A Beginner’s Guide to Breathwork

Breathwork is a form of meditation that—as its name suggests—uses breath to calm the mind. In a lot of ways, the common phrase of telling someone to breathe through something difficult is actually rooted in science. And, when done properly, this practice can have a bounty of benefits. Keep reading to discover how to work this grounding practice into your daily routine.

Related: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

The Benefits of Breathwork

Did you know that breathing mindfully can affect a handful of internal health mechanisms? According to Kundalini breathwork and meditation teacher Erika Polsinelli, by tuning into your breath, you tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the body at rest. “When we do this, we calm every system,” she explains. In the presence of more oxygen, lung capacity also expands, notes Polsinelli—and there’s a mental health element to consider, too. “By practicing breathwork, we can help bring in emotional healing and release stored emotions and traumas from the past,” she adds. “We can also activate and enhance our intuition. This happens due to the activation of the glandular system.”ADVERTISING

Breathwork Types

Like meditation, different types of breathwork deliver a variety of benefits. Depending on the exercise you perform, Breathwrk CEO and co-founder Max Gomez notes that this practice can help with everything from lowering blood pressure and pulse to alleviating stress and improving oxygen efficiency. While many breathwork exercises are rooted in calming the mind and body, he says that some can stimulate your body like a cup of coffee to help increase focus and energy and elevate mood.

Looking to give it a try? Luckily, Gomez and Polsinelli were able to share some of their favorite techniques. First, decompress with some long, deep breathing. “Sit up with a straight spine, inhale through the nose, fill the chest and belly up with the breath, and then exhale by drawing the navel back towards the spine and releasing the breath out,” Polsinelli instructs. “You can continue this for just three minutes and will experience a great [body-mind] shift!” Or, try segmented breathing. “Another form of breathwork that helps to alleviate stress is breathing in in eight segmented breaths through the nose, and exhaling out for one long, deep breath through the nose,” Polsinelli says. “Imagine taking eight sniffs in and one long deep breath out. This helps to remove stress from the body, relax the mind, and cleanse any energy out of your aura.”

And don’t forget to focus on your exhale: Much like segmented breathing, this technique, which is one of Gomez’s favorites, features a longer exhale. “The exercises you can do to alleviate stress on the body and mind typically follow a ratio where your exhale is longer than your inhale,” he explains. “A quick and easy one we teach is the ‘calm’ exercise. Sit or lay down flat in a comfortable position. Breathe in through your nose, expanding your belly on the inhale for four seconds. Breath out through your mouth, flattening your belly, for six seconds. Repeat three to six times or as long as you’d like. You can feel this one pretty fast.” Another quick trick? Breathe through your left nostril only. Shockingly enough, this focused breathing type can be hugely beneficial. “Our nostrils activate different energies within our bodies, so by breathing through the left nostril we are telling the body to slow and calm down,” Polsinelli shares.

Integrate Breathwork Into Your Daily Life

Here’s the best part: Breathwork can help enhance your daily life—all day, every day. “Breathwork can awaken you to a whole new perspective,” Polsinelli says. “By taking time to tune into yourself, you can heal your emotional traumas, frustrations, anger, and become more clear on who you truly are. From this, each of your relationships will grow with new perspective and understanding. Breathwork is also very beneficial in moments of stress or that trigger us. Our breath fuels our thoughts—by controlling your breath, you can have more power over your thoughts. And when we have power over our thoughts, we can create a life that we truly want.”`

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Looking for ideas for Taco Tuesday for your vegan friends, break out the veggies to see which of these recipes they will love best or maybe both? Adding variety to your next taco bar even for your meat eating friends could be a great treat:

Ingredients

  • 1 small cauliflower, outer leaves and core discarded, cut into small florets
  • 1 pound red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1/2 small red cabbage or 6 cups sliced)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For Serving

  • 1 recipe Avocado Sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed
  • Thinly sliced radishes, optional
  • Sliced serrano peppers, optional
  • Avocado slices, optional
  • Cilantro, optional

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Place the cauliflower and cabbage on a large sheet pan. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the cumin, coriander, and salt. Use your hands to mix everything together and spread it out into an even layer. Roast, stirring every 15 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and browned in spots, about 45 minutes. (I roasted my cabbage and cauliflower on two separate sheet pans. I cooked the cauliflower for 25 minutes and the cabbage for 10 minutes. Both ways work!)
  • Evenly divide the Avocado Sauce and roasted vegetables among the tortillas. Serve immediately with the radishes, serranos, avocado slices, and cilantro, if using.

