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Routine Cleaning Important In the Fight Against COVID-19

Cleaning with soap and water removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading infection. Here are some helpful hints or a cleaning 101 if you will:

Remove Clutter

Allowing clutter to pile up around your living and or working space is like putting out a welcome mat for dirt. Piles of papers, old clothes even tools create all kinds of surfaces for dirt, dust, and mold to collect. Cobwebs form and continue to collect microscopic germs and other debris from the air. Clutter has a way of sneaking up on you. Your desk starts out clean, your bedroom begins the week bright and airy, but as the week goes on, clothes pile up on your rocking chair, and files turn into paper mountains on the corner of your desk. Taking a few minutes each day to put these items away keeps big mountains from growing.

Bathrooms

Of course, everybody likes a clean bathroom, but many people think every clean has to be a deep clean. This is not so. Keep a container of cleaning wipes under your sink along with a bottle of glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels. It only takes two minutes to wipe the counters and surfaces once a day and clean the mirror and the bathroom will always look and smell fresh.

Kitchens

Don’t let dirty dishes pile up in the sink. Especially pots and pans, they have the most grease and food smells. Each time you finish cooking fill them up with hot soapy water. After you’ve finished the meal it will be that much easier to get the dinner dishes and pots and pans washed and out of the sink. Nothing makes a kitchen look and smell dirtier then food aked dishes. And remember to wipe the counters and rinse the sink. This takes 30 seconds but keeps everything smelling fresh and looking shiny.

Living Rooms/Family Rooms

Probably the messiest room in the house if you have kids. Mine always looks like I have several toddlers, when in fact I have only one. Pick up a cheaper toybox with a closing lid. At the end of the day throw all the toys in the box and shut it. Don’t worry about organizing it, just get them off the floor and out of sight. Fold all the blankets and put them in a pile. Unless you absolutely have to have them, try to avoid too many throw pillows, they just end up on the floor and add to the cluttered look.

Bedrooms

Make your bed. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just straighten out your pillows and pull up your blankets. Keep a laundry basket in every room. Make sure the dirty clothes always go into them. Put shoes in the closet or under the bed. Keeping items off the floors makes space feel brighter and more organized. Also it is much more difficult to relax in a cluttered space. 

Pet Areas

Dogs and cats have a tendency to be sloppy eaters. Each time you feed them wipe the area around their bowls and wash their food and water bowls with soap and water. Bacteria and germs can grow in a day since they frequently leave little bits of food and liquid in the dishes. A quick wash with soap and water will prevent that from happening and keep their corner of the kitchen fresh and healthy.

Light Cleaning/Dusting

Keep a bucket or an organizer with a cleaning spray, a glass cleaner, a roll of paper towels, and some extra garbage bags on each floor of your house. If you walk upstairs to put something away, wipe down the mirrors and the tops of the dressers. If you’re on the main floor take just a couple minutes and wipe a few windows. If possible keep a vacuum or an electric sweeper on each floor too. You don’t have to move the furniture and get all the way under the bed each time you vacuum. Running over the main walking paths in each room picks up most of the dirt, dust and dander on the carpet and makes the room look great. 

Cleaning your home doesn’t have to be a long and daunting task. And, by implementing these simple tips you can decrease the amount of time you spend overall when doing a deep clean. A few extra minutes here and there add up to quite a bit of overtime.  Keeping things clean and organized daily relieves stress and helps to maintain a healthy home.

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