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Quality Cleaning Equipment To Make Your Life Easier

Keeping the house clean can be a chore for anyone. The worst part is that it never seems to end. It seems like it was just yesterday when you last finished cleaning the kitchen or the bathroom. It’s as if the house made itself dirty overnight! On the bright side, investing in a good set of cleaning supplies and quality cleaning equipment can save you time and money that would otherwise be spent scrubbing away at spills and dust.

In this blog, you will discover the best types of cleaning products and supplies for your household. While there are a plethora of items available in the market, we will be focusing on the highest quality, most-used items so that you’re spending your money on the most valuable products available.

Why quality cleaning equipment matters

If you need new house cleaning supplies, you could go to a big brand store to buy cheap products to save money in the short run, but if you want a product that is truly economically friendly, invest in one that is high quality. These quality cleaning products might not be available via “as seen on TV” or in large stores that sell cheap products imported from foreign countries. You might have to go to a smaller store. However, doing so helps support local, up-and-coming businesses, and you’d be helping your country’s economy.

Not only can you benefit your country by buying locally, but investing in a well-made item that may cost slightly more than cheaper products in large stores ensures that the product will last longer, which actually saves you money in the long run. In the following house cleaning products, you will find qualities to look for that determine whether or not your hard-earned money is being spent wisely.

Wet mops to the rescue!

One of the most common household items for cleaning messes is your standard mop. Common complaints from buyers who purchase cheaply made wet mops are that the mop sheds tiny fibers, the mop is not absorbent and smudges spill, and the handle either rusts or breaks easily. If the buyers had only invested a few more dollars in a high-quality mop, none of these problems would have arisen.

What to look for in wet mops

Look for a wet mop that uses non-woven fabric so that it doesn’t shed all over the floor it’s meant to clean. A non-woven fabric like cotton will reach tricky corners, giving your back a break. Also, make sure the fabric used is super absorbent to prevent frequent trips to the bucket and constant wring outs.

Dust-defying dry mops

Unlike wet mops, dry mops do not need to be non-woven. In fact, dry mops made of woven yarn make for a fluffy product that successfully traps dirt and pesky dust that would otherwise be flying around making you sneeze.

What to look for in dry mops

To be sure your dry mop gives you the best bang for your buck, invest in one made of 100% wool. Wool creates its own natural lanolin, which is a wax that effectively traps dust. It’s also easy to clean, making your job easier. For an even easier time, consider buying a dry mop with a detachable, swivel head, so that you can reach tough spots and then clean the dust off without a long handle getting in your way.

Stain remover safety

Stains are an inevitable part of our favorite fabrics’ lives. Therefore, it is essential to have a good stain remover nearby. If you have young children or pets, carpet cleaning in particular can be dangerous if you decide to purchase a cheap stain remover that is full of harmful toxins. Even safer stain removers can pose a threat, which is why looking for an environmentally-friendly stain remover containing Bitrex, the most bitter substance available, prevents pets and young children from accidentally ingesting the remover.

Qualities of a good stain remover

When looking for a stain remover, you will also want to be sure that it is biodegradable and phosphate-free. This will ensure that it does not damage your septic tank or the clothing or carpet you are trying to salvage. To make this purchase worth your while, consider buying a stain remover that is also an all-purpose cleaner. Not only does it work on stains, but you can also use it to clean tough grease and mildew in the kitchen and bathroom.

In conclusion

Many products on the market are unsafe for families with pets or young children, put your septic tanks at risk, and don’t perform as well, turning what seems like a bargain into a waste of money. If you want to save time, long-term investments, and effort when it comes to cleaning your house, then it is time to say goodbye to cheap, imported cleaning supplies and hello to high-performance quality cleaning equipment.

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Copper and Brass Jewelry Cleaning Solutions

If jewelry materials were high school kids, gold would be the most popular girl, with silver as her best friend. But copper and brass would be the cool, alternative kids. However, style and character come at a price. Copper and brass jewelry, like the good theatre geeks that they are, need special care because they are very sensitive (to oxygen exposure). They can get badly tarnished without a proper cleaning routine, which can lead to discomfort when wearing your fabulous jewelry. For those prone to skin allergy, it is extremely important to give your jewel attention, love, and a good polish. Here is a quick rundown on the best tips on how to find the best copper and brass cleaning solution:

1. Find a reliable polishing cloth

 
You can prepare a lubricant for polishing from a variety of common household materials, but you should really consider doling out a few bucks on a good polishing cloth. With a good cloth, you will need to use very little lubricant, which helps avoid staining your jewelry. A good, specialized polishing cloth comes coated in wax and protective chemicals.

