Cleaning Tips As Taught by the Department of Health and Human

Parents have always asked me a lot of questions about how to keep their baby safe. As a teacher, not only do I personally think it is important to manage the health and care of children, I’m required by law to do so in my classroom. Luckily, I’m given a guide by the Department of Human Services. Parents, however, are not given a guide; which makes it difficult to learn how to do such things as: how to clean and disinfect toys and how often should it be done, and how to disinfect your home for children.

There is no perfect way to keep your kids healthy. That is the hard part about being a parent; understanding that kids get sick, and they get sick often. While you can reduce the exposure to some illnesses, most kids will get sick from being in contact with other people. Here are the ways that teachers and schools keep children’s contact with sickness to a minimum:

According to the Department of Health and Human Services there are different bleach solutions to use on toys and areas. There are different solutions for each type of toy, furniture and food areas. It is also important to note the amount of bleach quality (sodium hypochlorite) is different for each bottle of bleach. Read the label to be sure of the recommended mixtures.

Important fact: Never mix bleach with ammonia. The fumes, when combined, are extremely toxic.

For a spray solution use a 1/4 teaspoon bleach to 1 quart (9.5 deciliters) of water.

For use on items (not toys) that have been in contact with blood, feces or urine (any bodily fluids) use a mixture of 1 tablespoon to 1 quart (9.5 deciliters).

For use with toys that babies and toddlers tend to put in their mouths, use a concentration of 1 teaspoon bleach/Gal (3.8 deciliters) of water.

1.) Every toy needs to be cleaned differently. Cloth toys and hard toys are different, as well as cloth toys with batteries.

a)      Cloth toys, without batteries, can be washed in machines and tumbled dry on low heat. It’s best not to leave wet toys out, as they will attract bacteria.

b)      Plastic and harder toys can be washed with a diluted bleach solution. Either spray and let dry or wipe with a cloth.

c)      Cloth toys with batteries can be sprayed with a diluted bleach solution and sun dried.

d)      Doll clothes and other cloth items can be washed in a machine using a temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Always allow items cleaned with bleach to fully dry before coming into contact with children. While most small concentrations of bleach are not incredibly harmful, they can still sometimes burn the skin or cause a irritation. If swallowed follow the instructions on the containers. Always keep bleach out of reach of children or in child safe cabinets.

Why to Choose a Natural Health Skin Care

There are tons of skin care products out there on the market, and depending on what type of care your skin actually needs, will determine what kind of health skin care product suits you the most. You may have oily skin, wrinkles that you want to reduce or prevent from appearing, dark circles under the eye or under eye wrinkles. No matter what kind of condition your skin is in, using an all natural health skin care product is the best and smartest idea.

Health Eye Care

The reason for this is because you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that chemicals that are deadly when you ingest them, are probably not good to rub into your skin. Would you agree? Well, most top name, popular skin care products that are not all natural, have ingredients that are not good for you at all, and some are even harmful to your skin. What does that say about the skin care company selling you the stuff? They are trying to cut corners to save money and increase profit, but you aren’t CARING for your skin at all by putting these chemicals on your face.

With an all natural health skin care product, you can rest assured that the ingredients are harmless and you could even eat them if you wanted to! Of course, you wouldn’t eat your natural health skin care products, but at least you wouldn’t run the risk of dying if you did. It sounds harsh, but I mean why would anyone put something like that on their skin?

If you take care of your body, drink enough water and smoke/drink as little as you can (or not at all) along with using a natural health skin care product you will most certainly see the results you are looking for.

Natural Health Eye Care

In the modern world, both at work and at play, your eyes are bombarded with artificial light. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider natural health eye care, to offset the considerable eyestrain, that can result from the effects of batteries of fluorescent lights.

So, in your lunch break, and on your way to and from work, give yourself a natural eye care break, simply by staying outdoors away from artificial lighting. Of course there are many people who compound eye strain from fluorescent lighting, by spending large amounts of their leisure time watching TV.

