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Re: Household & travel hints
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2021, 05:08:15 am »
Don't know about anyone else but I have always laundered new clothing before wearing. Same for bath towels, wash cloths, bed linens, etc.  Even fabric that I am going to sew.

As for products from the grocery store ~ well, now I do. Canned and boxed items get wiped down with Clorox sheets. Not frozens though. Any germs will die in the freezer. Raw veggies have always gotten washed before cooked or eaten raw. Meats in packaging get wiped with Clorox sheets before they go in the fridge. I buy in large amounts, thus I rewrap - so the packaging needs to be cleaned.

Another thing I have never done in the past 20 years is put my purse on the floor. Not even at home. Nor have I put it on the table I eat off of. It goes behind my back and the seat back in restaurants, and at home in a niche in the book case next to the front door, or in a basket next to my computer or hung on a coat hanger in the front coat closet. Never on my floor even or on top of any table or counter top.
 
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Re: Household & travel hints
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2021, 07:04:17 pm »
Don't know about anyone else but I have always laundered new clothing before wearing. Same for bath towels, wash cloths, bed linens, etc.  Even fabric that I am going to sew.

As for products from the grocery store ~ well, now I do. Canned and boxed items get wiped down with Clorox sheets....

Another thing I have never done in the past 20 years is put my purse on the floor.

1. There are two reasons (at least) for washing fabrics that you plan to sew with. One is to get rid of any dirt or irritants. The other is that some fabrics will shrink with the first washing, so you want to get that out of the way before using it to make clothing or anything else where size matters.

2. Not too many people think about cleaning grocery items before storing them. But think about dust or grimy fingers on the can lids you will be opening at home. You might not want that in the food, although cooking will kill most cooties. IMO, isopropyl or ethyl alcohol (the two commonest alcohols in hand cleaner) are better than Clorox cleaner. A paper towel dampened with rubbing alcohol will work. Chlorine cleaners may leave residue on the container. Alcohols are highly volatile, meaning they vaporize rapidly, leaving almost no residue. This is why rubbing alcohol dries so quickly, & what makes it so flammable. You want as little chemical fallout on your food containers as possible.

3. I also never put my purse or any belongings on a public floor. Even shopping bags, if for instance I need to set one down for any reason outside of home. If I need to use a restroom while shopping, I will hang the bag on the door hook or over my arm. I don't understand the dames who put purses on the toilet stall floor. You can see it in the bottom door opening. 1) What is nastier than a public toilet floor where who knows who has done who knows what, & you then take the purse back home, & 2) someone can grab the bag through the opening & you are literally caught flat-footed with your pants down.

Re: toilet door hangers - you'll notice most are double, with one hook below the other. If the hanger is high up on the door, always use the lower hook to hang your bag. The top hook blocks it from being removed from above. As crazy as it sounds, thieves have been known to reach over the top of a toilet stall and pick off items that were hung on the top hook. And there you are, again caught with your pants down.

Also, now & then I use a bit of the reliable (& cheap) alcohol on a paper towel to wipe off the base. For luggage, I clean the entire bag including the base & wheels after a trip, when I've put the bag on a hotel duvet or bedspread & wheeled it on who knows what ugly germy surfaces. As careful as we might be, we have to put stuff down somewhere, & it will collect cooties.
 
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Re: Household & travel hints
« Reply #32 on: March 04, 2021, 03:29:58 pm »
Now & then, we all get interrupted while doing something with a pen, needle, toothbrush, etc. Maybe the phone or doorbell rings, or someone hands us something or asks us to fetch something, a little kid suddenly, right this instant, needs a cookie or a face wipe or something from a higher shelf. And the first reaction is to put the object in our mouth for just a second.

So if you have a pencil, etc. in your hand & have to stick it in your mouth for a minute, insert it lengthwise, not end first. If you accidentally trip, are jostled, or the kid hugs you, that object will do a lot less damage if it's parallel to your lips & doesn't get jammed into your upper palate or even down your throat. 🥺 Better yet, put it down, don't put nasty foreign objects in your mouth at all, especially in the COVID Era

When carrying keys to & from your door, car, etc., keep a good hold on them, maybe even loop them over your finger. If you drop them & they fall on the wrong side of the door that closes just as you walk out, or into an elevator door gap & down the shaft, or into a storm drain, you're screwed. 😬
 

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Re: Household & travel hints
« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2021, 01:11:16 am »
Tiny objects to tuck into the luggage you most often use for a trip:

Bathtub drain stopper (the flat type that covers the drain). It takes no space at all in your bag. If you are at a hotel & feel like a tub bath, maybe a hot soak for your legs & back after a day of walking or hiking, itís no fun to discover that the tub drain stopper is missing or doesnít work.

