Zen And The Art Of Meditative Cleaning

Let me preface this by saying that cleaning — in and of itself — is not necessarily my idea of finding bliss. I know I’m far from alone on this one. We push through loads of laundry, folding and furiously vacuuming, sweeping — sweating — in a futile attempt to get to some forever-out-of-reach finish line.

Bathroom Safety For Dummies

Full disclosure, I have entitled this blog “Bathroom Safety for Dummies” not to be insulting but rather in keeping with my own personal experience. I, myself being said dummy, took a nasty and yet easily preventable fall in my bathtub recently after slipping on an unsecured shower mat. 

Clean Your Home And Your Headspace

I am a procrastinator by nature. If there’s a big job looming large for me, guaranteed I’ll find a half-dozen other less-pressing but suddenly super important things to do instead. Typically those “other things” involve cleaning, which ironically I might avoid any other day of the week. 

Clean Your Way Fit

Housework for many of us is a necessary evil that interferes with so many other “I’d rather be…” you fill-in-the-blank options of choice. My “I’d rather be” is almost always working out, which is to a fault as my housekeeping over the years has suffered during bouts of marathon training and some serious spin class sessions.

Fight Fumes And Fire

Carbon monoxide doesn’t clutter your closet or dirty up the dishes. But when it comes to keeping a clean and safe home, air quality counts. Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Fall Back Plan

Summer cleaning — if I’m being honest — is just a step above non-existent at my house. The longer, sunny days seem to effortlessly melt away at the beach or poolside with the kids, hiking, picnicking, attending parties and — all too often — sneaking off for an evening ice cream cone.

Clean And Lunchable

There’s danger lurking around the school lunchroom and not where you might be expecting it (cue ominous-looking lunch lady in hairnet). No, this danger comes cutely packaged under the cover of Little Ponies and LOL Dolls, Transformers and Ninja Turtles — it’s your child’s reusable lunch bag, or box if you’re old school. 

Wash, and wash, and wash away

Practicing proper hand hygiene is one of the best defenses against COVID-19

We all know handwashing is important. But why? How does this everyday process help prevent disease and keep us healthy?

Washing hands is first and foremost a mechanical process by which we are able to physically remove dirt, grime and germs from our hands by the miracle of soap and water. Soap – a mixture of fat or oil, water, and an alkali, or basic salt – acts as the middleman between water and the oil molecules on your hands. This is important because germs stick to the natural (and extraneous) oils and grease on our hands. 

Although oil and water don’t mix, soap sticks to both. So during the handwashing process, the soap molecules bind to both the water and oils on your hands, effectively carrying away the germs as you wash. At the molecular level, soap also works by breaking things apart, to include many nasties of the microscopic variety. 

Frequent handwashing is important now more than ever as we attempt to quiet the spread of COVID-19. Most of us touch our eyes, nose and mouth many times throughout the day without even realizing it. Viruses and bacteria can easily enter the body through these facial “portals” if not kept at bay with proper hand hygiene.

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Not to air any dirty laundry…

The novel coronavirus outbreak that continues to spread across the globe has forced us all to change the way we do many things in our day to day life, and as its been said many times before, and it will be said many times again : there are but few certainties in life besides it being a temporary state of being. However, one of the few constants – there will always be more laundry! 

Many of you, given the fact that you are taking notice of an article on the subject of laundry, are already versed on the subject and probably practice a measure of vigilance with regard to your cleaning and laundering routine. But for those of you with a more casual approach, as well as the laundry strategists who meticulously sort, schedule and have a complete laundry system in place; think of this as a little PSA to think about before your next laundry day. Here are a few  guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, American Red Cross and Harvard Health to stay healthy with better laundry hygiene.

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