8 Quick Tricks for a Clean Kitchen

We all know cleaning your kitchen can be a chore, that often takes time, harsh chemicals and money. I’m here to tell you that tackling that kitchen doesn’t have to be so overwhelming and hard! Try these quick and easy tricks for a clean kitchen.
  1. Reuse Your Sponge Over and Over:

Many of you have heard you can throw your sponge in the dishwasher with the dishes for a cheap disinfection tool to make your sponges last. This is great if you do this on a weekly basis and remember to throw your sponge in every so often. As for those who don’t have a dishwasher, or when you are in a quick pinch, you can put your sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes, and heat kill any bacteria off your sponge a lot quicker. Just be careful grabbing the sponge afterwards! It will be hot!

 2.      Clean Your Microwave in a Snap:

Cleaning the microwave can be a royal pain. Of course the longer you wait to do it, the more crusted the food gets on your microwave, and the more scrubbing you will have to do, right? Wrong! Try putting cup or small bowl full of water in the microwave and putting it in for 5 minutes, or until it starts boiling. Remove the bowl and wipe down the inside with a paper towel. The humidity should make most of the remnants much easier to wipe off!

3.      Sharpen Your Garbage Disposal Blades:

Dispose of orange peels in the garbage disposal. Done. The texture of the orange peel actually helps to sharpen the blades of the disposal, and will also give your sink a fresh, natural orange scent!

4.      Clean  Counters Without Chemicals:

Areas that commonly have food around them such as the refrigerator or counter tops might need a little different kind of attention than your bathroom. If you worry about cleaning your kitchen with harsh chemicals, try cleaning with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. Hydrogen peroxide is a little less toxic to the environment and your children

5.   Cleaning That Tough Tile Floor:

Use baking soda! For another less harmful alternative to toxic cleaning chemicals, try mixing baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour a quarter cup of baking soda into a gallon of hot water. Then scrub with a string mop or sponge.

6.      Making Your Wood Floors Shine

Vinegar is a wonderful household product that cleans wood well and really makes it shine. You want to get a lovely clean shine on your wood floor? Try mix nine parts hot water with one part white vinegar. It doesn’t take much to make those worn out floors shine like new!

7.      Remove Tarnish With Ketchup

This is no joke! Try taking using ketchup on your copper and brass pots and pans, or whatever else you have around the house that is starting to tarnish! Try dabbing some ketchup on the rough spots and gently rub it in, then rinse afterwards with some warm water! How easy is that?!

 8.      Use Steel Wool for Removing Scratches

Try using steel wool to remove scratches from Stainless steel appliances and marble and granite counter tops. The key is to use grade 0000, which is the finest steel wool there is. It is even fine enough to use on your windshield! Be sure to go with the grain of the material you are working with.

Know of any other great ways to help with kitchen cleaning? Comment below!
~HealthyGirl

Tips to Better Brush Your Teeth

How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Normal wear and tear breaks down your bristles on your toothbrush. This renders it less effective at removing plaque and surface stains. It also makes it harder to reach those tricky areas, and less effective in general.  When you start to notice bent or frayed bristles, its time to change your brush.

Should I Change My Toothbrush After A Cold?

YES! It is important to change your toothbrush after a cold, flu, throat or mouth infection. This is because harmful bacteria can hide in your bristles, and you can re-infect yourself. These bacteria can build up, as well as fungus, making your toothbrush an easy access tool to get you sick again, possibly with something worse than you had in the first place!

What Is The Best Way to Take Care of My Toothbrush?

After you brush your teeth, it is a good idea to rinse it with hot water before storing. Make sure it is in an upright position where it can dry easily. A wet toothbrush is a dangerous invite for microbes, so be sure it can dry easily.

Can I Sterilize My Toothbrush?

Absolutely. You can sterilize your toothbrush easily in boiling water  or by putting it in the dishwasher if you have a good heated dry cycle. You can also soak it in a solution of 4:1 water and bleach for 15 minutes. (Be sure to rinse it well!) There are even sterilizing cases you can buy that use UV light to sterilize your brush. Just be aware that some of these processes can start to break down your toothbrush, especially if it is a cheap one.

What Can I do With My Old Toothbrush?

The most common use for an old toothbrush is to clean nooks and crannies in your house like baseboards, doorways, locks, handles, and other small items in your house. They are also great for cleaning behind faucets, windows, and on tools. Just be sure to label your toothbrush so you don’t accidently use it to brush your teeth!

Happy Brushing!

~HealthyGirl

 

The Truth About Vitamins

                    

As a young child you may remember taking little Flinstone’s vitamins or maybe Gummy Vitamins. You were told to do so, and they probably tasted good, so you didn’t question it much. Now as an adult, you may still have this habit, but it is important to be asking yourself some questions. What is the truth about vitamins? Do I need vitamins? Can I take too many? What vitamins are best? Here are some simple questions answered when it comes to vitamins.

Do I Need Vitamins?

Vitamins are designed to fill in the holes of the vitamins you don’t get enough of naturally in your diet. Your body prefers to get the vitamins naturally from your foods, as they are absorbed better this way. Then a multivitamin can be used to fill in the gaps you did not quite reach. Vitamins can be in the form of a single nutrient, such as Iron, or a multi vitamin such as Centrum. It might be a good idea to talk to your diet or a nutritionist to evaluate your diet to see what type of supplement you may need. In most cases a daily multivitamin is sufficient, However, many people chose to go without and do just fine. If you are a healthy eater and get most of the vitamins you need naturally from your diet, then supplements may not be necessary. The decision is up to you.

Can Vitamins Be Harmful?

If you have ever heard the phrase “Too much of anything can be a bad thing,” it applies here as well. Although it is rare, it is possible to take too many vitamins. Many vitamins have upper limits, meaning at a certain point they start being more harmful than helpful. Although you do urinate out your water soluble vitamins, the process does take a few hours to get to the bladder and too much can potentially be harmful. Vitamins are not regulated by the FDA, so they are not required to put an upper limit on the label. In most cases, just following the directions and not taking more than the suggested amount works great.

What Vitamins Are Best?

As you may have noticed, vitamins come in all different formulas, shapes and sizes. When seeing your doctor, be sure to talk about your diet, and they can help you find the appropriate vitamins for your body type. In general, vitamins are better absorbed with food, and work in small supplements throughout the day. For example, a vitamin that recommends you take one with each meal might work better than one capsule a day. This is because your body rids itself of the excess water soluble vitamins it does not use every FOUR hours! These are your B vitamins, folic acid, Biotin, and vitamin C. If you take smaller supplements throughout the day, your body is likely to get more benefit from them.

~HealthyGirl