Helpful tips for June 2018

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Helpful tips for June 2018

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

Something very interesting about straws:
They are no good for the environment.
So the next time you get a straw with your drink and if you care about the
preservation of the environment, just do not use your straw.

What’s this about vitamin A?
It is very good for the regeneration and rejuvination of one’s skin!

Then how about vitamin C?
Another great vitamin to help keep skin healthy.

A great fragrance to foster restful sleep at night?
Yes! It’s lavendar!

2 great ways to improve dexterity of one’s fingers:
The taking of pottery and knitting classes.

A great way to keep the humidity down in one’s bedroom:
Place a bowl of water in the corner of the room.

The difference between cats and dogs?
Cats tend to annoy while dogs love to please.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Seven of the Most Common (and most useful) non-toxic cleaning products

1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a pantry staple with proven virus-killing abilities that also
effectively cleans, deodorizes
, brightens, and cuts through grease and grime .
2. Castile Soap
Castile soap is a style of soap that’s made from
100 percent plant oils
(meaning it uses no animal products or chemical detergents). Popularized by
Dr. Bronner’s
line of products, castile cuts through
grease and cleans.
3. Vinegar
Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is nothing short of a —it effectively (and
gently!) eliminates grease, soap scum, and grime.
4. Lemon Juice
Natural lemon juice , cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces (It also
smells awesome.).
5. Olive Oil
This good-for-you cooking oil also works as a cleaner and polisher.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils have gained popularity thanks to
, but these naturally occurring plant compounds also make great scent
additions to homemade cleaning products (particularly if you’re not into the
smell of vinegar).
Essential oils are
generally considered safe
, but these extracts can
trigger allergies
—so keep this in mind when choosing scents.
7. Borax
Many DIY cleaners tout Borax (a boron mineral and salt) as a non-toxic
alternative to mainstream cleaning products; however, the issue is pretty
hotly debated.
Some research
suggests Borax can act as a skin and eye
irritant and that it disrupts hormones. For this list, we’ve chosen to avoid
products that use Borax.


Contributed by Dan Thompson
Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use

1, For a simple,
all-purpose counter cleaner
, mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. If your
countertop is made from marble, granite, or stone, skip the vinegar (its
acidity is no good for these
surfaces) and
use rubbing alcohol
or the wondrous
power of vodka
2. Cutting Boards
Talk about non-toxic: All that’s needed to
clean and sanitize cutting boards
(wood or plastic) is… a lemon! Cut it in half, run it over the surfaces, let
sit for ten minutes, and then rinse away. If you need some serious
scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse or Kosher salt over the board, and
then rub with ½ a lemon.
3. Oven
clean stubborn, caked-on food out of the oven
, just heat the over to 125 degrees and grab your spray bottle of vinegar
(see “countertops” above). Once the oven is warm, spray the caked-on stuff
until it’s lightly
damp and then pour salt directly onto the affected areas. Turn off the oven,
let it cool, and then use a wet towel to scrub away at the mess. If that
doesn’t cut it, follow the same instructions but try use baking soda
in place of salt (just let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing).
4. Garbage Disposal
This one is
so cool
. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray and top off the slots with
water. Once they’re frozen, toss a few down the disposal and let it
run—doing so should remove any food that was stuck to
the blades.
5. Microwave
It’s easy to overlook the microwave while cleaning, but man can it get gross
in there. To
combat the gunk
, pour some vinegar into a small cup and mix in a little lemon juice (exact
amounts don’t really matter). Put
the cup in the microwave, let the microwave run for 2 minutes, and leave the
door closed for several more minutes. Finally, open the door and simply wipe
down all the sides with a warm cloth or sponge—no
scrubbing required!
6. Sink Drain
unclog a stuffed-up drain
, start by boiling about 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the
drain, and then add the water while it’s still nice and hot. If that doesn’t
do the trick, follow the baking soda
with ½ cup of vinegar, cover it up tightly (a pot lid should work nicely),
wait until the fizzing slows down (when baking soda and vinegar come in
contact, they’ll react by fizzing) and then add one gallon of boiling
7. Pan De-Greaser
cut through the grime on frying pans
, simply apply some salt (no water necessary) and scrub vigorously.
8. Cast-Iron Pans
Kitchen professionals are pretty against using soap, steel wool, or
dishwashers to clean cast-iron pans. Luckily, there’s an alternative way to
tackle cast-iron grossness
: combine olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse
salt in the pan. Scrub with a stiff brush, rinse with hot water, and you’re
9. Dishwasher Detergent
If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher,
simply mix together
1 cup of liquid castile soap and 1 cup of water (2 teaspoons of lemon juice
optional) in a quart-size glass jar. Add some of this mixture to one
detergent compartment of the dishwasher, and fill the other compartment with
white vinegar.
10. Dish Soap
washing dishes by hand
, simply combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap and 3 tablespoons water (a few
drops of essential oil optional) in a bottle of your choice. Shake well and
use like you would any other dish
111. Refrigerator Cleaner
To clean what is perhaps the toughest of all kitchen “gross spots,”
reach for the baking soda
. Add about ½ cup of the white stuff to a bucket of hot water. Dip a clean
rag in the mixture and use it to wipe down the
fridge’s insides.
12. Bleach
serious disinfectant power
, mix ½ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon castile soap, and ½ teaspoon hydrogen
peroxide. Use a cloth to apply the mixture to a wet surface, scrub, and then
rinse thoroughly.
Source: ” Being healthy doesn’t have to suck, right?”


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
The changing landscape of security

The one thing that we need to keep in mind when we travel by air is this:
the changing requirements of security.

No, security is probably not my favorite place to be at the airport but in
order to be able to board any aircraft we need to go through security so
there is no getting away from this.

So what do we need to be aware of before we even approach security?
Generally, what we should expect to be asked to do.

I am going to give you a list of some of the more routine things and it
should be a good start for you.

1. You will be asked to place your jackets and coats in a caddy.
2. You will be asked to remove your shoes and you can also place these in
the same caddy as your coat and jacket.
3. You will be asked to hand over your laptop if you have one and any other
type of computer device.
4. You will be asked to place your carry on bag in a separate caddy.
5. If you have snacks in your bag, you may be asked to hand these over as
well and they may not be returned. So best to buy snacks and food after you
have gone past security.

Random body searches are the order of the day so you may or may not be lucky
to get away from one of these. Just remember, these types of searches would
include a complete patting down of your physical being.

I hope that I have not scared you too much but there it is.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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