Sanitize Your House Effectively
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The world is becoming increasingly concerned about protecting their families from viruses and other pathogens. If you thought you knew how to sanitize your house before, now you may be doubting your techniques. In our effort to bring comfort, Bolden’s is sharing how to sanitize your house effectively.
Killing Germs in the House: Clean and Disinfect
It is well known that a big part of preventing illness is keeping surfaces, including your own hands and face, clean. When there is an imminent threat of a super-spreader virus, it is also recommended that you stay home as much as possible and focus on killing germs in the house.
How do you sanitize your house properly? It really boils down to two steps:
- Clean surfaces first with soap and water.
- Disinfect the same surfaces with an effective product.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has more information about the best cleaning methods and shares a list of reliable disinfectants. Pay close attention to sanitizing surfaces that are touched frequently: the bathroom counter, sinks, door handles, appliance knobs, light switches, the TV remote, your keys, and so on.
What Temperature of Water Kills Germs in the House?
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that water temperatures of 140°F to 150°F are enough to destroy many viruses, and boiling temperature (212°F) is even better. If you follow the CDC’s instructions for sanitizing surfaces using suitable disinfectant products, it is okay to use hot or cold water.
However, while doing dishes and laundry, water temperature does make a difference. This is because you cannot use intense disinfectant products for these tasks, as they would irritate skin. If you are concerned about contaminants, use the hottest setting on your dishwasher and washing machine, and be sure to dry clothing on hot for 45 minutes.
You are Doing Great, Really
Now that you know best practices as to how to sanitize your house properly, try not to obsess about whether you are doing a good job. Just focus on keeping your home’s environment as safe as you can with the resources and time you have. That much is in your control!
Game Room Ideas for More Fun –
You know what they say: “All work and no play make for a boring day.”
Achieving work-life balance is crucial to your physical and emotional well-being, and your home can help you get there.
Add a little more fun to your week! Create a game room you will enjoy when the day is done with these design ideas.
Prep the Space –
Take inventory of your current space. Is there too much furniture, or not enough? How about storage space? Has anyone even touched that game console in the last six months?
It may be helpful to begin with “Keep, Toss, Donate” piles to clean up and clear out your game room. Then, you will have room, physically and mentally, to think through what you want. Experiment with moving your couch in a different angle or mounting your TV on the wall. While you are at it, consider investing in a deep clean to start fresh.
Plan Your Theme –
The game room is unique in that you can take major design risks. Have fun with it! Are you a Star Wars fanatic? Black, starry walls and some cool movie posters will do the trick. Make this room uniquely yours by getting everyone involved in the brainstorm. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Favorite video game/video game characters
- Favorite sport/sports team
- Old-timey arcade, movie theater or casino
Paint with Personality –
Not ready to commit to a theme? Color goes a long way. Try painting a bold accent wall that you might not add in your kitchen or living room. Choose bright, lively hues to add to the lighthearted nature of this room. You are allowed to “let loose” design-wise, and we think that is pretty liberating.
Pick Fun Seating –
Color is not reserved for your walls. If you lack furniture, add a fun-colored couch or chair. Consider adding seating options that are often reserved for fun, like gaming chairs and bean bags. Seating in your game room should be comfortable and cool.
Play with Options –
A game room without games is just – sad. Think of each member and age group in your family. Is there something for everyone? Be inspired by this checklist of fun additions!
Play on! Take a break and have some fun without ever leaving your home.
9 Scientifically Backed Ways to Beat the Fall and Winter Blues –
When your mood is falling as fast as the thermometer, these small lifestyle changes may help boost your spirits.
If you’re starting to feel like nothing but a very full, very strong pot of coffee will get you out of bed, join the club. Get a jump on beating those blues—even before the leaves start to change—with these scientifically proven ways to lift your spirits and feel good all fall and winter long, no matter how short the days get or how low the temperatures drop.
1. Give your skin some TLC –
There is no denying that your skin looks better in the summer, with its sun-kissed glow and fresh dewiness (thank you, humidity). There is also no denying that as temperatures and humidity levels plummet, all that cold, dry air takes a toll on your complexion. That is why it is the perfect time to up your skin game. Reevaluate the ingredients in your skincare routine by giving your skin a boost from the inside out with a beauty supplement that contains ingredients like collagen, found in products such as NeoCell. After all, who doesn’t feel better when their skin looks good?
2. Make your environment brighter –
When your body is craving more daylight, sitting next to an artificial light—also called a light box—for 30 minutes per day can be as effective as antidepressant medication. Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can also help provide an extra dose of sunshine.
3. Eat smarter –
Certain foods, like chocolate, can help to enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Other foods, like candy and carbohydrates provide temporary feelings of euphoria but could ultimately increase feelings of anxiety and depression.
4. Simulate dawn –
People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that usually begins in late fall or early winter and fades as the weather improves, may feel depressed, irritable, lethargic, and have trouble waking up in the morning— especially when it’s still dark out. Studies show that a dawn simulator ($50; walgreens.com), a device that causes the lights in your bedroom to gradually brighten over a set period of time, can serve as an antidepressant and make it easier to get out of bed.
5. Exercise –
A 2005 study from Harvard suggests walking fast for about 35 minutes a day five times a week, or 60 minutes a day three times a week improved symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Exercising under bright lights may be even better for seasonal depression: A preliminary study found that exercise under bright light improved general mental health, social functioning, depressive symptoms, and vitality, while exercise in ordinary light improved vitality only. Try these mood boosting workouts.
6. Turn on the tunes –
In a 2013 study, researchers showed that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improved participant’s mood in both the short and long term.
7. Plan a vacation –
Longing for sunnier days at the beach? Research shows that the simple act of planning a vacation causes a significant increase in overall happiness.
8. Help others –
Ladling out soup at the local shelter or volunteering your time can improve mental health and life satisfaction.
9. Get outside –
Talking yourself into taking a walk when the temperatures plummet isn’t easy, but the benefits are big: Spending time outside (even when it’s chilly!) can improve focus, reduce symptoms of SAD, and lower stress levels.