When Nana Chaichanhda first adopted her pit bull, Sasha, she assumed the pup was just like any other dog. Little did she know, her dog would one day become a hero. This past June, Sasha, who was just 8-months-old at the time, was relaxing outside the family’s home in Stockton, California.
Suddenly the pit bull noticed that a fire from a neighboring house was quickly engulfing Nana’s apartment complex, where the mother and her 7-month-old baby were going about their day, unaware of the impending danger. In an instant, the dog bolted into the apartment building to alert Chaichanhda that they were in trouble. At this point, Nana had no idea anything was going on. Before the fire destroyed a majority of the four-plex, Sasha was able to save her family.
“June 3, 2018, I was awaken by my pit bull pup Sasha banging and crying at my backyard door. Little did I know, Sasha would become my hero,” wrote Chaichanhda on a GoFundMe page which was she created in order to fundraise after the fire that destroyed her home.
“My neighbors’ home was totally destroyed, and the fire was quickly spreading to my unit,” said Nana. “[Sasha] was trying to warn us of the fire. I got out of bed to see what was going on. At that moment I opened the back door and Sasha ran into our home, straight into our bedroom.”
Once Nana realized what was happening, she immediately thought of her baby. Luckily, Sasha was one step ahead of her.
“I ran into the bedroom, where Sasha was already dragging my 7-month-old baby off the bed by her diaper,” Nana wrote. “Thanks to Sasha we were able to get out safe and call 911.”
Once firefighters showed up, they managed to save most of the building from the blaze. Unfortunately, Chaichanhda had already lost her apartment, which she shares with her cousin, to the fire. Chaichanhda, her baby, and her cousin are now staying with family who lives in one of the apartments that survived the blaze.
It will be a long time before Nana and her family are back on their feet, but for now, she is thankful that her family survived the ordeal and especially grateful to have her heroic pit bull. “I owe her everything. If it wasn’t for her, I would have still been in bed and things could have taken a worse turn,” she said.
Tiny Everyday Mistakes We’ve Been Making Our Whole Lives
There are just some things that we have either grown up learning or heard someplace that we have molded into our daily habits. Unfortunately, there are tons of tiny everyday mistakes that we’ve been making that could be negating any benefits we were hoping of garnering from these actions. So let’s take a look at some of these minor mistakes and faux pas that have become part of our everyday lives.
Make Sure to Wash for 20 Seconds
Washing your hands seems like a simple task. In fact, you have been doing it since you were a little one, but most people are actually doing it all wrong.
Experts say if you really want to get the job done, you need to first wet your hands, then add soap and lather for twenty seconds. Wash your hands thoroughly if you want even more effectiveness, and then try turning the faucet off with your elbow.
Eggs & Dairy in The Fridge Door
This one doesn’t seem to be the fault of the collective, as refrigerator makers have given us a little compartment and door shelves that are perfect for milk and eggs. It seems, however, that they have been steering us all wrong as placing these things in the door could be doing us harm.
Some studies show that the shelves at the top of the fridge are warmer than the lower ones. Because of this temperature difference, any food that is easy to spoil should be on the colder shelves.
Too Much Mouthwash
Too much of a good thing can end up being very bad. That is what experts say about using mouthwash too much. You should only use it sparingly, or you may be washing away bacteria that are intended to help you.
All that good bacteria is there for a reason. Plus, some studies claim that overusing mouthwash can lead to Type 2 diabetes. So keep the mouthwash to once a day and make sure to stay nice and healthy.
Devout denim enthusiasts already know this, but most everyday jeans wearers may not – you shouldn’t wash those jeans after every wear. Washing jeans frequently ruins the color and shape of the denim in question.
It is not just a theory; it has been proven scientifically. Studies show that jeans that are frequently washed can lose up to 4% of the fibers. This is double what those that are only washed every now and then lose.
Order In the Washer
When anyone needs to clean their clothes, it often looks like this: dump laundry in, start the washer, and then add the soap. But this doesn’t quite do the job. The proper way to use your washer is to let the water begin to fill, then put in the soap, let it distribute through the water, and then add your clothes.
