About one in four Americans will buy flowers for someone special this Valentine’s Day. Most people who receive these flowers want to make them last as long as possible. I have found a few tips to keep your flowers looking fresh.
- Don’t put them in direct sunlight.
- Cut the stems and change the water every 2-3 days.
- Use Sprite instead of plant food.
- Don’t place them next to fruit.
- Buy refrigerated flowers instead of room temperature flowers.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Aqua Sun Ozone
California has gotten a lot of rain this winter. Does that mean the drought is over? Not exactly.
California has been in a drought for a few years now. That means both reservoirs and groundwater have been depleted. Even though some areas in California have seen up to four times more rain than normal, it has not been enough to replenish the reservoirs and groundwater. However, things are looking up; at this time last year all of California was in a drought compared to today where 35.56% of California is drought free. California will need a few more seasons of rainy weather to be completely drought free. Living in California it is always best to conserve water when possible, so maybe the next dry spell won’t be so detrimental.
Is what you know about chlorine truth or myth? Find out below where we find out the truth to some of the most common chlorine myths.
- Myth: Too much chlorine causes an odor & means the spa is REALLY clean.
- This is a very common misconception. If you enter a spa or swimming pool and notice a strong chlorine odor, it’s not chlorine, but chloramines that are causing the smell. Chloramines form when chlorine comes into contact with organic & inorganic matter such as sweat, urine, body oils, cosmetics, sunscreens, etc. The odor, in fact, means that more chlorine is needed to ensure proper water chemistry & keep swimmers safe.
- Myth: Chlorine causes red and itchy eyes.
- Again, it’s common to believe that red and itchy eyes mean there is too much chlorine. Not true: red and itchy eyes points to chloramines and occurs when there isn’t enough free chlorine, or other sanitizer, in the water.
- Myth: In municipal water treatment plants, it is common to use chlorine to sanitize drinking water, so it’s ok to drink pool or spa water treated with chlorine.
- While it’s true that chlorine is a good go-to sanitizer for drinking water and recreational water, it doesn’t mean the pool or spa water is safe for consumption. The water from your tap arrives with minimal exposure to the elements; in a pool or spa, there is maximum exposure to the elements, including wild animals. Also, not all germs wipe-out instantly with exposure to chlorine. For example, Cryptosporidium can last up to 10 days in a properly treated pool. Never swallow any recreational water at any time.
- Myth: Salt generators do not add chlorine to the spa.
- Salt generators seem to be another widespread misunderstanding among the populace. Understandable since the sellers of these machines tend to fail when educating the consumer. In the simplest of terms, a salt generator (or salt chlorinator) converts salt into hydrogen gas and hypochlorous acid. The hydrogen gas expels from the water in the form of small bubbles. The Hypochlorous acid sanitizes the water and reverts into salt, repeating the process.
- Myth: Chlorine kills everything in the spa, so a shower isn’t needed before entering.
- While it’s true that chlorine will sanitize the sweat, urine, sunscreen & cosmetics that are on the skin, it is not safe to rely upon chlorine in this way. If a person enters the water without showering, the free chlorine could be used up sanitizing the body, rather than keeping swimmers safe from germs.
- Myth: Once the sunscreen is on, it’s time to be in the water.
- Sunscreen is an important part of recreational water safety. After all, no one wants to spend a fun day swimming to have it ruined by a painful sunburn. The important thing here is to read the label: sunscreen should be applied least 15 minutes before getting wet. In addition, always shower before entering a pool or spa to rinse off any lotion that hasn’t absorbed. This practice will keep you, and others, safer by allowing the chlorine to handle germs, and not what’s on your body.
- Myth: Chlorine turns hair green.
- Despite popular belief, chlorine does not turn hair green. Green hair happens when chlorine oxidizes naturally occurring hard metals in the water and is then soaked up by hair. Going back to showering, the best way to prevent green hair is to saturate it fully with clean (if possible filtered) water before entering a pool or spa.
Here at Aqua Sun Ozone we do our best to protect the environment. We are always looking for natural alternatives for the things we do in our everyday life. Recently we found some great DIY natural cleaners for your home and we wanted to share them with you. Below you will find the different cleaners and how to make them:
- Heavy Duty Kitchen Scrub: Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl. Apply the kitchen scrub to surfaces utilizing the gritty side of a two-sided kitchen sponge. Scrub until clean and wipe the area with a wet cloth.
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of natural dish soap
- 5 drops of clove essential oil
- 3 drops of filtered water
- Glass Cleaner: Pour all of the ingredients into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Shake the bottle to combine ingredients. Spray the mixture on a microfiber cloth and apply to the glass until spot-free and smooth.
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mold and Mildew Remover: Add the water and tea tree oil into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Shake the bottle to combine ingredients. Spray any moldy areas with a heavy dose of the mixture and allow it to sit for one day. After 24 hours pour the baking soda into a small bowl. Spritz the baking soda with the mixture in the bottle until a glue-like paste forms. Apply the paste to the moldy area using a toothbrush. Scrub the moldy area then rinse thoroughly.
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 2 teaspoons of tea-tree oil
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- Shower Cleaner: Mix both ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Pour the mixture into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto the shower surfaces and allow it to stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Wipe the shower clean with a microfiber cloth.
