You have probably heard it said, a clean home is a healthy home, and this is one wise old saying that still rings true. A clean home is vital to the safe, health, and well-bring of your family. Sometimes contaminants come from outside your home and at other times you may be bringing them in, not realizing the detrimental effects they have on your family.
Let’s begin today, making your home clean and healthy.
Clean Entryways and a Healthy Home
One of the easiest ways to keep your home clean is using mats at all your doorways – the front entrance, the back door, the garage. Wherever people or pets enter, have a mat at the ready inside the door and out. These mats or rugs will reduce the amount of dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and pesticides. Don’t be afraid to have your family and your guest remove their shoes at the door either – adding another layer of protection for your clean home.
Keeping a Clean and Healthy Kitchen
Starting with the refrigerator, always keep it clean. This will keep bacteria at bay, while helping your refrigerator operate efficiently and keep your food safe. You will also want to keep your stove and microwave clean, as well as light switches, outlets, and door knobs to prevent germs from spreading. Always clean your cutting boards and food surfaces. Never leave spills unwiped or food or crumbs lying around, all of which attract pests. When cleaning, you will want to regularly clean sponges and kitchen towels. As far as cleaners go, never mix cleaners, and always select cleaners with care using the least toxic cleaners and ensuring you aren’t using something more harmful that what you are trying to clean. Remember certain cleaners will not only trigger allergies and respiratory issues, but also damage the environment.
Clean and Healthy in the Bathroom
Keeping in mind that bacteria loves moist environments it is crucial to keep your bathroom dry and well-ventilated. After a shower, allow the area to dry, preventing mildew by keeping the shower door or curtain open. Wiping down wet surfaces will also prevent lime scale. Launder towels and washcloths regularly (experts recommend after every three uses). Closing the lid on your toilet before flushing is a habit that keeps germs from spreading around the bathroom. When cleaning the bathroom, follow the same guidelines as the kitchen, using less toxic cleaners and never mixing cleaners.
More Clean and Healthy Home Tips
- Repair water leaks – roof, plumbing, windows, tubs, and showers – all of these can cause mold and mildew issues in your home.
- Change your heating and air filters regularly to keep your air and your home cleaner. Keeping the humidity in your home low helps to prevent allergens, mites, and mold.
- Clean your carpets or better yet have them professionally cleaned and dried. If you go for DIY, make sure you dry them once you get them clean.
- Vacuum regularly with a quality vacuum that captures dust, dirt, and allergens.
- Get rid of clutter. Once you do, you will discover dust and dirt has fewer places to accumulate. De-cluttering also makes for easier cleaning!
- Regularly wash blankets, sheets, pillowcases, mattress and pillow covers to destroy dust mites where they live. Keeping decorative pillows, throws, and the like clean is also essential to a clean home.
The friendly and expert team at Signature Maids is ready to help you get your home clean and healthy for you and your entire family.