This ensures that soap touches all the clothes evenly. You should also wipe down the washer to get rid of excess bacteria.
Storing Wine Glasses Upside Down
Several kitchens have this all wrong. Many people like to store their glasses upside down to prevent dust from getting into the interior of the glass. This may do the trick, but it is also putting a lot of pressure on the rim of that glass, which is often the most fragile part.
Especially for a wine glass, you should store it stems down to prevent moisture collection and pressure cracks from forming.
Plungers Are Not For the Sink
There is more than one type of plunger, who knew? In fact, this may be why some have tried to use their toilet plunger to unclog their kitchen sink. Unless you are using a cup plunger, which is the one with the wider brim.
This will allow better contact with the bottom of the sink. In turn, you shouldn’t use this type of plunger for your toilet, instead try a flange plunger.
Let Them Sleep
Many parents try to keep the baby awake during the day for them to sleep at night. This, according to experts, is not the right way to do this.
Parents will have problems getting an overtired baby to go to sleep, just as much as one that has rested too much during the day. The trick is to find a schedule that works for the individual child and stick to it.
Loading the Dishwasher Willie Nillie
A place for everything and everything in its place. This is something many of us have heard, but when it comes to organizing your dishwasher, this saying is something to live by. There are parts of your dishwasher that work better on certain foods than others.
One study shows that dishes dirtied with protein-rich cuisine should be placed on the outer rim of the unit. If you are dealing with a carb-heavy meal, try placing them in the center. So we all have been doing it wrong the entire time, no wonder the dishwasher needs a little help from us.
There is a Reason For the Design
Bobby pins are notorious for not staying put, and that is because we all have been using it the wrong way. When you look at the design of the pin, one side is flat, and the other is wavy.
That wavy section should be inserted facing your scalp. The waves grab onto the hair and keep the pin in place. Now we know, and we can keep our do’s intact.
Switching Your Ceiling Fan
Most of us turn on the fan when it starts getting hot, but they can be used in the cooler months as well. It all has to do with the way you run it. During the summer months, a fan should be run counter-clockwise.
This will push the air down, helping cool your space. What most people don’t do is switch the flow when it gets cooler. This will have the opposite effect pushing the warm air downward.
Forgetting Those Tabs
Frustration often sets in as many try to pull a sheet of aluminum foil from the box. The rolls fall out of the box, and half the roll is gone. Then after trying to roll it up again, it all starts over.
The trick to stopping this is actually built into the box, and we have all overlooked it the whole time. At the sides of the box, there are little tabs that say press in. These are intended to keep the roll in place while in use.
Building Muscle with Resistance Bands
A resistance band is all the rage. All you have to do is scroll through Instagram to see this, but most experts think they are the way to that cute butt.
Most trainers actually say that they are great for warm-ups, but they need to be combined with traditional weight training. They are great for toning the muscle, but the building needs a consistent, fairly heavy weight lifting regimen.
Removing Your Shirt
You’d think that it’s simple to just grab your shirt and take it off. What can possibly be wrong with that? Well, it seems like you can speed up the process with this simple action.
Instead of grabbing the bottom part and pulling it over your head, try grabbing your sleeve from your armpits, pull your hand out, and then pull the shirt right over your head. There you go – we even undress the wrong way, who would have guessed that?
Nix Those Wooden Chopping Boards
Making a kitchen look good often means including a nice wooden cutting board. However, it is time to throw those out unless they are used for decoration. It happens that these kitchen tools are hard to keep free of bacteria.
Plus, they can’t be put in the dishwasher most of the time. Over time and by cutting certain foods up, bacteria and pathogens can seep into the grain of the board. So perhaps it’s time to switch over to plastic boards for our safety.
Napkin in the Lap First
The food comes to the table, and everyone begins picking up their napkin. Normal right? Well, yes, but in truth, this is a major mistake. The real way this should go down is the moment we all sit at the table, the napkin goes into our lap.
This is proper etiquette and respectful of the chef and your dinner companions. This may not seem right, but according to all the etiquette experts across the globe, it is the proper sequence of events.
