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Dust Mites on Toys

Dust mites are microscopic insects that like to live in dust, especially dust found in your carpet or on your bed. They feed on the skin cells shed by people, so your child’s favorite stuffed toy is a prime place for them to hide! These tiny bugs cause allergic reactions in many people, so your child’s favorite teddy bear could be contributing to their allergy issues!    There are several diff...

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White Vinegar Wash

We established a few posts ago that white vinegar is a powerful (and natural) cleaning solution! This makes it a great substitute to normal disinfectants many people use to clean their children’s toys. It’s even easy to make! Put equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Simply spritz the dirty toys with the solution and set them aside to dry. It should only take about 15 minutes ...

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Toys in the Dishwasher

Do your kids have some toys a good scrub just won’t fix?  Try putting them in the dishwasher! It sounds crazy, but it works! The detergent you use to wash your dishes and the hot water of the dishwasher will disinfect the toys for you.  A word of advice… don’t put in toys you think may melt. Keep the toys in the top drawer of the dishwasher to make sure they don’t get damaged!

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Toy Sanitation

It’s a hard thing to admit to ourselves, but our children’s toys are covered in germs. We don’t want to think about our precious little ones playing with things that are so dirty. Wooden toys are some of the worst, too. But what’s the best way to clean them?  You can use a 100% natural spray cleaner or a water-laundry detergent mix to wash them. Just use a clean washcloth to rub the cleaner on...

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So Much Fiber!

Need a little help getting things moving?    Try apples!   Apples are packed with fiber which can help you feel fuller and satisfied longer, and it can help clear out those uncomfortable blockages. Just one medium-sized apple contains 2.4g of fiber and is just 52 calories! That one cup is also high in vitamin C and potassium!

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Apples and Vitamin C

When you think of fruit rich in vitamin C, we’re sure you think of oranges. But, did you know apples are rich in vitamin C, too? Apples contain 14% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C!  Vitamin C is important for a variety of functions in your body, including your immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which can help protect your body from all sorts of health conditions— ...

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Apple Crisper

Do you notice your apples are going bad quickly on the counter? You can try this little tip to keep your apples crisp and fresh longer!  Take a large zip-top bag and puncture small holes into it. Dampen a paper towel and place it in the bag. Place a few apples into the zip-top bag and place them in the crisper drawer of your fridge. This should keep your apples tasty and help them last longer....

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Baking Soda Trick

Most of the apples you get at the grocery store have been treated with all kinds of chemicals and pesticides. It’s wise to wash your apples as soon as you bring them home from the grocery store. The longer the pesticides sit on the fruit’s skin, the deeper they will sink into the fruit. You can get rid of most of those chemicals by giving your apples a good, long soak!  You can try just using ...

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3 Ingredient Apple Sauce

While making your own applesauce may sound like a huge undertaking, it’s a surprisingly simple task. All you need are 3 chopped and peeled apples, ¼  cup of water,  2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, a crockpot, and a potato masher! To make applesauce, you must first slice and core the apples of your choice. We recommend using sweeter apples, such as Fuji or Gala. Once cut, place the apple slices...

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Pick the Best Apples

Do you know how to pick the best apples out of the bunch?  You don’t want them to be too hard or too soft. Like Goldilocks in the home of the Three Bears, you have to find the ones that are just right. Pick up the apples you’re interested in and gently press your thumb against the side of the fruit. The skin should be firm and have just a small amount of give. Apples that are really soft, brui...

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