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How to Avoid Germs at the Gym

You go to the gym or health club to stay healthy – but it doesn’t really work out that way when you’re picking up all kinds of germs and bringing them home with you. As the weather cools down, many of us are getting back to the gyms and health spas to get our exercise in. Here are a few tips for avoiding germs and illnesses!

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Avoiding the germ fest at the gym

  • Choose wisely. Be sure the gym or health club you’re frequenting is up to safety standards. It should be clean, well-maintained, and well-ventilated.
  • Bring your own gear. Working out with a friend is incredibly motivating – but don’t share gear. It’s just not sanitary.
  • Wear your shoes. Don’t go barefoot – you never know what kind of foot fungi are lurking on the floor! You can get shower shoes to wear more comfortably in the shower or sauna.
  • Disinfect. Bring hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes to wipe down equipment before you use it.
  • Bring your own water. Filling up at the water fountain might put more than just H2O into your water bottle. Bring your own to keep the guesswork out.
  • Arrive home safely. As always, wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat upon arriving home and toss your gym clothes right in the wash!

Don’t let the gym make you sick – you’re there to stay healthy, after all!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Avoid Food Poisoning! 10 Steps to Protect Against Foodborne Illness

Statistics show that most of us will, at some point, come down with some type of foodborne illness in our lifetime. According to WebMD, 1 in 6 Americans contract a foodborne illness every year. Of those, “128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 people die each year after eating tainted food.” Even though most cases of foodborne illness are not life threatening, it’s a good idea to try to avoid getting sick by following a few basic food safety practices. Read on to learn how to avoid food poisoning both at home and while dining out.

Food Safety At Home

Color-code your towels. Keeping the towels you use in different parts of the home is more hygienic and can prevent cross contamination. For example, you might use white towels in the kitchen, yellow towels in the bathroom, and orange towels for cleaning other parts of the home.

Wash your hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water before and after handling any food – particularly raw meats, fruits and vegetables.

Clean all produce – even organic. Fruits and vegetables can harbor dirt, pesticides, and even germs and viruses from other peoples’ hands. Fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw are especially important to clean well.

Disinfect tabletops and countertops with vinegar before and after eating or cooking.

Thoroughly wash all dishes in hot, soapy water.  If you wash your dishes by hand, sanitize cutting boards and cooking utensils with vinegar as well.

Don’t leave leftovers sitting out after grocery shopping or serving a meal. Refrigerate and freeze foods right away.

Don’t thaw meat on the kitchen counter. Instead, use the refrigerator or cold running water. Use a meat thermometer when cooking to ensure that your food is cooked thoroughly.

Avoid Food Poisoning While Dining Out

 Avoid Food Poisoning! 10 Steps to Protect Against Foodborne Illness

Dining out without side effects

Wash your hands (after you order!) You probably already wash your hands before eating at a restaurant – only to come back to the table to grab the very dirty and unwashed menu. Wash up after ordering to keep your hands clean.

Skip the lemon.  While you might enjoy a slice of lemon in your water or tea, skip them when dining out. One study found that 75% of lemon wedges carry illness causing germs and bacteria. The truth is, restaurant staff are not always as hygienic in their food preparation as is ideal and it’s inevitable that someone’s unwashed hands will dip into the lemon wedge bin to garnish a drink – it just happens. Skip the lemons.

Give the booth a wipe down. Carry sanitizing wipes in your bag to give chairs and booths a quick once-over before you sit down. While the tables are washed between each party, sometimes the seating is skipped! You can avoid carrying home a lot of germs and pathogens on your clothing by using this tip.

Foodborne illness isn’t fun – follow these tips to stay safe and protect your family.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Avoiding the Flu – Easily Overlooked Areas

Every year like clockwork, a new strain of the Influenza virus makes its rounds, leading many people to take precautions against illness. Some get the flu shot, while others rely on more natural preventative measures.

Whether you take either of these approaches, one thing everyone needs to pay attention to is good hygiene. Practicing good hygiene can have a significant impact on inhibiting the spread of illness.

Aside from the basic practices of hand washing and staying home when sick, don’t overlook these commonly ignored sources of contamination during flu season:

  •  Avoiding the Flu   Easily Overlooked Areas

    Germs at your fingertips!

    Clean the knick-knacks. When you stop to think about it, there are a lot of little items we touch and use every day that don’t always get cleaned on a regular basis! Remote controls, car keys, your cell phone and electronics all harbor a lot of germs when they aren’t cleaned often.

