Keeping Your Family Healthy With a Clean House
We all know those major items that need to be cleaned in order to help our families stay healthy, right? I’m talking about the big things that we clean on a regular basis such as toilets, sinks, tubs and showers, but what about the not-so-big items that only need cleaning every now and then?
Carpets and rugs are often responsible for giving our homes a unique personality and warmth, but did you know that cleaning these items can also improve your family’s overall physical health? Vacuuming the carpets and rugs in your home is important, but how often do we actually deep clean our carpets? According to the American Lung Association, carpeted flooring may be responsible for trapping pollutants such as dust mites, mold, pesticides and pet dander, all of which come into contact most often with our children and could contribute to breathing problems.
Using carpet cleaners or having your carpeted items professionally steam cleaned at least once a year is highly recommended as a way to combat these various indoor air pollutants and prevent mold from forming. Not only does deep cleaning your carpets keep your family healthy, but regular maintenance also lengthens the life of your carpet.
Hardwood floors make a beautiful addition in any home. Hardwood floors have truly passed the test of time with how many homes have chosen to have them installed. Unfortunately, many don’t understand the importance of hardwood floor cleaning. Hardwood floors are often a magnet for food spills. Many have mopped their floors, but very few have taken the time to deep clean their floors.
Why do we need to clean our dishwashers? While it might seem unnecessary to clean the machine responsible for cleaning your dishes, there is actually a very good reason to do so. Did you know that the heat and moisture inside our dishwashers can create the kind of environment that mold and bacteria need to grow? Should this ever happen, it could become a major health issue for you and your family. However, there is a very simple way to clean and prevent this possibility and the best part is that it only needs to be done every once in a while.
Using a dishwasher safe container, such as a glass measuring cup or large coffee mug, run your empty machine through its cycle with a cup of white vinegar. This will help to break down any deposits and maintain your dishwasher without a lot of fuss, which is a win-win in my book.
Hairbrushes and Combs
Hairbrushes and combs are notorious for collecting dead skin cells, shed hair, and the remnants of styling products and should be cleaned on a monthly, if not weekly, basis in order to maintain healthy hair.
The best way to clean your hairbrushes is to first, remove loose hair from bristles, next, rinse the brush in a bowl of warm water. Use a toothbrush to gently scrub a few drops of shampoo through the bristles before rinsing it in warm water once more. Let your hairbrush dry overnight. Repeat the same steps with your combs.
Handheld Electronics and Keys
Handheld electronics such as TV remotes, cell phones, and keys are a few of the most disgusting things we bring into our homes and use regularly without washing them. How often do we think about how many germs we’ve picked up along the way? Cell phones should be cleaned on a daily basis depending on how often you use it and let’s be honest, we use our cell phones for everything now. If you use your phone during meals, for instance, it is imperative that you clean your mobile device every day so the germs you’ve come into contact with don’t transfer from your hands to your food.
This might be my greatest sin of all because the only time I really think about the TV remote is when someone is sick in my house. Keys are another horror that I cannot even contemplate, seeing as I’ve handed them off to my children any number of times, and I have never cleaned them. Needless to say, there is an innumerable amount of things that we can and should be cleaning each day. So, to stay healthy and happy, spend a couple minutes a day doing your best to clean the little things.