Grilled Corn Tacos

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Ingredients

  • Handful of whole green beans, about 1 cup
  • Tomatillo Salsa
  • 3 ears of fresh corn
  • ¼ cup chopped grilled onion
  • ½ cup halved or quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 to 10 flour tortillas*
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 serrano pepper, sliced, optional

Directions

  1. Prep the green beans by blanching them in boiling water for 3 minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Once cool, transfer to a towel to dry and set aside.
  2. Make the Tomatillo salsa and chill until ready to use.
  3. Make the filling. Heat a grill to medium heat and grill the blanched green beans and the whole ears of corn until charred on all sides.
  4. Chop the green beans into 1” pieces and add them to a large bowl with the onion and tomatoes. Slice the kernels off the corn and add those to the bowl as well. Add the olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, pinches of salt and pepper, and a few spoonfuls of the tomatillo salsa and toss. Season to taste.
  5. Grill or warm the tortillas. Assemble the tacos with the corn taco filling, feta cheese, and serrano slices, if desired. Top with salsa and serve the extra on the side.

Vegan Brazilian Bowl

Looking for a fast and delicious bowl for lunch or maybe early dinner bowls? Check out this fun Brazilian bowl recipe from http://www.thewanderlustkitchen.com made up of mango, avocado, and cashews yum! You can make recipe as is or throw in some of your favorite extras to make your own version:

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 small mangoes, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges for serving

Directions

  1. Place the coconut milk, rice, and salt in a large saucepan along with 1 1/2 cups water. Set the pot over medium heat and allow to cook until the liquid drops below the level of the rice. Stir the pot, cover, and turn the heat down to low. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the shredded coconut and re-cover. Allow to rest until ready to serve.
  2. Place the black beans in a small pot along with the cumin and coriander. Heat over medium, stirring frequently, until warmed through.
  3. Divide the cooked rice, warmed beans, mango, avocado, onion, and cashews into four shallow bowls. Top each with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Marinated Red Peppers with Garlic and Marjoram

Do you ever just want a side dish that will add spice to your meals. Bell peppers especially red always make a great choose not only because of their great flavor but color too! Pick up some fresh peppers at the local farmers market or your local grocery store and try this recipe out:

Ingredients

8 servings

8 red bell peppers

2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced

¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons (or more) sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped marjoram,

divided Kosher salt

Directions

Step 1

Heat broiler. Place bell peppers on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning occasionally, until skins are blackened and blistered all over, 14–17 minutes. Transfer peppers to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and sweat 15 minutes.

Step 2

Remove skins and seeds from peppers; discard. Tear peppers into about 2″-wide strips. Toss in a clean large bowl with garlic, oil, vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. marjoram; season with salt. Let sit at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Step 3

Just before serving, taste peppers and season with more vinegar and/or salt if needed. Scatter remaining 1 Tbsp. marjoram over top.

The Garlickiest Fried Rice

I love to eat rice no matter how you make it steam, fried, in stew, etc. The list of ingredients you can add is endless and depending on the dinner theme for the night helps too! This recipe for garlic rice is simple but delicious thanks to http://www.bonappetit.com make some tonight:

Ingredients

8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

⅓ cup grapeseed or vegetable oil

Kosher salt

12″ piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped

1 large egg, beaten to blend

3 cups chilled cooked short-grain rice

2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

4 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal

¾ cup coarsely chopped cilantro

2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Directions

Step 1

Toss garlic and grapeseed oil in a large nonstick skillet. Arrange garlic in a single layer and set over medium heat. Cook, shaking pan often, until garlic is barely golden and crisp (oil should stop bubbling at this point), about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic chips to paper towels to drain; season with salt.

Step 2

Increase heat to medium-high and cook ginger in oil in the same skillet, stirring occasionally, until just softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add egg and stir to break up; cook until just set (this will take a matter of seconds). Add rice and sesame oil and toss to combine. Cook, undisturbed, pressing down on rice with a spatula so it makes good contact with the pan, until rice begins to crisp, about 2 minutes. Give rice a toss, then press down on it again, cooking until you get more crispy bits, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and toss in scallions and half of garlic chips; season with salt.

