Kitchen and Produce Hygiene Habits [Infographic]

Although many of us are taking all proper precautions and recommendations to keep ourselves and our families safe in the midst of COVID-19, it’s important to watch out for other illnesses and nasty bugs out there that can still pose a risk to our health. For instance, recent studies have shown that foodborne outbreaks keep increasing year over year. A recent food cleanliness survey found that nearly 20 percent of people still don’t regularly wash their produce before consuming and nearly one in four Americans wash their refrigerator vegetable drawers every six months to a year!

Thanks to optimal temperatures, access to nutrients, high moisture, and zero UV rays, your refrigerator drawers make the perfect environment for bacteria growth. If you’re not sanitizing your drawers every one to two week, they can actually end up being up to 45 times dirtier than a public toilet seat — yikes! If you’d like to know what some of the dirtiest spots in your kitchen are and the best way to wash fruits and vegetables to avoid catching a nasty bug or a foodborne virus, be sure to check out the infographic below!

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How to Allergy-Proof your Home [Visual]

With symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, sniffing and sneezing, coughing and even asthma, allergies can leave everyone feeling miserable. That’s why it’s important to keep your home allergy-free and clean, especially if your symptoms are more severe.

Use this guide to allergy-proof your home or apartment.

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Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring

Numerous detrimental influences on nature and human health have been linked to conventional construction methods. With growing concerns about climate change, an increasing number of people are taking steps in order to minimize their carbon footprint, as well as to invest in homes and structures that will be able to last and perform their function well into the future. From creating floating houses to homes that adapt to the weather, environmentally conscious architects are changing the way we build.

But green living doesn’t have to look (or cost) like something out of a sci-fi movie. Today, there is a vast availability of ecological materials that can keep inhabitants safe while contributing to minimized pollution. Combined with modern design solutions, they’re helping create aesthetically pleasing homes in which families can live comfortably and sustainably.

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How often should you Clean your Home [Infographic]

Home cleaning is something that many people dread. It can seem like as soon as you finish, the home gets dirty again. This can lead to people neglecting their home cleaning or being stressed from clutter around the home.

To gain more insight into how Americans are cleaning their homes, ApartmentGuide conducted a home cleaning study. The results showed that 66% of Americans are stressed or anxious due to a dirty home. The study also showed that the most annoying type of mess is clutter in the home.

While clutter has been said to cause this type of unrest in people, it’s stealing the spotlight when cleaning needs to be done. Many focus on the clutter and neglect to do the deep cleaning that’s required to prevent bugs, allergies and other illnesses.

To help you know what you should be cleaning and how often, here is an infographic on how often your home should be cleaned. Read through to be sure you are following the correct guidelines.

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Eco-friendly Stain Removers [Visual]

Did you know that washing your clothes with a washing machine impacts the environment? For example, if you use hot water, your washer not only consumes water, it also requires electricity to heat the water to the right temperature. Over time, this increases your environmental footprint. To get an idea of how this looks over a long period of time, the average American household uses over 13,000 gallons of water a year washing clothes alone!

That’s bad for the environment and for your budget. Fortunately, there are some great eco-friendly stain remover alternatives out there that you can apply in the home. What’s more, many of these hacks only require the products and ingredients you have sitting in your pantry already.

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