Blender in Dishwasher
Many blender boxes say that they are dishwasher safe, and so many of us are perfectly fine using it, rinsing and then shoving it with the rest of the dirty dishes.
But even though it is safe to do so, this may not be getting the blender as clean as you think. Instead, try filling it with warm water and dish soap and then running it through the blender for a few seconds.
Holding a Wine Glass Wrong
Holding the wine glass by the cup may look right, but it is not. The warmth transferred through the glass from your hand can actually heat the wine and change the flavor.
You should hold the glass by the stem pinched between your thumb and index finger. This will help balance the glass making it easy to swirl to aerate the wine and negate any transfer of heat to that tasty beverage.
You are Brushing Your Hair Wrong
Many people get out of the shower and begin brushing their hair, starting with the bottom. We do this because it tends to have the most tangles. This is not good for their hair, though, for many different reasons.
The first is that it does not distribute the natural oils that are produced in your scalp. This damages the overall health of the hair. It also can cause breakage, which leads to split ends.
Drink Too Much Last Night?
After a night of drinking and partying, a lot of us reach into the medicine cabinet and grab some Tylenol. Though this works to some extent, the better idea is to hydrate.
The symptoms of the hangover are associated with dehydration, so after a long night, we should all put down the Tylenol and reach for some water. Or if the night was one that went down in history, another great choice is Pedialyte.
That is Not a Storage Area
How many of us actually know what the drawer at the bottom of the oven is for? Most people use it as an extra storage space for more kitchen supplies. This is the warming drawer where you can keep the ready prepared food warm.
Press the warm button and set the covered dish in the drawer and get those small chores done before grubbing down on some perfectly heated leftovers.
Buckets of Ice
This may not be something that comes up daily, but it is something we have all gotten wrong for years. When a nice chilled bottle of wine or beverage is needed, we pile in the ice and nestle the beverage into the ice.
If the drinks need to be cooled fast, try a salt and ice water bucket instead. Or stick the beverage in the freezer for a little time; just remember it is in there, otherwise there may be a mess to clean up.
Choose Your Fabrics First
Starting with painting a room is counter-intuitive, as this means it will limit the fabrics and accessories that you decorate it with. But many interior designers say this is backward and that it is better to have an idea for what you envision the room to look like.
Doing this will allow the individual to choose the perfect shade to paint the walls, and the room will come together easier.
You Can’t Compost That
Another great way to protect the earth is to compost. But just like with the recycling bin, we are all putting the wrong things into composting bins. You shouldn’t be putting citrus peels, onions, bread, or walnuts in that pile.
Many of these foods have compounds or qualities that will lessen the efficiency of the compost. Plus, some of them are really attractive to those vermin you don’t want rummaging through your garbage.
Not Customizing Your Wi-Fi Settings
When households sign up for the internet, most of the time they are given a wireless router. Unless we have a tech person in the family, most of us just hook it up and go about our business.
But keeping the default settings on this router leaves the personal information of everyone using that Wi-Fi open to hackers and viruses. The best idea is to reset the password, as well as making sure that all updates are installed.
You are Using the Wrong Fork
Proper dining etiquette is no longer taught in regular schools, so most of us sit down and grab the closest fork and start eating. If we had all taken Ms. Manner’s class, we might have learned that this is a big no-no.
When eating at a restaurant or fancy occasion, start at the outside and work towards the plate with each course.
Who Needs Sunscreen?
Covering up during the heat of the summer seems like the right plan, and many of us have been told that wearing a white shirt can help protect your skin from sunburn.
This piece of clothing actually offers almost no protection at all. So instead of using this as protection, investing in sunscreen is a better way to protect your skin.
It’s Not Only About The Hat
How many times have we all been told that most of the human body’s heat escapes through the head? So we all stock up on cute hats during the winter months. But according to some medical reports, that little fact that we have all been using as an excuse for our hat addictions is not entirely accurate.
Less than 10% of a person’s heat leaves through their head, and although that is a decent percentage, it doesn’t make up the entirety of the heat that leaves our bodies. So perhaps during those winter months, we all need to stock up on gloves and coats as well.
