the box method to sort the clutter. Separate the clutter into several categories; things that go to other people, things that go to other places in the house, and things that will be discarded. You might need a recycling box or separate boxes for some of the categories. Use containers that are easy to carry so you can empty them as soon as possible. Put all the papers in one box for sorting and filing later.

When you complete the circle go to the middle of the room if there is a table or other flat surface and spend time decluttering that area.

By this point you should have a good amount of dishes to wash. Wash them or run the dishwasher as it fills. Stack them to air-dry and fill the sink again with hot soapy water for the next round. You will want the surfaces empty for the next step.

Start with one cupboard or shelf and work your way from one end to the other. Pull everything out and get rid of things you won't use.

Get rid of any food that is past its label date, anything that might be stale, and anything you'd have to think about before serving it. Toss it! If you're not sure now, by the time you get around to it, you will be. YUCK! Write items on your grocery list as you go if you want to replace them.

Get rid of old cleaners that you didn't like or that you don't use. If the container is full, you may be able to donate it or put it on a yard sale, otherwise, dispose of it. Some of these may be considered hazardous waste, so try to be careful. Don't hang on to things that could hurt your family if you don't use them.

Move extra pots and pans and serving dishes into storage. Choose those that you actually use to store and pass the extra along to someone who will use them.

Rinse shelves and drawers with a damp sponge or rag and reline if needed. Return only those items that actually belong in each cupboard. Prior to returning items to the cupboard, make sure shelves are wiped down with Clorox germicidal wipes. Sort the cupboards into areas or categories so you will be able to find things.

When you are finished with the cupboards, move to the appliances. Wash each appliance inside and out.

This will require pulling everything out of the refrigerator. Get rid of anything that might be questionable and any empty containers. It might be a good time to get out the shopping list and write down what you will need to replace.

Clean the microwave if you have one. Most have instructions, but if not, use a mild cleanser-baking soda and water is pretty mild. You might want to boil a cup of water in the microwave to loosen up any dried on food. Rinse thoroughly.

Whether you are using something with strong fumes, just letting something soak in or using the self-cleaning feature on the oven, you should  leave the room during this time so you do not inhale toxic fumes.  Clean off the outsides of the appliance first, and then apply any cleaner. While the oven is soaking or burning, get those boxes you used for decluttering and put everything away.

If you really push yourself, you may even have a little time to rest here. Take a few deep breaths and finish the oven. Use a scrubber or brush, then wipe with a wet cloth to rinse. Any cleaner left in the oven will create fumes the next time the oven is on so make sure you don't leave any.

Look at that beautiful kitchen. Smile!

 
Sani-wipes keep this counter looking and feeling clean.
 
 
 



June 25, 2013 : 4 ways to stay healthy while on vacation

4 ways to stay healthy while on vacation

You’ve worked hard all year long and now it’s time to kick back and take some well deserved R&R. Whether you’re planning a road trip with your family, a week long trip to the beach, or just spending time away from home visiting friends and family, here are a few simple tips to make sure you stay healthy during your vacation.

Eat Healthy: When you go on vacation do you take a vacation from your diet too? A majority of people find that they are often a little too lenient with themselves when they are on vacation. By keeping healthy snacks readily available throughout your trip, you will be able to curb your appetite and help eliminate the temptation to splurge at every meal. Large bags of trail mix are great to keep on hand for long road trips and hikes, just make sure you store them in a dark, cool environment so you don’t end up with a gooey chocolate mess. Sliced apples, grapes, and small carrots are all snacks that are filling, tasty, and great ways to hold your appetite over until the next meal.

Exercise: Make sure if you follow an exercise regimen that it doesn’t go by the way-side just because you’re on vacation. Missing one or two workouts is typically unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on physical activity altogether. Bike rides and hikes are easy ways to make sure you’re keeping active when camping out and on road trips, while making sure you walk more than you take cabs is a great way to stay fit if you’re visiting a city.

Keep sanitizing wipes handy: There’s no telling what kinds of microorganisms you’re going to run into when you’re traveling at home or abroad. Keep Sani-Hands wipes easily available in order to make sure that you’re not bringing home more than just the souvenirs you picked up in the gift shop. If you’re traveling with children, it’s especially important to keep Sani-Hands for kids readily available as well since their immune systems are more highly susceptible to becoming vessels for microorganisms which can cause illnesses.

Avoid stress: Stress can wear down your immune system and make it less resistant to fending off illnesses. Make sure that you reduce the stress of going on vacation by planning it well in advance. Make lists to organize yourself and have an itinerary sketched out in advance that you can casually adhere to rather than dealing with the stress of making decisions on what to eat or where to go on-the-fly. Try and ease back into your work when you return from vacation by possibly taking an extra day off to unpack and unwind.

 
 
 



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