Aug 14, 2018

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4 Crucial Things You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Laundry

Whether it’s about clothes, curtains, or even other textile materials in your home, there’s always a something you can do to keep them looking new, just like a professional laundry service!

Here are a few things you need to know when it comes to cleaning your laundry:

1. Follow the instructions on the label.
Most clothes come with a little tag with symbols that indicate certain ways to clean that particular item, and because they can be made of different materials, the ways they are cleaned can also be quite different.

These laundry symbols could even tell you the best laundry methods to use, such as laundry for spa or dry cleaning, which are cleaning methods best left to commercial laundry services.

2. Sort out your laundry.
Sorting out your laundry is more than just setting apart whites from the colored clothes. You also need to sort them by thickness and whether they’re soiled or not, as these take more time to wash and fold.

Keep this in mind especially if you need dry cleaning to get clean towels, or if you simply want to wash towel stains by normal washing. By sorting out your laundry, you minimize the risk of color bleeding.

Depending on Singapore laundromats, the price of t-shirt washing varies. These services also offer a wash and fold for your convenience. You should also separate the suit jackets, blazers, and other clothes that requires dry cleaning and send them to a commercial laundry shop.

3. Load the water and detergent before the laundry.
Uniform laundry can be washed and cleaned with a washing machine or by hand or at your own time, but no matter what type of clothes you wash, always load the water and detergent before the laundry.

Alternatively, you can choose to send it to a commercial service to get them cleaned at the same time faster and more easily. You can also add laundry delivery in addition to the express laundry of your choice.

4. Going to a 24 hour laundry service might save your life.
Because of the hectic schedule in Singapore, it’s no surprise that you may find yourself short on time to get your laundry cleaned by yourself – especially with same day dry cleaning for blazers and suit jackets.

This is where the professional laundry service comes in to take care of your laundry for you at a reasonable price.
There are a lot of things that a 24 hour laundry service can offer you that you may find yourself needing in a pinch, such a laundry delivery services to get your clothes to your doorstep, and an ironing service if you need to iron clothes but don’t have the time.

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Aug 8, 2018

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Six Basic Kitchen Tools You Should Buy

Whether you’re living on your own for the first time or studying to become a cook (maybe both!), having a basic kitchen set is not only a great graduation gift, but an excellent investment – especially when you have roommates.

Here are six basic kitchen tools you need to get started:

1. Frying pan
Frying pans are the workhorses of good kitchens, capable of browning, frying, and even sautéing. Do yourself a favor and invest in a good non-stick pan with a thick bottom and a lid.

Though this can be expensive at first, non-stick pans are a blessing for beginner or amateur cooks because they’re much easier to clean.

2. Non-stick Sauté pan (with handle)
Having a multipurpose pan that does everything a frying pan can do plus a little more for soups and sauces is always a plus. Think of the sauté pan as the deeper version of the frying pan.

When getting one of these, a two-quart pan should be the perfect size for cooking basically anything, pasta, to vegetables, or even rice.

3. Knife (and knife sharpener)
What you want is a good, sharp knife that will keep its edge for a long time. If you can’t blow your budget on an expensive knife, a cheap one will do as long as you sharpen it regularly.

A bit of advice: the secret to a good knife is in the handle. It should feel comfortable and well-balanced in your hand. A knife with a good weighted handle will do most of the chopping and make it easier.

4. Spatula
A good spatula is indispensable, especially when it comes to things like scrambling eggs or removing cookies, and you can get one for cheap. Make sure to get a slotted spatula that lets you remove excess liquids and oils.

5. Measuring cups and spoons
These should be self-explanatory. Because you want spoons and cups for precise measuring, consider investing in durable ones that are microwavable and don’t dent easily.

6. Cutting board
Wooden cutting boards are best for knives because it keeps them in peak condition for longer. Separate ones for different meats (beef, pork, chicken, etc.) are ideal, but a good hardwood board will do as long as it’s sanitized properly to avoid contaminating your meats.

Remember the saying: buy a good tool once and you’ll never have to buy it again. The same goes for kitchen tools.

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Aug 8, 2018

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Three Quick Breakfast Foods for People On-the-go

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you don’t have a lot of time to sit down for a full meal, you don’t have to skip it entirely. In fact, breakfast meals should be easy to prepare and take no more than ten or fifteen minutes at most, and the faster the better.

Here are a few quick ones that you can do in less than five:

Bread is a pretty versatile carbohydrate food item that goes well either on its own or as the carbohydrate cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast. These are the following ingredients that bread goes well with for a quick sandwich:

• Mayonnaise
• Peanut butter and Jelly
• Cheese
• Butter

And these are the ingredients that go along with bread, but can also stand alone on their own as a full meal:
• Eggs – Great protein and one of the greatest versatile food items in the kitchen that you can add scrambled, as an omelet, or even paired with a few slices of avocado in between two slices of loaf bread for an eggs benedict.
• Ham/Bacon – They go amazing with or without cheese and eggs, with their only downside being that they may take some time to thaw from the fridge. Add sausages to the plate and you have yourself an English breakfast.

• Chicken – This might take a little time to prepare, so it’s best to cook it the night before if you have to wake up really early. Mix with fresh lettuce and tomatoes and a dash of mayonnaise for a quick chicken sandwich.

