We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but fall is actually also an ideal time to deep-clean your home. Undergoing this process as the weather gets cooler can help stop the spread of flu, norovirus, and other germs that are prevalent in the fall and winter. Read on for five home cleaning tips to help you and your family stay healthy this fall.
1. Consider Hiring a Maid Service
If you’re too busy to do a deep clean, hiring a maid service can give you peace of mind. A professional like those at the Maid Brigade can help you with those cleaning tasks that you never seem to get to, but that can make a big difference in the cleanliness of your house and the welfare of your family. And as a bonus, your casa will be spick and span if you plan to host the holidays.
2. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces Regularly
Your bathroom and kitchen can be a hotbed of germs if not thoroughly serviced. Clean and disinfect countertops, tables, shelving, and other surfaces regularly with a solution of 1.5 cups of bleach per one gallon of water, or with a commercially available disinfectant spray.
3. Get Down to Kid Level
If your kiddos go to daycare or school, they bring home all kinds of germs from their classmates. With the same disinfectant in #2, focus on the surfaces that kids touch most often. These include doorknobs, plastic toys, hooks and hangers, and other locations that your children frequent.
4. Launder Everything Regularly
When you’re doing the wash, don’t forget to throw in things that might not get a regular cleaning, but can certainly spread plenty of germs. These include stuffed animals, kids’ blankets or “loveys,” throw pillows and blankets, sheets and decorative towels, couch cushion covers–basically any “soft stuff” that you and your family come into contact with on a regular basis.
5. Replace Personal Hygiene Items Regularly
Especially if someone in your family has been ill recently, make sure to swap out personal hygiene items on a regular basis. These include toothbrushes, nail clippers, razors, and anything else that comes into contact with the body and could spread germs. And avoid sharing these items, even among your immediate family.
Flu and other illnesses are the last thing you want to spread in your home this holiday season. Keep up your good cheer by following this five tips for a clean and sanitized home.