The Excitement is Building for Many Rver’s

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“The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling!”   Do you suppose Chicken Little was witnessing a Solar Eclipse? 

  • Here in the Seattle area we will see a 91% eclipse of the sun.  Many Rver’s have had reservations to witness this amazing site for some time and there are reports in Central Oregon that a few strange things have already begun to happen!  I have witnessed 2 total solar eclipses and lunar eclipse and I can tell you that some strange things do happen!  I was in grade school for the first one and the only thing I remember was that we all made these viewing boxes out of shoe boxes and held class outside so we could watch it and learn about why it happens.  We were on the ranch in 1998 when we saw the last one and the cattle all ran and bunched in the corners of the pastures and the chickens went back in the chicken coop to roost! So maybe Chicken Little was right!  To see how much of the eclipse you can see from your location you can go to this link and put in your zip code.  https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map.  Just be sure not to look directly at the sun.  When you’re living in an RV you can be anywhere you want when ever you want…a great way to see the eclipse and one of the best parts of this lifestyle.

Plans are slowly coming together to head southeast this winter after a stop in Salt Lake City to work on some genealogy with a relative for about a week which I am so excited about.  Our first rally for the season will be the FMCA Six State Rally the end of October in Texarkana, AR.  We’ll have to learn all over again how to set up since we have been stationary since a year ago in May although we have done a couple of smaller rallies.  It’s been five years since we were at that rally and we look forward to seeing some of you there.

So my friend Tom, who is helping me with some new and fresh ideas, is having us do something new.  We will be making a video showing one of our very favorite and most popular products…the Produce Keeper.  Since this was our first attempt there are a few hiccups and I can’t publish it here as it is 2 minutes and that’s too much for this site (boy do we have a lot to learn)  I am delighted at all the things people tell me they use them for…from a loaf of bread to pineapple, bananas and melons.  While we have used them for bananas which lasted 8 days without getting black, we’ve not tried them for the other things.  Ours seem to always be full of other kinds of produce.   Now is the time of year when we have lots of great produce in the Seattle area except the berries are gone for the season.  I use at least two of the Mini keepers for different kinds of berries during their season.  In our opinion, western Washington has the sweetest berries ever!   And we eat lots of them…our favorites: tayberries and blueberries but we like all the others too.  Here is the link to the keepers. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.  One holds 4 quarts ($20.00) and the mini holds 2 quarts ($14.00).  They both collapse to 1/3 their size for storage.  And remember they are Replacement guaranteed for life.  And many customers can verify that you pay for them in a hurry by being able to use all your produce instead of throwing part of it away.

TIPS from a READER:  Run bacon under cold water before cooking and it will keep it from shrinking by 50%!  Also cooking it in the oven saves a lot of mess.  And also from Marilu…if you peel a banana from the bottom (which is easier anyway), you don’t get all those little “stringy” things.  Thanks Marilu.

Tip from A Facebook poster on RV Tips:  It’s the time of year when mud daubers, wasps and hornets are making their nests and orifices on a RV are a perfect place so be careful when when taking covers off the hot water heater, furnace and fridge on the outside.  There are little screens you can put over some of them but not everything. Facebook friend Leonard says he puts a dog’s flea collar in each area by cutting it into thirds.  He changes them out every 6 months.  Thanks Leonard.

Tip from a relative:  Peggy’s computer crashed and she had to take it in to get fixed.  The tech had to use 3 different kinds of software to get all the viruses and malware off so it would work properly.  The tech told her that recipes, those little quizzes and GIF’s on Facebook as well as all those requests you get that say “Don’t share this…copy and paste it to your page are full of viruses and malware and you should not open or do the quizzes or copy and paste.  Great information Peggy…thanks for sharing.  The tech told her that the reason they like to put them in recipes is because women love recipes and love to share them!