Your Sleeping Position
Everyone has their favorite way to sleep. Some sleep on the side, others on their back, but stomach sleepers may have a problem. Chiropractors say that this is the least favorable way to sleep as it causes undue twisting of the spine.
Plus, most that sleep like this keep one leg bent up toward their body, which puts a kink in the flow of blood as well as nerve signals. This can cause respiratory issues. It is much better to start transitioning onto sleeping on your side by using wedge pillows and other accessories.
This Doesn’t Taste Right
No one wants a melted piece of chocolate, so in the heat of the summer, a lot of people put the chocolate in the fridge. This is a big mistake for several reasons. The cold temperature can affect the flavor of the chocolate itself.
Placing chocolate in the fridge can also cause sugar bloom, which will affect the texture of the chocolate. Lastly, the chocolate can also absorb food odors from the fridge. Instead of the fridge, find a cool, dark place and store the chocolate there.
When you buy a loaf of bread, you will most likely need it cut into slices. Most people just put the loaf on a cutting board, grab it, and start slicing. Most chances, the knife is perfectly sharp, just like it was the last million times you tried cutting your bread like that, too, even though you ended up ripping it or flattening it to the table.
Next time, try turning your loaf flat side up. You will most likely be surprised at how easy it is to slice it now, and there will be no crumbles!
Everyone loves these cream-filled cookies, and most people love eating them with milk. Dip it in a tall glass and munch on those cookies like there’s no tomorrow! You are so happy about it that you don’t even care that your fingers barely fit in the milk glass, but you normally end up dirtier than a 2-year-old at breakfast.
Next time, just use a fork or chopsticks. Stick it through the middle of the cookie, into the cream, and dip it that way.
Waiting In Line
You probably don’t like long lines and standing there for what seems like ages. This is especially true when it gets crowded and you can almost feel the person behind you breathing on the back of your neck. It seems like the Caribbean way is easier.
Just put your shoes in line instead, and go sit down and relax while waiting. Yes, you should have a nice pedicure if you do this, as you’ll be flashing your bare feet for a while, but it surely seems more comfortable than the traditional way!
Removing Old Fabric
You know how we have all been haunted by tiny dangling threads at least once in our lives? They’re everywhere. They are on our clothes or on our favorite couch. Instead of trying to pluck each of them with your bare hands, try grabbing a razor.
Just shave those pesky little threads off. Don’t apply too much pressure, though. You don’t want to cut the material. You should also avoid doing this with any extra delicate fabrics for the same reason.
Drinking From a Can
Have you ever noticed how, no matter what you do, your straw just won’t sit still in that soda can? You end up hunting for the straw, or it just pops right out, splashing soda all over your table or lap.
Next time, after you pop your can open, rotate the tab over the open hole, and put your straw through that little hole. That’s actually a straw holder! It’s sad how many of us have never actually used it for that purpose!
Wearing Your Earbuds
You probably have your own earbuds and love listening to music, but you have to sit as still as you can so they won’t slip out when you start dancing. You can now start spinning while listening to your favorite playlist by using them as they were intended.
Wrap your earbuds above your ear and then put them in your ear. That will help them stay in one place, so you can dance all you want!
Scribbling Out Typos
If you somehow managed to write down something so wrong that it would embarrass you to death, you have probably tried scribbling it out. After a few attempts, it still shows, doesn’t it? It may be a bit harder to read, but it is still legible.
In the future, just try writing other letters on top of your typo. It will make it impossible to read, and tragedy will be avoided!
You don’t necessarily have to trip over an extension cord to rip it out. They sometimes just unplug for no good reason. Knots tend to keep everything in a good place, so why not use this trick for your extension cord as well?
Next time, try tying your cords in a knot, and then plug them together. This way, they will remain as still as possible without any more unpleasantries.
Cooling a Beverage
You most likely just grab your bottle and throw it in the refrigerator if you’re not in a big hurry, or maybe in the freezer if you want to drink it soon.
However, if you wrap a wet paper towel around your bottle and then throw it in the freezer, you will have a cold drink in just a few minutes. Summer is right around the corner, so this is definitely a trick to remember!
