Monthly Archives: October 2014

Plastic Food Containers: Cleaning Tips to Avoid Health Risks

No matter how you avoid it, you’ll use plastic food containers every now and then. Unlike glass containers, plastic ones are harder to clean especially if they’already stained and stinking with food odor. Continued use of stained and smelly plastic food containers  can pose risks to your health. This is because both stain and odor signal the presence of bacteria in the containers. To get rid of them, follow these tips:

Clean them – Clean your containers using soap and water. Use warm water to easily remove any food leftovers that may be sticking to them. If possible, use sponge with scrubbing cloths.

Remove lingering food odor – There are at least six things that you can use to do this. These include baking soda, charcoal, coffee grounds, lemon, newspaper and sunlight.

  • Create a cleaning paste using baking soda and warm water. Apply the paste onto the insides of the containers. Allow the paste to dry in a day or two. Then, rinse the containers  with warm water.
  • Seal charcoal inside the smelly containers. Let the charcoal sit there until the odor is gone.
  • Place dry or wet coffee grounds (depending on your preference) inside the containers to sip the odors away.
  • Rub lemon halves onto the insides of the containers to remove the odor.
  • Place crumpled newspaper in the containers. Don’t remove the newspaper until the next day or until the container stinks.
  • Sometimes plastic food containers simply need to let out the air in them out.  Let your open containers sit by the window where they can get ample sunlight.

Top Five Tips to Care for Your Feet

The feet are the most abused and neglected parts of the body. Contrary to popular belief, an expensive spa treatment is not needed in caring for tired feet. Simple tricks observed daily before going to sleep will do. Here are the best practices to observe in giving your feet some comfort and relaxation.

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Wash your feet regularly – Don’t just rinse them with water. Use soap and washcloth to clean them. Preferably, clean the areas in between toes. Most dirt and germs accumulate in there.

Soak your feet in warm water – Besides softening the skin of your feet, doing so can soothe the tired muscles in your feet and legs. Instead of using Epsom salt, use a body wash or dish washing solution with skin softener ingredients.

Moisturise your feet – Moisturisers will keep your feet from drying.  Lotions and moisturising creams will do.

Avoid foot odor and infections – You can observe this by changing your shoes and socks daily. Have at least two pairs of shoes which you can use alternately for the whole week. Buy enough pairs of socks too. This will help in the riddance of odor and infection causing bacteria.

Refrain from wearing flip-flops and flat shoes – These gears don’t provide full support to the arch of your feet. Thus, you’re most likely to develop flat feet. Flat feet can affect your balance when standing, walking, jumping or running. Moreover, refrain from buying shoes that are too tight or loose. They can cause feet distortion and pain in the long run.

 

 

Teaching Your Kids Hygiene Basics

If you’re a parent, you’re probably wondering why your kids hate being squeaky clean. Convincing them to brush their teeth and take a bath daily definitely becomes a battle which most parents don’t want to lose for the sake of their kids’ health.

Generally, kids tend to appreciate the benefits of good hygiene once they develop interest in the opposite sex in their teenage years. But what are you going to do with your young kids? Should you just let them be dirty and stinking?

Read the insights below. They can help you explain to your kids the importance of good hygiene.

Encourage hand washing – Let them know how dirty their hands are what dirty hands can do to one’s health. Remind them to  wash hands after using the bathroom, playing with dirt or outside and before eating.

Make bath time fun – Most young kids love to play. Buy scented shampoos and body washes. Use creatively shaped soaps. Make bubbles and tell stories that can awaken the imagination of your kids while bathing.

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Walk your talk – Take the time to brush your teeth, floss, take a bath and put on nice and clean clothes with your kids. Oftentimes, kids mimic what adults do. If they see in you a daily hygiene routine, they are most likely to follow it.

Talk about the importance of hygiene – The way you talk to your kids about this must be appropriate to their current age. Otherwise, they will get wrong impressions from you. You may use your personal experiences and stories as a kid in doing so.

How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Healthy teeth are not only useful for biting and chewing. They are also important in having a good appearance. Below  are effective steps on how you can keep your pearly whites strong and neat-looking all year round.

1) Avoid food that stains – Red wine, black tea and food with lots of food coloring can affect the natural color of your teeth. They can also affect the pure composition of your teeth enamel. Other food you need to watch out for are sodas, gravies, and dark juices. Smoking is another thing to me avoided for a healthier and whiter teeth.

2) Change your toothbrush every two to three months –  Besides being ineffective in removing dirt, overused toothbrushes can transfer bacteria onto your teeth. These bacteria will cause your pearly whites to rot.

3) Use a tongue scraper – This is helpful in removing tongue plaque and bad breath. There are lots of bacteria in the tongue that can transfer onto your teeth. By cleaning your tongue, you are already doing half of the task of keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

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4) Eat natural teeth cleaners – These are fruits and other food products that can brush the plaque off your teeth. Apples, carrots and celeries have crisp skins that act as natural detergent. Pop corn provides the same effect.

5) Gargle with apple cider vinegar – This must be done before brushing your teeth. Apple cider is proven effective in removing teeth stain and killing deep-seated bacteria in the gums, mouth and tongue.