And this Tip from Danise:  “Angel Eggs.”  I have read about this but have never tried it.  In the years when I was doing all the cooking for hired men, I sure could have used this great tip.  Now Mike can’t eat eggs so we don’t use them but boy if you were making a big potato salad or lots of deviled eggs for a picnic or potluck it would sure be handy.  http://www.flylady.net/d/flyladys-kitchen/baked-angel-eggs/. Thanks Danise 

And this great organizing tip:  I sure should have taken before pictures of this cabinet that we have struggled with forever.  We love all our collapsible and space saving products and use many of them every day.  I had them stored in this cabinet in 2 straight-sided baskets but what you wanted always seemed to be on the bottom or in the back.  This is my final solution and we love it!  I found 2 sets of expandable wire racks at WalMart that fit perfectly side to side and front to back and then bought 2 shallow rectangle clear plastic trays that fit between the legs for the small things…a perfect solution!  As I always tell people in my seminars, I am always looking for better solutions not only for myself but others and this was a happy one.

Yesterday we had a surprise birthday celebration for our dear friend Marilu and a Bon Voyage party for friends Jim and Joyce who are going on an extended RV trip.  Marilu loves to surprise and celebrate everyone else’s special days but never wants anyone to know about hers.  Well this year we showed up with fresh flowers, a balloon arrangement and homemade cheesecake and surprised her! 🙂  We also had a taco stuffed potato bar and snacks.  I made a Cilantro Lime Guacamole using the Salsa Maker, Avocado Tool and Lemon/Lime Squeezer.  I put some cilantro (to your taste) in the Salsa Maker and pulled the rope until it was finely chopped.  I then used the Avocado Tool to remove them from their skin and remove the pit, added them to the Salsa Maker, squeezed in a half a lime and sea salt to taste and pulled the cord until it was the consistency I wanted (I like it a little chuncky).  WOW was it a hit.  I never add tomatoes to Guac anymore as one of our sons-in-law doesn’t like it with tomatoes.  So easy.  You can find all the great tools here.  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/.

An FYI from friend Marilu:  Her grandson was removing a pit out of an avocado with a knife, cut himself and had to have several stitches…she immediately gave him an Avocado tool!

The redecorating project is coming along.  We received the fabric samples I had ordered and chose the one we like the best which then allowed me to choose the paint color.  The bathroom is finished unless we decide to paint the cabinets which won’t happen until next summer and the flooring which will all be done at once.  The Gardz primer I used on the walls could not be used on the plastic trim so I used a Bull’s Eye1.2.3 primer for that..I still have art to hang but am pretty happy with the way it turned out. It sure brightened it up and it looks so crisp and fresh.   Here are some of the photos of during, after and making choices.

Making choices

Primer for plastic trim

We chose not to put back up the towel bars but got one that hangs over the cabinet so there will be art on the blank wall.

There will be art on this back wall when the paint has cured.

Paint and fabric final choices

Art that will replace a mirror in the front area.

I found this beautiful piece of art that I used along with the fabric sample to choose the colors we will use…we’re loving it.  Off to pick up the wainscoting (bead board) for the bottom two-thirds of the walls in the main living area.

 

Great Places to Visit:  Macy’s Center City Store Philadelphia, PA  Inside the store is a Wanamaker Eagle Organ that weighs 2500 pounds.  They hold 45 minute recitals Mon-Sat at noon and M,T,Th & Sat at 7 p.m.  Visitors are welcome at the console area on the 2nd floor to meet the staff following the recitals. http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/events.php.  Thanks for sharing Joyce…hope you enjoy it.

Remember we love hearing from you.  And love having you share your tips, ideas, places to visit and any comments you may have.  We are still looking for a buyer for our business and have put it in the Lord’s hands.  When the time is right, HE will bring someone to us that loves it as much as we do. rvspacesavers@gmail.com

In our journey and travels we are never lost but some times mis-placed!  And have seen things because of it.  I found this quote that I thought very much applied to the journey.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.     Douglas Adams

We look forward to our paths crossing with many of you once again as we end up where we are intended to be.  Until next time…

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Whether living in your RV or just traveling for the summer months most Rver’s are in the northern states for the summer where it is some cooler, many are still being caught in the horrible heat and many fires that are burning already in the west.  And those traveling to the rallies back east are being hit with high humidity as well.  We pray for everyone’s safety and hope you are having an enjoyable summer.  Being in the Northwest this time of year is amazing and very few days get hot.  But we were in Cle Elum/Roslyn, WA over the weekend and there is a burn ban east of the Cascade mountains.

