Things to Do to Get Your House Ready for Warmer Weather
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a chore. Here are some easy tips for cleaning your home.
When spring is in the air and the cold days of winter have finally passed, it's time to get your home ready for spring. When the urge to throw open the windows and let the warmer air in hits, be sure that those windows are clean, as well as the rest of your home. Following are some spring cleaning projects to do around your house.
Wash windows and mirrors. Wash away the grime from the winter from your windows. Mix together a one part each white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use to scrub the windows. For a streak-free shine, dry windows with newspapers. This process works great on mirrors as well.
Wash curtains and blinds. Take down curtains and launder or dry clean them, and dust or vacuum blinds.
Sweep and mop floors, vacuum rugs and carpet, and deep clean carpet. Rent a carpet shampoo machine at your local home improvement big box or grocery store and give your carpet and rugs a good deep cleaning. Vacuum thoroughly, including baseboards, air vents and upholstered furniture such as the sofa or chairs.
Thoroughly wash linens. Remove the sheets, mattress pads, comforter covers, dust ruffles, pillow shams and pillowcase covers from beds and launder. Also wash any slip covers, blankets or throw rugs. Add a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle for an extra burst of freshness. Also be sure to rotate mattresses.
Dust. It is amazing how much dust can accumulate in even the cleanest of homes. Dust your home thoroughly, including lamps and light bulbs, ceiling fans, moldings, behind and underneath furniture, and shelves.
De-clutter. Sort through stacks of mail, magazines, toys or other things that have built up on surfaces or in the corners, deciding what to pitch, shred, recycle, or give away. Try to only touch each item once before finding a permanent home for it.
Polish furniture. Restore your wood furniture's luster with a good polish, using a product that is safe for the wood's finish.
Clean the cupboards. Go through every cabinet in the kitchen and pantry, removing every item before cleaning the inside of the cupboard and putting it back. Consider each item as well: have you used it in the past six months or is it just collecting dust? Pitch or donate what you aren't using.
Clean out the fridge. Take everything out from the refrigerator and inspect it. Has the expiration date passed? Is it dripping, leaking or otherwise unsanitary or unsavory? Toss out old leftovers and expired food, and reorganize the refrigerator so that commonly used items are easy to access. Also give the refrigerator shelves and inside drawers a good scrub to remove debris and spills or stains.
Sanitize. Wipe down door knobs or handles, telephones, cabinet door handles and drawer pulls, refrigerator doors, light switches, and other high contact surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
Vitamins are an important contribution to healthy skin. Many skin problems can be treated or prevented by taking the proper vitamins.
Most people realize that what you put into your body affects your entire health. Doctors have also known that certain vitamins have rejuvenating or healing powers when it comes to the skin. As a matter of fact, before there were specific medications for most skin conditions, experts commonly depended on vitamins, along with other natural products, to treat these ailments.
WHAT KINDS OF SKIN CONDITIONS RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?
First of all, if you consume the proper vitamins in the appropriate quantities, your skin will start out healthier and more vibrant to begin with. But if you find yourself deficient, vitamins A, C, D, and E are especially important and are often prescribed for dull, lifeless skin. If you're curious about specific conditions that vitamins can treat, dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and skin eruptions are just a few of the problems that can be helped with vitamins.
I HAVE HEARD THAT VITAMIN A CAN TREAT ACNE. IS THAT REALLY TRUE?
YES. Before we had the vast array of acne preparations available, vitamin A was often prescribed as a very effective treatment for acne. Even today, some people find that over-the-counter and prescription concoctions too harsh and drying for the face. These same people can safely consume a daily dose of vitamin A and their acne will greatly diminish. If oral vitamin A isn't giving you the results you desire, synthetic vitamin A-like compounds called retinoids can be applied directly to the skin. These compounds not only help clear up acne, but they also even out pigment changes and heal the skin damage that results from too much sun exposure.
I HAVE ECZEMA? DOES THAT RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?
Often times, yes. Inositol is a substance that is particularly useful in the treatment of eczema. If you have a stubborn case, give inositol a try. You've got nothing to lose but your itchy, scaly skin.
WHAT ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER VITAMINS? WHAT BENEFITS DO THEY HAVE FOR THE SKIN AND WHAT CONDITIONS CAN THEY TREAT?
Below is an overview of the most important vitamins in the treatment of common skin conditions. VITAMIN B-2 OR RIBOFLAVIN
This vitamin is necessary for proper skin balance. Too little of it causes the face to be oily.
This vitamin aids in healing cracks and sores of the mouth and lips. Even doctors quite frequently prescribe vitamin B-2 for their patients who appear in their office with this painful condition. VITAMIN B-6
This vitamin helps to treat dermatitis as well as a vast array of other skin eruptions and rashes. NIACIN
This popular B vitamin is important in the maintenance of healthy skin.
Keeps skin healthy and strong by assisting in cell building. BIOTIN
This is sometimes prescribed when skin is dull and the pallor is gray. VITAMIN C
This is an extremely important vitamin that aids in wound healing. If you have a cut or a sore, try adding extra vitamin C to your diet.
Sufficient vitamin C helps prevent broken capillaries and excessive bruising. VITAMIN E
Prevents and treats dry skin.
Slows down cellular aging.
May prevent skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure.
Though not scientifically proven, some women claim it helps diminish stretch marks.
Treats nipples that are sore and cracked from nursing a baby. Simply break open a vitamin E capsule and apply a small amount topically to the painful area.
CAN I SAFELY TAKE LARGE DOSES OF VITAMINS?
Yes and no. Most vitamins are water-soluble and are quickly eliminated from the body. It is safe to consume varying quantities of these vitamins. Other vitamins are fat-soluble. That means that they are stored in the body and can build up over time. Mega-doses of these vitamins should be avoided. The fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, and E.
IF I CAN'T TAKE LARGE DOSES OF THE FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMINS, HOW CAN THEY BENEFIT ME?
By taking the proper amounts of these vitamins, you can maintain healthy skin and prevent problems from occurring in the first place. If you do have one or more of the above-mentioned skin conditions, you may be deficient in one of the fat-soluble vitamins. Look to your diet and see if that could be the case.
SHOULD I TAKE SUPPLEMENTS OR CAN I GET ALL I NEED FROM THE FOOD I EAT?
It would be ideal if you could get all of the nutrients that you needed through the foods that you consume. However, this is often not possible. High quality supplements, coupled with a healthy diet, will ensure that you get all of the nutrients that you need.
DO I NEED TO CONSUME THE SUPPLEMENTS ORALLY FOR THEM TO HAVE BENEFITS FOR MY SKIN?
No. Some supplements are applied topically. For an example, vitamin E is often applied to wounds and scars to hasten healing. Vitamin D can be absorbed through the skin when you are exposed to the sun, and as was stated before, vitamin A is available in a variety of topical preparations.
Many skin conditions can be prevented or successfully treated by using vitamins either orally or topically. But most important is consuming a healthy diet on a daily basis. Without the proper amounts of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins can't do their job. If you have a skin problem that isn't responding to conventional treatment, give vitamins a try. They are safe, cheap and highly effective.
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