Each spring is an ideal time to clean your home to reduce allergens, eliminate mold and use greener products to feel healthier.
The Environmental Protection Agency has a partnership program featuring products with a Design for the Environment label that have been screened for ingredients with little health and environmental side effects. Other green cleaners such as white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide can be applied in several areas around the home.
Here are ideas for a clean and safe sweep:
- Dust thoroughly and vacuum. An old wool scarf or sweater makes a great natural duster because it creates static. You should also clean or replace air conditioning and heating filters. Wear a dust mask if you have allergies.
- Wash your mattress cover in hot water each month to reduce and remove dust mites. Also wash the inside of indoor trash bins, and wash or replace your shower curtain.
- Collect old paint cans, paint thinner, solvents, stains and other unused chemicals for donation at your municipal hazardous-waste drop-off center. Call your sanitation department for a location near you.
- Remove expired and old medications from your medicine cabinet. Ask your pharmacist about the best disposal method.
- Kill mold with borax, a natural bleach substitute made of sodium, boron, oxygen and water.
- Disinfect your chopping board. Run it through the dishwasher, microwave it on high for 30 seconds, or spray it with 5% white vinegar and letting it sit overnight.
- Microwave your kitchen and household sponges on high for 30 seconds daily to kill bacteria.
- Clean your washing machine and dryer by adding 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach to each load.
- Sanitize the toilet by spraying it with white vinegar. Sprinkling sodium bicarbonate in the bowl and scrubbing after 15 minute removes stains.
If you have questions about your allergies and would like to speak to a doctor, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help. Call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119 for a physician referral or to set up an appointment.