- 1 cup of filtered water
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
- All-Purpose Disinfectant: Pour all of the ingredients into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Shake the bottle to combine ingredients. Spray surfaces with the mixture then allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Wipe surfaces clean with a microfiber cloth.
- 1-1/2 cups of filtered water
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1/2 cup of vodka
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
Don’t forget ozone can also be used in your kitchen to sanitize anything from your cutting board to your countertop.
Source: Pelican Water
Today is National Coffee Day! For most people every day is coffee day; however, this day is used to celebrate coffee. Many companies use this day to offer free or discounted coffee to their customers. Krispy Kreme is even offering a free doughnut along with a free coffee. Aside from the boost of energy we all look forward to every morning, coffee also has some great health benefits. Some of the benefits of coffee are:
- May lower your risk of type 2 diabetes
- May protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- May lower your risk of Parkinson’s disease
- It has protective effects on the liver
- Lowers your risk of certain cancers
- Lowers your risk of stroke
The best benefit of all is coffee makes you happy! Happy National Coffee Day!
A hot tub is a great place to relax and unwind from a busy day. What you may not realize is it is also a great place to exercise. When exercising in water the resistance challenges your body, increasing muscle tone as well as your heart rate for a good cardiovascular workout. Here are some exercises you can do in your hot tub:
- To raise your heart rate for cardiovascular benefits aim to walk for 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to walk in different directions (forward, backward, diagonal, etc.) to target different muscles.
- Strengthen your hips in the hot tub by slowly moving your left leg out to the side, pushing against the water on the way out and in to tone the inner and outer abductor and adductor muscles. Then, bend your knee up toward your chest and follow with bringing your leg behind your body. Perform each of these exercises 10 times and be sure to rest before performing a second set.
- A good exercise to keep your heart rate up is jumping or hopping. Jump forward and backward in chest deep water for 30 seconds then rest, repeat 2 more times.
- To tone the triceps and biceps, use float dumbbell weights for curls. Start with your arms by your sides and bend at the elbow to bring the weights to your shoulders. Push back down against the water to return to starting position. Repeat 10-15 times for a total of 3 sets.
- To tone the shoulders lift your arms straight out to the sides at shoulder height. Push the weights down against the water to bring the weights to your sides. Return to starting position. Repeat 10 times for a total of 3 sets.
As always, be sure to consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen. We hope you find these exercises useful.
California, along with much of the west coast, is still in a drought. Many of the water restrictions are lifted; however, that doesn’t mean we are in the clear. It is important that we continue to cut back on water usage whenever possible. Below are some tips to help you use less water in your home.
- When doing dishes, scrape the food off into the garbage instead of pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
- If you’re waiting for water to warm up before using it, try to make use of the extra water that’s warming up by filling your pet’s water bowl, filling the ice trays, filling water bottles, or watering plants.
- If you have any leaks around your house, make sure you fix them as soon as possible. The dripping water can add up fast.
- Wait to do laundry until you have a full load.
- Remember to turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
- Try to take shorter showers.
- Hold off on washing your car.
- Scale back on watering your lawn.
Chlorine works great for many people; however, there are some that are allergic, get skin irritation, burning eyes, and some that simply don’t like the smell. Luckily there are other options that will completely eliminate or greatly reduce your chlorine use. These alternatives are:
- Bromine: This is very similar to chlorine. It works great for those who are allergic to chlorine and those who are in warm climates. It is not great at oxidizing so it is usually paired with chlorine.
- PHMB (polyhexamethylene biguanide): Great if you want to eliminate chlorine completely. This will not oxidize your water so you will need to use hydrogen peroxide and a separate algaecide as well in order to make sure you water remains clear.
- Ozone: There are two types of ozonators ultraviolet light and corona discharge. In the UV light system, special lamps are installed on the water return lines that kill all the impurities in the water before returning to the pool. Corona discharge uses an electrical arc to create ozone inside the generator to kill the pathogens inside the filtration system itself. These systems work best when paired with small amounts of chlorine.
- Natural mineral sanitizers: These sanitizers are devices that provide a steady stream of metallic ions to the water in your pool. These ions then react with algae and bacteria in the water stopping them in their tracks. These sanitizers won’t completely eliminate your chlorine use but it will definitely reduce it.
If you are interested in trying ozone you can view our ozonators here.
With another heat wave right around the corner, I thought I would share some tips to keep your house cool while keeping costs low.
- Be sure to place your furniture in a spot that won’t restrict airflow. For example, you don’t want the cool air blowing into the back of your couch.
- Use a fan to keep the air moving. A room that is a couple of degrees warmer but has circulating air will be more comfortable than a room that doesn’t have circulating air.
- Use a programmable thermostat so when you aren’t home the air conditioner will run at a warmer temperature and it won’t have to work as hard during the hottest time of the day. Set it at a cooler temperature when you're home so you can enjoy the cool air.
- Find simple solutions to heat proof your house such as drawing the shades when the sun starts coming in or apply a heat-reflecting film to cut down the heat that passes through windows.
- Make sure your air conditioner is working properly, is the right size for your home, and, if necessary, replace it with a newer model that uses less energy.
Stay cool this summer!