Thursday, February 25, 2010

expert advice: get a germ-free kitchen

Keeping things clean around the kitchen is a challenge. But according to Dr. Larry Weiss, CleanWell Chief Scientist, a little extra hygiene can help you keep your kitchen germ free. Here are five easy way to get started:

1. Spam the Sponge: "The micro crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs. Wiping your counters or dishes with a dirty sponge will only transfer the bacteria from one item to another. Wet your sponge and then pop it in the microwave for two minutes to eliminate the germs that lurk inside." (note: My husband does this all the time!)

2. Wash your Hands Before Meals and Snacks: "In the kitchen the number one time to wash your hands and make sure your kids do, too, is before you eat anything. Use the CleanWell All Natural Anti Bacterial Hand Soaps and water with a little elbow grease. Anti-bacterial soap is a good idea for extra protection." Fun Fact: People who wash hands seven times a day have about 40% fewer colds than the average person.

3. Wipe Away Germs: "Use a disinfectant spray or wipes on sink faucets, refrigerator handles, stove handles, cupboard handles, trashcans, doorknobs, and any other area that you touch with your hands. These sprays or wipes kill germs on contact and should be done several times a day."

4. Cut Out the Germs On the Cutting Board: "Cracks and crevices in your cutting board provide plenty of space for bacteria to grow. Use separate boards for raw meat and making salads and clean and disinfect inside the fridge, microwave, cupboards and other surfaces that come into frequent contact with food."

5. Have it Well Done: "Cooking food thoroughly and evenly will reduce the number of germs. Generally, the higher the temperature reached, the more germs are killed."

For more great info and healthy tips, or to try my favorite hand sanitizer with a spray pump applicator, go to

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

superhero teeth

Give a kid a reason to brush and you're OK in my book. Enter the Spiderman Light-Up Toothbrush ($2.99) from Dr. Fresh. Not only can my kids relate to the famous superhero but they love the actual toothbrush itself. There's a molded character handle for easy grasp (especially when wet), high-quality Dupont bristles that won't cut gums and a unique light-up timer technology that kids love. They push a button to start the blinking light which lasts for 60 seconds, the recommended time to brush one row of teeth. Then they push it a second time to brush the other arch. The light lasts for three months so parents know when it's time to get a replacement. The only problem now is, we can't get the kids out of the bathroom! Also available from Dr. Fresh are easy-to-use floss picks for kids and a great AIM Whitening Mouthwash for mom and dad. Go to for more info or go to your local Target store or drugstore to purchase.