A Timely Tip:  This was forwarded to me by reader Danise and is from a website called www.FlyLady.net.  With fire season already under way and so much horrific weather happening in much of the U.S. this is good information and should be practiced by all including RVer’s.  Thanks Danise for the great information.

Could You Evacuate in Minutes?

Here it is that time of year again when we are faced with the threat of Evacuation from our homes. We never know when we this could happen because of fire, train wreck, floods, riots, earthquakes or hurricanes. It is up to us to be prepared!

1. PEOPLE: Have a plan for getting out of the house and make sure everyone knows it. Have an emergency bag of food and water for your family. Include wholesome snacks and treats for the children: dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers and granola bars.

2. PETS: Keep pet carriers and leashes readily available to lead pets to safety. Also take pet food with you.

3. PICTURES: Keep negatives, CDs, or hard drives of pictures in a lock box or at a family member’s home. Have picture albums in one place ready to grab and go at a moments notice.

4. PAPERS: Have all your important papers in a lock box at a bank and only keep copies at the house. This keeps you from panicking. If you have them at home then put them in a folder that you can easily grab if you have to move fast. Color code it so you can find it!

5. PRESCRIPTIONS: Take your medications with you. Don’t forget the ones that have to be refrigerated like insulin. Have small ice chest and cold packs readily accessible to pack and go. If you have babies; remember their formula or medications.

6. PURSES and PETRO: This is where you keep your identification, credit cards and cash. Keep a stash of cash for emergencies and grab it. You may not be able to use an ATM in the event of a power outage. Make sure your car always has a half a tank of gas.

7. PROPER CLOTHES and COMFORT ITEMS: According to the weather conditions; gather up a change of clothes along with outer clothing: coats, rain gear, boots, gloves and hats. If you have babies remember diapers. Remember to grab your children’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. A game or a deck of cards could keep them occupied and calm too.

8. PLANNER/CALENDAR/CONTROL JOURNAL: These documents have all the information you will need from phone numbers, insurance numbers and important dates. They are small and filled with things you don’t have to try to remember.

9. PERSONAL PROTECTION: Many of us still have that time of the month. Be sure and grab a box of your preferred protection. It may be hard to find if you have been evacuated. Stress can cause our bodies to do strange things too. So be prepared. Take medication for cramps too.

10. PHONES, RADIOS, FUEL FOR THE CAR: Many of us have cell phones now. Always keep them charged up and have a charger in the car or an extra battery. They may not work in the event of power outages, but then they might. Know which local radio station has emergency bulletins. Keep your battery powered radio tuned to that local station and have plenty of batteries for it. Also keep a old type regular phone that does not operate with electricity. GAS PUMPS don’t work without power either. You can’t leave if your car is on empty. So keep your car fuel tank topped off when it hits a half of tank. This way you will have gas to drive at least a couple of hours. Evacuation routes are usually bumper to bumper traffic. Having a tank filled will keep you less stressed.

11. PATIENCE: This is one of the most important things to pack. Keep it inside of you so that you have a clear calm head. Having your P’s to Preparedness list guiding you will keep you patient. In the event of an evacuation there will be lots of displaced people. Being patient will make things less stressful. Your children need to see you calm and collected. This will help keep them calm too.

We can FLY in the face of Danger and Emergency if we are prepared. Don’t wait till you are being asked to evacuate. Everyone thinks that it could not happen to them. Well it could and it is up to you to make sure you are prepared.

Don’t wait! DO IT NOW!! I know you have been procrastinating because you don’t think it can happen in your area.

FlyLady

Start putting your emergency kit together. Use a duffle bag or plastic bin to gather your items. Put copies of your important papers in your Office in a Bag. That way you can just grab and go.

 

 

TIP from a reader:  If you need some help with a day job or project this is a great way to get excellent help and help out Vets.  http://hirepatriots.com/dayjobs.  Thanks for the tip George.  He states he has used them several times with good results.

Also this great tip from Danise (a real space saver):  Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire.

Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire

She has many uses for it and I’m sure you can all come up with more ideas.  Thanks for this too Danise.  Can’t wait to try it.  Looks like you can get it at Lowe’s, Home Depot, McLendons, etc.

I use it in place of bungee cords or Velcro straps in several areas as I can customize the length and am not struggling with the cords and the hooks or knobs, or the  sticky Velcro.   It would be great to hold tarps or awnings  in place to keep them from blowing in the breeze  or wrap around water hose, electric cords and I use a chunk to wrap around the outdoor running cable  I sometimes use for our dog. (She can be a real pest when we are setting up, as she can’t figure out which one of us she wants to follow about.   It is so much safer and easier to let her be outside, but restrained to a nearby tree or picnic table while we are moving about.)

 

On Sale until the end of the month.  Silicone Oven Mitt https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84  only $10.00 .

TIP from a reader:  I bought 2 of the oven mitts for a friend.  He puts oysters on the bbq and now does not get burned when he opens them.  He loves them.  Thanks Marilu for the idea.   I use this oven mitt to do corn on the cob all the time…so easy. Watch this short video on how it’s done.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10MkdbzS54

Also still on sale: Mesh Picnic Covers…so great for picnics and outdoor meals.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=140 2 for $5.00. 

Want more tips and tricks?  Visit www.lifetricks.com.

Great Places to Visit:  25 Stunning National Park Vistas.  Who doesn’t love to visit our national parks?  So many stunning sites to see.  Here is just one of those vistas. 

Olympic National Park

http://www.fodors.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/news/photos/25-stunning-national-park-vistas?ref=news_fd_071616&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=2016-07-16.

And another website for Great Places to Visit:  The Most Beautiful Spot in Every State.  http://www.purewow.com/travel/most-beautiful-place-in-every-state?utm_source=zergnet&utm_medium=syndication.  WOW how lucky we are to live in this beautiful country….so much to see and do.

May you have a huge “bucket list” of things to  see and do on your journey and Rving be the perfect way to check off items on that list.  Remember only YOU hold the map to make your journey a memorable one.  Happy and safe travels.

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Lots of Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day.  Ours was very enjoyable spent with great friends and thankfully very few fireworks as it scares the animals.  I can’t believe summer is already on the downhill slide!  It is my favorite time of year and oh how we love the fresh fruit in Washington where we are able to buy it direct from the fields and farms so it is picked ripe and fresh.  Sadly the berry season has ended except for blueberries.  But we are still getting lots of fresh cherries, nectarines and peaches.

And it’s Corn On the Cob Season in Some Areas…this is a great tip.  I do it all the time but be careful as it is really hot coming out of the microwave. http://tiphero.com/trick-to-remove-corn-husks/?  I use this silicone Oven Mitt which is good up to 600 degrees.  $14.00  On Sale Until 8-1-2016 for only $10.00 while supplies last.

Silicone Oven Mitt from RV Space Savers

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84

Also ON SALE for summer.  Mesh Picnic Food Covers. $2.50 each or 2 for $5.00 while supplies last or until 8-1-2016. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=140

Mesh Food Picnic Covers

 

I loved this tip about how to make the chocolate chip cookies YOU like the best.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone seems to like their cookies differently.  I like mine soft, rounded and chewy, while others like them crisp and flat.  This is the Ultimate guide to making them just like you like. http://www.handletheheat.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Another Important TIP:  If You Have Norton  Virus Protection you NEED to read this article.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/feds-warn-very-serious-flaws-popular-anti-virus-software/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=email-2016-07-08-pm&utm_medium=email

This is a very interesting set of articles.  The Death of the RV Industry. I don’t know how many of you get the online newsletter RV Daily Report written by Greg Gerber.  He is writing a series of articles on this and thought some of you may be interested.  We as customers of RV’s can certainly understand much of what he is saying.   http://rvdailyreport.com/category/opinion/

Another Great Tip from Jillee  Great Ways to Extend the Life of Products.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2016/07/201607frugal-ways-to-extend-the-life-of-your-stuff-html.html?

