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Hard Working Shoes Can Smell

Hard working shoes, depending on their use will eventually develop a certain unpleasant odor.

Feet like most other parts of our body will sweat to produce a cooling sensation. The thousands of glands in our feet can produce nearly a cup of sweat a day which is essentially of salty water. Our feet also host a couple of types of cute bacterial organisms which, as all other creatures, deserve to exist.
These organisms feed constantly on the sweat the glands of our feet produce and body odor is the byproduct of these bacterial organisms releasing gases.
Interestingly enough, different kinds of bacteria live off our body producing different types of odors. The feet probably give off the most pungent odor.

So, hard working shoes have been on the job day after day and an occasional wash in the clothes washer is a wonderful idea; hot water of course. Washing may promote the break down a bit the life span of the shoe’s composition.
In between washes, spray rubbing alcohol into the shoes to kill the bacteria and eliminate the odor. Do not be shy to just dump a lot of alcohol into the shoes. Soak them and dry them in the sun.

Tip for leather shoes:
The above method of cleansing, minus the washing machine, also works for leather shoes.
Leather shoes can sometimes be a bit tight when first purchased.
Soak them inside with rubbing alcohol where they seem tight and then wear them while wet.

Doing this 2 or 3 times will stretch them to the contour of your feet.

Should Batteries Be Stored In The Refrigerator?

Storage in a refrigerator or freezer to extend batteries’ life is not required nor recommended for batteries produced today. Cold temperature storage can in fact harm the batteries if condensation results in corroded contacts or seal damage due to extreme temperature storage. To maximize performance and shelf life, store batteries at normal room temperatures (68°F to 78°F or 20°C to 25°C) with moderated humidity levels (35 to 65% RH). When stored at room temperature (i.e. 70°F/ 21°C), cylindrical alkaline batteries have a shelf life of 5 to 10 years and cylindrical carbon zinc 3 to 5 years. Lithium Cylindrical types can be stored from 10 to 15 years. Prolonged storage at elevated temperatures will shorten storage life.

Bad Breath / Halitosis

Bad breath, can be a byproduct of food consumption such as garlic, onions and the sort residing in the stomach. It can also be generated by medications taken.
Blausen_0860_Tonsils&Throat_Anatomy_webHalitosis is caused mainly by volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) such as H(2)S and CH(3)SH produced in the mouth. Interestingly, eating makes the mouth more acidic reducing the smell.

Besides the above reasons, bad breath most likely originates from organisms growing on the very back of the tongue and a tongue scraper can be beneficial for this situation.
Start scraping as far back as possible. The scraper shownTounge-Scraper_web2 is a fancy one but there are different kinds on the market.

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Crest Pro Health

The better mouth washes will have zinc and cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) to fight the smelly bacteria.

Decay in the teeth can also trigger bad breath and this can easily be prevented by scheduled
periodic checkups with your dentist.

Other causes can be attributed to chronic sinus infections or kidney desease. Doctors in Europe have been able to detect certain cancers from the breath of their patients.

What Color Eggs Will That Chicken Lay?

uova_color_webGenerally if the chicken has whitish earlobes, that chicken will lay white eggs.
If the chicken has reddish earlobes, that chicken will lay brown eggs, as well as blue or green.
The color of the shell is due to pigmentation resulted during the natural process of the egg’s composition while in the tube (oviduct) through which it passes from the ovary.

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What Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Once upon a time, eggs laid deep into the oceans and were transparentuova-trasparenti because they really did not have many predators.
But as time went on the shells became opaque and eggs eventually made it to land where there were no chickens to be found yet!

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