General Tips

Below are general tips for your well being.

Safety tip when you are lost

Using your cell phone's voicemail comes in handy when you are in high risk situations like getting lost while hiking, car breaks down and your cell phone is low on power. Use voicemail to let others know of your situation or location. So, when the phone dies, they can still call your phone to hear the voicemail and help you.

What to put in your wallet

The less you carry the safer you are. Essential things to carry are your driver's license, one (at most two) credit card, some cash, and grocery card. It's best not to carry your social security card, bank checks, passport, and any other items that give away your identification information.

Things to discard frequently

Sponges: Because they hold lots of bacteria, scientists say it's best to discard them after a week. Pillows: Replace them every two years. Toothbrush: Replace them every 3 to 4 months. Medications: Discard prior to their expiration date.

Looking for a low cost air fare

Some air travel sites raise fares for the same flight each time you search for it. To avoid this, use browser incognito mode (Press Ctrl + Shift + n) in Windows Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Linux, or (Press ⌘ + Shift + n) in Mac.

Ways to save money

Here's a list of some simple ways to save money.

Cancel obsolete monthly subscriptions
A grocery list helps prevent impulsive purchases
Buy things in bulk
Install solar panels (using government tax rebates) to reduce summer air-conditioning bills.
Use a grill in warm weather. Cooking indoors warms up the home and increases your air conditioning bill
Covering your electrical outlets, especially the ones along the exterior walls will prevent cold air from entering the house.
Keep the area around the exterior part of the air conditioner free of obstructions like bushes.

Tips for driving long distances

Map out path to destination, sleep and eat well before trip, stop as necessary to be comfortable (anywhere from every 45 minutes to three hours), check if car is ready to travel the distances, and start with a full tank.

The many benefits of vinegar

Listed here are some of the many benefits of vinegar a) Half a cup in the washing machine makes your towels fluffy; b) Running a short cycle, a cup of vinegar in an empty dishwasher makes it sparkling clean and run more efficiently; c) Clean car windows by spraying vinegar and wiping them; d) Clean your kitchen's garbage disposal, but dropping ice cubes (made from 1 part vinegar and 1 part water) into the disposal and running it; e) Soak white vinegar with paper towel and press against bruised area of the skin to remove bruise mark and pain; f) Lightly rub vinegar on stained clothes and wash them in the washing machine at the next opportunity.

Clean your bed linens at least every two weeks

First, many of the 500 million dead skin cells shed every day wind up on the bed sheets. There, they provide food to tiny dust mites, which can cause allergies, asthma, and more. Also, dead skin cells, sweat, and saliva allow colonies of bacteria to develop. Next, if you or your partner falls ill, the associated bacteria and germs linger in the bedsheets. Finally, other things that help contaminate bed sheets include sleeping nude, sleeping with your children, eating in bed, and sweating a lot.

For all these reasons, a general tip is to wash your bed lines every week. However, if that is not possible, at least every two weeks.

How to keep pillows clean

Wash your pillowcases once a week, using hot water. However, if you tend to drool or sleep with make up on, wash pillowcases more frequently. Furthermore, wash your pillows every six months with hot water and mild detergent. Also, down or feather pillows can be washed in a washing machine using the gentle cycle. However, don't wash foam pillows. Incidentally, some pillows can be dry cleaned. Finally, replace your pillows with new ones every one or two years.

Things to know about earbuds

First, you can take it for granted the chances of those earbuds perfectly fitting your ear is almost remote. This is because everyone's ears and ear cannel have different dimensions. Incidentally, men generally have larger air canals than women. So while, an earbud may fit a woman, it may be loose in a man. Furthermore, accumulation of ear wax may impede firm placement of the earbud.

Now, earbuds come in various sizes. So, start by trying out a medium sized earbud. Then, try out either smaller or larger ones to improve fit. Incidentally, you can get a custom fitted earbud or use a one-size-fits-all headphone.

How to avoid distractions

Are distractions preventing you from finishing things? Well, here is a list of things you can do to avoid distractions.

Turn off TV, Browsers, Radio, Phone, email, and message pop ups on your screen.
Write down and prioritize to-do lists to check off when done.
Work in 30, 60 or 90 minute blocks.
Break down your work into small chunks that can be completed in your chosen time blocks.
Create visual reminders of things to do.
Set aside breaks for emails, phone calls, stretching, etc.
Wear headphones to shut out unwanted sounds.
Work in a room away from potential sources of distractions.

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