May 22nd, 2013 — Uncategorized
Regular deep cleanings are crucial for keeping your home free of harmful bacteria and viruses that can make your family ill. While cleaning, it is also important to be careful not to bombard your house with dangerous chemicals that can be just as detrimental to your family’s health as a bacterial illness. For this reason, many people are beginning to switch to safer products that are made from natural ingredients to clean their home.
When first beginning to make the switch to green products, you may worry that these types of items will be able to clean Continue reading →
March 21st, 2013 — Uncategorized
Everything has a life span, from the pets in your home to the food in the refrigerator. Even common household products such as cleaning supplies, beauty products, and vitamins have an expiration or “best used by ” date attached to them. While most people wouldn’t dream of letting last week’s dinner sit around for two weeks, there’s not the same concern over a bottle of glass cleaner or tube of mascara sitting in a drawer for two years.
Expiration dates are not exact, but they provide a Continue reading →
February 7th, 2012 — Uncategorized
We have all heard about the ill health effects that eating uncooked chicken and fish can cause. However, what many of us fail to realize is that cleaning and storing chicken and fish are just as important in preventing illness from contaminated food items.
In general, when cleaning fish and chicken you should always use a separate cutting board than is used for any other food item. Bacteria can become trapped in cuts on the board and transfer to other foods in this manner. Fish and chicken should also be rinsed well.
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January 26th, 2012 — Uncategorized
Many cooks have been debating this issue for many year: which cutting board is better, wooden or plastic? Both cutting board help keep counters safe but there are some difference between them.
The wooden cutting board is sturdy and will last a long time. Knife do not actually cut into the board but rest between the wood fibers. Wood boards also help keep the juices from meat from getting all over the counter. It is said wood is easier to clean and will kill off bacteria to the self healing materials of the Continue reading →
January 12th, 2012 — Uncategorized
Wash hands often with hot, soapy water for 20 seconds. Keep all surfaces used for food preparation clean.
Proper use of a cutting board is vital to safe food preparation. Never use a cutting board for more than one food item at a time to avoid cross-contamination. Clean the cutting board with hot soapy water between foods. If possible, use a separate cutting board for meats and produce. Never use the same cutting board for raw meat and cooked meat until the board has been cleansed thoroughly. Use a solution of one tablespoon bleach in one gallon of water to sanitize cutting boards and countertops.
The safest way to thaw frozen foods is in the refrigerator. If a faster thawing time is needed, place food in a sealed plastic bag and submerge in cold water. Replace the water every 30 minutes. Foods may also be thawed in the microwave. Cook food immediately that has been thawed in cold water or the microwave.
Cook whole meats to a minimum of 145 F. Ground meats should be cooked to a minimum 160F and poultry 165 F. This should be the internal temperature when measured with a food thermometer. Always marinate meat in the refrigerator using a covered dish.
January 10th, 2012 — Uncategorized
There are a lot of ways to feel like you’re keeping your family safe, from getting a Security Choice alarm to buying them protective eyewear to talking to them about strangers. But did you know some of the most harmful things to their health may be in your very own home? Here are some things to be aware of
Wash Your Produce – If you’re at all concerned about pesticides (and you should be) you’ve got to invest in an organic cleaning solution. If you can afford it, buy all organic but as that gets pricey you may find that a better option is to get a solution.
Limit Your Medicines – Many children-specific medicines are safe in small doses, but they’re being doled out at alarming rates. Don’t give pills for every headache or cough and instead, look into alternative remedies.
Check for Carbon Monoxide – The most harmful toxin on the list, carbon monoxide can be deadly so be sure to invest in a working detector for your home. Check it often and heed its warnings – don’t let your family be unaware of the dangers.
August 16th, 2011 — Uncategorized
With everyday activities weighing in on the amount of time that we have to clean, our home can sometimes be a complete mess in a quick amount of time. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, simply think and follow quick ten steps to getting a healthier and cleaner home. Step one, always have handy safe and green chemical cleaners that you can be sure are safe for you and your family. Another way to keep a clean home is to create a checklist that you Continue reading →
August 14th, 2011 — Uncategorized
We all know that dish and laundry detergents are expensive. While you can get generic brands, these generic brands might not be the best thing you need at the moment. This is true if you have a baby. Here are some things that you need to understand when you are choosing these things.
The first thing is when you are choosing dish detergents, you will find that many of them are hard on your hands.Is this new to you? Catch up here If you pay a few more cents, you can Continue reading →
August 12th, 2011 — Uncategorized
A little bit of mold in the home seems harmless and has never hurt anyone, right? Well, this is not exactly true. As a matter of fact, many common illnesses can actually be caused by mold growth within the home. Although some of these effects may seem minor, there are also some major concerns.
The immune response or reaction to mold often involves symptoms associated with an allergy. This can include but is not limited to rash, mild fever, sneezing, itching and watering eyes for example. However, the Continue reading →
August 9th, 2011 — Uncategorized
There are many ways that you can keep your home free of mold and bacteria. You should keep in mind that mold loves moisture, so it is always best to keep certain areas of your house cleaned that are the most suspectible to mold. These areas include the bathtub, and the bathroom in general. Mold can grow anywhere in your home. You can prevent it by cleaning and keep areas clean in your home like they are suppose to be. Clean out your Continue reading →