Staying Healthy During Spring Cleaning
What to Use
There any many products that have received the “green” seal of approval and are easy on the environment. Many of those products are derived from plant or natural sources rather than harsh chemicals. Harsh chemicals in cleaning products can aggravate or create symptoms in people with allergies and asthma. An easy alternative to purchased cleaning products can be cleaners that you make yourself from ordinary household ingredients such as lemon, vinegar and baking soda. Find out more about green cleaning.
Where and what to clean: Problem areas in the house
Often the center of the household, kitchens should be meticulously cleaned and sanitized.
- Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher.
- Wipe down the stove top. Use an exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture.
- Wipe down the counters.
- Sweep or vacuum the floor. Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily
- Mop the floor.
- Wipe up excessive moisture in refrigerator to avoid mold growth. Discard moldy or out-of-date food. Regularly empty and clean dripping pan and clean or replace moldy rubber seals around doors.
- Wipe the cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances.
- Clean cabinets and countertops with detergent and water.
- Check under-sink cabinets for plumbing leaks.
- Store food — including pet food — in sealed containers.
- Wash the dish rack.
- Wipe the switch plates and phone.
- Wipe the inside of the garbage can.
- Empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator.
- Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers.
- Scrub down the cupboard exteriors.
- Clean the stove-hood filter.
Reprinted with the permission of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. © 1996-2008 American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. All Rights Reserved.
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