4 Benefits of Sweating

Sweating a lot during an infrared sauna session is undeniably relaxing. But there’s actually more to it than that. Learn more about some of the reasons why having a good sweat is important as you read below:

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If there’s one thing that sweating is good for, it’s detoxification. Beyond juicing and other fad-type cleanses and diets, sweating is the number one most efficient way to eliminate toxins from your body.

Sweating flushes a wide range of potential pollutants from your body, including alcohol, cholesterol and certain types of salt. It also banishes many other chemicals and compounds which can otherwise accumulate inside you and create all sorts of trouble. Sweat is the conduit by which these nasties are expunged from the body. Source: TheAlternativeDaily

Eliminate zits
“When you sweat, your pores open and release the grit and grime that has built up inside of them,” says Whitney Bowe, MD, a dermatologist in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Caveat: Don’t just sweat and go. All of that dirt from your pores accumulates on the surface of your skin, so aim to wash your face three times a day, especially if you are constantly playing sports or working out. Source: FitnessMagazine

Protect kidneys
Sweating limits the accumulation of salt and calcium in the kidneys and urine, which can reduce the risk of kidney stones. In addition, more sweating increases thirst, which may lead to greater water consumption. The more water goes in, the less likely it is that kidney stones will form. Source: Fix

Antibacterial properties
Dermcidin is an antimicrobial peptide with a broad spectrum of activity that is expressed in eccrine sweat glands and secreted into sweat. In the average healthy person, research shows that sweating leads to a reduction of viable bacteria on your skin surface, which may lower your risk of skin infections.

In fact, one study suggested that people with atopic dermatitis, who have recurrent bacterial or viral skin infections, may be lacking dermcidin in their sweat, which may impair the innate defense system in human skin. Source: Fitness.Mercola

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Tips on How to Style Your Bathroom

Summer is the perfect season for taking on remodeling projects. If you’re planning to re-do your bathroom, now would be a good time. Don’t forget to keep these things in mind:

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Browse websites and magazines for ideas
Buy design magazines that focus on interior decorating, especially for bathrooms. Browse through the magazines to look at design ideas that might suit your bathroom. Search design websites and blogs for ideas for your bathroom, including how to lay it out and which fixtures to use in your space.

You can also go to interior decorating stores to get ideas for your bathroom. Visit showrooms that focus on bathroom design. Source: WikiHow

Consider standard bathroom dimensions
Knowing a few key measurements, like the size of a typical bathtub and how much space is needed for a toilet, will help you plan your remodel more efficiently. Source: Houzz

 Plan for a good lighting
The most critical area for bathroom lighting is the mirror. Ideally you should have wall-mount lights at each side of the mirror at about eye level, with a third light above the mirror. This arrangement illuminates your face from both sides and above, eliminating shadows. Source: BHG

Think about what will appeal most in the long run
Universal design, which emphasizes roomier floor plans with wider doorways, taller toilets and curbless showers, has become much more commonplace in recent years. “The beauty of universal design is it’s just that. It’s not handicap design, it’s universal, and all of us benefit from it,” says Max Isley, owner of Hampton Kitchens, Raleigh, N.C. If the plan is to stay in a home long term, a bathroom that incorporates universal design principles can be a wise investment. Source: DIYNetwork

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Simple Care Tips for the Bathroom Sink

At the end of a long day, all we want to do is relax in our comfort zone. However, a home with a dingy bathroom isn’t exactly what we have in mind when we think of comfort, right? Have a pristine, hotel-like bathroom by practicing these tips:

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Keep your sink from getting scratched
Avoid abrasive cleaners, which can scratch your sink. Those scratches become magnets for grease, soap scum and dirt. Scrubbing the sink with a solution of 1 tablespoon ammonia to 1 gallon of water will dissolve them and bring back your sink’s shine. A solution of 1 teaspoon of trisodium phosphate to a gallon of water effectively removes grease and soap scum build up as well. Also known as TSP, trisodium phosphate, a degreasing agent, can be found at most hardware stores in white powder form. Source: HomeGuides.SFGate

Maintain a clean sink
Regularly wash your sink with soap and water. You can prevent dirt and stains from building up in the first place by gently washing your sink after every use. Use a little dish soap and a soft, non-abrasive sponge, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.  Source: WikiHow

Remove stains right away
De-stain surfaces with lemon juice. We’ve got a sure remedy for stained sinks: Erase those spots with a paste made of one-half cup of powdered borax and the juice of one-half lemon. Dab a sponge in the mixture, rub, and rinse with running water—it’ll work like a charm whether your sink is made of porcelain enamel, stainless steel, or any other material.

