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Moldy Fridge Problems

You shuffle back into the house after a successful trip to the grocery store, arms laden with grocery bags. You set the bags down onto the counter, turn to open the fridge, and are met with a musty odor. Mold… Now, you’re faced with a decision. Do you shrug it off and put the groceries away anyway, or do you break down and get to scrubbing? We know what the easiest answer is, but it’s not the ...

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Wash Those Reusable Bags

Trying to help the environment by ditching those plastic bags for canvas totes when you go shopping?  You may not have thought about it, but those bags need to be washed regularly! Leaving reusable grocery bags unwashed increases the chance of transferring bacteria from the store to your home. If you go grocery shopping weekly, you should wash your bags weekly, even if products inside don’t lea...

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Selfie Problems

Did you know that the popularity of taking selfies is having an unintended effect: they are increasing head lice cases among teens! We know what you’re thinking. “Teens have been taking pictures together years! We would all squeeze into a photo booth to take pictures together, and we never had a lice problem from it!” And while that’s true, the ease with which we can take pictures where ever a...

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Lice Hate Coconut!

You know what they say, “Prevention is better than a cure.” You don’t have to worry about treating the flu if you work to prevent it. The same goes for lice! You can take steps to preventing a head lice infestation in your home by doing one simple thing: replacing your shampoo and conditioner! Swap out your hair care products for some that are coconut scented or are made with natural coconut o...

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Disinfect Those Backpacks!

Backpacks aren’t as simple as they used to be. They come with so many buckles, zippers, and straps, you are more scared the washing machine will get messed up before the actual backpack will. To avoid any mishaps, empty every compartment of the backpack and make sure you keep them open. Now that your backpack is empty, place it in an old pillowcase and tie it shut. Add a small amount of your fa...

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Get Rid of that Couch Stink

There are many reasons a person may want to disinfect their couch. You could be a person who’s a huge animal lover and refuses to let any of their fur babies deal with a harsh winter or cruel summer. You could’ve just allowed a sibling or friend to crash on your couch while they were going through a hard time, and now the couch just isn’t as minty fresh. Or you could be honest with yourself, th...

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Don't Share Headphones!

Here’s the scenario: Your favorite coworker is in the breakroom laughing up a storm watching a funny Instagram story, and she sees you and immediately hands you an earbud for you to join in on the laughter. What you don’t know is her son came home yesterday with lice, and she has been working day and night to control the infestation… that has now been spread to you. But wait… head lice on head...

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Keep Those Brushes Clean!

Lice happen! A lousy attack on your household is the last thing that anyone wants to deal with. The amount of money and time invested in getting rid of them while trying to prevent them from spreading quickly adds up. Not to mention the time taken off work and school trying to contain the “situation.” Ultimately, head lice can be a task, but we have a tip that can help you avoid all the chaos!...

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Nature's Sports Drink

Stop chugging Gatorade and other sports drinks and crack open a coconut! Well, you don’t have to actually crack open a coconut, but you should definitely consider replacing those sugary sports drinks with coconut water. Don’t get coconut water confused with its high-fat cousin, coconut milk. Unlike coconut milk, coconut water is a clear liquid taken from a young coconut instead of the matured v...

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Pure Maple Goodness

There are few things better than pancakes when it comes to breakfast food, at least as far as taste goes. Healthwise, though… not so much. But instead of ditching hotcakes completely, try a healthier alternative to the delicious, but artificial, syrup we all love smothering them in! You don’t have to stray too far from your norm, especially if you try using all-natural, pure maple syrup!  Pure...

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