Step 3

Transfer fried rice to a platter and scatter cilantro, sesame seeds, and remaining garlic chips on top.

Step 4

Do Ahead: Garlic chips can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Homemade Protein Box

Need a snack that can get you thru the day or maybe thru a workout! Tired of paying over $5 to get a tiny box, well thanks to trader joes you can make it yourself. Could cost you over $5 but you can also make more than 1:) And don’t forget to add mixed nuts if you like trader joes has a great selection:

Ingredients

5 TJ’s Cage Free Fresh Hard-Cooked Eggs

1 bag TJ’s Organic Cut & Peeled Carrots, rinsed & dried

1 bag TJ’s Organic Celery Hearts, rinsed & dried

1 block TJ’s English Coastal Cheddar (or 5 TJ’s Sharp Cheddar Snack Pack pre-portioned, individually-wrapped pieces of Cheddar)

1 jar TJ’s Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds

5 of your favorite TJ’s Apples

Directions

  1. You will need food storage containers for ingredients and daily meal prep, and 5 small sauce containers for peanut butter.
  2. Prep components: Trim ends of celery and slice into thirds. Slice cheese into 1-inch cubes. Measure 2 tablespoons peanut butter into each of the small sauce containers. Halve eggs. Refrigerate prepped ingredients in separate food storage containers until needed.
  3. Assemble protein box: Each morning, place the following in your box: two egg halves, 6-7 carrots, 5-6 celery sticks, 5-6 cubes of cheese, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and one apple.

Using These 9 Pantry Essentials, You Can Make Pretty Much Anything

Who has not come home dreading what to make for dinner? When there is no time to stop at the store to pick up groceries keeping these key items in your pantry is a lifesaver. Having a fully stocked pantry is not always the case but with the right stuff dinner is no longer a mystery! Check out what http://www.pennyhoarder.com has on its list so you can run out and stock up:

The Budget Cook’s 9 Kitchen Pantry Essentials

If you’re trying to cut down on eating out and looking to stock your cabinets on the cheap, grab these pantry essentials to build quick and easy low-cost meals.

1. Whole Grains and Breads

  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Tortillas

Quinoa and rice are standard bases for taco bowls, curries and fried rice. What you may not realize is that oatmeal is just as versatile. In addition to overnight oats and oatmeal cookies, you can create a savory breakfast bowl by adding some cheese and an egg.

Throw anything between two slices of bread and call it a sandwich, or add some cheese in a tortilla and call it a quesadilla. These vessels are a tasty way to mix up the delivery of leftovers to your mouth.

Reducing food waste for the win!

2. Pasta

  • Spaghetti
  • Penne

You don’t necessarily need these specific noodles, but a long noodle and a short noodle will do all the things you need noodles to do.

Say that 10 times fast.

Your short noodle can make mac and cheese or a great pasta primavera with leftover veggies. Long noodles are made for a good sauce like Alfredo, pesto or marinara.

3. Beans and Legumes

  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Black beans
  • Kidney beans
Lentils sit in a jar.
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Beans and legumes cost a fraction of the price of meat, making them an affordable way to add protein to soups, chilis and tacos. Roasted chickpeas make a healthy salad topper, while lentils are great for a fantastic curry.

You can buy these canned, but buying them dry is even cheaper. Bonus: You can store them in decorative jars, and friends will think you know what you’re doing in the kitchen.

4. Baking

  • All-purpose flour
  • White sugar

All-purpose or whole-wheat flour is essential for more than just cakes and breads. You can use it to make your own pancake mix, biscuits or even fresh egg pasta. Flour is also used as a thickener in homemade sauces.

A little sugar can make a yummy sweet-and-savory sauce or quick fruit crisp in the microwave.

Sugar shouldn’t be a staple in your diet, but it’s necessary in your kitchen. You’re likely to consume less sugar when you make your sweets at home instead of buying them at the store.https://6518812320b50d2b68a2bbd2fd914fe2.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

5. Nuts and Seeds

  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
Pumpkin seeds and almonds sit in a white bowl.
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Basic nuts and seeds have a dual purpose: They’re a great snack on their own, and they give a nice crunchy texture to salads, oatmeal and baked goods.