Get rid of mineral deposits
Use vinegar on your lime. The white spots that you have so much trouble cleaning off the faucets are lime deposits from mineral-rich hard water. They’re very easy to remove with a secret ingredient that’s already in your pantry: vinegar. Soak a paper towel in vinegar, and wrap the towel around the spotted area. Wait 10 minutes and then buff with a dry paper towel. This works well on all fixtures except brass or colored fixtures; using vinegar on these surfaces may discolor them. Source: RD

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Cleaning Tips for Stubborn Toilet Stains

Are you finding it difficult to remove ring stains in your toilet? With the following ingredients, you’ll have plenty of effective solutions to choose from.

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Get rid of stubborn toilet bowl stains with a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola. Pour the full can around the rim of your toilet so it coats the toilet bowl and let the soda sit for an hour. The acid in the Coca-Cola will break down the stains. After an hour, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and flush. Source: BrightNest

Most people reach for bleach to obliterate toilet germs and stains. However, Green living expert Mark Lallanilla says that plain old white vinegar is not only an effective cleaner, but also safer than chlorine bleach. To eliminate hard water stains, soak toilet paper in vinegar and place directly on top of the stain. Let the vinegar-soaked paper sit overnight. The next morning, flush to rinse and the stains should be gone.

Lallanilla says that full-strength vinegar also works great on grout and caulk. Use a spray bottle to saturate the area and let it soak in for at least an hour before rinsing. Source: TheSpruce

Water softener
Often times stubborn toilet bowl rings are directly the result of hard water deposits. While you can always take some time to clean the ring after it appears, it is usually better to stop the problem from ever forming in the first place. If you can afford to do it, install a water softener in your home and have it maintained properly. This should reduce a large number of water related problems not just in the bathroom, but throughout the rest of the house as well. Source: Cleaning.Tips

Borax powder
Borax powder is a very powerful cleaning agent that’s not found in a supermarket, but in a hardware store. Shut the water supply to the toilet tank and empty the bowl by flushing it once. Sprinkle the powder directly on the stains and rub them with a toilet brush. After scrubbing, let the powder sit for thirty minutes. Then reconnect the water supply to the tank and flush the toilet. Source: Home.HowStuffWork

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Tips on Creating an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

Every single effort counts when it comes to taking care of the environment. Start practicing environmentally-safe habits right at home by choosing to do the following tips:

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Buy a low-flow toilet
Toilets use approximately 27% of the water consumed in your home — more than any other appliances or plumbing — including the washing machine, dishwasher and shower. Replacing your old toilet with a low-flow model is a great place to start when greening your bathroom. Newer homes will boast more efficient low-flow toilets installed by their contractor, but those found in older homes can use up to a whopping 7 gallons per flush. While low-flow toilets used to get a bad rap for boasting a less than desirable flush, sometimes requiring users to hit the handle twice, modern low-flow toilets provide ample flushing power while still using just a fraction of the water. Source: Inhabitat

Install aerators
One of the easiest, most cost-effective water conservation measures you can make is the addition of aerators to faucets. These devices, retailing for less than $5, screw onto the faucet head and add air to lower water flow from 2 to 4 gpm down to 1 gpm, but still provide a feeling of high water pressure. Source: AngiesList

Use organic towels
Next time you have to replace your bath towels, choose organic cotton. Conventional cotton is one of the most water-intensive and polluting crops on the planet. Don’t go out and replace your perfectly good old towels with organic ones, though. The lowest-impact choice you can make is to buy nothing. But when your old towels are starting to fall apart, go organic. Source: Care2

Switch to a tankless water heater
Replacing a tanked water heater with a tankless model will reduce the amount of energy consumed and the cost to heat water. A tankless water heater will heat only what is needed, when it’s needed. Plus, it doesn’t require a pilot light, so it emits less carbon dioxide and improves indoor air quality. Source: HGTV

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More Bathroom Trends to Follow This 2018

Want a bathroom that looks like it came straight out of a magazine? Take a few pointers from the following list of the hottest bathroom trends this year:

