Fall is a time when we are indoors more due to cooler weather. We are also at an increased risk for catching viruses during the fall. Take the extra time this season to do a little extra cleaning to reduce the amount of hidden germs in your home. You and your family will be healthier as a result.
Spring isn’t the only season when it’s good to do some deep cleaning. If you go through a thorough cleaning this fall, you will be healthier this winter and have a reduce risk for having allergy flare-ups as well. This is a great weekend project or it can be broken up over several weekdays. MSN has some suggestions on where to focus your efforts:
Underside of rugs
To remove dust and dirt that’s gone deep down into the rug, simply flip it over and vacuum the underside.
The material they’re made of — metal, wood, or fabric — determines how you dust them. For metal blinds, wipe with a sock lightly dampened with water or multi-purpose cleaner. For wood blinds follow the same procedure using only a little tap water. Do not overwet the wood and be sure to buff dry right away. For fabric blinds, go over the blinds with a dry microfiber cloth.
These everyday essentials get handled by lots of people, and germs can lurk in the crevices around the numbers. Give debit and credit cards a quick cleaning with an alcohol wipe and let them air dry before placing them back in your wallet.
Kitchen trash can
Clean your can or the plastic liner in your utility room sink, the shower, or outside. (Be sure to disinfect the sink and shower afterwards). Thoroughly spray the trash can with a cleaner that contains bleach and let it stand for 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe clean. Before adding a new garbage bag, be sure the can is completely dry.
Outdoor plants are cleaned off by the rain, but houseplants become caked with dust. Spiff them up with water and a soft cloth, like an old t-shirt. Don’t forget to inspect the dirt for mold. Overwatering plants can cause mold to develop on top of the soil. If you notice any, replace the soil.
These are all great suggestions! To see five additional places where germs lurk, please view the original article at MSN.
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