My 80's jeans live on!


Is there something that you have saved from your childhood? I have quite a few things, actually. But among those items that I've saved is what was my favorite pair of jeans as a teenager.

I've had the pair of Lee jeans saved now for 33 years. I've lugged them from Michigan to Las Vegas to Florida. I have no idea why I kept them so long, but I never felt I could part with them. I didn't know what, if anything, would ever come of them. A few years ago, my daughter saw the jeans in my closet and asked to try them on. They were too big on her and back on the shelf they went. Until yesterday.

My daughter asked me if she could try those old jeans on again. She's will be 16 in a few months, so she's around the same age I was when I wore them. Well, they fit her! 

She is someone who loves 80's stuff. She listens to all 80's music, loves 80's movies, and just thinks it was a cool period to grow up in (darn right it was!). I gave her the jeans and told her that when she didn't want them anymore, she could give them back to me, or save them for her own child someday (which she thought was a cool idea). She's excited to have the jeans, calling them "vintage 80's." I even showed her how we used to peg the pant legs back then.

I recalled that I had a picture of me in the jeans and decided to dig it out last night. I have two bins of pictures, that literally contained thousands of pictures from throughout my life. I opened the first bin and the picture was sitting right on top. I was shocked to see that it was the top picture in the bin. Some things are just meant to be...

Pictured above is me on the left at age 16 and my daughter on the right. Other than the jeans fading over the years, they have held up well, and they live on! I feel vindicated for having saved them all these years.

- Jacqueline Bodnar

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Handwashing: Does the water temperature matter?


Handwashing: Does the water temperature matter?

Many people believe that you need warm or hot water when washing hands, so that you remove more germs. Recently, there have even been some doctors in interviews who have suggested that people should use warmer or hot water when washing their hands to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and other germs. But does the water temperature make a difference when it comes to fighting germs? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it does not.

According to the CDC, it doesn't matter if you wash your hands in cold or warm water.  They report that warmer water is no more effective at removing microbes than cold water is when washing your hands. In fact, their recommendation advocates for cooler water, because they say that warmer water can irritate the skin, and it's more environmentally friendly. The warmer water can strip away your skin's natural oils more, causing irritation and dry skin. 

Not only is there no added benefit to using warmer or hot water to wash your hands, but they also report that there is no benefit to using antimicrobial soap compared to plain soap. Both of these issues, water temperature and antibacterial soap, were backed up by a 2017 study that was published in the Journal of Food Protection, where scientists compared the results of handwashing with antibacterial soap and plain soap. They concluded that antibacterial soap was not more effective than plain soap, and water temperature did not have a significant effect on the reduction of bacteria during hand washing.

What does matter when it comes to handwashing is the time spent washing them. Research shows there is a significant impact when it comes to the length of time you spend washing your hands. The reduction in amount of germs present on the hands comes with washing them for at least 20 seconds. 

There you have it, Volusia County Moms! Children may shy away from handwashing if they are taught they need to use warmer or hot water. The temperature of the water makes no difference, but the time spent lathering the hands does. Get them focused on the right thing so they develop good handwashing  habits that help to protect their health, and the health of those around them. 

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- Jacqueline Bodnar

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