Do Just One Thing


We throw away about $140 billion dollars’ worth of uneaten food every year in the United States, so anything you can do to save leftovers and enjoy them within the next few days is good for both your wallet and the planet. When storing leftovers, look for portion-sized reusable containers to store individual serving sizes, which make it easy to grab one serving and enjoy it without getting into any others. Also, refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking, allowing hot foods to cool just enough and be ready for the fridge.

Have you ever heard the tip about freezing your favorite pair of jeans to eradicate the odor-causing bacteria? Many people do this to avoid washing their denim, in the hope that the material will keep its perfect shape and fit. But in reality, this tip does not work, because the odor-causing bacteria can survive even freezing temps. It takes just a few surviving bacteria spores to repopulate and grow when you re-wear your jeans. If you really want freshsmelling jeans, wash them.

Many of us use a plastic sponge in the shower or bath when using body wash, but we never wonder if we need to clean the very item that helps us get our bodies squeaky clean. Those nylon mesh sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria over time, so follow these steps to keep them clean: Every eight weeks or so, toss your sponge into your washing machine and launder with your usual laundry and detergent. After the washer has completed its cycle, remove the sponge and let it air dry.