Keeping Your House Clean & Healthy

Though everyone has to decide for themselves what is wise and best to protect themselves and their families, one thing is evident: We need to keep our environment as clean as possible. 

by Lucy Levya, Owner, Prescott Maid to Order LLC & MTO Janitorial

Health enews reports that keeping a house clean: 

  • Lowers stress and fatigue
  • Reduces allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Improves safety 
  • Lessens the spread of germs
  • Keeps pests away
  • Improves diet and waistline

We suggest:

  • Disinfecting door handles on all doors around the house 
  • Disinfecting cabinet handles and corners all around the house
  • Disinfecting kitchen appliance handles  
  • Disinfecting light switches 
  • Keeping bathrooms clean and disinfected top to bottom
  • Wiping and disinfecting chairs and furniture around the house
  • Wiping and disinfecting all areas touched daily such as computer mouse, keyboard, telephone and controllers

For fast cleaning, Nationwide Insurance recommends:

  • Clean the whole house, not one room at time
  • Gather cleaning tools in a caddy
  • Clear the clutter
  • Dust and vacuum 
  • Wipe mirrors and glass
  • Disinfect countertops and surface areas
  • Focus on tubs, sinks and toilets
  • Sweep, then mop
  • Keep moving when you vacuum
  • Don’t forget to routinely wash your cleaning tools
  • Make cleaning a group activity

Let’s not forget the usefulness of cleaning hacks. Here are a few from Lifehack:

  • Use Kosher salt and lemons to clean chopping boards without leaving any chemicals
  • Use coffee filters to clean TVs, monitors and other screens
  • Lint rollers work for removing dust from lampshades
  • Bathtub rings can be removed by rubbing salt and a cut grapefruit
  • Play dough can be used to remove spilled glitter.