Cereal / Trail Mix
These are quick grain meals full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that anyone can prepare. Cereals only need milk, and you can buy pre-mixed trail snacks as they are, or you can combine them yourself from a whole host of different nuts and berries available at any supermarket.

Fruits make for a good healthy option – apples, bananas, and even oranges are relatively cheap and should last a while with proper storage. Another advantage to fruits is that they’re quite versatile.

For instance, you can throw them in the blender for a quick smoothie, add them to yogurt to make it more flavorful, or even make fruit salad simply by adding diced pieces of them together in a bowl. You can put yogurt or condensed milk in the mix for more sweetness.

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Jul 16, 2018

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Less-Known Eating Disorders You Should Be Aware Of

Anorexia nervosa, morbid obesity, and bulimia nervosa are not the only documented types of eating disorders. There are other illnesses that need as much attention as these in the face of an overabundance of food and the hundreds of diet and lifestyle fads on the Internet.

• Compulsive Exercising. Known to doctors in Singapore as anorexia athletica, hypergymnasia, and exercise bulimia, this eating disorder is marked by an obsession with keeping fit through excessively exercising. Patients with this illness get to the point when they even injure themselves from working out too much because they no longer allow their bodies enough time to recover in between exercises. If not treated, the person could suffer from various injuries, loss of bone mass, osteoporosis, and other complications.

• Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Most individuals who have an eating disorder may also likely be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. Some psychologists do not think this is an eating disorder, but is more of a compulsive disorder. A person with this condition also has one of these symptoms: has an imagined or real physical defect, impairment or feeling of distress due to the physical defect or appearance, and the condition cannot be explained by other health problems.

• Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder. Also called bigorexia, this is the opposite of anorexia nervosa because the person is not obsessed about being slim, and instead, is worried about being small and frail. They focus on getting good muscle mass to become bigger, though not necessarily fat, so they would not look skinny.

• Night-Eating Syndrome. While this might not be as bad as other eating disorders, this can cause a lot of health problems because of the unusual practice of eating late in the day or night and skipping breakfast for lack of appetite. However, the person also feels guilty about eating too much the night before.

• Rumination Syndrome. An individual with this condition tends to regurgitate the food back into the mouth, then tries to chew and swallow it again. This act may be involuntary of voluntary, but the person should get help as soon as possible because the lack of nutrients can cause a lot of complications.

• Pica. Most of the patients who suffer from this eating disorder are very young children and some pregnant women. Pica is characterized by the need to consume or a craving for objects that have no nutritional value such as dirt, chalk, clay, and others.

• Orthorexia Nervosa. Psychologists believe that this disorder is becoming more common nowadays due to the rise of diet and lifestyle fads that promise a healthier body. It is not yet officially recognized as an eating disorder, but the lack of knowledge about one’s body, the desire to follow health trends, and the need to show off in social media, has led some people to focus on losing weight by consuming only “healthy” food. While this might not sound alarming, there are people who go to the extreme of avoiding sugar, gluten, and fat altogether even in small amounts.

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Jul 16, 2018

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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurring thoughts that drive a person to do something repetitively. The recurring thoughts become the obsession, while the repetitive acts become the compulsion.

How can obsession and compulsion affect in a person’s quality of life?

When Can Thoughts Become Obsessions?
There are several forms obsession can take. One is the preoccupation of contamination through the contact with germs, chemicals, and other substances that the person thinks will make him/her sick. Some are also afraid of coming into contact with other people whom they might contaminate or might contaminate them.

Obsession can also be in the form of fear of accidentally harming others and oneself. They think that if they fail to perform a ritual or compulsion, like cleaning an object, they will be bringing a disease that might harm them or other people living with them.

Some people also become obsessed with organizing objects in a certain way to produce exactness or symmetry. They will not feel right if they don’t do something exactly as they intended, or they feel that something unfortunate will happen if there is no order. They will also feel safer if they perform the ritual or avoid small mistakes. The person, however, is usually not aware of their obsession.

What are Examples of Compulsions?
Compulsions can also come in many forms, but most of these become rituals that are practiced excessively and are tied up to the obsession/s. The most common forms of compulsions are the following: excessive washing of hands, observing toilet rituals, washing specific parts of the body several times while bathing, rearranging or ordering things, checking things repetitively, mental rituals, excessive counting or touching objects, and cleaning compulsions.

These symptoms can change over time and may manifest as early as childhood. The obsession can change, and the rituals also vary. Most children with OCD also seek approval that they have done something right to feel safe or at ease, and even encourage family members to observe the same rituals.

How is OCD Treated?
The disorder is also misunderstood and is sometimes mislabeled when used on people who just love to keep things neat and orderly. OCD, however, isn’t simply wanting to keep things clean and organized. It is an uncontrolled, excessive behavior that can possibly affect the quality of life of the person and the people around him/her. Whereas cleaning the house can make others without OCD feel happy and accomplished, an individual with this disorder will not feel relieved or happy at all.

Fortunately, there are medications and therapies available to control these obsessions and compulsions. A combination of medication and psychotherapy is recommended for severe cases, but other accompanying disorders also must be treated. Medications recommended for OCD include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin reuptake inhibitors, usually in high dosages for at least 12 weeks.

Psychotherapy may be in the form of cognitive behavior therapy, habit reversal training, and exposure and response prevention.

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