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Hand washing is not the answer to combat germs

October 13, 2015

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Hand washing is not the answer to combat germs by Dr. William B. Miller, Jr. —  Germs are everywhere — on every surface, on our hands, lips and noses, both on us and in us. No crevice, nook or cranny of our bodies is excluded. They will find us, no matter what we do. It […]

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Homemade hand sanitizers

May 21, 2015

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Homemade hand sanitizers by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  We use commercial hand sanitizers hoping to protect ourselves from germs and bacteria, but they are chemically scented and contain toxic chemicals that are absorbed into the body. The primary active ingredients in these sanitizers are ethyl and isopropyl alcohols. Ethyl alcohol, also know as ethanol, pure […]

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Household uses for coconut oil

January 2, 2014

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  We know that coconut oil is ideal for cooking and baking, as it can withstand higher temperatures than other cooking oils. Also, coconut oil does not spoil. In testing for rancidity, coconut oil that had been kept at room temperature for a year showed no evidence of spoiling. Coconut oil […]

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How to remove kitchen odors

February 18, 2013

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by Joanne Henning Tedesco — If you have to clean something that has a strong odor, put a bit of Vick’s® VapoRub® under your nose (not inside the nostrils). You will not smell anything else, and its menthol scent will also keep your sinuses clear. Following are some cleaning hints to help you in the […]

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Clearing out the weight

September 10, 2012

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by Kathy Balland —  From time to time, people get that urge to do some cleaning and clearing out — not only in their homes, but in their lives as well. Do you feel surrounded by clutter? Is it getting a little too dusty in your world? Sometimes people discover that when they begin to […]

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Kitchen hints

September 3, 2012

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The following are some helpful cooking and cleaning hints to make life a little easier, food taste better and kitchen work a lot more fun. Chilling wine — If you do not have time to cool your wine before serving, put two or three frozen grapes in the glass. Use white grapes for white wine […]

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Lemon: the all-purpose cleaner

August 12, 2012

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Lemons are used in a wide variety of food and drink, but we often forget about the cleaning power of this fruit. The low pH makes it antibacterial. The juice consists of about 5 percent acid, which also makes it useful for a variety of household purposes. Lemons and lemon juice are popular additions to […]

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Eliminate the messes in life

August 11, 2012

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by Carol Holm —  A mess is anything that drains your energy and distracts you from what is truly important in life. It could include having an excessive amount of clutter in your home or on your property, a relationship that does not work, problems you have worked on repeatedly but never seem to solve, […]

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Tis the season to make room for the new

July 12, 2012

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by Joy Abrams —  The new year is the perfect time to toss out old, unneeded objects accumulated throughout the years. Only after you clear your space can you grow and change. In fact, feng shui stresses that less is better, and that by getting rid of the old, you make room for new and […]

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Cleaning out the clutter

March 5, 2012

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by Sue Meyn —  Have you ever had that anxious feeling when you just could not look at the clutter in your closet one more day? The resistance may be strong initially, but then the urge to clean takes over you. It must be taken care of immediately! It feels so good to give away […]

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Saving energy with your refrigerator

March 5, 2012

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The average refrigerator consumes more energy than any other household appliance. We spend over $10 billion annually in the United States, alone, to run our household refrigerators. The following tips will save you money and reduce your carbon (energy) footprint: • Clean the filter and coils annually — Most Americans rarely, if ever, get around […]

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Allergy control

February 26, 2012

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by Dr. Mark Force —  Most people associate allergies with hay fever. These are the immediate type (IgE-mediated) allergic reactions, which can be chronic and debilitating or immediate and life-threatening (anaphylactic). The delayed (IgG-mediated) reactions, however, are more insidious. Typical delayed allergic reactions are feeling foggy-headed, waking up tired in the morning and experiencing general […]

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Children surrounded by chemicals in school

February 25, 2012

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As your children board the bus for school tomorrow, consider this: A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that cleaning products used in California’s schools emitted more than 450 chemicals into the air. This includes formaldehyde, chloroform and a long list of chemicals that have clear links to asthma, cancer and other troubling […]

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