 

Don’t Get Ripped Off. A great article from RV Life Magazine.   http://rvlife.com/ripped-off-by-mechanics-dentists/

Five Must Know Tips if you have Slide Outs.  Most of us have slide-outs anymore and here is some good information to remember from Rving how.   http://rving.how/5-must-know-slide-tips/

Two Yummy Recipes I tried while camping with friends and the tools I used to make and serve them.

Pumpkin Dip

1 13 oz. can pumpkin, 1 cup Philadelphia cream cheese,  1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8th teaspoon nutmeg.  I mixed everything together with the fiskie and served in a collapsible bowl.  I served it with graham crackers and granny smith apple slices.  This makes a lot so you may want to make a half a batch, depending on how many you are serving.

Avocado Crunch

1 ripe avocado, juice of half a lime, 2 teaspoons shelled sunflower seeds, sea salt to taste.  I made a double batch so I used the Salsa Maker, Lemon/lime squeezer, measuring spoons and guacamole bowl to serve it in.  I served it with chips.

Both were a huge hit.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:  Top Nine Cities American’s Are Visiting This Summer.  Are you going to New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, Philadelphia or Dallas?  I was surprised that there were so many in the south in the heat of the summer but we are going to Vegas for a convention the first of August (we may be crazy! 🙂 )

Please pray for the safety of our Law Enforcement and the people of Nice, France.

Praying for Law Enforcement

 

Pray for Nice, France

We hope your journey is filled with many stops on your map!

RV Space Savers Newsletter and Blog Post Oct 2014

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We’re trying something new here at RV Space Savers and looking forward to hearing from you all to see if it is better then the newsletter style we usually send.  Living in an RV and even traveling in an RV for an extended period of time can be challenging.  Finding space saving tips and ideas is a bonus for us all and many Rver’s are great about sharing those tips and ideas.

Here at RV Space Savers we are always researching and trying new space saving ideas that solve problems for anyone with an RV and no matter how big or small our rigs are, we need to make use of any and all ideas that work for us.

Some new products we have found can be found on our website at http://www.rvspacesavers.com.  One of which is this Mesh Food Cover.  It works great to keep bugs and leaves (this time of year) out of either your plate of food or dishes you are sharing at potlucks that we all sure enjoy. They take up very little space and great to have several.  They are 15 inches in diameter so will cover a good sized dish.  They are great little space savers.  See one of the photos on the website of a customer using one. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=140

 

The following link has many great tips and  ideas for RVer’s    15 Minimalist Hacks To Maximize Your Life  http://www.buzzfeed.com/morganshanahan/minimalist-hacks-to-maximize-your-life?&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DIY+1011&utm

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As the leaves turn their brilliant colors and begin to fall, the weather gets cooler along with the wind, rain, gray skies and threat of frost is showing up more days than not, most of us are feeling the “hitch-itch” to head south to the warm weather and saying to one another…”LET’S ROLL! ” Since there are full-timers and snowbirders, getting ready to head south for the winter gives us lots of things to focus on to get ready for the trip. Living in an RV ourselves, we sit in one spot for longer in the summer as we spend time near our kids and their families and that was especially true this year due to Mike having a mild heart attack and his doctors saying “they” would decide when we headed south!  I am always amazed that the longer we sit in one spot the more “stuff” we seem to accumulate!  The motor home (as well as both of us and CoCo) have had our annual check-ups, batteries, belts, fluids and tires checked, all caulking checked and repaired along with the roof, motor home washed and shined and I’m sure there are other things I am forgetting on the outside.  On the inside, the windows get washed, the cabinets cleaned inside and out, carpet is cleaned, refrigerator is cleaned and defrosted and everything is put in its place.  And for you Snowbirds, you have not only all the maintenance things to do but load in all the things you plan to take including clothes, food and kitchen items.  Some of you we have talked to leave non-food items in your rig so you don’t have so much to pack up.  No matter what kind of traveling you do in your RV, there is always a lot to do to get ready for that trek to the sun.  And for some of you brave souls you plan to winter where it’s cold which gives you a whole other set of issues to deal with.   Google “Camping in the Winter” and you’ll find several resources to read.

Are you full time, a snowbird or a summer camper?  Answer here  https://www.surveymonkey.com/summary/?survey_id=57603103.

