Cleaning your home not only makes it look and smell better, it also can improve your family’s health. Here are some activities you may not have thought of that will make you and your home healthy and safe:
- Dust Everything – Also clean or replace AC and furnace filters, as well as ducts and vents to decrease exposure to airborne allergens.
- Medicine Cabinet – Throw out all expired medications and old prescriptions that you no longer use and gain some storage space.
- Hazardous Waste – Check your garage and basement for old/unneeded paint, thinners, oils, stains, etc. Contact your local sanitation department for the location of the drop-off center.
- Cleaning Products – Check under sinks and around house for old or nearly empty containers of cleaning products. Consolidate those you are keeping and get rid of the rest.
- Chimney Cleaning – Having your chimney cleaned by a professional will reduce exposure to carbon monoxide.
- Mold Removal – Clean all bathrooms and other damp areas where mold or mildew may grow. Mold is a fungus that triggers allergic reactions.
- Area Rugs – Make sure all throw rugs have non-skid mats under them. Check the condition of the mats to see if they need to be washed or replaced.
- Outdoor Playground Equipment – Inspect all equipment, especially guardrails and bolts, making sure all are secure and in good repair.
- Smoke Detector – Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Pet Supplies – Get rid of chewed up toys, wash or replace bedding, and throw away expired treats. Treat your pet to some fresh catnip or new toys.
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