Thursday, April 26, 2012

SHARE: How often to we change bed sheets?

As I try to entertain myself because I'm sad and I'm missing my mother,  I stumbled upon this Yahoo article which I think is very useful for everyone who uses bed sheets. All we need to know is the list below - it's kind of a long read but surely informative.

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No matter your relationship status, you never go to bed alone. Nestled within your sheets are countless intruders. For an explanation, we turned to Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

How often do most Americans change their sheets?

It varies. Most people have a standard of once a week. But many people go three weeks, a month or more. "Younger people seem to leave their sheets on the bed longer," Dr. Tierno says.

How often should they change their sheets?

Wash sheets and pillowcases once a week, and you'll eliminate that debris that has accumulated in the bed for that week. You'll be safer from breathing in that material.

Debris? How can sheets possibly get that dirty?

Human skin cells become food for dust mites. That is one of the biggest problems associated with bedding. Mites accumulate, along with their feces. But there is also animal hair, dander, fungal mold, fungal spores, bodily secretions and bacteria. Also: dust, lint, fibers, particulates, insect parts, pollen, soil, sand and cosmetics. "One person can perspire as much as a liter in a night—even more if you have a lot of covers," he says. And, of course, people eat in bed as they watch TV.

All this stuff is yucky, but is it a health risk?

It is mainly a threat to respiratory tracts and not an infectious source. If you have allergies or asthma, this matter can exacerbate it. If you don't have an allergy, you could develop one because you're constantly challenged.

Is there an ideal way to wash bedding?

The water should be 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, typically the washing machine's hot-water cycle. Then dry using a hot drying cycle. That is germicidal; it actually kills and destroys a lot of vegetative material. It also kills the dust mites. For extra protection, "bleach is excellent. It is probably the cheapest germicide and can be used in a low concentration." Cold water non-bleach bleaches use peroxide, so they're also germicidal.

Once a week, hot water. Then I'm safe?

No. To protect the mattress, I use an impervious outer cover. If you look at a mattress, it collects debris by gravity. All kinds of things collect on it that are absorbed into its core. Without the impervious cover, your mattress is a "zoological and botanical garden," he says. The outer covers are made of pliable, plastic vinyl and are commonly used by people with asthma and allergy symptoms. The covers should also go on pillowcases. "If you put an impervious outer cover over the mattress and mattress pad, your mattress won't harm you." 

As for me we change our sheets once a week, wash it on the washing machine with faucet water. We don't use hot water for washing clothes but we use germicidal liquid detergent to sanitize the sheets and some of our clothes. We also let our pillow stay under the sun for an hour or two during the hottest time of the day, noon. I observe that they smell clean when do. :D

Let's keep clean to stay healthy! Yey!

Blessings ♥

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Loving Japanese Anime

During the Holy Week holidays, husband and I plus the kid were just at home.We had few swimming sessions with friends but mostly we were just at the comfort of our cozy home.When we are not playing with Hershey, we are actually on the couch watching movies. We are hooked with Japanese Anime recently.

It started when I watch Spirited Away on Disney Channel and I got crazy about the film and can't stop raving it to everyone at home. Manang Jiji, our A+ househelp, my MIL watched and loved it too.

Spirited Away was about 10-year-old girl stumbled into the world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters, Where monsters, gods and spirits enjoy their spa/bathhouses, where humans are also changed into animals.

And then we watched My Neighbor Totoro which was directed by the same director of Spirited Away. It turned out that the Director, Hayao Miyazaki ,was one of the most successful Japanese film makers whose films have invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park and Robert Zemeckis; he has also been named one of the most influential people by Time magazine.[1][2] (Wiki)

My Neighbor Totoro is about two girls who move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they met Totoro and had adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live around them.

 And then of course, Howl's Moving Castle  this film together with Spirited Away had a cute effect on me. I got a crush on the main man, Howl. Ha ha. He is super cute, promise! :D Look at that! He is just perfect! *Kinikilig ako promise!*

And then last night, Princess Mononoke. On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. And Ashitaka is cute too! Haha.

We still had more like, Grave of the Fireflies, a sad and devastating film, Arrietty, and a lot more. But the above really are specially beautiful.The story is not predictable, it makes you think.

Blessings ♥

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Im missing you

So I am always sad. Just every time I remember my Mother. The worst thing that is happening to me right now is crying just anywhere. Last Saturday we were walking towards the MRT station and nearing the entrance my husband heard me subbing and then he saw me with tears and he was like, "Baket ka umiiyak?" And I just said, "I remember Nanay", he was just quiet.

I thought time heals but its nearing 3 months since she left us and the pain is more excruciating. I pray and make myself entertained, thinking of happy moments but I cannot stop thinking of her too. I think I really miss her a lot. So much.

Just that. I just want to share.

Blessings ♥

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Something NEW

Today, I want to post something light. Nothing important, I was just happy to get a new lunch bag. Mababaw lang. Ha Ha.

We had our usual weekend grocery shopping at Giant Supermarket last Saturday. There are really disadvantages when you shop from big stores, always, you end up buying the 'not so needed' things and one of those were our lunch bags.

We were looking for nothing on the food storage section when our maid blunted, "Kailangan nyo na Sir ng bagong Lock&Lock" In short, our lunch boxes are old and doesn't look quiet good, according to our dear maid. Ha Ha. We really didn't think about that but napag isip ako. E nagagamit pa naman e, bakit ba?! LOL.

So we were looking and looking until I found something at the very top of the display. It's the Lock&Lock lunch bags. We checked out the display and found that they are of really good quality.

We found gray and black bag colors. I got the gray bag which has 3 350ml rectangular containers, the 3rd one has dividers on it,  I use it to store my fruit (grapes and fruit cocktail), the other 2 are for the rice and adobo. :D

 Hubbydub got the black bag with the same containers inside. Some has Lock&Lock water bottle but I don't like that as I normally use my mug/water in the office.

The carrying bag is insulated with zipper and handles. It is also smart to carry. Safe for dishwasher, freezer and microwave. the display price is 24.99SGD but we were happy to know it is discounted to 17.99sgd upon payment - I don't know why.

It is surely a happy meal with our new lunch bags. :D

Safety cautions from here:
1.When using the microwave, be sure to keep all of the locks open (If left locked, the product may explode due to excessive steam build up).
2.Hot food may cause air to expand and result in inferior lockage. Store food in a container after food has cooled off. Be careful especially when you open a container containing hot food to avoid burns.
3.Never store alcohol, benzene, gasoline, oil, or other volatile or flammable chemicals in your containers.

Blessings ♥

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