They’re also ultra healthy. Pumpkin seeds are chock-full of nutrients — just 1 ounce has 7 grams of protein. Nuts also contain a hefty dose of healthy fats and nutrients, so skip the chips and keep these tiny gems on hand.

6. Oil and Vinegar

  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • White vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar

You can make some awesome marinades and salad dressings with this classic combo. Apple cider vinegar makes a tasty vinaigrette; add sesame oil to peanut butter and soy sauce to create your own peanut sauce.

If you want to expand your oil and vinegar inventory, balsamic and rice vinegars add a lot of options to your pantry arsenal.

7. Condiments and Sauces

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter

Much like oil and vinegar, condiments and sauces give new life to bland meats and veggies. Mix Dijon with a little oil and vinegar for a salad dressing. I’ve found that a little hot sauce corrects all recipe mistakes.

Peanut butter toast makes a great snack — in fact, we’ve found that there are a lot of household uses for peanut butter.

If you’ve already got a lot of condiments to work with, don’t let them die in your fridge. There are several ways to put them to good use.

8. Herbs and Aromatics

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Italian seasoning
  • Crushed red pepper
Herbs and spices sit in a bowl next to garlic.
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Salt and pepper are a given. But buying pre-minced garlic saves time — and allows you to add fresh garlic to anything. Cumin is a staple in Mexican dishes.

Italian seasoning is a frugal life hack. It includes all the seasonings you want in the ratio you want them, without having to buy seven different bottles.

And crushed red pepper is an easy one to have on hand because you can always refill your container with the packets that come with your pizza.

9.Canned Goods

  • Tomatoes
  • Pasta sauce
  • Coconut milk
  • Stock or bouillon

Coconut milk, stock and tomatoes are necessary bases for many soups, chilis and curries. You can also cook rice and quinoa in stock or coconut milk to add some flavor.

It’s always nice to have a fancy pasta sauce on hand if you don’t have time to make your own — even though it’s really easy.

And if you’re embarking on a pantry challenge by eating what’s on hand before buying additional groceries, having ample canned goods will help you tie together some delicious meals.

This Is How Often You Should Wash Your Pet’s Bed

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If your pets are like mine, they LOVE their beds they rub on, eat snacks on them, and lounge all day on them. Can’t Febreze them or use any strong chemicals to get pet smells out, but there are many household items you can use safe for pets. Check out the two links below see what works best to keep your fur kids smelling fresh:

Related: Here’s What You Haven’t Tried Doing to Get Pet Odors Out of Your Home

Look for a machine-washable pet bed.

While some pet beds can be thrown in the washing machine with ease, others need to be handwashed or dry cleaned. “We recommend purchasing a pet bed that states it is ‘machine washable’,” Doss says. “If you can’t find a whole bed that’s able to be washed in a machine, look for one that has a removable (and machine-washable) cover.”

Mind the label.

Not all pet beds are created equally, which is why Doss says it’s important to double check the label before washing one. “Take care to check the label of your pet’s bed for washing and drying instructions so you won’t damage the fill or the fabric,” she says.

Wash in hot water.

Whether your pet bed is machine washable or not, Doss says you’ll want to wash and dry it in the hottest temperatures possible. “Always wash and dry your pet’s bed at the highest setting the instructions allow,” she says. “If the bed isn’t machine washable, fill your bathtub with hot water and handwash it there.”

Only use pet-safe detergents.

Traditional laundry detergents are filled with a slew of chemicals that could be hazardous to your four-legged family member’s health. That’s why Doss says it’s crucial to use a pet-friendly detergent composed of all-natural ingredients, such as Fox + Hound Natural Pet Laundry Detergent ($16.50, shopfoxandhound.com). “Look for detergents with natural cleaning surfactants that will safely remove stains and odor without aggravating sensitive pet skin or allergies,” she says.

Keep things clean in between washes.

If you’re looking for a way to keep your pet’s bed smelling fresh between washes, Doss recommends washing everything that comes into contact with it regularly, too. “Bathe your dog routinely with a high-quality dog shampoo and brush with a pet-friendly fragrance spray between baths,” she says. “Don’t forget to wash the blankets and linen you add to your dog’s bed and the toys that they play with routinely.”

