Category: Health

The Dirtiest Places in Your Kitchen

Kitchens have obvious messes like dishes or sticky floors, but there are many places you may be forgetting to clean. Places of high traffic such as counters, shelves and handles can be hotspots that should be regularly maintained. Here’s a few places that are often the dirtiest in a kitchen, and how you can keep them clean. Knobs, Handles and Touch Pads. Every appliance in your kitchen will have some

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Beverages You Should Moderate or Cut Out Entirely

The landscape of drinks in today’s age has drastically changed as more “healthy” drinks have entered the market. Beyond the vibrant packaging and high promises, you’ll find that many of these aren’t good for you at all. In many cases, sugar-sweetened beverages are the main source of added sugar in an American diet. While one of these drinks in moderation won’t be the end of the world, it can really

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Understanding Disinfectants Expiration

Just like food, medicine, or cosmetics, cleaning products also have a shelf life. Using products outside of the optimal time frame could result in less effective disinfecting. This time frame will depend on the kind of disinfectant you’re using. Here’s the three most common categories and when you should consider replacing them. Store-bought Disinfectants These typically have a shelf life of about a year. The one year usually begins with

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Why You Should Avoid Mixing Bleach with Other Cleaners

Bleach has long been controversial for household use due to the impact on both our health and the environment. But sometimes bleach is one of the few products that can get those white white or properly kill germs. If you ever need to use bleach it’s important to know a few key things about it. Bleach is considered a disinfectant and not a cleaner. This means its potency is greatly

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Surprising Sources of Carbs in Foods

When you think of carbohydrates you may think of bread, pasta or pastries like cookies and donuts. However, carbs can be found in a wide range of foods we eat–from sugary treats to leafy greens. Carbohydrates are a major source of energy in diets, and although they may be vilified in current trends, they are essential for supporting athletic performance and muscle recovery. Whether you’re looking to cut down on

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How Much Coffee Is Too Much?

Coffee studies and reports pop up so frequently it’s hard to know what to listen to. The amount of coffee we should be drinking may be difficult to determine, but there are various health benefits from drinking a few cups per day. On average three to five cups per day can be an acceptable amount, but that number may not be so simple given all cups of coffee are not

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How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board

A cutting board is one of the key tools to food preparation. However, these boards need to be properly cleaned and maintained to prevent any food-borne illnesses. You should be cleaning your cutting board after every use even if it was used to slice a fruit. Skipping out on the cleaning can leave yeast and mold spores and bacteria that will continue to grow. It should also be disinfected at

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Disinfecting Myths Debunked

We’ve talked a lot about cleaning and disinfecting this past year. But it’s valuable to know there may be misinformation floating around. Here are three of the biggest mistakes about disinfecting. Cleaning and Disinfecting Are The Same This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. These two steps are meant to follow one after the other. Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. This however

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How to Safely Freeze and Defrost Food

Cooking at home requires a basic understanding of food safety. Ensuring food is safe and fresh can protect you from illness or contamination. Here’s what you can do to make your food safe. At the core of all food safety is the idea of “the danger zone”. This temperature range is where microbes like to grow, especially on food. These microbes such as molds and bacterias will make you sick

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5 Vegan Swaps for Dairy Products

A plant-based diet doesn’t have to be a headache as long as you know what to swap and when. Most of these options you have in your pantry or can be achieved with a blender. Here are some non-dairy substitutions in common recipes. Almond Milk Probably one of the easiest swaps you can make is substituting dairy milk with almond milk. It’s a versatile ingredient for any recipe you may

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