How Cleaning Can Keep Your Home Safe

How Cleaning Can Keep Your Home SafeMany see cleaning as a regular chore that should simply be done for the sake of organization and for keeping the home looking and smelling fresh. However, there’s a lot more to this “basic” responsibility than the aesthetic advantage it serves a home.

Ensuring that your home is safe entails looking into cleaning areas you might not have even thought of cleaning as often—or at all, rather. Leaving certain areas unattended to can actually pose a major health risk for you and others living in your household.

Better Hygiene, Healthier Life

Germs can be found in practically any area of your home, and the longer you ignore certain areas, the more these germs will grow and spread from one location to another. Bacteria including E. coli and staph, among a spectrum of others, can be found everywhere from your kitchen cutting board to the doorknobs of your home.

If these types of bacteria are contacted or ingested, they can cause a range of health problems. Not to mention, the hazardous growth of mildew and mold, most commonly found in areas like the bathroom and kitchen. For those who are sensitive to mold, they can experience anything from eye, skin and throat irritations to a stuffy nose.

People who suffer from asthma and/or allergies are especially sensitive to dust and the use of harsh chemicals found in cleaning products as well as air fresheners. The use of such chemical cleaners can also cause serious health issues in the long run, including respiratory problems and even cancer. So it’s especially necessary to examine the cleaners being used in your home.

Prevention of Accidents

When a home is cleaned often, that means it’s much more likely to be organized. Organizing areas like the different shelves and cabinets in your home can stop things from falling out of place and causing injury. For example, if a closet or cabinet is disorganized, when the door is opened, the stored objects can fall and hurt the person opening the door or drawer.

Similarly, you might have to wake up late at night or be rushing to get out of the door.When things like toys and shoes are lying on the floor, it’s easy to overlook them and trip or fall over the mess. Putting everything back to where it belongs after it’s used can stop a harmful accident from taking place.

Along with tidying up, cleaning a floor right after a spill occurs is a must for averting the risk of a slip-and-fall incident, too. The sooner you clean a spill, the easier it’ll be to clean, and you won’t have to worry about it being transferred to another area.

How to Create a Sounder Environment

Cleaning thoroughly on a more frequent basis will help make your home a safe haven that’s enjoyable to live in. The key is to have a regular cleaning routine and plan that’s easy to follow given your schedule.

Replacing chemical cleaners with Eco-friendly products will make all the difference especially for household members who have respiratory issues or allergies. They’re also much safer to use around children and will promote a cleaner air rotation in your home. You can make your own natural cleaners, too.

By consistently tackling the following areas in your home, you’ll be sure to establish a safer setting:

  • Bathroom

Start with cleaning your sink and countertops at least once a week to ensure the removal of germs. Don’t forget about sterilizing the toothbrush holder, too, as this is one of the most common areas that harbors the growth of bacteria.

Since mold is most commonly found in the bathroom, you should use a disinfectant to clean the floors and walls. After you shower, you can wipe the walls and shower curtains with a sponge or even toss the curtain in the laundry machine if it’s machine washable.

Next, disinfect your toilet and the toilet handle. Harmful germs like enterococcus can be harbored on the toilet handle if it’s forgotten about. Other pests that can cause everything from the common cold to itchy eyes can spread if the bathroom isn’t properly cleaned. Be sure to empty the wastebasket, too, at least every other day.

  • Kitchen

As previously mentioned, along with the bathroom, the kitchen is another area that’s a favorite for bacteria and germs to call home. Dirty kitchens attract everything from roaches to flies and worms, especially when food is left out on the countertops.

  • To avoid having to see any of these, start with disinfecting your dishwashing sponge and washing your cloth dishtowels after three times of use.
  • You should regularly clean out your fridge and disinfect its doors and drawers.
  • Disinfect the kitchen countertops along with the kitchen cabinet doors.
  • Wash your dishes after you’re done using them and store securely.
  • Take the trash out regularly and disinfect the closed trashcan.

As all of these kitchen essentials and compartments make it easy for bacteria to thrive in, giving them a good cleanse will keep viruses away, too.

  • Bedroom

The bedroom can also be home to other types of pests. The saying, “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” came about from the fact that these bugs do exist! These dust mites can be found on any bed, whether one or two individuals are sleeping in it. They can create waste and even spread if the bed isn’t carefully cleaned.

Along with regularly washing your sheets, you should also frequently vacuum the mattress and use pillow and mattress covers that can be laundered with ease once a week. Since everything from dust to dead skin and pollen can acquire on a mattress, those with allergies should pay even closer attention to washing bedding in hot water.

Contact 1st Class Cleaning 

To have your home meticulously cleaned, call in the professionals. The experts at 1st Class Cleaning use the latest tools and quality Eco-friendly cleaning products to ensure a spotless and secure environment for you and other household members. Call us today to learn more about our services and how we can work around your schedule.

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