Bottle Is Filthy
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My water bottle is easily my favorite accessory. It’s a one-quart Nalgene I got during college orientation, now covered in stickers for bands, board games, political rallies, and coffee shops collected over the years. We go everywhere together. I bring it to work, keep it on my bedside table while I sleep, take it on long bike rides, embarrassingly knock it over during yoga class—it’s like a security blanket for my dehydrated little body.
While I love my water bottle, I must admit that I didn’t always treat it as well as I should have. Unlike wine glasses, coffee mugs, and most other things I drink from—which I clean after every use—I would usually just rinse out my water bottle in the morning and call it a day. That is (and sorry for the gross imagery), until I noticed black mold growing on the threads of the twist-off cap, dripping spores into the water I’d been drinking.
It was sickening. My water bottle was supposed to be my ticket to clearer skin and fewer headaches, not a breeding ground for toxic fungi. I thought about throwing the Nalgene out, but replacing it with a new bottle felt wasteful, and I couldn’t help but think about how I’d be throwing away all of my good karma from keeping single-use plastic water bottles out of the trash. So, instead of giving up and drinking more mold, I devised a routine for keeping the naturally moist environment of my canteen spotless and sanitary. So, if you’ve ever wondered how to clean a water bottle, let me share what’s been working for me.
For a weekly clean, you need a bottle brush
The hardest thing about deep cleaning a water bottle is getting past the spout, particularly if you don’t have one with a wide mouth like a Hydro Flask or Yeti Rambler. Unless you have extra small hands and wrists, getting in there with a normal sponge is simply impossible. Luckily, when I discovered the gunk that started me on this journey, I already had a bottle brush, which makes reaching the bottom of the bottle a breeze.
A bottle brush looks a lot like a toilet brush, though we don’t recommend using the same tool for both tasks. They come in many shapes and sizes: Some are made of silicon for maximum durability, others with spongy heads that get extra sudsy. My favorite kind is a classic bristle brush like this one from Oxo, which I also use to clean my Chemex coffee maker and the gear I use to brew cider and beer—a task where sanitation is of the utmost importance.
The bristles are abrasive, knocking loose any physical buildup while delivering dish soap into the hardest-to-reach nooks of my Nalgene. With the bottle itself clean, I simply scrub the cap with a soapy sponge, rinse thoroughly with hot water, and let it all air dry. (If your lid has a built-in straw, it’s probably a good idea to pick up a straw brush as well.) When I’m done, I simply toss the cleaning brush in the dishwasher so it’s nice and sterile for my next water bottle cleaning session.
For an monthly refresher, fizzy tablets
Brushing with soapy water is the cleaning method that works for me, but there are additional steps you can take to keep your bottle sparkling. To combat mineral build-up and off smells, I picked up a box of these fizzy cleaning tablets. To use them, simply fill your bottle with water, plop in a tablet, let it sit for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight, rinse it out, and you’re good to go.
While there’s no replacement for a tough scrub to take out tougher grime and debris, these tablets do a great job of getting rid of unpleasant lingering smells—especially if you give them a couple hours to work their magic. They’re an especially good choice for CamelBak backpacks, whose long, winding straws, mouthpiece, and tight crevices are notoriously difficult to clean. They’re also great for Hydro Flasks since it’s harder to spot mildew in a stainless steel water bottle than through transparent plastic.
The biggest thing these tablets have going for them is ease of use. Not only do they leave things tasting fresh, but a cursory glance at the ingredients list will reveal plenty of heavy hitting neutral cleaning products like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (a combo that we recommend to clean your crustiest baking sheets too). They’re also chlorine-free, which means no lingering swimming pool taste. Pick up a box and use once per month for clean water bottles without the elbow grease.
Is there a DIY option?
While those tablets are convenient, you can also combine the baking soda you have in your pantry with food-grade hydrogen peroxide if you’d rather DIY it. This duo is so good at cleaning that I use it for everything from pots and pans to my teeth, with shiny, sparkling results all around. For a 1-liter water bottle, add a tablespoon of each, fill with water, leave overnight, and rinse.