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The return of color
We’ve been avoiding color in the bathroom for a long time, probably because for a lot of people the idea conjures up images of bad ’70s bathrooms. (Avocado tubs, anyone?). But for a few years now, color has been creeping back into bathroom designs, and I think we’re finally ready to go full bore. The new colorful bathrooms are a lot like the old ones, but with fresher, more modern shapes. Source: ApartmentTherapy

Matte black fixtures
The shine isn’t off warm metals, particularly unfinished brass that changes its patina over time, but there’s a shift away from bright, reflective gold. Dark fixtures in a matte finish have a heritage appeal that represents the next evolution for bathroom fixtures, and offers a strong contrast against white countertops. Source: HouseAndHome

Smart features
From heated floors to self-deodorizing toilets to programmable showers that let users personalize water temperature, function is as important as form when it comes to bathroom design in 2018. Source: NSNews

Statement basins
Increasingly, designers are making a bold statement with vessel-style basins mounted on top of vanity benches. “There are so many ways to make this essential bathroom element the hero of the room by using colour, texture, pattern and interesting shapes – the options are endless,” says Ari Zorlu, managing director at Paco Jaanson.

Basin styles range from delicate, floral-printed ceramics and jewel-toned glass, to rustic bowls crafted from natural stone. Metallics are gaining momentum too, and Zorlu nominates gold as his favourite. “I like how light reflects off it differently throughout the day,” he says.

If you’re pulling together a bathroom on a budget, a decorative, finely sculpted vessel basin is worth splashing out on as it can instantly elevate the room. For even more impact, dress the basin up with a dramatic tap. Source: Houzz

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Renovations that Increase Your Home’s Value

The best way to increase the price of your home before selling is to make some renovations. Below, you’ll see the most profitable upgrades that you should do before putting your home on sale.

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Adding another bathroom or updating current one
If your home only has one bathroom, you can recoup a large chunk of your investment by adding another one. HGTV estimates that you can recoup 80%-130% of whatever you spend adding a bathroom.

When it comes to finding room in your house for an extra bathroom, take a look at any extra rooms or underutilized spaces. Consider other spaces, such as closets or areas under the stairs, too. If you want a half-bath you need at least 18 square feet. If you want a full bath, including a stand-up shower, you need at least 30 square feet. If you want a bathtub, make sure you have at least 35 square feet to work with for a bathroom addition. See these bathroom design and remodeling ideas to get you started. Source: MoneyCrashers

Outdoor area
“There is a definite trend towards upgrading outdoor areas to more indoor outdoor living,” says Harris. “An alfresco area in the past was a barbie on the patio where as now the outdoor area is an extra room, an all-weather extension of the house. The money spent on a well-designed all weather area brings its returns when the sale sign goes up. The outdoor area is an emotional driver for buyers. They see the area, imagine themselves using it and already they are sold on the lifestyle it offers.” Source: Domain

Modern kitchen
A full remodel is a major investment, but smaller projects make a big difference if you can’t — or don’t want to — go all out. “Nicer appliances really stick out to potential buyers — even if you’re planning to take them with you,” Fancher says.

She also suggests replacing tired finishes with fresh, neutral materials. “You don’t want to be too trendy, but you want it to look up-to-date,” she says. “Everyone loves clean, white subway tiles now, but they’re really a timeless look.”

Replacing dated countertops (quartz is your best bet, according to Fancher) and flooring is also worth the time and money. Source: Zillow

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Tips on Using Wallpaper in Your Bathroom

Using tiles in the bathroom is a common choice for homeowners. But why go for the norm when you can have a much cheaper and stylish option? Find out more on how you can hang wallpaper in the bathroom as you read below:

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Is it possible to use wallpaper in the bathroom?
Experts agree that wallpaper in the living room, dining room, and bedroom is a definite design do, but what about the bath? The truth is that while there is plenty to consider—Won’t all that steam and humidity make the paper peel? (The answer: Not necessarily)—that’s no excuse to deny an oft-overlooked room the statement moment it deserves. If you’re considering incorporating decorative wallpaper in your own bath—as artist Jack Pierson did in his New York apartment, which is featured in the December issue of Architectural Digest—there are plenty of styles made just for damp environments that won’t peel or warp, so cleaning is a breeze. Source: ArchitecturalDigest