These features help extend the endurance of your precious, delicate pieces of jewelry.   If you aren’t dealing with a lot of tarnish in your jewels, you can probably get away with just using the cloth for routine clean-ups. You really do need to avoid putting your pieces in contact with potentially reactive chemicals, so sticking to the polishing cloth is your best option. Since jewelry tends to be smaller than most things made from copper and brass, you can cut up your cloth into smaller pieces and you’ll have enough cleaning material for a good while.

2 .Routine clean-up

When people wonder how to clean with a copper and brass jewelry cleaning solution, they are usually afraid it will be quite laborious. But if you clean your pieces regularly, it won’t be hard at all! Your jewelry care routine should start with the simple and obvious: warm water and soap. You probably want to collect all pieces together and do them all at once, since these will be small objects. Lay them all over a covered surface and prepare a container with warm water and just a tiny bit of liquid dish soap.

Attention: do not use heavy duty cleaning products. If you find that your dish soap is sort of aggressive to your skin, it is probably not appropriate for this task. Instead, use liquid hand soap. Soak each piece in the soapy water, then use your fingers or the tip of a cloth to remove the excess dirt. Here, you will be getting rid of your natural skin oils that are accumulated in the jewelry. Sweat can be especially corrosive to some materials. Once you are done washing it, rinse off all the soap residue. Use another piece of cloth to dry it and give it a polish.

3. It’s time for ketchup!

Yes, you read ketchup! A safe, non-reactive, non-toxic cleaning substance for your precious jewels, who knew? You should follow the routine clean-up method above even if you are planning to follow another step because soap is always necessary to get rid of natural skin oils. Heavily tarnished pieces require a bit more work, but the good thing about copper and brass pieces is that they can always return to their old glory and sparkle – can’t say the same about gold!

To de-tarnish your pieces, smear them with ketchup thoroughly. No pity here, I know it sounds like you are damaging them, but you are doing it for their own good. Let the ketchup do its thing and go read or watch TV for a while. After, let’s say, ten minutes, rinse it all off with running water. Take a good look at the pieces and consider whether you think they need a second round of ketchup. Once you are happy with the results, grab the cloth dry the pieces and give them a good polish.

4. Create a protective layer with olive oil (or coconut oil)

I told you all the lubricants you’d need are common pantry supplies. Now, this is not a “required” step. But it will help keep your jewels shiny and polished for a longer time. To seal the finish that you just gave, rub a few drops of olive oil onto the jewels with a piece of polishing cloth. Olive oil won’t be abrasive once it is in contact with your skin oils, but many market brands are not very pure. For an even safer and more natural option, use small bits of coconut oil. Even though coconut oil is not liquid, it will dissolve pretty easily once you start polishing with the cloth. You never thought a guide on how to use a copper and brass jewelry cleaning solution for your favorite jewels would be so… seasoned, huh?

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How to Polish Bronze: A Three Minute Expert’s Guide

From heavy machinery to delicate jewelry, bronze has many uses. A mixture of tin and copper, bronze is the most suitable material for statues and for many decorative objects. Despite the fact that bronze has been around since, well, the Bronze Age (3300 – 600 BC), we don’t see ancient bronze laying around the ruins of Rome or Constantinople. This is because bronze oxidizes when it gets old, leading to that green-tinted aspect. Think of the roofs and landscape of some of the world’s oldest cities. Whenever bronze rusted, from ancient times till now, people sold the old bronze to be melted and recycled into new objects. While recycling is very noble (we’re all for it), here is the complete lowdown on how to polish bronze, leaving it fresh, shiny, and definitely not green.

Choose the right products for your bronzeware

Your bronze décor pieces deserve the best treatment. You can create your own polishing solution at home. Just mix a tablespoon of baking soda with some lemon juice – you don’t need to make a lot, you don’t want excess moisture in the pieces, so be moderate. But you absolutely should not use a random cloth from your house. Please steer away from anything that will leave lint or scraps in your bronzeware. If you are cleaning badly tarnished bronze, you should actually search for the best brass polish liquid and cloth possible. The most useful brass polishing cloths are coated with wax and protective chemicals. If you are dealing with stains from heat or water and wondering how to polish bronze, the best way to remove them is with a specialized polish cloth.

Choose the right products for your bronzeware

Your bronze décor pieces deserve the best treatment. You can create your own polishing solution at home. Just mix a tablespoon of baking soda with some lemon juice – you don’t need to make a lot, you don’t want excess moisture in the pieces, so be moderate. But you absolutely should not use a random cloth from your house. Please steer away from anything that will leave lint or scraps in your bronzeware. If you are cleaning badly tarnished bronze, you should actually search for the best brass polish liquid and cloth possible. The most useful brass polishing cloths are coated with wax and protective chemicals. If you are dealing with stains from heat or water and wondering how to polish bronze, the best way to remove them is with a specialized polish cloth.