Places To Visit Travel Tips

Since tomorrow is Halloween I thought it would be fun to add this article.  America’s Best towns to Visit on Halloween.  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-halloween.  Hope you all have a fun Halloween  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-halloween

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With Cold and Flu Season Coming On Check Out These Hidden “Hot Spots” For Germs

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Lately it seems like everywhere I turn there is someone offering to give me a flu shot!  It’s been a sobering reminder of what the winter season most likely has in store for us. It’s also inspired me to look into some ways (besides getting a flu shot!) that we can do to AVOID colds and flu this year.

After a lot of looking…I am convinced that the VERY best way to prevent colds and flu is to keep away from germs where you are most likely to pick them up. So I proceeded to put together a list of germ “hot spots” to avoid.

Of course we can’t avoid touching most of the items mentioned in the list below….(most Americans touch about 300 different surfaces every 30 minutes)….but I think a little common sense and attention to what you’re coming in contact with can go a long way in helping protect you and your family.

Here are some of the most common germ “hot spots” taken from several different scientific studies (listed below):

 

germ hot spots

Cutting Board

There are 200 times more fecal bacteria on a cutting board than a toilet seat. The reason? Many people rinse off their cutting board rather than thoroughly washing it.

Recommendation

Prepare a solution of a quart of water and “a jigger of bleach” and wipe down food preparation surfaces before making anything on those areas of the kitchen.

germ hot spots

Buttons

These innocuous-looking offenders are found on ATMs, elevators, telephones and drink machines, among other things, and are often located in areas that are not cleaned and disinfected regularly.  First-floor buttons in elevators were the dirtiest because EVERYONE needs to go to the first floor. And these germs get transferred to the body part that comes in contact with faces the most — fingers and hands.

Recommendation:  

Use your knuckle or wait for someone else to push it for you.

germ hot spots

Car Dashboard

Dashboards are one of the most germ-laden locations in a car because it is one of the warmest places and has ventilation systems on either side that can aerate spores, blowing them out among unsuspecting passengers. Because the dashboard receives the most sun and tends to stay warm, it’s prime for growth.

In addition to the dashboard….other car interior “hot spots” include: change holders, cup holders and children’s car seats.

Recommendation:

Regularly wipe down the inside of your car with disinfecting wipes. Be more vigilant during allergy season.

germ hot spots

Airplane Bathroom

Airplane bathrooms get cleaned, but the high volume of people they must cater to in a short amount of time leaves them very dirty very quickly.  Many people, will not wash their hands effectively because the sink is small, and dirty hands transfer germs to the face easily.

Recommendation:

Treat all airplane bathroom surfaces as if they are radioactive! Keep the lid closed when flushing, use a paper towel to handle lid, faucets and door handles after washing hands, then use hand sanitizer once back at your seat as an extra precaution.

germ hot spots

Cell Phone

The phone provides a convenient meeting place for two different sources of germs — your hands and your mouth. Several studies show they carry tons of bacteria, including staph (which can cause skin infections), pseudomonas (eye infections), and salmonella (stomach ailments). Many electronic devices are in leather or vinyl cases, which provide plenty of creases and crevices for germs to hide.

Recommendation:

Use a disinfecting wipe a few times a week, and be conscious of where you rest personal items.

germ hot spots

Handbags, Backpacks

Handbags & backpacks are often place on the floors of restaurants, subway floors, bathroom stalls, etc. Such places can be highly infected with bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli, which can easily adhere to the bottom of bags and can spread easily to other places where you put the bag like dining room table or the kitchen counter.

Recommendation:

Put your purse or backpack on a bench or a seat. Or, even better, hang the bag off the floor. If possible, wash and wipe your bag with soap and warm water regularly to get rid of germs.

germ hot spots

Wallets

Paper currency has a way of getting around, from germ-filled hand to germ-filled hand. It picks up germs, viruses and often trace amounts of illegal drugs, and all of that ends up in your wallet. Flu virus strains can be potent on bank notes for 10 to 17 days. Because men keep wallets in their pockets, the wallet is close to body temperature — an ideal temperature for bacteria to breed.