  • Toys. Similarly, your kids’ toys should be cleaned on a regular basis or the germs will thrive. Involve your kids to teach them the importance of good hygiene.
  • School supplies. It’s well known among parents that illness spreads like wildfire in schools. During flu season, take extra care to avoid bringing home the bug on your kids’ school stuff. Clean out the backpack and wipe down books and supplies regularly.
  • I make it a rule that when we come home we wipe our shoes on our antimicrobial treated  doormat, put our coats and hats away and go wash our hands with soap and water.  That includes guests too.  It really helps.
  • Shop smart. Even sick people need to eat – that’s why grocery stores are an incredibly easy place to contract an illness. Wipe down your shopping cart with antibacterial cloths, wash your grocery bags often and as always, wash your food before you eat it!
  • Give the car a good clean. Vehicles are often neglected when it comes to cleaning, so take the opportunity to give it a thorough clean – there’s no better time than when an illness is going around.
  • Do not share utensils or drinking glasses. Eating in public places? Ask the waiter for a cup of boiling water and let the utensils soak for a minute or two and wipe down before using.  Why risk the obvious.  A little action and awareness can go along way in keeping the family healthy all winter long.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

We all tend to spend a lot more time indoors during the cold winter months. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, on average.

 10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

Let your house breath this winter by opening the window when you clean.

Homes today are built and designed to be tighter and closed to control heating costs and operate more efficiently while keeping our homes comfortable in the cold weather.  Since it’s can be difficult to make sure that your space is well-ventilated when it’s freezing outside, it’s important to look for other ways to keep clean indoor air.

Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to improve the quality of the air in your home this winter:

  1. Clean humidifiers regularly. Using these devices is common practice in the winter when the air is drier, but if they aren’t cleaned often, they can throw germs and toxins into the air.
  2. Use an air purifier. Some air filtration devices can remove up to 99% of the air pollution in your home!
  3. Ventilate as much as possible! While you definitely won’t be hanging around with your windows open all day like you can in the summer, consider opening them while you’re cleaning just to get some fresh air flowing in.  Reduce your use of aerosol cleaning sprays.
  4. Don’t forget about the exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens – these can be very helpful for ventilating your home.  Make sure the fan and screen are clean and free of grease and debris.
  5. Be sure to check the dryer in the laundry room see that it is properly ventilated outside reducing further dust circulation.
  6. Vacuum cleaner- Make sure the bag or canister is changed regularly and the cleaning head sanitized before use.

     10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

    Dust and debris circulates though the central heating & air conditioning system.

  7. Duct Work- Have them sucked out or clean the screen or cover on the air intake.
  8. Change the air filters on the heating furnace.
  9. Wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat as you enter the home. Avoid bringing outdoor pollutants carried on the soles of your shoes inside by using one of our antimicrobial treated mats to remove the toxins from your shoes.
  10. Do not shake out doormats, bath mats or sheets in the home.  The small tiny dust particles will be launched and circulated through the air vents all over the house.

Follow these tips to improve your indoor air quality this winter so that you and your family can breathe easy and stay healthy while staying warm inside.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

5 Easy House Cleaning Habits to Keep Your Home Clean

 5 Easy House Cleaning Habits to Keep Your Home Clean

Teaching good house cleaning habits as you go and as they grow.

Coming home to a clean, organized space is always much more relaxing than arriving upon a cluttered, messy home. If you’ve ever wondered how some people seem to keep their home clean and tidy all the time, you’re in luck: there are specific habits that you can learn that make it easier to keep the chaos in check.

De-clutter

It’s amazing how quickly clutter can add up in the home. Spending just a few minutes each day de-cluttering will really help you keep your home more organized. Just choose one area per day – a drawer or closet shelf, for example – to tackle and organize.

Clean As You Go

It’s easy to fall into the habit of doing a “big clean” every week or two, but it is much more effective to break up tasks daily and “clean as you go” instead. There are a few ways you can implement this habit. For example:

  • Wash dishes as your meal is cooking and as you use them rather than waiting until they are piled up on the counter.
  • Put away out-of-place items as you move from room to room.
  • Keep a bottle of your favorite bathroom cleaning spray with paper towels under the counter. Wipe off the bathroom counter and mirror after you brush your teeth.  keep cleaning supplies readily available.

When you make this a habit, you’ll find yourself noticing new ways to clean as you go all the time!