Know what you are polishing

Some bronze objects are not meant to be shiny, so you should just stick to less aggressive cleaning methods (rather than restless rubbing and scrubbing). Does your bronze piece have a protective layer of coating? Some of these coating layers can be removed for polishing purposes, some not. Make sure you know what you are getting into and if there are any instructions specific to your objects. Do you need to disassemble your bronze into smaller pieces? Make sure you don’t reassemble it until all pieces are dry.

You’ll probably need a bunch of newspapers…

Cover your work surface area with newspapers to avoid staining your furniture. You also don’t want to work somewhere dusty or too humid, make sure you’re using a dry and airy room to work.

Get comfy

Think about your work conditions. This task will take a long time. If you have a lot to clean, see if it’s possible to spread out the work over the weekend. When you set up your workstation, make sure that it’s set at an appropriate height for you – will you be sitting or standing?

Cut your cloth into smaller pieces

If you are cleaning small bronzeware, like candleholders or earrings, use cloth pieces of an adequate size to your object. Larger pieces of bronze, like musical instruments or machine parts, will require a larger cloth. But you don’t want to run the risk of giving it a clumsier polish with excess fabric and leaving scratches.

For regular maintenance, use this homemade mix

You can also just add together a tablespoon of flour and salt, along with some vinegar for a lightweight brass cleaning solution.

Gently smear your preferred cleaning solution/paste

The key to becoming a successful bronze cleaner is patience and gentleness. Be very careful when handling these objects, but thoroughly spread your polishing liquid. Depending on your desired effect, use the cloth to scrub for a stronger polish.

Wait

Waiting is the most understated skill anyone can have. Again, you need to be patient when polishing bronze. Wait for at least thirty minutes (for regular cleaning) or up to ninety minutes (for very corroded/discolored pieces) to remove the polish solution.

Wash it off or not?

It’s up to you whether to wash the polish off. Bronze comes in many shapes, price-ranges, levels of quality, and so on. You know your bronze better than internet strangers do. If you feel like your piece is at a low-moderate level of finery, you’re probably good for a wash. Gently rinse off the polish, then use a very soft cloth (preferably a specific polish cloth, coated in wax). If you are dealing with finer, more delicate pieces of bronze, use a damp cloth to wipe off the polish.

Repeat

Yes, you might need multiple takes on this one. Depending on the level of corrosion or your standards for shine, you should repeat the previous steps. Once you have reached your final polish step, don’t wash, rinse or wipe anything (unless you used a paste). You may consider adding a layer of wax coating to protect your bronzeware but don’t do it if you plan to clean regularly. Otherwise, enjoy your newly bright bronzeware!

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How To Keep Chrome Clean : High-Quality Polishing

Chrome is a magnificent metal. Its shine is bright and futuristic. At least, it is when it’s not rusty and tarnished. As luxurious as chrome can be, time and exposure to nature can turn its shining armor into a dull, matte shadow of its original splendor. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to restore any piece of chrome, starting with knowing how to keep chrome clean. The best part is, investing in a high-quality polisher doesn’t have to put a giant hole in your wallet. Quality products are often affordable, save you the effort of having to constantly re-polish your chrome with a cheaper option, and last a long time.

This blog will talk about why you should invest in a high-end product, how to identify a good chrome cleaner, and how to keep your chrome rust-free. You will walk away knowing more about how to care for your valuable, chrome belongings.

Why quality matters

Many commercial chrome cleaning products contain chemicals that pose dangers to pets, young children, and the drains the solutions go down. Therefore, looking for a sustainable, plant-based cleaning agent ensures that you’re investing in a product that leaves as little of a carbon footprint as possible. Furthermore, you don’t necessarily have to spend more to buy a better quality product. Commercial brands are often more expensive than sustainable alternatives because they’re marketing their brand more than the quality of the products. The next time you’re contemplating buying a new polisher, avoid commercial stores and brands and opt for a smaller, more sustainably made product. These might be found in smaller shops or online.

What’s the best chrome cleaner?

Because chrome is weaker than your typical metals, such as stainless steel, you will want to make sure that the products you buy are of the best quality available and that you know how to keep chrome clean. A good chrome cleaner will successfully get rid of surface scratches, break down and remove rust, and leave a long-lasting shine that will bring your belongings to life.

