Recent Preventing Germs Articles

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Tomatoes and Your Health

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 15, 2014

Toxic nightshade or wonder food? The claims for and against the healthfulness of the common tomato are many and varied. Let’s take a closer look at the reported pros and cons...

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Cast Iron Cookware Questions and Answers

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 03, 2014

Cast iron cookware has long been appreciated by professional chefs and home cooks alike for its excellent heat retention properties. It’s also hard wearing and long lasting, with...

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Power Failure! How Long Will Your Food Stay Good?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 10, 2014

Electrical outages have become much more common in the US over the past two decades. Summer storms and winter freezes are both capable of knocking out local power for hours or even...

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What You Need to Know about Vitamin B12

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 01, 2014

Vitamin B12 is essential to the normal functioning and regeneration of your body. A water soluble vitamin available via numerous dietary sources, B12 is...

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Hot Water for Handwashing: Not So Great After All

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 16, 2013

If you're like me, you probably learned from a young age that when you wash your hands, you need to turn the tap to hot, lather up, and rinse your hands. Ideally, you should be running...

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How To Make Household Disinfectants With No Bleach

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 06, 2013

I’m torn. I am a hippie at heart. I was raised by hippies. I grew up weaving yarn on a loom and dancing to drum circles. Some people are born with a silver spoon? I was born with...

Cleaning the pool is an important home maintenance task because people and animals are mostly disgusting. (Photo: -Oxford-/

Is it OK to pee in the pool?

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 27, 2013

Pool season has arrived. Suspicion will soon mount about that child who managed to swim for four hours straight. When grandpa jumps in the pool straight after his five hour drive to...

I'd bet money that this guy has some pretty fierce fish breath. (Photo: Ben Earwicker/

DIY Bad Breath Cures

Posted by Noah Garfinkel | Jul 24, 2012

Breath is always a little bad. If you catch a whiff of someone’s everyday, normal, no-unusual-food breath, it still smells a little weird. Basically what’s going on is you’re...