Television has its place, but if it becomes habitual, eyestrain will result. Parents in particular, should protect their children, and in the interests of natural health eye care limit TV viewing to sensible proportions.

So, what can natural health eye care offer tired eyes, to reduce the consequences of artificial light? There are herbs, which are thought to be beneficial. For instance, you could lie down for a short period, and cover each eye with a warm chamomile, elderflower, or fennel teabag.

It might not be a good idea to do this in the office, as colleagues might consider such behaviour rather odd, if not downright indulgent, if carried out in the staff room or rest area. You never know though, it could catch on because sometimes, if you think about it, accepted behaviour is the oddest! Your eyes are just about the best double act there is, and will serve you well with your due consideration to natural health eye care.

There are other herbs that you might find useful in administering natural health eye care. They include, decoctions of marigold and marshmallow, for bathing your eyes. Your herbalist or natural health supplier will be able to advise you about suitable preparations. There is nothing more precious to you than your eyes, and it is always advisable to seek qualified advice, and to make regular appointments to see your optician. However, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the effect of artificial lighting, that come under the umbrella of natural health eye care.

Some foods are thought to be useful for natural health eye care, possibly because of their antioxidant qualities. Carrots spring to mind, but may have been devalued by the old joke about never seeing a rabbit wearing glasses!

Never the less there are some very interesting observations about other antioxidants. For instance:

Royal Air Force bomber pilots reinforced the reputation of the bilberry, as a healing herb for natural health eye care, during the Second World War. They found that their night vision was improved if the food they ate, prior to their night bombing raid contained bilberries. Afterward tests seemed to show that bilberry is a good antioxidant that can protect cells in the eyes and elsewhere, from free radicals.

Researchers, encouraged by the RAF pilots claim, investigated further. They found compounds known as anthocyanosides, which are though to improve blood flow to blood vessels in the eyes. Such compounds found in bilberries also help with collagen that aids connective tissue.

There is no reason to believe that the bilberry’s American cousin, the blueberry, would be any less effective

Health Skin Care Plant

I just finished reading an article posted on what appears to be a very extensive anti acne health skin care website, and felt that I had to say something about it. What the article is saying is that you should avoid the use of all natural products which contain oils in them. They are stating that it is the oil in these products that is causing the acne that many people suffer to occur.

The fact is that you need plant based oils and waxes in your skin care products in order to maintain skin health. These oils provide the skin with the vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that your skin needs, as well as supply healing antioxidants. These antioxidants are absolutely vital in reversing the lines and wrinkles in the skin that are caused by oxidative damage through free radical activity.

One of the root causes of acne is the blockages formed at the base of your follicles by natural oils in the skin and dead keratin protein cells. This is mostly caused by the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands in the skin, which can easily be regulated by plant derived oils and extracts. I believe this anti acne health skin care website is misleading its readers with their call for oil free products to eliminate acne.

The way that acne lesions are formed is that after the blockages are in place at the base of the follicle the propionibacterium acnes bacteria enter the picture. This largely commensal bacterium causes the buildup of inflammation at the site of the blockage, which causes the visible lesions known as acne to form. None of this has anything to do with plant derived oils.

The fact is that the author of this article on the anti acne health skin care website is basing her self-proclaimed ban on all oils in skin care formulas based on her experience with one oil cleansing method in particular. What she has failed to take into consideration is that the method she was using was flawed in that it did not feature an ingredient to regulate the moisture balance in her skin.

The two oils in the oil cleansing method that this woman used are both excellent moisturizers, but when these moisturizers were combined with high sebum production she ran into problems. Natural ingredients like Maracuja passion fruit extract and Jojoba oil control the amount of sebum being produced based on the overall moisture levels in the skin. They never allow your skin to become too oily, or too dry.

By following the advice laid out in this article on the anti acne health skin care website, you will miss out on the benefits that natural compounds like Shea butter, Phytessence Wakame kelp extract, and Capuacu butter have in reducing the inflammation that causes your acne lesions to form. The natural antibacterial compound active Manuka honey is exceptional at eliminating the harmful bacterium that causes the inflammation in your skin to form.