Polishing solution

If your item is particularly rusty, you will probably want to corrode the rust prior to polishing, so as not to have a dirty polishing cloth. There are some consistent qualities to look for in a polishing solution. One, choose a solution that is non-toxic and chemical-free. This will prevent any hazardous liquids or residue from being ingested by pets or young children. Two, your polishing solution should be strong enough to break down tarnish and rust, but not so strong that it damages delicate finishes. By getting a biodegradable, sustainable solution, you can prevent unwanted damage.

Polishing cloth

For an item that isn’t very rusty, or just has some tarnish, light stains, or scratches, you can probably get away with just using a polishing cloth to touch up the blemishes. Look for a cloth that is all-purpose and gentle on delicate finishes. That way, you can get the most bang for your buck by being able to use the cloth on more than just metal surfaces, such as wood, fabric, and more.

How to keep chrome clean

There are a few steps that should be taken no matter what you ended up choosing:

First thing’s first: safety first

Always test the remover on your chrome object in a discreet location prior to use, and always use gloves to protect your hands from rust and other potentially harmful debris. While investing in a quality product makes it less likely to have unwanted, damaging end results, there is no guarantee that the object you are cleaning will be able to handle a given solution. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Starting with a solution

If you decide to use a solution to break down rust prior to polishing, place the chrome item into the solution and let sit for the allotted time. This will allow the solution to do some of the work that you would otherwise be doing through scrubbing at the rust. When the time is up, rinse the item off.

Finishing with a polisher

A solution alone might not be enough to get rid of rust. The next step is finishing with a polishing cloth. The cloth will remove remaining tarnish, stains, and rust while also leaving your item with a waxy coat that prevents these unwanted blemishes from reoccurring.

In conclusion

Chrome has a tendency to tarnish and rust more frequently than stainless steel. It is very important to know how to keep chrome clean so that your valuable items remains shiny and functional. For this reason, it is recommended that you invest in a high-quality chrome polisher and solution that maintain your items without you having to frequently clean them. Don’t settle for cheap, commercial products that underperform and leave your valuables looking dull and only half polished. Consider buying a polisher that not only does the job but also is sustainably made and durable. Your chrome belongings will thank you with a brightly shining glow.

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How to Find the Best Cleaner to Polish Metal

Is your fine silver tarnished and grey? Is your precious jewelry scratched up and lackluster? Or perhaps you have a box of old trinkets that are forgotten and discolored. No matter the age or discoloration of your items, simply investing in a high-quality polisher can save your items, restoring them back into shining treasures. Metal treatments may sound like a budget-killer, but you’ll be relieved to know that they don’t have to be a huge hit for your wallet. In fact, many quality options are very affordable when you are looking to polish metal.

In this blog, you will discover how to select a quality polisher, what kinds of polishing tools you can use, how to make the most out of the polisher you do end up using, how to maintain a tarnish, rust-free item, and how best to polish different surfaces. By the time you have finished reading, you will be able to make an informed decision on how to approach cleaning your valuable belongings.

Finding a good polisher

When it comes to polishing metal, the quality of the product is the most important aspect. Buying a poor quality polisher can actually damage your belongings. Harmful, strong chemicals can corrode softer surfaces, while cheap polishing cloths can scratch weaker items. Save yourself the sorrow of suddenly destroying a belonging you intended to fix and invest in a polisher that lives up to its name. Here are a few characteristics to look for in making a clever decision on what to buy:

1. You get what you pay for

A well-made polishing cloth means you won’t need to handle harmful, strong chemicals that break down tarnish. Purchasing a polishing cloth from either online or at a small store can ensure you aren’t wasting money on a cheaply made cloth that doesn’t do a good job at truly cleaning all surfaces of your beloved items. Spending more on a high-quality polishing cloth is an excellent way to be sure the product you bought will last a long time.

2. Make sure it’s well coated

You will want a polisher that has a fine wax coating as well as protective chemicals that prevent additional tarnishing. This metal finishing cloth will make sure that all the hard work put into polishing the item is long-lasting, rather than short-lived. A wax coating will not leave sediment that is acquired through the removal of scum on your items. The wax also prevents scratches and the wearing down of varnished or other fragile surfaces when you polish metal.

3. Polishing solutions

One option for polishing your items is to get a polishing solution that you put onto a cloth to clean the surfaces. In this option, look for a product that is natural and non-toxic. Cheaper products might contain harmful chemicals and solvents, so it’s a smart idea to invest in a product that is of higher quality. Harsh chemicals can damage septic tanks and put your items at risk in the long run. Biodegradable ingredients are safe for the environment and for households with young children who may put the cleaned household item into their mouths.