More DIY cleaning tips that are safe for your pets including pre soaking before the machine:

What to wash dog bedding with

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Choose a dog bed wisely

If you want a clean dog bed, you’ll have to think from scratch. Washing your dog bed should be your primary concern when you’re going to buy a dog bed from a pet store. Check the instructions and tag of the dog bed to know whether the cleaning methods and material of the dog bed are suitable for you or not. People often buy a dog bed by getting inspired from its looks and that it blends well with their home décor. When the dog makes the bed dirty by eating something or urinating on it after a few days, they come to know that the bed cover is not removable or that the size doesn’t fit in their washing machine. Hence, always consider these factors before buying a dog bed.

What should be used to wash your dog bedding?

The answer to this question depends on the type of debris and dirt that is present on your dog’s beds. If the dog bed contains residue and dirt, you can just soak it in soap water for some time and rinse it with clean water. The cosmetic stains are also easy to remove, so you can use soap and water for them. If there is a spot on your dog’s bed that is hard to remove with regular soap and water, use a spot treatment product to clean it. Just make sure it is a non-bleach product as bleach products can cause harm to dog’s skin. If using bleach becomes necessary, try to find chlorine-free bleach. After cleaning with bleach, rinse the bed cover with water many times. Following is an overview of the best dog bed washing agents:

White vinegar or apple cider

This is the easiest and cheapest substance for cleaning your dog’s bed. The good thing is that vinegar is always present at home, so if you don’t have any particular detergent for cleaning, you can try a vinegar and water solution.

To wash your dog’s bed with white vinegar or apple cider, remove the cover and directly place the foam bed into a bathtub. Fill the tub with hot water and put ¼ cup of vinegar and a small quantity of a laundry detergent. If you feel that the bed stinks a lot, you can add ½ cup of vinegar more into the water. Let the bed soak in this solution for 15 to 30 minutes. Then, rinse with clean tap water and remove all the soapy water and squeeze it to dry. If you’re washing the bed cover, make sure you don’t place it on the bed till it’s dry.

Baking soda

Baking soda has odor-absorbing and slightly abrasive characteristics, so it should always be present at your home for cleaning and cooking purposes. It is known to act as a knife for cutting through the grime. When it is used dry, it can absorb all types of odors. You can sprinkle it on your dog’s bed and let it sit there for half an hour. Then, you can simply dust it off or use a vacuum cleaner to clean all the dry powder. If you mix it with water, it forms a thick paste that is used to scrub off all the dirt and debris from the dog’s bed or crate.

To make a baking soda scrub, take equal parts of warm water, baking soda, and salt. Apply this paste to a sponge and clean the bed cover or crate. After you have scrubbed it well, rinse with warm water properly.

Lemon juice

If you dislike the smell of vinegar, you can also use lemon juice which is considered as an all-purpose cleaner. Lemon juice contains enzymes and substances that break down fats, oil, and organic matter. You can use lemon juice on anything, be it your dog’s bed, dishes, or crate.

To use lemon juice effectively to wash your dog’s bed, you’ll need an empty spray bottle, hot water, baking soda, and lemon juice. Baking soda is optional, but if you add it, it can improve the performance of this all-purpose cleaner. Use 3 cups of boiling water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 tablespoons of fresh and pure lemon juice. First, pour hot water into the spray bottle, then add baking soda and shake it so that it dissolves completely. Finally, add lemon juice and shake it well. Spray on the bed cover or foam and wipe with a damp and clean cloth.

Pet bed washing detergents

There are many pet beds washing detergents available at pet stores for cleaning purposes. If you want to try a cleanser, go for one that doesn’t use any abrasive compounds. Non-bio laundry detergents are good to go. Some detergents contain fragrance and optical brighteners to make the dog bed clean and tidy. These detergents are strong enough to remove all the germs and disease-causing organisms and ensure that the bed appears clean and stain free. Always read the label and ingredients and find out whether the detergent is safe to be used as some dogs might have sensitivities to certain substances.

How to clean a dog bed?

