5 Fantastic Ways Shower Filters Promote Great Health

Malaysia is a great place to live and visit, and the quality of living continues to improve along with the nation’s continually growing economy. The water quality, though, can vary from location to location, and that means you could become sick or worse if you don’t take precautions. Malaysia’s tap water requires boiling before drinking or cooking. And if you buy a water softener system, you can greatly improve the quality of water in your home. Likewise, if you don’t use a good shower filter, potentially harmful minerals and chemicals could be passed into your system and make you ill or worse. To help you and your family stay healthy, the following are five ways shower filters help. Combat Chlorine In many locations, chlorine is used to treat public tap water. That chlorine can enter your body and cause illnesses. When you use a shower filter, though, the chlorine is reduced to safe levels. Keep Skin Moist In addition to chlorine, other chemicals and contaminants in common tap water can dry out your skin. A shower filter will remove those chemicals and preserve your skin’s natural oils. Reduce Inhaled Chemicals If you love hot, steamy showers, you could breathe in harmful chemicals, along with water vapor. The steaming hot water likewise vaporizes chemicals, which you could inhale if you don’t use a shower filter. Lower Water-Borne Contaminants The shower in your home is the single greatest source of water-based contaminants, especially when releasing lots of water vapor during a hot shower. A filter will remove contaminants and keep your home safe. Lower Breast Cancer Risk Your shower can be...

Forget Flowers And Chocolates. 5 Home Gift items You Can Give To Your Body-Conscious Bae

When birthdays, anniversaries, or special holidays come rolling around the corner, what are the first gift ideas that pop in your head for your special someone? If you said chocolates and flowers, it’s time to up the ante. While a bouquet and a box of sweets are long standing staples, there are better ways to wow your love without all the unnecessary sugar. For that upcoming occasion, give your bae something that will help her maintain the fine figure she’s worked hard to achieve, by getting her one of these perfect home gift ideas. Juicer Machine – How often does your partner ask you to buy her a fruit shake or fresh fruit juice to quench her thirst and keep her full? “All the time” is probably an understatement. So that she always has a fresh beverage close at hand, buy a juicer machine that she can conveniently use in the comfort of her own space. Not only will it help her cut back on the cost of constantly buying drinks, it will also guarantee fresh and healthy concoctions with every use. No Oil Fryer – Who doesn’t love making homemade fries, chips, and other deep fried goodies? While these snacks are often hard to resist, they’re also easily some of the fattiest food we can indulge in. Give your special someone a guilt-free French fry binge whenever she wants it, by getting her an air fryer designed to fry different meats, vegetables, and anything else she might want to cook – all without oil. Coffee Maker – Skip out on the brand name coffee and indulge in a...

Invisible Lurkers: 3 Things You Can’t See In Your Tap Water

Malaysians tap water is generally considered safe for consumption, with the national Safe Drinking Water Act regularly ensuring that it is drinkable and conforms to global quality standards. Nevertheless, Malaysia’s tap water does not enjoy the same confidence by the rest of the world, ranking only 47th globally in terms of water quality, according to the latest Environmental Performance Index. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014 advised that only two countries in Southeast Asia had tap water that was safe to drink directly (Singapore and Brunei). So should you filter your tap water? To help you decide, here are three harmful things that may be hiding in your water. Bacteria Water treatment ensures all bacteria are killed. But as the water still has to travel through miles of pipes and for some, stored in household or apartment tanks (when was the last time you cleaned your tank?), there’s a chance for contamination. In 2014, Forum Air Malaysia tested 14 water samples throughout the Klang Valley from vending machines, and found all of them to be contaminated with E. coli, Coliform and Clostridium perfringens: microbes found in sewage. Disinfectant Disinfecting chemicals are used to kill the bacteria mentioned above. But their byproducts, such as chlorine, still remain in your tap water. While Malaysian tap water contains disinfectant in acceptable levels, it makes sense to eliminate any of it if possible, as there have been studies showing that they could be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Heavy Metals A study by University Putra Malaysia in 2012 concluded that tap water in all 12 Peninsular states contained levels of arsenic,...

Be The Change with a Bidet – Why You Should Quit Using Toilet Paper and Switch to a Bidet

Wipe and flush has now been replaced by rinse and flush. Thanks to the revolutionary invention that is the bidet, people no longer have to reach for their privates whenever they’re done doing their dirty business. Unfortunately, old habits seem to die hard. Despite the convenience and ease that bidets offer, there are still billions of people who would much rather grab for tissue when they’re done with the loo. If you’re one of those billions, now is the time to stop. Find out why you should get a bidet toilet seat instead of using toilet paper to make your bathroom practice a little more eco-friendly. No Clogs, Less Trash – According to recent studies, 7 in every 10 people still use toilet paper for their bums or privates when they visit the toilet. Every day, the average individual uses at least 57 sheets of toilet paper, including the times they need it for removing makeup, wiping their nose, or cleaning up a spill. Sadly, more than half of these sheets get flushed down the toilet everyday, which translates to billions of toilet paper pieces flowing through pipe and drainage systems every year. Whatever doesn’t get flushed down the toilet is likely to be thrown out of the window, or simply tossed into a heap of rubbish on the street. If people would switch to using bidets instead, toilet paper usage would be reduced by more than half, allowing easier management of waste, and preventing clogs from building up in sewage systems. Higher Level of Cleanliness – How sure are you that the soap you keep on your sink...

Simple, Stress-Free Packing Tips When Moving House

  Are you moving to a new place? Don’t let your move stress you out. Packing your things can be challenging as you don’t want any damages on them, but it can be made easier. Check out these simple and stress-free tips on packing when you’re moving:   Pre-packing to-dos Before you start packing your belongings, make sure you have all the things you need to pack them, such as EPE foams, boxes, coloured labels or tags, and item lists for each room in your new place. Each room should have its own box where the right items go. Label or tag the boxes with different colours to easily keep track of your items. Make a list of the things for each room before you pack them. The list serves as a guideline in case something goes missing.       Packing for fragile items Use EPE foams for packing fragile items, such as vases or porcelain tea sets. EPE foams can be purchased at craft stores and bookstores (check the stationery department). You can either wrap your things with EPE foams or use other alternatives like bubble wraps, newspapers or old cloths. When placing your fragile belongings in a box, make sure you don’t put them on top of each other to minimise possible damage. You can also place EPE foams on every corner of the box inside for extra protection.       Packing for furniture and electronics Since furniture is heavy, it’s best if you take it apart before moving, and keep the pieces in a large box. Do the same thing with your electronic goods....

Living Room Must-Haves

The living room is as much the entry to one’s home as the eyes are the window to the soul. A proper living room should be edgy yet comfortable, welcoming as well as entertaining. Achieving this dynamic, however, is not easy, and one has to be very creative. Apart from creativity, selecting the right furniture pieces that are ecologically friendly is important since apart from being the difference between a living room with life or a lifeless one, they ensure environment is protected. It is also important to maintain the pieces well. The following are some furniture pieces that every homeowner should consider incorporating in their living room as well as tips on how to maintain them and where to buy.   A functional couch The couch is one piece that defines every living room. Depending on the number of occupants in your home, you could choose a five-seat set or a single one seat couch. However, if you want to give your home a modern touch with enough sitting space for entertaining many guests you should consider getting an L shape sofa. This furniture defines space in your living room and gives your guests something interesting to admire. Because it takes advantage of corners, you can increase your sitting space without increasing the size of your living area. Hence, this timeless piece would be a great addition to your home. You can make sure your couch lasts long by cleaning spills promptly as well as use professional services to clean your upholstery once in a while.   A coffee table     This is another item that works...