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With winter quickly approaching, most families dread the onset of seasonal ills. From contracting the common cold to coming down with a serious case of the flu, there is nothing as frustrating as a blocked nose and a sore, scratchy throat when you’re trying to sleep during a long cold night.

Why does the air become so dry in the winter? When the cold winter weather sets in, we tend to crank up our heating system which causes overly dry indoor air. While your heater increases the temperature in your home, there is no moisture added to the air. As a result, the relative humidity drops considerably.

If you haven’t thought about the benefits of using a humidifier, here are five reasons why you should consider humidifying your household when the cold winter weather sets in.

 

1. Reduction in the Spread of Viruses

Unlike those old wives’ tales, there is research behind why you should keep your air moist. There was a time when doctors would suggest leaving windows open for those suffering from colds and flu. Although they didn’t have the science yet to prove it, we now know that influenza viruses hate moist air and are less likely to spread throughout the household if you use a humidifier. No, you don’t need to open a window to let the snow in, get a humidifier!

2. Relief from Sinusitis

While you may not come down with a cold or flu—sore, dry noses are prevalent in winter months. Most households are heated with dry heat and, as a result, many people suffer from what is called sinusitis. It’s simply an inflammation of the sinuses, but you can find a great deal of relief from a humidifier.

3. Hydrates Dry Skin

The same dry heat that causes an inflammation of the sinuses can create havoc on your skin. If you find that you suffer from dry skin, humidifying your household can bring you relief. Some people have reported that they can even cut back on the amount of moisturizer they apply during the winter because the moist air in their homes helps to protect their skin.

4. A Better Night’s Rest

As silly as this might sound, humidifiers can offer the benefit of improved sleep, especially if your partner is known for those loud snores that keep you from drifting off. Considering that humidifiers keep the air moist and moisture keeps the nasal passages clear, a humidifier just might offer the relief you are looking for.

5. Promotes Faster Healing

A humidifier can help reduce the symptoms of a common cold, influenza or even allergies.A humidifier keeps your nasal passages clear which helps speed up the healing process if you’re feeling under the weather. For people with bad allergies, there are even humidifiers which can help purify the air.

When all is said and done, keeping the home humidified in the winter months can truly be beneficial to your health. However, if you don't want to spend the money on a humidifier and would like to use natural solutions to combat dry air this winter, try these alternative ways to increase humidity at home.

Keep in mind, if you’re struggling to fight the dry air in your home, it is vital not to overuse your heating system, especially when a simple jumper may suffice. It will obviously take intervention on your part, but these are five very important reasons to use a humidifier during those long, cold winter months.

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So, let's talk about our cleaning habits.

When we still lived with our parents, they either cleaned up for us, or shouted at us until we got up off our ar*es and actually did some house work.

When you moved out, you were probably hit with a hard dose of reality and realised just how much stuff needed to be cleaned…

bed, bedding, bedroom

And you know, some days you're up for some house work, and some days… not so much.

So, when we heard how often we have to change our bed sheets, we certainly realised that we have failed as adults.

According to Business Insider, we have to change our bed sheets every damn week.

Woman in Grey Shirt during Daytime

Yep, every seven days.

Now, every two weeks will suffice for us, but a report was recently published which said our beds can be a "botanical park" for bacteria and fungus.

Also, we naturally produce 26 GALLONS of sweat in bed every year.

So, you know… we think we'll be changing our bed sheets more often now.

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We think we have everything together.

We shower regularly. Clean the places that need to be clean. Prep, prime, shave, wax. What more could we do?

But did you know there's a body part that nobody pays attention to? Can you guess what it is?

We're talking about the belly button, people.

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Yep, according to Teen Vogue, we don't wash them near enough as we're supposed to.

Experts say that we should be gently cleaning our belly buttons (medical name, umbilicus) daily.

Professor of dermatology, Jessica J. Krant, said that cleaning it "gently with soapy water and hands only," is the only way to go.

"Your belly button should be cleaned daily in the shower just like your other skin. That is sufficient for most people.

"Depending on the shape of your belly button, you may need to gently clean with a cotton swab soaked in gentle soap or rubbing alcohol."

And if you have your belly button pierced, be extra careful because it's open to contracting even more germs and infections.