People spend a lot of time cleaning their houses, especially when they have a cute pet roaming around the house. It is unfair to keep your dog away from its bed all the time; instead, you should take steps to clean the bed on a regular basis. You’ll often find your dog’s bed coated with hair, mud, debris, and other stinky things. Take the following steps to clean your dog’s bed:

  • Shake the dog’s bed and remove any pieces or lumps of dirt and debris from it. It is better to perform this step outdoors so that there is no chance of your indoor area getting dirty. If the dirt pieces are stubborn, use a stick to make them fall.
  • Vacuum if you feel the dust and dog hair have penetrated deep inside the foam or bed cover. You can also use a lint roller to pull out hair from the bedding.
  • Soak the bed in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • If you see any stubborn or hard stains, use a sponge and apply detergent or homemade cleaner to loosen them.
  • Read the tag and if the bed cover is machine washable, select the low hand-washing option and wash it. Look for the restrictions on the tag before selecting the temperature for drying.

How to wash dog bedding with fleas?

If your dog has been infested with fleas, you’ll have to treat it for complete removal of these blood-sucking parasites. While you treat your dog, it is equally necessary that you properly clean your dog’s bedding so that these insects don’t come back. Fleas love to live in warm and wooly places where they can hide easily such as clothing, upholstery, blankets, and different types of fabrics. To be safe from a flea infestation, make sure you clean and wash all the things that your dog has touched or come in contact with. Following are some tips to wash dog bedding infested with fleas:

  • Remove the bed cover and shake it well. Use a stick or cloth to loosen all the dirt and debris on it. You’ll also notice fleas falling.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to suck all the fleas from the bedding. Make sure that you empty the vacuum’s tank as soon as possible or else there is a chance that the fleas will spread everywhere.
  • Soak the bedding in boiling water in a bathtub for maximum 5 minutes to kill all the eggs and larvae of fleas.
  • Don’t leave the bedding for long or else they can cause the filling of the bedding to melt or disintegrate.
  • Squeeze the bedding and let it dry in sunlight.
  • Look for fleas burrowed inside the bedding lines and hidden areas. If you find any, get rid of them immediately. However, the chances are that they all have been killed due to boiling water.
  • Use a pet-friendly spray that can absorb odor and remove all the bad smells. Don’t use heavy amounts of spray or else it may affect your dog’s skin and senses.
  • Please make sure you have treated your dog for fleas removal from a vet or else there could a chance that they’ll infest the bedding again.

What temperature to wash dog bedding?

The temperature to wash cat or dog bedding depends on the purpose of cleaning. If you wish to keep your dog bed clean, then you will have to wash and clean it frequently. The vacuum will minimize the dirt and hair present on the bed, but you will have to wash it at least once a week to make sure it is free from germs and diseases. As far as the washing method is concerned, follow the label or tag of the dog bed because different materials need different washing instructions and some are not even machine washable.

The dog bedding should be washed at a temperature of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit if you are using chlorine bleach or any washing detergent. The high temperature is recommended to kill all the germs and microorganisms that may be present on the dog bedding, especially if it is infested with fleas. If your washing machine has no temperature setting, you should choose the highest temperature so that all the germs are killed.

If your dog has sensitive skin, go for a homemade all-purpose cleaning agent or a natural detergent, and then select an extra rinse cycle on your machine. This will ensure that the bedding is cleaned effectively without compromising on your dog’s health.

The temperature setting for drying the dog bedding should be chosen at the highest possible temperature so that it dries properly and quickly. To keep yourself safe from any infection, always wear gloves and after finishing the cleaning process, wash your hands with soap thoroughly. Keeping yourself protected is important in order to ensure you do not compromise on your health.

What to use to wash dog bedding?

Washing dog bedding every week will reduce the chances of allergies and fleas infestation in your dog. Washing dog bedding depends on the type of dirt or debris present on it. If it has hard stains and stubborn spots on it, you’ll have to use a strong detergent or chlorine bleach to remove it. For cosmetic stains, you’ll only have to use warm water with soap and just rinse out the stains. Vets always recommend avoiding bleaching agents because there are other non-bleach alternatives available that can quickly remove the spots and hard stains. The stubborn areas and spots can also be treated by a homemade all-purpose cleaner such as vinegar solution, lemon juice, and baking soda.

You can use ¼ cup vinegar and add it to a tub of hot water. Soak the dog bedding in it for 15 to 30 minutes. If you want, you can add a mild detergent to this mixture too. If you feel that the stains are hard and stubborn enough, you can add ½ cup vinegar to the water. Rinse the bedding with water and remove all the soapy water from it. You can also use this mixture in your washing machine for cleaning at a high temperature.