Stop Chewing So Much Gum
How often do people pop a stick of gum in their mouth, trying to get rid of bad breath? Quite a lot of this could be causing more problems than it is fixing. Most of the gums are chock full of sugar, which can feed the bacteria in the mouth.
This can further cause more bad breath, so instead, if bad breath is a problem, it is better to ramp up the oral hygiene. If gum is a necessity, then try to find ones that use xylitol or even a vegan gum.
Cooling Food Before Refrigerating
Growing up, many of us were told to let leftovers cool before putting it in the fridge, especially anything made with tomatoes, but this is not a good idea.
The USDA says that food left out gets in an unsafe temperature zone. It is also better to break the food into smaller portions so they cool off faster and then get them in that fridge as soon as you can.
Eating & Brushing
Many people brush their teeth twice a day, but there are a few that feel the need to scrub their pearly whites in between meals. This may be a calculated mistake, according to some professionals.
Some studies show that brushing after a meal can harm the layer below your enamel, and this could lead to future dental issues. So brushing twice a day is enough.
Soft Serve Ice Cream
Ice cream can be a pain to get out of the carton, and one of the popular ways to soften it is by the microwaving it, thereby making it easier to scoop out. But there is a better way!
Instead of plopping the carton into the microwave, try moving the ice cream into a sealed freezer bag. This will keep the ice cream safe from freezer burn and prevent it from solidifying into a frozen rock.
Putting Avocados in the Fridge
Everyone loves avocados. They are good for breakfast; they are good on a sandwich, and they are outstanding in a nice taco. This fruit has so many uses; it may just be the generational food of millennials. We buy so many that we want to keep them fresh, so we put them in the fridge with the rest of the produce. This is a terrible idea.
This fruit produces the same chemical as bananas to ripen. So if the avocados are freshly picked, they should be left out in a warmer room (about 68 degrees Fahrenheit) to continue the ripening process.
That Doesn’t Go In There
Recycling is important, and doing it right is even more important. Too bad most of us are doing it wrong. At least we are trying, but the EPA has released information that we regularly are throwing items into the recycling bins that are not recyclable.
Things like greasy pizza boxes and colored paper are some of these and are not able to be recycled. For the most part, we could all be better at recycling; let’s just make it the right thing.
Wait Thirty Minutes
Like with all morning rituals, brushing our teeth is a whole process. You brush your teeth and then spit out the toothpaste. After that, typically comes the rinsing and gargling.
But this system does not allow for the toothpaste to do its job. Once brushing is done, you should wait thirty minutes to rinse and gargle with water. Using a timer could help make sure that this time constraint is upheld.
Stretching Doesn’t Prevent Injury
Remember your gym teacher telling you to stretch out before you hit the field? Part of the reason was to help prevent injuries. Unfortunately, science has a different thought on this concept.
Over several studies, the data has shown no decrease in the occurrence of injuries between those that stretch and those that don’t. It doesn’t hurt though, so maybe keeping with some stretches to remain limber might be a good idea.
Not As Good For the Abs as We Thought
Sometimes a theory is passed around enough that the collective consciousness begins to believe it is true. For years in physical education classes and gyms the world over, the go-to exercise to tone your abs was sit-ups.
But after a lot of research and changes in the understanding of the human body, many trainers know there are better options to get your abs on point.
Shower Too Often
Sticking to once a day when it comes to showering is the right tactic apparently. Many people love a shower in the morning to get the day started and a shower in the evening to wash the grime away, but that could be doing some damage.
Showering too much can remove the good bacteria you need to stay healthy. It can also cause your skin to dry out or experience other skin issues. So if you like to take hot showers, keep them short to avoid drying out your skin too much.
More Sunscreen Please
Getting sun is important to a human’s health, but with the sun’s rays also comes some danger. That is where sunscreen comes into play, and it appears that we all have been using too little for it to be really effective. Scientists and dermatologists have come out to say that most people use too thin of a layer.
The populace also doesn’t put it on at the right time, either. These experts say that we should all apply a shot glass full of sunscreen over our bodies. And it should be done about 15 minutes before heading out into that beautiful sunny day.