It’s cold. The wind is blowing, and if you’re like me, you may be inclined to hibernate indoors until spring once again warms the world outside. With spring, comes spring cleaning… but why wait? If you think about it, winter, when we spend the most time indoors, is the most logical time to deep clean your home. You’re not going anywhere, and letting these deep cleaning jobs wait until spring could mean leaving yourself and your family exposed to unchecked germs and bacteria.
When it comes to health and hygiene, it’s no secret that a clean home is important. We wash floors, counters, sinks and even toilets, and change our bedsheets regularly, but if you’re missing these often overlooked surfaces, you may be leaving yourself, and your family at risk. So, let’s dig in shall we?
- Doors, door knobs and door frames. Have you ever noticed that people (especially children) tend to run their hands along walls and door frames when entering and leaving rooms? Pushing doors open, flipping light switches and generally travelling around our homes… with every surface we touch, we leave behind sweat and oils, transmitting and picking up bacteria and small organisms. You could grab a spray bottle of disinfectant, or a can of wipes, but then you may be leaving toxic chemical residues in place of the dirt you remove. Enter this little cloth… An easy solution is to grab your microfiber cloth, dampened with warm water, and get wiping. A quick clean up with your Norwex enviro cloth makes quick work of removing dirt, grime and bacteria from these commonly missed surfaces.
- Electronics, remote controls and keyboards. According to Neilsen’s Total Audience Report, American adults typically use electronics 11 hours per day! TV, Radio, Game Consoles, Telephones, Computers… many hands in each household transmitting and picking up dirt, grime, bacteria and viruses. You could wear gloves all day, or grab your little cloth. Again, an easy solution is a quick clean up with a damp Norwex enviro cloth.
- What you can’t see, can hurt you. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, or if you wake up with itchy watery eyes and or a scratchy throat, you may be allergic to dust mites and their fecal matter. Every night we lay our head on our pillows. The oils from our hair and skin, as well as dander are deposited night after night, building up and attracting dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that are smaller than half a millimeter in size. They feed on dander (the skin cells that are slouphed off by all mammals (humans and pets included). You could buy new pillows, mattresses and carpets, or you could simply wash them in hot water, and spray them down with an enzyme cleaner like Norwex mattress cleaner, which targets and eliminates organic materials including dander, dust mites and their fecal matter.
- Even if you aren’t allergic, dusting is a necessary task that ought to be performed regularly. Our furniture, carpets and even our food contribute to household dust. In fact, researchers at George Washington University say 45 toxic chemicals are found commonly in household dust. Understandably, many people dread the thought of dusting, because sometimes it can feel like a never ending battle. If you use a traditional dusting approach, dust tends to fly up in the air while you try to remove it and settle back down on surfaces. It’s best to use a duster that traps the dust so that you can safely remove it from your home. Hepa filters on vacuum cleaners and fluffy microfiber dusters that cling to dust are simple solutions.
By keeping these hot spots clean all winter long, not only will you make your spring cleaning easier, you’ll also help to keep your family healthy all year long. Can you think of any oft forgot spots we missed? Let us know in the comments below…