The baking soda scrub can be made by adding warm water and a little salt to make a thick paste. This thick scrub can cut through all the grime and dirt effectively. After scrubbing, you can rinse the bedding with water to check if the stains have been removed. You can also put the bedding into the washing machine after cleaning.

The lemon juice solution can also be made by mixing 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 3 cups of hot water in a spray bottle. If you want to make the solution more efficient, you can add baking soda to it too. Apart from these homemade cleaners, you can also try the pet bed washing detergents available at the pet stores.

Bottom line some dogs beds are easier to wash then others,  if you have not done so already have a look at our article best washable dog beds.

Greek Mezze Salad

Start 2022 out right with a fresh salad recipe for lunch, dinner, or after a workout. Chickpeas can spruce up any meal check out this recipe from http://www.marthastewart.com:

https://www.marthastewart.com/1518827/greek-mezze-salad

Ingredients

2 cans (each 13.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1 tablespoon za’atar, plus more for serving

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 pitas (each 6 inches), cut into 1-inch wedges (about 2 cups)

1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh juice

1 bunch radishes, cut into 1/4-inch wedges (2 cups)

4 mini cucumbers, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices (3 cups)

2 cans (each 7 ounces) stuffed grape leaves, drained and halved

Fresh mint leaves, for serving

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss chickpeas with 6 tablespoons oil and za’atar. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Roast 15 minutes. Add pitas to sheet, stir to coat, and roast until chickpeas and pitas are crisp, about 10 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, stir together yogurt and zest; season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, toss together radishes, cucumbers, lemon juice, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Just before serving, dollop plates with yogurt mixture; top each with cucumber salad, chickpea mixture, and 2 grape leaves. Garnish with mint, more za’atar, and drizzles of oil; serve.

Here’s how many social media followers you need to make $100,000

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/03/26/how-josh-richards-became-a-tik-tok-star.html

New year new career move thinking about what’s the next step, what about being a social media influencers! Sure it looks easy and yes you can make tons of money so why not find out more about it? Well let’s see what it takes to actually make money across some of the top platforms according to http://www.cnbc.com:

Social media influencers can make big money on platforms such as TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. But it all depends on followers and views.

While big stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kylie Jenner and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, (who each have well over 200 million followers on Instagram), can pull in more than $1 million per post, according to Instagram analytics tool company Hopper HQ, everyday influencers don’t need as many followers as you may think to make some cash.

According to a new “social salary” calculator from music licensing platform Lickd.co, here’s how many followers you need on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok to generate $100,000 in earnings.

To calculate the estimates, Lickd.co used data from Influencer Marketing Hub’s YouTube Money Calculator, Creator agency SevenSix’s influencer pricing report and influencer branding platform SocialPubli’s blog post on “How many followers do you need on TikTok to get paid?

YouTube

According to the calculator, You need a minimum of 1,000 YouTube subscribers and about 24 million yearly views to generate $100,000.

In order to make money on YouTube, you need to be enrolled in YouTube’s Partner Programme (YPP), which allows you to make money through ads on your videos. To join YPP, an influencer needs at least 1,000 subscribers, accumulated more than 4,000 “valid public watch” hours in the last 12 months and have a linked AdSense account, according to YouTube.

Influencer Marketing Hub’s YouTube calculator estimates that the average YouTuber generates $7.60 per 1,000 views with 45% of that revenue going to Google.

Instagram

You need a minimum of 5,000 Instagram followers and 308 sponsored posts a year to generate $100,000.

That may be easier than you think: A recent HBO documentary showed how everyday people can manipulate Instagram and other platforms to become famous online influencers.

An influencer with over a million followers can reportedly make more than $250,000 per post from brands.

To make money on Instagram, switch your account to a professional account and select business.

TikTok

You need a minimum of 10,000 TikTok subscribers and over 270 million views a year to generate $100,000.

TikTok, like YouTube, has a partnership program called the TikTok Creator Fund. To be eligible, creators need to be based in either the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Spain or Italy, be at least 18 years old, and have at least 100,000 followers and a least 100,000 video views in the last 30 days. The account also has to be aligned with TikTok’s community guidelines and terms of service.

To find out how much money your followers can get you on various social media platforms, you can use Lickd.co’s calculator.

Don’t miss: TikTok megastar Josh Richards on how he got 20 million followers, and why he’s leaving the app