Recommendation:

After handling the contents of your wallet, wash your hands with soap or use an alcohol based solution after every transaction.

germ hot spots

 

Laundry Machines

In the laundry room, your average load of wash contains more than coffee stains. It can be packed with bacteria such as e. coli from clothing, towels and linens.

Recommendation:

If you have to wash at lower temperatures, add a laundry disinfectant. Wash your hands after loading the washing machine, since bacteria and fungi build up on damp items. Avoid using the same sorting tables for clean and dirty laundry since the E. coli from the dirty clothes will transfer to the table and then back onto your freshly laundered clothes.

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Kitchen Faucet

The metal aeration screen at the end of the faucet is a bacteria magnet. Running water keeps it moist, an ideal condition for bacteria growth. Because tap water is far from sterile, if you accidentally touch the screen with dirty fingers or food, bacteria can grow on the faucet.

Recommendation:

Once a week, remove the screen and soak it in a diluted bleach solution. Replace the screen, and let the water run a few minutes before using.

 

 

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Garbage Disposal

The kitchen sink has about 1,000 times more bacteria growing in it than the average toilet! Bacteria loves to grow on the crevices in and around the slimy rubber stopper, contaminating whatever touches it—dishes, utensils, even your hands.

Recommendation:

At least once a week, clean the disposal’s rubber stopper with a diluted bleach solution—soap and water aren’t enough.

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Welcome Mat

The area near your front door is one of the dirtiest in the house, and once bacteria is growing in your mat, anytime you walk on it, it has a free ride into your home.

Recommendation:

Spray the doormat once a week with a disinfectant. Leave shoes at the door, and avoid resting bags and groceries on the mat, too.

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Vacuum Cleaner

Your vacuum sucks in all kinds of bacteria and food, creating an atmosphere for growth. Each time you use the appliance you could be spreading that bacteria around the house.

Recommendation:

Change your vacuum bag frequently OUTDOORS to avoid the cloud of bacteria that filters into the air. Clean the cavity of a bagless vacuum with diluted bleach and let it air-dry. Spray the brush with a disinfectant after every use—traces of bacteria can survive as long as 5 days inside the vacuum after you empty the dirt.

 

 

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Dish Towel

Did you know your dish towels can harbor just as many nasty germs as your sponge?  A recent study of hundreds of homes across the United States found dish towels were contaminated with staph bacteria, dangerous strains of E. coli, and other bacteria. We often use towels to wipe up spills then reuse before washing them, which spreads germs.

Recommendation:

Stick to paper towels to clean countertops, and save the dishrag to dry just-washed pots and plates. Change towels or launder at least twice a week in hot water and bleach.

 

 

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Soap Dispensers

Ironically, most soap containers are never cleaned so bacteria grows as the soap scum builds up. Plus, the bottom of the dispensers are constantly being touched by dirty hands, feeding millions of bacteria.

Recommendation:

Scrub hands thoroughly for 15 to 20 seconds with plenty of hot water—and, if you have it, use a hand sanitizer too.

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Restaurant Ketchup Bottle

It’s rare that restaurants regularly bleach down their tabletop condiment containers, and the reality is that many people don’t wash their hands before eating. So while you may be diligent, the guy (or gal) before you may not have been.

Recommendation:

Squirt hand sanitizer on the outside of the bottle or use a disinfectant wipe before you grab it. Unfortunately, holding the bottle with a napkin won’t help because they are porous.

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Refrigerator Seal

Even if you scrub the inside of your fridge…it may not be enough. A University of Arizona survey of 160 homes in three US cities found that the seal around the fridge tested positive 83% of the time for common molds. The mold can spread every time the refrigerator door opens—exposing anyone who’s susceptible to allergies and potentially contaminating the food.

Recommendation:

Wipe fridge seals at least once a week with a diluted bleach solution or disinfectant.

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Makeup Testers in the Mall

Free make up testers are tried on many people who come in the mall for shopping. Makeup like lipstick and mascara contain bacteria like E.coli and Staphylococcus, which crawl on the outer casing of these testers. Mascara and eye pencils can lead to pink eye.