In the past few years, the introduction of digitally printed wallpapers has been a total game changer in interior design. You can now have any image you like adorning your walls. Many companies will allow you to upload a photograph, or if you’re a bit creative, your own art or illustration, to create a totally custom wallpaper design. Most digital papers can be easily applied and removed. When you’re ready for a change, depending on which printing method was used, you can either simply peel it from the wall or pre-soak with a damp sponge and remove it in sheets. It won’t damage your walls or leave any sticky residue, so you’re ready to start re-decorating straight away. Prefect for rental properties! Source: About.Homely

You can use it to brighten up even the smallest bathroom
No bathroom is too small for wallpaper. Even the tiniest powder room can be covered in a fun pattern! Dark wallpaper will definitely make the space feel larger but you can totally choose whatever pattern is your favorite. Source: Homedit

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Tips for a Beach-Inspired Bathroom

There’s no need for a getaway when you can bring the beach vibes you’re longing for, right into your home. Experience relaxation every day by doing the following tips:

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Choose the right lights
Soothing and subtle lighting is quite common in beach and nautical themed bathrooms. Ambient, task and accent lighting may be used to illuminate key areas like the sink, shower and storage areas. Track lighting is often used for ambient lighting, and accent lights can be placed above and below cabinets.

Accessorize using sea-inspired items
When it comes to decor in beach and nautical themed bathrooms, you’ll have a plethora of seaside, sailing and ocean-themed items to choose from. Seashell and sea life designs can be featured on linens, curtains, furniture cushions, bath mats and shower curtains. Real seashells, driftwood and even dried sea life specimens like seahorses and crabs can be displayed on windowsills or countertops. Artwork can pick up the maritime theme as well, featuring antique photography of sailors and ships, fishing scenes or oceanscapes. Source: HGTV

Include seaworthy accents
Relatively easy to install, beaded-board panels provide a fetching foundation for beach-style bathrooms. Cap the wainscoting with flat trim pieces that provide a Craftsman finish and allow room for nautical, anchor-like towel hooks. Source: BHG

Try a nautical theme
A nautical look using navy blue, white, and hints of red can also give a bathroom a beach theme design. For instance, try painting the walls navy blue and then complimenting that with white trim, white countertops, and white fixtures.

  • You could also achieve a nautical look with navy blue and white striped wallpaper.
  • Or, use shiplap on the walls for a beachy feel.
  • You could also whitewash your cabinets for a natural beach wood look. Source: WikiHow

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Amazing Health Benefits of Steam

Who knew that you can benefit so much from just sitting in your steam shower? If you don’t have one yet, then the following reasons will surely have you placing an order in no time:

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Reduced blood pressure
Research shows that in a steam room, some people’s bodies release hormones that change their heart rate. One of these hormones, called aldosterone, regulates your blood pressure. When aldosterone is released from sitting in the steam room, it can help lower high blood pressure. This is part of the reason that the steam room makes you feel relaxed.

Stress relief
Being in the steam room can also decrease your body’s production of cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that regulates the level of stress that you feel. When your cortisol levels drop, you feel more in control and relaxed. Spending a few minutes in a relaxed state not only improves your health, but also helps heal your mind and improve your focus. Source: HealthLine

Solution for problem skin
If you suffer from dry skin or conditions that get easily irritated by extremely drying weather or sweating (hello eczema and dermatitis), then a steam room could be a far better friend to you than a sauna. Hart notes that the warm, damp air will work to drench the skin in moisture, hydrating rather than stripping it. Oily, acne-prone skin could benefit too, as the moisture can help to rebalance overactive sebum glands while the heat and humidity work to simultaneously unclog and cleanse. Source: Byrdie

Faster recovery from a workout
During exercise, metabolic waste is built up in muscles, which causes soreness and fatigue. Combining a steam shower with a cold bath or shower can help flush out this waste. Alternating between the heat of the steam and the cold bath causes a pumping action in the capillaries and rids muscles of the waste. Alternate between one minute of steam and one minute of cold water to initiate the pumping action. Source: LiveStrong

If you think the best thing you could ever fit in your bathroom is a steam shower, then wait till you see a steam shower combined with a whirlpool tub. Imagine all the health benefits you can get! It’s like having your own spa at home. Call us to find out more!


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