With winter now in full swing, many people are looking forward to spring and thinking about ways to spruce up their homes with spring cleaning efforts. Seasonal changes are great reminders to roll up your sleeves and do some deep cleaning, but certain tasks are often overlooked, even during a spring cleaning session. The following tips focus on some of the most common cleaning omissions, and how including these tasks in your housecleaning routine can improve your overall health.
1. The Space Between Appliances
The areas between kitchen appliances and cabinets or walls can accumulate significant amounts of dirt and food particles. It may take a rarely-used vacuum attachment and some stretching to reach those areas, but cleaning out crumbs and other debris can help prevent problems with bugs or rodents.
2. Ceiling Fan Blades
Over time, lots of dust can build up on the blades of a ceiling fan. That can wreak havoc with breathing quality for people who are sensitive to allergens or who have asthma. Use a stepladder and a long vacuum hose to remove ceiling fan dust bunnies.
3. Your Gym Bag
Exercising is great, but sweat and random germs picked up at the gym do not mix. Disinfecting your gym bag or yoga mat frequently is important to cut down on germs and stay fit and healthy.
4. Brooms and Mops
The tools you use to keep your house clean can be quite dirty. Brooms and mops see a lot of traffic and should regularly be disinfected to avoid spreading germs across an otherwise clean floor.
5. Household Electronics
These devices get touched by different family members many times throughout the day. That means exposure to all kinds of dirt and germs, which can then be passed along to the next person to grab the remote or change the radio station. Periodically wipe down electronic devices with an alcohol or disinfecting wipe.
6. Winter Accessories
Cold weather means the return of hats, scarves and gloves. All of those items can make contact with sneezes, nose wipes and coughs. Be sure to wash winter accessories throughout the season, especially before storing them or when a family member is sick with a cough or cold.
7. The High Ground
The tops of cabinets, appliances and furniture can accumulate a ton of dust, which can cause respiratory problems for some. Take the time to wipe down or vacuum these high areas several times a year.
8. Refrigerator Bins and Shelves
The fridge gets heavy use in most families and spills, drips and leaks are common. Prevent contamination of other food by regularly cleaning the surfaces within your fridge.
9. Reusable Grocery Bags
These should be treated just like any other commonly used textile and washed periodically to remove germs and soil.
10. Kitchen Sponges
The sponge you use to wash your dishes is home to an astounding array of bacteria. Without proper cleaning using high heat or a bleach product, those germs are spread from one plate to the next.
At PrimeCare Urgent Care, we hope that these household cleaning tips can help keep you and your family healthy and safe, no matter what the season. When a cough or cold cannot be avoided, we are always here to help and can get you back on your feet and feeling better soon.