I came across this from the Hillbilly Housewife and wanted to share it with you. It's interesting so be sure to read it because we don't consider some of the items we keep in the bathroom as dangerous. My healthy tip would be to go through your bathroom and purge what you don't use, need or if it's expired. Please be responsible when disposing of any medicines. Happy Reading!!
Are There Hidden Dangers In Your Bathroom?
When you think of spring cleaning, you might not think of your cosmetics bag or medicine cabinet, but these are things you do not want to miss.
Bacteria can easily grow in your cosmetics and taking medication that is past its expiration date can not only be ineffective, but can also cause illness. The following are some tips on cleaning these often forgotten areas:
Take the box or boxes with all of the medicines and toiletries and begin sorting through things. Grab a notebook to make a list of anything that needs replacing in the medicine cabinet.
Throw away medicines, vitamins, and supplements that are past the expiration date, as these can be potentially dangerous if taken. Remember that sun block expires within a year, too, so check the dates on your bottle and replace if necessary.
Take stock of your first aid kit and write down any supplies that might need replenishing, such as Band-Aids, peroxide, alcohol, and the like. Don’t forget to stock up on other health products that you keep on hand, such as pain relievers, antacids, and vitamins.
Go through your makeup supply and throw away anything that you do not use or that is almost used up. Think about how long you have had products and rid yourself of ones that have been around too long. Keeping makeup longer than recommended can cause problems, as it can harbor bacteria.
• For powder-type makeup, including blush and eye shadow, and lip products, two years is the maximum it should be used.
Look at your collection of creams, lotions, soaps, perfumes, and other toiletries, as well. If they are half gone and rarely used, losing their scent, or have changed texture, it is time to throw them away. Even things that are unopened that won’t be used should be given away or thrown in the trash. Once everything is sorted through and cleaned out, it can be put back in the cabinet, where it belongs.
If you use the area under the sink for storage, make sure that you are using containers to keep all of your products organized. This will make things easier to find and will prevent everything from rolling out when you open the cabinet door.
Now that all of the old things have been thrown away, the real fun can begin! Now it’s time to pick up new cosmetics in the latest spring trend colors!
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Tip #4 is for both the bathroom & laundry room. This tip is about laundering towels and washcloths that are used in the bathroom. I never buy or use fabric softener first because they cost too much and second I don't like the strong scents that most of them have. I use plain old white vinegar in the rinse cycle, your clothes come out cleaner and softer. The vinegar helps remove the soap from the clothing during the rinse cycle. Less soap =softer clothes. A friend who works on washers once told me that towels don't absorb as much water when you use fabric softener and that fabric softener is bad for your machine. He would know he's been in that trade for 30+ years. I know the vinegar works because I have been using it for over 15 years in all my laundry and no my clothes doesn't smell vinegar. My towels do absorb water better than before, it makes drying off after a shower quicker too. Try this tip and comment below. Happy Healthing!!
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Tip #3 is using Hydrogen Peroxide to clean and disinfect your bathroom. Use straight 3% in a spray bottle on the counter tops, walls, toilet, shower, windows & mirrors. The longer you let it sit the better it works. Have you ever noticed that in Hospitals and Doctors offices it never smells like bleach? That's because they use some form of peroxide to clean with. It is nontoxic unlike most household cleaners and it is inexpensive too! It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-mildew & anti-mold. Peroxide can be used all over your house not just in the bathroom. I use it in my laundry, dishwasher, kitchen as well as gargling & ear cleaning. There are so many more uses than I have listed here. This tip also coincides Tip #1 & Tip #2.
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Tip #2 is about your toothbrush, keep your toothbrush in your medicine cabinet or in a toothbrush cover to help keep germs and bacteria off of it. This tip coincides with Tip #1 posted on 6-15-2015. If your toothbrush is on the counter it is exposed to many different kinds of bacteria especially when the toilet is flushed with out putting the lid down. If in doubt about how clean your toothbrush is pour some hydrogen peroxide in a glass drinking glass and soak your brush until it stops bubbling then your good to go. Check out the video below to find out how what can be lurking on your toothbrush...gross!
I'm always looking for ways to improve my health so this tip may seem odd but it does help to keep germs and bacteria from spreading through out your bathroom. Tip #1 is to close the lid on the toilet every time that you flush, it keeps the droplets of water containing the yucky stuff inside the toilet bowl. Yes there will be some that escape during the flushing process but not as much as if the lid was open. According to an article from Prevention bacteria can be found up to 90 minutes after each flush. It also says that by closing the lid it reduces bacteria by 10 times. Want to read the full article click here. More tips to come....
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Hello I'm Michele & I'm the matriarch of the Leverone Family Farm. I'm a wife, a mother of 2 grown/married sons and have 4 adorable grand kids. Thrifty for more than 30 years. I love gardening, cooking and saving money.