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Spring Cleaning: Make Your Home a Healthy Home

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning: Make Your Home a Healthy Home

            During the days of spring, everybody has experienced the desire to welcome the season by saying good-bye to winter’s dirt and dust. But did you know a thorough house cleaning can boost your health as well as your spirits?

            The symptoms from common allergens, such as dust, mold, mildew and pollen from ragweed, grass and trees, can be dreadful. One of the easiest ways for allergy sufferers to reduce their symptoms–sneezing, itching, runny nose and watering eyes–is to give their home a thorough cleaning. And keeping your windows closed will help keep the pollen out. Check to see your air-conditioning filters are clean because dust mites and mold can grow on them.

            There is no time like springtime to tackle a seasons’ worth of dirt and dust. Cleaning household surfaces, washing bedding, dusting and vacuuming can help reduce allergy symptoms, and they’ll make your house sparkle, too. Just be sure to read and follow directions on cleaning product labels for safe and effective use.

Here are some cleaning tips to help reduce home allergens throughout the year:

Start with the Bedroom: Launder all washable sheets, mattress covers, pillows and bed skirts, blankets and comforters. Flip your mattresses and vacuum them. Many allergies are triggered by the tiny dust mites in your bedding.

            Dust, Dust, Dust: Use a clean, soft cloth sprayed with a dusting product. Dust stereo components, dust above and below your television set and remove books from shelves, so you can wipe them down properly.

Vacuum Everywhere: Vacuum under your beds, couch and chairs, behind your dressers, tables, refrigerator, oven, television and stereo. Remove cushions and vacuum underneath. Be sure to do the crevices of upholstery and lamp shades.

Don’t Forget the Carpets: Dirt not only aggravates allergies, it grinds into carpet fibers and weakens them. Vacuum carpets frequently and use a carpet cleaner to remove stains. Moisture promotes the growth of molds and other allergens, so keep carpets as dry as possible.

Scrub the Bathroom: Use a mildew stain remover on your tub and shower walls and a hard water remover to take care of those crusty hard water mineral deposits.

Clean the Fridge: Old food tends to find its way into the back corners of the refrigerator. Try pulling out everything (store perishable items in a second refrigerator or well-iced cooler while working) and wash shelves and storage bins with a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner or a solution of baking soda and water.

Wash the Floors: Wash vinyl and ceramic tile floors with a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner or a floor cleaner. Use a no-rinse product or rinse the floor well after cleaning. For really dirty floors, you may have to drop the mop and scrub! Use a wood cleaner on your hardwood floors.

Hit the Closets: Pull out your winter clothes and decide which clothes need to be washed or dry cleaned before storing. Consider donating to charity anything you didn’t wear in the fall or winter. Don’t forget to move your shoes and vacuum the floor.

Improve Your Vision: Spring is the perfect time to wash windows and screens. Use a glass cleaner or glass and multi-surface cleaner for non-streaking window cleaning. While screens let the fresh air in, they also collect a lot of dirt. Remove the screens from their tracks and line them up outside. Gently scrub them with a brush dipped in a solution of all-purpose cleaner and water. Hose them down and watch the dirt wash away. When you clean windows you are guaranteed a better view outside and better breathing inside.

If you have any questions concerning Cleaning Green or would like more information about homemade cleaning recipes come by the office at 1605 Edison Suite 15, e-mail me at kboulton@uaex.edu or call 501-303-5672.

 

            Make your home a healthy home with a thorough spring cleaning.  There is no need to spend a lot of money on commercial disinfecting solutions.  Make up a batch of this All-Purpose cleaner to use around your home. 

 

All Purpose Cleaner

One half cup vinegar

One fourth cup baking soda

One half gallon hot water

 

Mix all ingredients and place in spray bottle.  

 

 

By Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
1605 Edison Ave Benton AR 72015
(501) 303-5672
kboulton@uaex.edu

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