4. Invest in an all-purpose polishing cloth

Why purchase a polisher just for metal when you can buy one that can be used on all kinds of surfaces? Some polishing cloths can wipe away stains from furniture, remove burns from stovetops, blast through rust, and much more. If you want a polisher that really puts your money to good use, get one that is versatile and works on more than metal alone. A top-quality polishing cloth will work to polish metal, lacquered instruments, and even wood.

How to polish metal

A good polishing cloth to polish metal will effortlessly remove surface scratches from metals. If your item is rusty, or the tarnish is extensive, you might want to wear gloves to protect your hands while you wipe your items off. For tougher items, you might need a lubricant to get rid of stubborn spots. If you decide to use a solution in combination with a cloth, apply the solution to a damp, clean cloth. First, test the solution in as discreet of a location as possible to make sure it doesn’t damage the item you’re about to clean. After cleaning the item thoroughly, buff with a dry cloth to bring it to a shine.

In conclusion

Tarnish doesn’t have to be the end of your metal belongings, nor does it have to be an expensive fix. A simple investment in a well-made polishing cloth or polish solution will restore your valuables to their former glory. Not only can a metal polishing tool be used on metals, but purchasing a high-end product that is versatile enables you to clean furniture, fragile surfaces, tough kitchen appliances, and more.

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What is the Best Home Stain Remover for Clothes?

Make your clothing stains disappear!

The inevitable has happened: your favorite shirt that you have lovingly worn for years finally got a stain on it. Fortunately, your despair will be short-lived. Depending on the type of stain that made its way onto your beloved shirt, there are a variety of ways to remove it, restoring the item to its former glory. Get ready to say goodbye to your clothing stains! So, what is the best home stain remover for clothes?

While you could run off to a major department store to get a stain remover that is laden with chemicals that may or may not further damage your clothing, there are stain removers that don’t contain harmful chemicals. The best part is, removing stains from clothes doesn’t have to be a budget killer. In fact, there are plenty of products available, either exclusively online or in smaller stores, that provide you with top-quality ingredients.

In this blog you will discover conscientious options for removing any kind of clothing stains. By the time you finish reading, you will learn how to identify the qualities that make a stain remover effective, how to remove stubborn dyes, grease, oil, and blood from your favorite clothes, and can finally rest assured that even the trickiest of stains have their weaknesses.

What is the best home stain remover for clothes?

First, it is important to note that all stain removers should be tested in a discrete location before being used in full on an item of clothing. It cannot be known for sure just how the stain remover will affect a given fabric, so if in doubt, always test the clothes inside-out.

Avoid harsh chemicals

An all-purpose stain remover can be quite useful for those who want a quick fix for common spills. Features of a high-quality solution include natural citrus solvents and emulsifiers. Not only is citrus an environmentally-friendly ingredient, but it naturally breaks down stains without harsh chemicals that could actually destroy the clothing you’re trying to salvage.

Protect your septic system

You also want to make sure the stain remover won’t harm your septic system. To do this, be on the lookout for products that are phosphate-free and biodegradable. Stain removers that contain chemicals that won’t easily break down can build up in the pipes or worse, travel through the water systems, harming aquatic wildlife.

Buy products made in your country

Lastly, be sure your product of choice is of the highest quality by purchasing one made in your home country. That way, you know the company is not sending their products overseas to be made cheaply, only to be shipped back to the country of origin. A good stain remover is not made cheaply from dangerous chemicals for the sake of profit.

How to get dye out of clothes

Sometimes, colors blend together when doing the wash, dying the lighter clothes a few shades off. Removing stains caused by localized dye is similar to removing stains from other tricky locations, but a light-colored shirt that has streaks of dye all over it will need to be treated with more than a pre-laundry spray remover. To erase large dye spots, submerge the dyed fabric into an all-purpose stain remover and hot water. Let sit depending on the instructions and the severity of the stain before washing as normal. If the stains aren’t entirely gone, repeat the process.

How to get grease stains out of clothes

Grease stains can be extra hard to remove from clothes. Investing in a highly-concentrated grease stain remover that also serves as an all-purpose remover can save you money, as it can work on any kind of stain, not just grease. Spray the solution onto the item of clothing for the allotted time. Scrub the stain using a fine scrub brush, then place the clothes in the wash to ensure the complete removal of the stain. When it’s finished, hang it immediately to air dry. Likewise, if you want to remove oil from clothes, the same process will do the job.

How to get blood out of clothes

To get rid of blood stains, a pre-laundry stain remover can work wonders. As soon as the stain occurs, spray the pre-laundry stain remover onto the clothes, making sure to saturate the fabric entirely. Wait a minute or two for the remover to work its magic, then put the clothes in the wash on the warmest setting possible, using a high-quality detergent.

