Health-friendly spring cleaning

By: Health Local Staff Apr 08, 2013
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Green cleaning tips

If you’re going to do it, here are some tips to do it right.

Finally after the long winter spring is here! This is the perfect time to start giving some thought not just to clearing out unnecessary clutter and stocking up on cleaning supplies, but also to health-friendly spring cleaning. If you’re going to do it, here are some tips to do it right.

Clean the Stuff That Never Gets Cleaned
When was the last time you cleaned your mattress, garbage bins, or shower curtains? Things like these tend to fly under the radar when we clean even though they’re actually magnets for dust and bacteria, and mold—all of which can affect our health. Have a look around your home, list the things that you haven’t cleaned in a long time, if ever, and get them done.

Clean with Vinegar
Skip cleaning with some of your store-bought cleaning products that tend to be full of hash chemicals and fragrance and try cleaning with vinegar instead. It costs considerably less and can be used to clean everything from mirror and glass to floor surfaces and coffee makers. Just 60ml of vinegar to a litre of water will take care of your laminate and hardwood while a spray bottle filled with equal parts water and vinegar are great for glass, carpet stains, and more. Straight vinegar will work wonders on your showers, sinks and toilets.

Clean Behind and Above Doors
Even if we vacuum or dust daily, most of us cut corners here and there and the areas that tend to get missed the most are behind doors and on top of doors and door frames. Use the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner to clean in the corners and nooks behind doors and then run it along the top of the door and frame to suck up any built up dust that could contribute to allergies. While you’re at, have a look at window sills and frames too and make a point of vacuuming or dusting these areas more often.

Replace Sponges with Old Cotton T-shirts
This tip saves you money, helps the environment, and ensures a healthier cleaning experience. Many sponges and even paper towels and disposable cleaning cloths contain harmful antibacterial chemicals, dyes, and more. Instead, recycle old cotton t-shirts that can be washed and reused more than once and avoid the chemicals and unnecessary waste that comes with a lot of these products.

Clean Out the Cupboard under the Kitchen Sink
The cupboard under your kitchen sink is probably filled with a combination of cleaning supplies and random toxins like cans of bug spray, old rags and brushes, and oven cleaner. Chances are that the cupboard also tends to be warm and moist from the pipes running nearby. This is a combination that inevitably leads to the leaking of odors from this cocktail of toxic products that fills the air in your home. Go through these products and remove anything labeled as toxic or poisonous and dispose of them properly. Look for natural alternatives.

Happy spring cleaning!

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