Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Keep or Toss ?

It is new year and I am sure there's a lot of things to throw away!  (crazy eyes rolling) so let's begin to check what are for keeps and toss.



Stash it, but wash and cover it. Your head propper piles up gross sweat, drool, dander and dust mites. But instead of throwing it away, invest in a washable allergy case, which blocks mites and their leftovers, advises Amy Newburger, M.D., a dermatologist in Scarsdale, New York. Wash pillows every few months and change linens weekly, and you can rest easy.


Trash it every 8 to 10 years. Over time, the many hours you spend in bed wear down your mattress's springs and support, says Michael Schaufele, M.D., a physiatrist at The Emory Spine Center. Head off the hurt: Research has shown that switching out old mattresses can help relieve pain and stiffness.




Stash for as long as they work. Keep on rockin'! Wipe earbuds weekly with an alcohol swab, and store them away from dirty sneakers, Scott advises. Dr. Newburger suggests using buds with foam covers that you can swap out when they look grungy. If you get ear infections, headphones that rest around the ears cut down on germs.


Stash until it stretches. As long as your girls are still supported, sweat's the big issue: The combo of moisture and friction can irritate sensitive skin, Dr. Newburger says. A wash fixes it. Ladies who don't sweat heavily can air-dry their bras between workouts and machine- or hand-wash after three uses. Heavy sweaters should wash bras each time.



Trash it after three to four months. Rinse it well and dry it upright, and your brush should stay clean. But do replace it when bristles fray, which can make brushing less effective, the American Dental Association says.


Trash it every 3 months. As you exfoliate, your loofah collects skin, which bacteria snack on. Launder it every week or two, and buy a new one every season, Dr. Newburger says. Or skip it entirely: Your hands and a body scrub smooth skin equally well.

Stash it. You only need to worry about germs on files if you have a skin infection or damage around the nail, says Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., professor of biology at Simmons College. If so, disinfect a file with alcohol before each use. Emery boards get dull before they get overly buggy.

In the Kitchen


Trash it every 30 days. Your sponge soaks up juices from raw foods and breeds bugs, says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. Toss it in the dishwasher, laundry or microwave (for 30 seconds while wet) weekly, and adios it after a month.




Trash it when you spot wear. Avoid microwaving plasticware or putting it in the dishwasher, as both can cause potentially hazardous chemicals to leach out, advises Patricia Hunt, Ph.D., professor in the school of molecular biosciences at Washington State University in Pullman. Hand-wash instead. When it gets brittle, discolored or beat up, toss or recycle it and replace it with glass.

Stash it. Go green and clean. Reusing dirty cloth bags, which can carry fecal bacteria from raw meat and unwashed vegetables, "is like carrying your groceries in your underwear," Gerba says.Washing by machine or hand reduces bag-teria by more than 99.9 percent, according to Gerba's research.

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