When you hear the words "spring cleaning", what images get conjured up in your mind? Perhaps those BIG cleaning projects like windows and walls? They certainly are included in a deep spring cleaning. However, spring cleaning can incorporate more than just those big projects. It is these "other" areas that can have a huge impact on our health.
Consider those "contact points", the areas frequently touched by multiple people. Cleaning these areas will help prevent germs from spreading throughout the house and from person-to-person.
- Door knobs, handles or locks
- Light switches
- Stair rails
- Faucet and toilet handles
- Regrigerator handles and stove knobs
- Remote Controls
- Copiers and scanners (for home offices)
Pay attention to the "items that are used the most" or could come into contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Electronic devices
Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by keeping the kitchen surfaces clean.
- Cutting boards
- Refrigerator and Freezer
- Counters (food is placed on these surfaces)
- Cupboards (we eat off the dishes that are stored here)
These areas should really be cleaned on a regular basis, however, especially after a winter of being closed in should special attention be given during a spring cleaning to help prevent illness. Cleaning these areas in the spring helps reduce and pollens from infiltrating the home and will help reduce the affects of allergies.
Just a couple more tips:
Wash your cleaning supplies after each use. Trying to clean with a previously used, dirty cloth defeats the whole purpose of cleaning.
The cleaner you use.... on the cupboards, counters, in the refrigerator.... makes a difference. It will come in contact with your food and dishes. Be sure to use a non-toxic cleaner like this one.
If you like these tips, you may appreciate learning more about how cleaning helps our immunity here.
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