Basically guys, just wash your belly button.

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Okay, so it's a bit of a grim topic, but we all have to use a public leithris every once in a while, and if there is any method of making this a tolerable experience, we'll use it. 

When you pop into the public loo, what's the first thing you do?

Well choose a stall, of course. But while that choice seems random, it could actually be extremely important if you want to avoid unnecessary contact with avoidable germs. 

If you want to choose the most hygienic stall of them all, the first one is your best bet. 

According to Dr. Mehmet Oz on Sharecare, a public health forum"Experts theorise that people tend to skip the first stall in favour of stalls farther back to have a little more privacy." 

"But because the first stall is used least often, it contains the lowest bacteria levels."

"Instead of skipping the first stall, choose it to help avoid possible infections."

The middle ones are said to be the dirtiest loos, as these are the ones most people pick, according to Cosmo

Good to know, now to purchase a large vat of hand sanitizer. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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It’s staring us in the face, day in and day out, but it’s the last thing on our mind when it comes to cleaning.

The thoughts of sorting out the contents of our prized make-up bag, or washing brushes is just a painful thought; and, as our good friend Kimberly "Sweet Brown" Wilkins saidain’t nobody got time for that.

Even with the glorious brush cleaning devices that have swept the market, we still find the task as off-putting as any other chore.

But, spring is in the air, so perhaps it’s time to clean out that make-up bag sooner, rather than later.

Think of all those facial oils that absorb into the bristles of our much-loved brushes, and then think of all the bacteria that is now breeding on them – EUGH!

Taking into account their daily use, your make-up bag and applicators should at least get a weekly clean, or a wipe at the very least.

What you will need:

Brush cleanser

Cleansing shampoo

Hand towel or kitchen roll

Cleaning mitt or rubber gloves (optional)

1. The bag

You cart that bad boy everywhere, it lurks at the bottom of your handbag and your dirty brushes live in it, so washing it once a month will keep it in pristine condition.

Handwash it, or throw it in the machine if machine washable. You could use face wipes or baby wipes in-between to give it an extra spruce.

2. The Brushes

You slather, set, contour and make your face glow with these babies so treat them with a bit of TLC.

To keep them in good condition, your brushes and sponges should ideally be washed once a week.

Wash them individually using warm water and a cleansing shampoo. Don’t soak the brushes as this loosens the bristles, causing it to fall out over time.

Rinse well, pat dry with the towel, and leave to air dry on the hand towel or kitchen roll.

3. The Make-Up

Firstly, get rid of any out-of-date make-up or make-up you never use.

Mascara needs to be changed every three months, while lipsticks should ideally be changed every 6 months – anything over a year old is just bad.

Powder and eyeshadow containers get grubby too so, get a wipe or clean damp cloth, and wipe inside and out.

We all have our favourite shades of eye shadow or lipstick, but make up trends are forever changing and they also change with the season.

Updating your make-up colours with the seasons will keep you looking radiant all year round for example, bronzer looks great in the summer but out-of-place in the winter.

 

Go forth and clean, ladies

 

Feature image make-up brushes, credit Pinterest

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We all love a good music festival. But after a long day of rocking your socks off, the mess can be a bit too much. And, looking – and smelling – like a rubbish bin really isn't a good look either.

That's why we were delighted when we came across this Kickstarter campaign that's selling HUGE wet wipes. It's like a shower in your pocket. Well, the slogan says that anyway…

Epic Wipes was initially created by Dr Aeneas Janze for soldiers in Afghanistan who had no access to a running shower.

And, even though it's always handy to have a pack of regular wipes in your bag, trying to clean yourself with them isn't that effective, and let's not even mention the waste.

So, three years and a 80x50cm wipe later, Epic Wipes were born.

Whether you're heading to a festival, going camping or on a hike, these will have you sorted.

The Kickstarter campaign is still ongoing but the company hope to be fully set-up by next year.

Body & Soul 2017, so?

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We know that not all foods are created equally: yup, a cucumber and a can of cola are certainly NOT going to do the same things to your body. 

However, and while 'superfoods' has been the dietary buzz word of the last few years, having to trek across town to try and source a €4-a-pop portion of something you can't quite pronounce is just tiresome. 