A few zip-top plastic bags. Aside from the obvious uses, here are a few others. Here is a new one I came up with recently. If you forgot the drain stopper, get out a zip-top bag. Partly fill it with water & seal it, then position it over the drain. Hold it in place until you have enough water in the tub to see if it fully stops the drain & wonít float up, & adjust the water content as needed. Yes, it works! You can keep the bag to reuse as long as it remains watertight.

I mentioned this before, but it never gets outdated. Bag the TV remote, the grimiest, germiest thing in a hotel room. You can never sanitize a remote with hand cleaner because of all the buttons & crevices. Just cover it with what Iggy calls a remote condom.

Collect the spare change that procreates in your pocket, purse, or car console while traveling. Put it in a bag that you stash in a bureau drawer or your glove box so it isnít constantly in your way. Once stored, you wonít need to handle the coins until the end of your trip. Money is another of the dirtiest things we touch in our daily routine.

Small sewing kit or at least a needle or two, safety pins, a couple of standard sized buttons, & a few yards of thread wound onto a little piece of cardboard (stick the needles onto the cardboard). Pick thread in neutral colors that wonít clash with the clothes you most often wear. Tuck it all into a zip-top bag to put in a pocket of your suitcase or bag.

Dental floss. I try to get rid of as much bulk as possible when I pack, so I wind a few yards of dental floss from the original container onto a bit of cardboard to put in my toiletry kit, & leave the container at home. If you donít carry a knife or multi-tool, your nail clippers will cut dental floss or sewing thread.

A few lengths of ribbon or medium/worsted weight yarn. These are to tie on the ear bands of a face mask, so you can take the mask off & have it handy to replace in an instant as conditions dictate. Cut lengths to hang the mask at the level you want, & make a big knot on each end so all you need to attach it to the mask loops with no slipping is an overhand knot. You can leave it on the mask for washing, or move it to another mask & use it until it wears out.

I see many people who stick their mask in a pocket while not wearing it, requiring an extra few seconds to get it out & put it back on. Or they've misplaced it, or they walked outside & never had it with them. If you keep it hanging from your neck at all times, whether traveling or around your own community, it's always there to quickly protect you & everyone near you.
 
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Re: Household & travel hints
« Reply #34 on: September 05, 2021, 10:02:47 pm »
Licking the grimy hotel remote will help build your immune system.
 
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Re: Household & travel hints
« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2021, 01:41:39 am »
Licking the grimy hotel remote will help build your immune system.
If I had to lick the hotel remote, 😲 I would develop a mental immunity to hotel TV watching very quickly! 🤣
 

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Re: Household & travel hints
« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2021, 12:34:48 am »
Every financial or health professional or home security expert will tell you to shred sensitive documents before discarding or recycling. We will never have a 100% paperless world & we are always discarding some sort of exploitable data in the trash or recycling. Identity thieves love that. If you have lots of paper, you may need a machine, but small amounts can be done with good office scissors. If you do it by hand, be sure to cut into narrow shreds & in more than one direction to make them less readable. So the recyclers can ID the contents, put the shredded paper in clear plastic bags or in paper shopping bags clearly marked ďShredded Paper for RecyclingĒ & tie or staple the bag shut.

Now, people wonder if paper shredding is foolproof. It is not. In 1979, Iranian revolutionary students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran Ė the start of the ďhostage crisis.Ē CIA agents hid in an office & rushed to burn or shred sensitive docs, which of course were mostly paper then. By the time the students got to them, the agents were sure the classified info was safe. But those clever kids took the fragments & enlisted some of Tehranís famous skilled carpet weavers to help sort & reassemble them. It took years, but they succeeded & eventually published the contents. There are now computer programs that can do all that by analyzing paper fibers & colors, cut edges, ink, font types & sizes, etc. So if the CIA canít make data go away, how can we? Luckily, your hometown dumpster diver isnít that sophisticated & wonít want to bother. But to make it tougher, mix your shredded paper in the bags before recycling. Donít shred all your bank or brokerage statements & put them in one bag. Shred a mixture of financial & medical records, old car registration forms, utility or credit card bills, etc, dividing them into more than one bag. Reach in & stir up the contents as you go along, creating an even messier paper salad.

After all that paper shredding, youíll want some exercise. One of the most versatile home exercise thingies is resistance bands made of tubes (rubber or similar material) with a ring or carabiner at each end to attach handles or an exercise bar. These can be used with a door attachment at various heights for flys, lunges, lat pulldowns, resisted running in place, etc., & used unattached for floor exercises. And thatís when the trouble starts. Who hasnít done something like leg raises and had the tubing keep slipping off your feet & snapping you in the legs or butt or arms? Just say no by crossing the tubing once after you have your foot/feet where you want. IOW, swap the handgrips from hand to hand, or if youíre using a bar, turn it 180 degrees, so the tube crosses itself & traps your foot in the loop. Since itís soft & expandable, it wonít stop circulation or chop your foot off.
 

 


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