Recommendation:

The safest way to stay away from these diseases is to avoid using the testers. Try a new lipstick shade on the back of your hand and do not forget to wash it after testing.

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Gym Equipment

Equipment in the gym provide a perfect environment for bacteria, fungus and viruses to thrive. Studies show that weight equipment is contaminated significantly more often than aerobic equipment, and disinfecting the equipment twice a day didn’t do anything to lower the virus count.

Recommendation:

When you use a machine, completely bandage all your open wounds to avoid infection; avoid touching your face between sets, and make sure to pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your gym bag.

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Your Shower Curtain

The soap scum hanging out on your curtain is more than just unsightly….vinyl shower curtains are microbe meccas. Plus, the force of the shower spray will make germs take flight.

Recommendation: 

Hang a fabric shower curtain. It will still harbor bacteria, but it’s much easier to clean. Just toss it in the washer, and use the hottest water the fabric can handle.

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The Lemon Wedge in Your Drink

In a study from the Journal of Environmental Health, nearly 70 percent of the lemon wedges smashed onto restaurant glasses contained disease-causing microbes. Researchers ordered drinks at 21 different restaurants, securing 76 lemons. Testing revealed 25 different microorganisms lingering on the lemons, including E. coli and other fecal bacteria.

Recommendation:

Tell the waiter you prefer your drink without fruit. Why risk it?  Boy am I guilty of this one…guess I will start carrying my own lemon!  Gail

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Your Bed

More than 84 percent of beds in U.S. homes host dust mites. These microscopic critters live in your sheets and feed on your dead skin, and their fecal matter and corpses contribute to asthma and allergies.

Recommendation:

Don’t make your bed. A made bed traps the moisture dust mites need to thrive. Try bundling a dehumidifier with an oscillating fan for a two-pronged moisture eliminator.

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An Easy and Tasty Crockpot Meal

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Southwestern Barbeque Beef

Slow-Cooked Beef Sandwiches with a Southwestern Flair.

The ingredients are easy to acquire:

  • 1 beef chuck roast, 2-3 lbs. (I buy whatever is on sale and have never been disappointed)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • Fresh green chilies or 3 cans diced green chilies (the original recipe I modified called for 3 cans chipotle chilies in adobo, but we about burned our tongues off when eating it, so if you are a purist, consider yourself warned!)
  • 2 Tbsps chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 cups your favorite sweet barbecue sauce (I like to use a chipotle flavored sauce to honor the chipotle chilies I am omitting)

All of these items, except perhaps the chipotle chilies are easy enough to acquire in any grocery store so you can purchase them before you leave home or from wherever you are camping.

Then, before you take off for your day of hiking, biking or just being outdoors, simply toss (gently, the barbecue sauce will make a real mess otherwise) all ingredients into the crock pot and cook on low 6 to 8 hours, until the meat is tender enough to shred. When the meat is done, simply remove it from pot and shred when it is cool enough to handle. Transfer the sauce to a large saucepan and reduce it to the thickness of barbecue sauce. Combine the sauce with the meat and serve this pulled beef on its own, in warm sandwich buns with dill pickles or in honor of its southwestern roots, in warm tortillas with sour cream. Accompanied with a small fresh salad or a few chips, this is a delicious satisfying meal. It is especially good for the cooler nights of spring and fall camping.

Shared by: Diane Berry in Woodall’s Family Camping Blog

 

 

Keep That Cooler or Ice Chest Smelling Fresh

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If like most of us, you have a cooler but don’t use it very often when you open the lid after it’s been stored a while, the musty smell can be pretty offensive. To keep it smelling fresh without that musty smell that greets you when you open it, put some newspapers inside before you store it each time. They will absorb any leftover moisture and banish musty odors.

Great Way to Keep Things Cold for that Picnic.

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When planning a picnic, potluck or huge gathering purchase a small kids swimming pool, dump in several bags of cubed ice, then nestle salads or things that need to be kept cool down in the ice so that the bottoms of the bowls are touching the ice. The ice will last a long time and you can keep adding as necessary. Keeps things nice and cool and no worries about food safety. TIP: We use a hard sided one but for those who travel a blowup one would work just as well and is easy to deflate and store in your RV.