In conclusion

Stains don’t have to be the downfall of your favorite clothes.  What is the best home stain remover for clothes? A top-quality stain remover will effectively remove clothing stains without cutting deep into your budget. While the majority of stains can be removed quickly with a biodegradable, phosphate-free solution, some tougher stains do require some scrubbing and some patience. At the end of the day, however, a restored article of clothing, and knowing your choices are environmentally conscientious, makes it worth the effort.

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Finding The Best Stain Remover For Old Stains

They say the secret to adulthood is dealing with spills and stains as soon as they happen, but sometimes life is too messy to let us do instant cleaning. The average adult spills coffee on their linen, white shirts at least two hundred times in their lifetime (unscientific poll). Some of us have more pasta sauce in our clothes than on our plates. And if you are a clumsy cook, you certainly have lost many pieces of clothing to the rebound effect of cooking oil at high temperatures. And if you have kids… You are fighting an endless war against stains. To help you win some battles, here is our ultimate guide for finding the best stain remover for old stains.

The Best Stain Remover For Old Stains: General-Purpose Degreaser

We will talk about removing food stains soon, but first of all, you need to get a general-purpose degreaser. The best stain remover for old stains are sold in concentrate form, so once you dilute it at home, you should have enough to last for a couple of months. Use a spray bottle to store the mix of concentrate and water, then spray the degreaser solution directly in your clothing and scrub. Once the solution has gone well through the fibers, wash your clothing, and let it dry naturally. General-purpose degreasers are useful for your clothes and essential to tackle grime and spills in your kitchen. You can also look for engine degreasers, depending on their composition (see below for tips!), they might be safe for use in surfaces and clothes (but dilute it!).

Choose Environmentally-Safe Products

Now, this should go without saying: a lot of cleaning products can be hazardous to your health. You want to be safe with degreasers, because many heavy-duty products use substances that are aggressive to the skin of pets and children, contain allergens, or eventually lead to long-term respiratory problems. Choose a degreaser that is biodegradable, so you won’t get dangerous residues, and phosphate-free. In many states, phosphate has been banned from many household cleaning supplies, like laundry detergents, but it can still be found in dishwasher detergents everywhere, for example.

Environmentally-safe products leave your home healthier, but also help to avoid the degradation of ecosystems that feed your family. Phosphate is a water pollutant that contaminates food sources in the ocean through the accumulation of toxic and heavy metals. While some of these products may be more expensive (short-term), we should all aim to weigh the cost-benefit of “green products.”

How to Fight Big Bad Guy #1: Coffee Stains

It’s really not that hard to remove coffee stains. This is an easy enemy, so we are just flexing our muscles here. For getting rid of coffee stains, spray a little bit of your preferred general-purpose degreaser, remove coffee moisture with baby wipes (or paper towels if you don’t have those) and then apply a little bit of any of the following ingredients: vinegar, baking soda, salt or an egg yolk. Yes, egg yolk. It sounds weird, but it works. Beat an egg yolk, then gently work it into the stained fabric. Whatever substance you choose to help you, make sure you rinse very, very thoroughly and drip-dry it.

How to Fight Big Bad Guy #2: Cooking Oil

Fried foods are a staple of the human existence, with all these fats, salts, and sugars sending fireworks to the reward areas of our brains. But if you don’t know how to get cooking oil out of clothes, chances are you have everlasting evidence of how often you’re rewarding yourself with delicious, unhealthy, and crunchy foods.

One simple strategy against cooking oil stains requires only a good, general-purpose degreaser. Once you notice the stain of shame, scrap the excess oil with a spoon, apply your degreaser solution immediately and let it sit there for a good 10 minutes. Then, you can hand wash it or put it through a machine cycle, but make sure you use the hottest water possible for the type of fabric you’re cleaning. Warm water helps remove the water from the fibers, cold water will not help you very much. Repeat this step if you have meaner stains (or clothing literally soaked in oil) until you are happy with the results. Let it dry naturally!

How to Fight Big Bad Guy #3: Pizza Grease

Pizza. America’s greatest love (move to the left, burgers). You can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Children should learn in civics class how to get pizza grease out of clothes. Because it’s a mix of different stain-agents (sauce, cheese, oil), pizza grease can be a little tougher to remove. Before applying our preferred degreaser, cover the stain with a powder (baking soda, cornstarch, baby powder and salt are some of your options), then let it sit for 2 minutes. Spray your degreaser and blot it with a paper towel. Leave it for another 10 minutes, then send through the washer. Voila!

