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Spring Into Cleaning

girl_cleaning_shutterstock_252454870-2By Erin Ihde, MA, CCRP

When it's time to deep clean at home, keeping a few tips in mind can help get your home clean and healthy:


 

  • First, if you’re cleaning to avoid a specific virus or pathogen, please visit the EPA website for a list of approved cleaning products and follow the CDC’s cleaning procedures. For everyday cleaning tips, please read below:  
     
  •  Take stock: Look at what cleaning products you already own. EWG.org features an easy-to-use guide which rates over 2,500 cleaning products with a “health score.”  
  • Keep in mind that even products that look “green” may not be. Opt for products made from plant-based ingredients.
  • Read labels. When possible, try to choose products with simple, easy-to-understand ingredients.
  • Watch out for “fragrance” as an ingredient, as it can include hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals that don’t have to be listed separately on the label. Products which are unscented or scented with essential oils are generally best.  
  • Baking soda and vinegar have a multitude of uses, so there’s no need to go out and buy a lineup of new products.
  • Reusable microfiber cloths can be reused for years, or simply make your own dust rags from old kitchen towels.
  • Use a HEPA vacuum if possible, which does not “kick back” dust into the air and is safest for those with allergies or respiratory conditions.
  • Ventilate as you clean by airing out the room and/or using an exhaust fan in the bathroom.
  • De-clutter as you clean. If you find items that are no longer needed, consider giving them a new life by selling them or gifting them to a nearby charity or donation center.

 

Remember that spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done in a day! Do what you can as your schedule allows, and remember that every effort you make will help make your home healthier for all.

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