4 Important Tips for Having a Vacation Abroad
Are you planning to go abroad but still don’t know what to prepare? People dream of going abroad, especially to countries like America and Europe. If this is your first time going abroad, you should check the following tips!
Prepare All Important Documents
The first thing you need to do is prepare important documents. For example, passports, ID cards, visas, and international driving licenses if you are going to drive abroad. Make sure you know whether the country you are going to visit is visa-free or not. For Southeast Asian countries, the Maldives and Turkey are visa-free, so you only have to have a passport. But a visa is still needed if you want to go to South Korea, Europe, or America. Make sure to scan your document and save it in the cloud like Google Drive or iCloud. Oh, yes, remember to check your vaccination status. Because every country needs your health information.
Itinerary is important for those who want to travel abroad. The reason is holidays abroad cost a lot of money, so when you can, take advantage of it with a well-planned schedule. Research in detail the tourist destinations you want to visit. For example, what is unique in it, ticket prices, transportation to get there, to the distance from the inn you’re staying. Remember to include places to eat that you want to try. Make sure the place to eat is according to your preferences, such as halal or free of certain food allergies.
Book Tickets in Advance
When you know how long you will be on vacation with the itinerary that has been prepared, it’s time to book plane tickets and lodging. Find cheap tickets by:
- Using promos and discounts on travel agent applications.
- Comparing which price is lower and what kind of facilities you will get.
- Choosing accommodation that fits your budget but is still comfortable.
Oh yes, also remember to check how the pandemic situation is in the country you are going to visit. Do you have to quarantine or not? Because it will affect your itinerary and accommodation. Due to the pandemic conditions that have not fully recovered, check whether there is still Indonesia quarantine after returning from vacation.
Exchange Money and Check Your ATM Cards
Exchange your currency into the destination country’s currency, for example, yen, euros, dollars, won, and others. But remember, don’t carry too much cash because it’s also prone to theft, besides being wasteful. For the rest, you can do cashless transactions. Check your bank’s ATM card to see if it has Visa, MasterCard, or Cirrus logos. This row of stamps indicates that your bank is working with banks abroad. Or you can also use a credit card to make your transaction easier.
Down 43%, Is This Tech Stock Worth Buying Right Now?
Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS) announced its fiscal 2022 fourth-quarter results (for the three months ended September 30) on November 3, and the supplier Apple’s stock price has risen 11% since then.
Skyworks beat expectations and showed solid growth at a time when smartphone sales were declining, but forecasts show the chipmaker is about to hit a bump. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the latest results from the chipmaker. Let’s take a closer look at whether the stock can sustain new momentum after losing 43% of its value in 2022.
Skyworks solutions deliver reliable results for non-mobile businesses
Skyworks’ fourth-quarter revenue increased 7% year-over-year to a record $1.4 billion. The company also reported non-GAAP (adjusted) earnings of $3.02 per share, up 15% year-over-year. Skyworks easily justified analyst estimates of $2.91 per share. For the year, the company’s revenue increased 7% to $5.5 billion and earnings rose similarly to $11.24 per share.
The strong growth of chipmakers in the fourth quarter was the result of successful diversification into new markets such as Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive, as well as relationships with major smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Yes, it helped make up for it. Weakness in the smartphone market. space. However, it was the non-mobile business that put a lot of effort into Skyworks last quarter.
As CFO Chris Sennesael noted in the report, the company generated $500 million in revenue from broad market segments (counting chip sales for non-mobile applications like IoT), up 30% from the previous year. Last earnings conference call. Broad market companies contributed 36% of Skyworks’ revenue last quarter, up from 29% in the same period last year.
It’s also worth noting that Skyworks earned $2 billion in revenue from this segment for the entire fiscal year. That’s almost 43% more than the $1.4 billion in revenue last fiscal year. The good news is that the company’s business in a wide range of markets can maintain its momentum. This is because, as Skyworks showed in its earnings report, it is attracting new customers in high-growth niches like IoT.