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Signs Your Immune System Is Fighting

When we talk about health, we all have our own personal army that serves as our defenders in our war against foreign invaders, that have the potential to wreak havoc on our health. This personal army is better known as the immune system. In this article, learn many possible signs your immune system is fighting something.

Our immune system carries out its life-saving duties without any conscious effort from us. However, to perform its essential role efficiently, it does need some support. More to the point, it requires that our actions do not undermine its ability to function at its best.

If we don’t treat our bodies well, our immune system’s ability to function may be less than optimal, making us potentially more vulnerable to the attacks of pathogens and disease-causing microbes. The following is a list of signs your immune system is fighting something detrimental, may be struggling and needs some boosting.

Flu

Being exposed to cold weather may not make you sick. But, there is a possibility that you will be able to pick up some colds or flu from the people around you if your immune system is not functioning at its best. If you find yourself frequently catching colds or flu then your immune system might need a boost.

Normally, adults may experience colds two to three times every season, with the worst of the symptoms potentially lasting for only up to 4 days. If your colds persist for a week or more then it may be time to review your diet and stress levels.

Consult your physician if you need outside help to deal with symptoms, and discuss ways to help prevent re-infection.

Allergies

Allergic attacks may happen and could change depending on the season. If your allergic attacks become frequent and extreme then this could be a tell-tale sign that your immune system is not coping.

If your allergic reactions are triggered by things that did not normally cause you that response before, this may mean it is high time to give your immune system some strengthening.

Cold Sores

Some skin diseases that may signal a weakened immune system include candida, thrush, ringworm, and tinea. Fungal infections could easily penetrate through your bloodstream if your body’s defenses have become severely weakened. Cold sores, fungal infections, and other systemic illnesses are just a few of the many diseases that affect people whose health may have been compromised by medications that are used for treating other serious illnesses.

Weight gain

Gaining weight could have adverse effects on your vital organs such as the heart. Weight gain also may be equally dangerous to your immune system. The more you gain weight, the more likely it might be for your body to reduce its ability to fight against infections. Weight gain could also lead to hormonal imbalances that may make it even more difficult for your immune system to defend your body against infection.

Stress

Another one of the signs your immune system is fighting and may not be functioning fully is when you always find yourself feeling constantly stressed out. Unfortunately, when stress is accompanied by viruses such as the flu your symptoms may even become worse.

For us to succumb to an illness such as a viral attack, two conditions must exist. First is the causative pathogen, second is an environment that allows that pathogen to live and multiply. As it is hard to avoid the first in many cases, it is important to maintain a healthy and strong immune system, to potentially prevent your body being in an environment conducive to attack.

A healthy diet, coupled with regular exercise and limited indulgence in harmful inputs are just a few of the many ways that may keep your immune system running as it should. Look after your immune system so it can look after you.

*Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Finding the Best Exercise System for your Immune System

A recent study said that it only takes 20 minutes of exercise to potentially give your immune system a boost. Serious exercisers may think that spending 20 minutes of moderate physical activity is more like a warm-up than an exercise period, however, researchers have said that 20 minutes of whatever the best exercise system for you is, may be enough to jumpstart the anti-inflammatory activity of the immune system.

Taking the time to engage in moderate exercise may deliver a host of health benefits. It helps a person potentially gain better prevention and may help better control diabetes and hypertension. Exercise may also reduce the risk of stress, anxiety, and depression.

While exercising, cells that play a role in promoting immunity may be released all throughout the body. These cells, called macrophages, are capable of destroying disease-causing microorganisms.

Exercising also may lead to an increase in body temperature. This may prevent the reproduction of many bacteria, potentially reducing their population and might keep them under control.

It also may help prevent early onset of the signs of premature aging. Researchers say that maintaining a moderate but regular exercise regime might help lengthen a person’s lifespan by up to ten years.

How Can the Best Exercise System For You Affect Your Immune System?

Exercise may stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. An increase in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system might result in increased breathing rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. While all these things are taking place inside the body, the hormones norepinephrine and epinephrine may also be released.

Consequently, an increase in the amount of these hormones in the bloodstream may result in the suppression of cytokines such as TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor).

These cytokines may be pro-inflammatory and an excess may lead to the development of autoimmune diseases. People who have multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia are usually found to have potentially high levels of TNF in the blood.

Although the immune system is incredibly complex, involving all the body, its core is the digestive system. An effective immune system is totally reliant on a properly functioning gut.

How Does Exercise Benefit Gut Health?

Another study said that exercise coupled with a healthy diet may positively impact gut health. The results of the study said that proper nutrition and regular exercise may result in an increase of gut microbiota diversity.

This possible improvement in the range of beneficial gut microbes also may have a positive impact on the immune system. In this study, there were 40 Irish rugby players as participants. Each of these rugby player’s microbiota in the intestines was checked before and after the study.

