How can you treat sunburn?

It seems like everyone can’t stop talking about the importance of sunscreen. Whoever you ask about sunburn – the first thing they will start talking about is sunscreen and how you should never leave the house without putting some on.

I am no different – I can sit here for hours telling you about the benefits of sunscreen and how it is the only thing that can protect your skin from UVB rays. One thing that you should keep in mind is that sunburn isn’t temporary – the damages it causes are long-lasting to the skin. It can even cause a risk of developing skin cancer and wrinkles.

Sunburn is so common that you even stop taking it as a threat – but you should because its impact on your skin is huge.

But enough of me talking about sunburns – here’s how you can actually treat them.

  • Hydrate yourself and your skin

The inflammation the UV light causes your skin is similar to burning yourself from your oven. You need to hydrate the skin which will help it repair itself. Grab yourself moisturizer that has aloe in it (the best way to calm your skin).

You should also drink a lot of water.

  • Protect blisters if there are any

Blisters are equal to a second-degree burn. Make sure they do not pop meaning do not touch them or try to peel them.

  • Apply a vitamin C serum

The damage of sunburn will stay there even when the burn heals. What does that mean? The UV light helps the production of free radicals. They damage the DNA of the cells as well as harming the elastin. You can minimize the harm by using a vitamin C serum.

  • Protect from further sun exposure

While the sunburn is healing make sure you don’t expose it to the sun without wearing sunscreen. If possible, avoid exposing it in the sun altogether and stay in shady places.

How to Clean Plastic Food Storage Containers

Are your Rubbermaid, Tupperware, or other plastic food storage containers starting to show signs of wear and tear. With continuous use, all types of food storage containers are likely to stain. Traditional washing will keep them safe to use, but won’t help remove food stains that build up over time. When these containers start to show discoloration, it’s time to tackle cleaning them with a different approach.

Cleaning Tip #1: Use Baking Soda to Remove Stains
Baking soda is one of the most amazing products ever invented. It has so many different uses and applications around the house. Among it’s many uses, baking soda is a powerful tool for fighting stains on plastic food storage containers. If you have a stained container, try sprinkling baking soda in the container and scrubbing it with a damp cloth or sponge. All but the toughest stains will disappear before your eyes.

Cleaning Tip #2: Clean Containers With White Vinegar
Like baking soda, white vinegar can be used for many different purposes around a home. Vinegar has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the toughest available solutions to household cleaning problems. To use vinegar to remove tough stains from your plastic food storage containers, simply create a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water in the container. Allow the vinegar and water mixture to sit in the container for thirty minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Most stains will disappear following this procedure, which can also eliminate odors.

Cleaning Tip #3: Combined Cleaning Power
If either of the above tips alone don’t solve your problem, you may want to try a combination of the two methods. Scrub your containers down with baking soda and rinse clean. Follow up by adding a mixture of vinegar and water, and leave it in the container overnight. Pour out the water, rinse, and then wash as you normally do.

If your plastic food storage containers are still stained after trying all three of these cleaning tips, it’s likely that it’s time for you to purchase new containers to hold your leftovers and other food items.

How to Clean Chewing Gum off Your Shoes if living in London

Have you ever thrown away a perfectly good pair of shoes because you stepped on someone’s old chewing gum and couldn’t get it off the sole of your shoe? Most people have had this experience at one time or another. When it happens, it always seems to be to either a brand new pair of very expensive shoes, or your favorite footwear that you can’t replace no matter how hard you look.

Fortunately, getting gum stuck on your shoe doesn’t have to mean the end for the unfortunate footwear. Try one of these how to remove gum from your shoes tips the next time you find yourself in a sticky situation, and you’ll probably be able to save the shoes. Of course, you may just want to buy a new pair anyway!


Raid the Garage
If your house is like mine, and I live in London then you probably have a can or two of WD-40 lurking in your garage. This miracle product is good for so many different purposes, so it’s not surprising that it can even help you clean chewing gum from your shoes. Simply spray the affected area of the shoe (the part with gum stuck to it) with WD-40 and allow it to sit for approximately one minute. Using a clean soft cloth or a paper towel, wipe away the gum and the WD-40 residue. In most cases, the gum will immediately pull free from the shoe. You can then use a second clean rag to make sure that you aren’t leaving oily residue behind on your shoe.

Try the Freezer Technique
It sounds kid of strange, but it’s much easier to remove frozen gum from a shoe than it is to get rid of hot or room temperature gum that is stuck to the sole. Take off the offending shoe, and put it in a plastic bag. Stick the plastic bag to the piece of gum. Put the bag in your freezer and leave it for about three hours, which should be sufficient time to allow the gum to freeze. After the time is up, remove the bag from the freezer compartment and pull the bag away from the shoe. If this tip was successful, the gum will stick to the bag, and your shoe will no longer have a sticky clump stuck to the bottom.

Save the Shoes?
These easy tips can help you save your shoes from becoming trash when you accidentally step on someone’s cast away chewing gum. Hopefully you won’t need to put these tips to the test, but if you do find yourself wondering how to get rid of the gum that’s stuck to your shoe, you’ll be sure to be happy that you found these simple tips for removing gum from your footwear.

Additional clever and not so clever tricks can be found from the websites of the cleaning services London is full of.