Identify Your Trouble Zones

We all have those areas in our home that end up serving as a “dumping ground” for bags, keys, mail, and other odds and end. Identify those zones in your home and create a place for those things.  I placed a set of hooks in the hall closet for keys.  No more searching for keys.  Hang a shoe bag on the inside door, all those pockets are great for gloves, sunglasses, and umbrellas. Regularly clear those trouble spots out to keep them in check.

Chore-a-Day

There are always going to be days when you just don’t feel like cleaning. Even so, strive to complete even one chore on those days, no matter how small it is. Simple tasks like dusting a room, sweeping the kitchen, or wiping down the bathroom take just a few minutes. As they add up, these little tasks are what keep your home clean.

Train Your Kids

Moms know just how much disorder kids can add into the mix! Establishing good house cleaning habits with them early on will help you keep your home in order. Even toddlers can learn to put their toys away or place books back on the shelf. Teach these tasks as early as possible and encourage little ones to participate so they can learn to take pride in respecting their things and their family’s space.  How many of us constantly feel like we are cleaning up after our children?  How many of us have given up or heard a friend say I just close my teenagers door?  If you are cleaning up and not teaching as you go then you are an enabler that is only helping to perpetuate this behavior.   Divide and Conquer!  Divide the tasks among the members of the family to take the pressure off you.

Practicing these simple habits will help you maintain a cleaner, more orderly space that you can feel good about.  Your family and friends will feel welcome coming home to a clean and organized home.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

College Life – A Clean Beginning!

I am please to introduce our first guest writer.  Ms. Samara Green, a freelance writer from the Huffington Post and College Freshman at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City.

 College Life   A Clean Beginning!

Barnard College, Columbia University

Samara called us while in the midst of a major shopping spree at Bed Bath & Beyond, outfitting her new urban dorm room.  She spotted Dr. Doormat and although she claims to not be a germophobe or allergy sufferer, she realized the benefits of keeping her new digs clean.  At Bed Bath, Samara saw the Autumn Red apartment size mat as an option on the box but the store only carried Charcoal gray.  Samara quickly scanned the QR code on the box to locate us and called to order the Autumn Red mat for her big move.   Samara said, “Living in an urban environment at college is a big change and I really don’t want all that city street grime in my new dorm room.”  We’re so excited to be a part of Samara’s first step into college life and what better way to start.  We are sure Dr. Doormat will serve her well and help to provide Samara and her new roommate with the first line of defense against allergens, harmful pollutants and microorganisms in her new world.

 College Life   A Clean Beginning!

Surrounded by all of her new things after a major shopping spree at Bed Bath & Beyond.

The empty room greeted me. It was small and echoed with our voices. Lizzie and I ran up to see where we would live for the next 10 months. I had arrived at my college dorm. A day I had dreamed about for years had finally come. The space was pregnant with all my hopes and dreams. Will I make lifelong friends? What will I study? Can I manage the workload and still have fun? Where will I study abroad? Will I speak about this time nostalgically as my parents and their college friends do whenever they speak of their college years? Almost reverent, they conjure up images of crazy parties (hard to believe knowing my parents), and meaningful friendships that still endure—I know this because I have met some of these friends, friends that started relationships with my parents over 35 years ago.

 College Life   A Clean Beginning!

Samara’s New Dorm Room

So, now I gaze through the portal of Room 721 into my new life. The clean slate, the “tabula rasa” that is my life now. It’s the bare shelves, the empty drawers, and the open closet that will be filled anyway I decide to fill them. I get to choose it all. The options are overwhelming to me and I catch my breath, nervous and excited at the same time. I glance out the window to the majestic buildings in the distance, topped with gryphons and gargoyles, like security guards cautioning me for the road’s perils. I unpack my clothing, hang the shoe bag and put up my photos and favorite knick-knacks to remind me of home and family. Then, I symbolically place my Dr. Doormat at the entrance; I wipe three times and enter. I am off to the official start of my new life, the blank sheet of paper, the start of something new, not just figuratively, but literally as well, truly a clean beginning.

Ms. Samara Green
Student, Freelance Writer
Barnard College, Columbia University

When we heard Ms. Green’s story we invited her to share with us her perspective on beginning college life.   So often we focus on young children going back to school and health risks and concerns associated with little ones crawling on the floor.  They do grow up!

We are so proud to be able to give our customers peace of mind and be a part of some of the biggest milestones in their lives, whether it’s beginning the first year of college or coming home from the hospital with a new baby.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,

signature College Life   A Clean Beginning!

Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.