During the study period, these rugby athletes consumed more calories from beneficial protein sources than the control group. The researchers said that proper nutrition and increased amounts of exercise may lead to an enhancement in the biodiversity of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

Researchers in this study said the enhancement of microbiota diversity may be connected to the increased consumption of protein.

Balance is Key to a Healthy Immune System

Although exercising could boost your immune system, you must also know that too much may not be a good thing. Over-exercising may have adverse effects on your immune system. Too much exercise, to the point it makes you feel run down, might temporarily weaken your immune system.

What is over-exercising will vary from person to person and may largely reflect their current level of fitness. This simply means that you might not want to do more than you are capable of, and may want to increase your fitness steadily over time.

You cannot reverse years of sedentary behavior overnight, but with steady persistence, in a few months what you once considered tiring may be a breeze.

In any best exercise system, it may be important to give yourself enough time to rest and recover from exercise events. This may result in improved immune health.

*Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Alternative Therapy Holistic Homeopathy Immunity Boosters

Acupuncture

Studies have said that Acupuncture may be very helpful in treating allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, colds, asthma and many other types of infections. This is in part because acupuncture may do a good job in increasing the production of T-cells in the body.
These are the kinds of cells that are responsible for killing harmful bacteria and viruses that could pose threats to a person’s health. Through the use of very fine needles, accurately placed, acupuncture might provoke the immune response of the body. As soon as the body detects the inserted needle, the immune system may wrongfully think that these needles are threats, so it could immediately increase its production of white blood cells.

Once the immune system is stimulated, the levels of interferon which is a group of messenger hormones may also rise. These occurrences might then jumpstart the immune system’s battle against disease-causing invaders.

This kind of immune response triggered by acupuncture could be helpful in treating the underlying cause of many diseases. Through acupuncture, the healing process may be accelerated, symptoms could be reduced and the immune response may then return more quickly to normal.

Holistic Homeopathy

Holistic homeopathy is one of the many fields of natural medicine that uses a holistic approach in possibly treating different kinds of diseases. Holistic homeopathic practitioners usually take into consideration the person’s emotional, physical and mental aspects to ensure that each treatment may be highly-individualized and all-inclusive. Homeopaths usually believe that every person has a different constitutional type.

Holistic homeopathy is based on the principle of similarity. Thus, the saying “like cures like” is usually applied in each treatment. Homeopaths believe that microdoses of any substance might be capable of healing whatever symptoms are caused by the same substance in larger quantities. The same principle is being implemented by pharmaceutical companies in allergy treatments and vaccines.

Numerous studies have said that holistic homeopathy may stimulate a person’s immune system. However, the mechanisms behind how it occurs still remain a mystery to many.

Findings from a study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology said that the use of homeopathic remedy called Silicea may help stimulate the macrophages in the body.  These macrophages might play a role in engulfing the bad bacteria and other foreign substances found in the body.

Holistic homeopathic remedies may not only stimulate the immune response of the body in order to potentially jumpstart the healing process. Holistic homeopathic treatments could also bring about feelings of calmness, especially if such effect is necessary for the healing process.

A study conducted on people afflicted by rheumatoid arthritis said that those who were given homeopathic medicine, based on the person’s individual constitution, experienced potential relief than those from the placebo group. 82 percent of these study participants claimed to have experienced significant relief from homeopathic remedies. On the other hand, only 21 percent of those in the placebo group reported experiencing the same level of relief.

Massage Therapy

According to the researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, individuals who had a 45-minute massage were found to potentially have an increase in the production of lymphocytes. These lymphocytes are white blood cells that function as “defenders” of the body against diseases.

But, how does massage therapy work to potentially boost our immune system? There are two ways in which this may be possible.  First, massaging the specific areas of the body may enable improved lymphatic circulation. This is the process in which the lymph moves to the different areas of the body to more rapidly eliminate the disease-causing pathogens and other harmful wastes.

This improved lymphatic circulation also may allow the white blood cells to spread all throughout the body. Thus, the infection-fighting capabilities of the human body may be improved.

Second, massage therapy also may help to reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This is a hormone that increases blood pressure while temporarily reducing the production of natural killer cells. When the level of cortisol is reduced, the immune cells will be able to perform their job of protecting against diseases.

The results from a randomized study among women with breast cancer said that massage therapy may enhance the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body.  This may result in an increase in the number of lymphocytes and white blood cells.

The effects of massage therapy also may include alleviated symptoms of anxiety. Long-term benefits might include sustained serotonin levels and improved immune system and cognitive functions.

*Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.