“In IoT, we continue to win new customers and expand our content. We have partnered with Vodafone to launch the UK’s first WiFi 6E platform. We have launched a solution for Fi 6 hotspots.”
Skyworks also enables the deployment of O-RAN (Open Radio Access Network) and delivers record quarterly results in the high-growth automotive business niche. For example, the O-RAN market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 42% until 2030. Meanwhile, according to Mordor Intelligence, the demand for connected cars will grow by 19% per year until 2027.
These catalysts explain why Skyworks expects its broad commercial segment of the market “to be a major driver in FY23 and beyond.”
The mobile business was not in its best last quarter
Skyworks’ mobile business generated approximately $907 million in revenue last quarter (this is total revenue minus $500 million from the broader market business). By comparison, 71% of Skyworks’ $1.31 billion in revenue last year came from its mobile business, worth nearly $931 million.
Thus, the company’s mobile business, which generates most of its revenue, declined year-over-year in the most recent quarter. This is not surprising given that smartphone sales have been declining for the past five quarters. Skyworks considers Apple its biggest client, with the smartphone giant generating 58% of its revenue last year.
Last quarter, Apple shipped 48.5 million smartphones, 6.4% more than last year. However, the overall smartphone market was down 9% year-over-year. And now things could get even worse for Skyworks.
All of this explains why Skyworks management is targeting a sharp drop in sales and profits. The chipmaker expects revenue of $1.3 billion to $1.35 billion and adjusted earnings of $2.59 per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. These numbers show double-digit declines in both revenue and earnings compared to the last year.
Tech Shares May Weigh On Taiwan Stock Market
(RTTNews) – The Taiwanese stock market fell nearly 230 points (1.7%) on Tuesday after falling for two days. The Taiwan Stock Exchange is currently just above the 14,700 plateau, but selling pressure is likely to resume on Wednesday.
The global outlook for Asian markets is mixed, with little change ahead of major economic events that could affect the interest rate outlook. European and US markets were mixed and flat, followed by Asian equities.
The Tokyo Stock Exchange closed sharply higher on Tuesday after gains in financial, technology and cement stocks.
The index closed at 14,709.64, up 152.77 points (1.05%) after trading between 14,449.05 and 14,716.58.
Among assets, Cathay Financial was up 3.45%, Mega Financial was up 1.78%, CTBC Financial was up 2.93%, Fubon Financial was up 2.94%, First Financial was up 1.35%, E Sun Financial rose 1.66%, Taiwanese semiconductor company rose 1.35% and United Microelectronics rose 1.35%. Corporation and Catcher Technology rose 0.56%, Largan Precision shed 0.22%, MediaTek rose 1.42%, Delta Electronics rose 1.71%, Novatek Microelectronics rose 0.51%, China Steel rose 0.51%. 2.87%, Formosa Plastics shed 0.22%, Nan Ya Plastics rose 0.92%, Asia cement rose 1.48%, Taiwanese cement rose 1.67%, and Hon Hai Precision remained unchanged.
Wall Street’s lead indicates a slight negative bias as the leading average rose, then fell in the middle of the session, but then rose to end the mix almost unchanged.
The Dow rose 3.07 points (0.01%) to close at 33,852.53, while the NASDAQ fell 65.72 points (0.59%) to close at 10,983.78, and The S&P 500 fell 6.31 points (0.16%) to 3957.63.
Volatile trading on Wall Street comes amid continued uncertainty about the situation in China following widespread outcry over the country’s Covid restrictions.
Traders may also have been reluctant to make any significant moves ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell today that could provide further clues about the rate outlook. Unemployment data continues to be released on Friday.
In terms of economic news, the Conference Board released a report showing a moderate decline in US consumer confidence in November.
Crude oil futures ended higher on Tuesday, extending gains from the previous session on hopes that OPEC could cut production to support prices later this week. West Texas intermediate oil futures rose $0.96, or 1.2%, to $78.20 a barrel in January.
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