Actually, it's positively enough to make us reach for a large chips and a garlic bread with cheese combo.

Fear not! Because many truly fantastic superfoods are totally affordable and readily available on everyday supermarket shelves.

Here, SHEmazing! rounds up the 14 best ones that will help you celebrate your 100th birthday. Tuck in!

 

1) Eggs

Cheap, versatile – and really very good for you

2) Sweet potatoes 

A delicious alternative to our national veg

 

3) Fish

Hello there, omega-3 fatty acids

 

4) Walnuts

Help prevent diabetes and stroke

5) Black beans

Even from a can, these are brilliant used in lieu meat

 

6) Fresh herbs

A great way to add flavour too with no extra calories

 

7) Feta cheese

Makes your heart stronger

 

8) Tofu

Full of amino acids, iron, and calcium 

 

9) Fresh fruit

It doesn't matter what type either

10) Seaweed

Fights fat and keeps hunger at bay

 

11) Chilli

Fire up that metabolism

 

12) Wild rice

Naturally gluten-free too

13) Prawns

A great source of unsaturated fat

 

14) Garlic

Delicious, simple to use – and cancer-fighting

 

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A curious fellow decided to take matters into his own hands and place a GoPro camera inside his dishwasher. Apparently, alot of us have been wondering how it cleans dishes as the video has gone viral amassing over 1.5million views and counting.

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So, how clean are your hands?

Growing up, we’re pretty sure your mother told you to wash your hands, right? And even though the nagging was never relenting, you may have to thank your mum because it seems that old saying of “your mother is always right”, is definitely true.

In support of the World Health Organisation’s Clean your Hands campaign, the Public Health England (PHE) are showing people just how dirty their hands are, if not washed. The images released by PHE show the invisible germs on our hands that are so often forgotten about.

PHE

A few public washroom users may do well from looking at the third image…

According to Dr Paul Cosford, just one bacterium can grow into hundreds and thousands in a relatively short space of time.

Eek, we may start carrying around a hand sanitizer with us when we’re out.

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You may have thought emptying the bin, keeping the floor clean and the counters clear was enough to keep your home bacteria free – well think again!

Here are some things in the home you should be cleaning but probably aren’t.

1. Hairbrushes/toothbrushes/make-up brushes
Anything that goes in your mouth or on your skin in any way will benefit from regular cleaning.

2. Shopping bags
Your resuable shopping bags should be thrown in the washing machine or wiped out about once a week to get rid of any nasties.

3. The phone
Whether it be your mobile or a landline, you speak into it on a regular bases so wipe it down. Also, those with touch-screens are texting and then pressing the phone to their faces. If that’s not a way to transfer bacteria to your face then we don’t know what is!

4. Shower curtain
To get rid of any mildew throw your shower curtain into the washing machine.

5. Any door or press handle
Everything you touch with your hands could benefit from a clean. Door handles, press handles, oven knobs etc.

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We’ve copied her hairstyles, fawned over her wardrobe and now we are taking Lauren Conrad’s cleaning advice!

The former reality TV star and entrepreneur knows how to keep her house sparkling clean at all times.

The answer? Consistency!

If you do different chores daily, weekly and monthly, you will find that you have a much lesser workload.

Isn’t that much better than letting it go to the dogs with a piling sink, cinema-like floor and a sea of clothes that will take a full day and half night to clean in one go?

We certainly think so!

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Plain old white vinegar has the ability to clean your home from top to bottom. It brings up a great shine on tiles and silver and has amazing deodorizing properties.

Use vinegar in the following ways for an economical and thorough way of cleaning your home.

1. Tiles
Mix vinegar with some warm water and use on your tiles to bring up a great shine and get rid of stains.

2. Microwave
Use vinegar to shift those tough stains in your microwave.

3. Stainless steel hob
Using vinegar on your hob will make the silver gleam and break down any food residue.

4. Drains
Because of its incredible deodorizing properties, vinegar can clear up any lingering smells caused by your drain. If mixed with some baking soda it can also unclog your drains.

5. Smelly rooms
Whether it’s smoke, wet dog or perhaps that salmon from last night, vinegar is the solution! Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the area that smells and wait for an hour or two. Although it will smell like vinegar for a while, once you throw it away all the offending smells will have disappeared! Magic.

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