A Few Ideas To Help Keep Your Home Healthy This Spring
Spring is in the air, and that means time for spring cleaning! The MAA Center , a resource for mesothelioma and asbestos information, is ramping up to make sure spring cleaning is effective, but also safe! When asked my tips on spring cleaning, I thought: WHERE DO I SIGN? I mean, who wouldn’t advocate that, right? I put together a small list of ideas to jump start your spring season of clean homes and happy hearts.
1. Recharging Towels
Put your towels in the washer with 4 cups of distilled white vinegar and run a hot cycle. Run another hot cycle immediately after with 2 cups of baking soda. Dry twice through on the highest heat setting. This will strip your towels of all built up soaps and oils, also acting as an anti-bac! Double bonus, it will take away any of that musty towel smell that builds up over time.
2. Winter to Summer Wardrobe Switch
The important part of this process is knowing how to store your clothes properly. If you are storing items that are made of materials other than cotton, it is smart to have some breathing holes so that moisture does not build up and destroy the fabric, caused by bacteria and mildew. Just make sure the holes are tiny enough that little buggies won’t fit. Yuck.
Any clothes that are being moved into your closet for use during the season should be washed before hand. Storage, no matter how smart, will cause your clothes to have a last season feel and sometimes smell, wash those away and feel refreshed in your new, old clothes. If there is very obvious moisture when taking your clothes out of storage, it is unfortunately best to toss the clothes. No need to risk coming into contact with mold. No thanks.
If you didn’t read my last post, then let me tell you, put plants in all your rooms. Start with one in each room, more if you are confident in plant care and let them do their thing. They act as air purifiers, dehumidifiers and they boost your mood!
4. Air Circulation
Spring is often a time when the heat has been turned off but the air has not yet been turned on. It is important to keep your air moving so keep windows and bedroom/bathroom doors open when possible. Also, many homes have attic fans which are a glorious invention, but often misused. If you are unsure of how to use an attic fan properly, get help! They can actually cause pressure build up and back flows in the house that can be dangerous to occupants. Read more here.
Another air quality concern to be on the look out for, is Asbestos! While you are deep cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your home keep your eyes peeled for any cracked tiles or damaged ceiling/wall materials in your home. These are common places to find asbestos, a fiber when airborne becomes toxic and can cause a rare but preventable cancer, mesothelioma. Homes built before 1970 having a higher risk of containing asbestos, but you should be cautious regardless. For more information on the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma cancer click here.For more tips on healthy cleaning, specifically for ways to be aware of and avoid hidden dangers in your home, read the MAA Center Blog post here. Or check out the great infographic they put together, below.