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ABCs of Spring Cleaning

ABCs of Spring Cleaning

            Since 1926, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has worked to advance our understanding of the safety and benefits of cleaning products.  Its members include producers of household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products, their ingredients as well as finished packaging and chemical distributors.  If you want to know about clean, ask the ACI. 

            After an extended winter – such as this year! – Spring cleaning can take some extra effort and time.  However long spring cleaning takes this year, the ACI has a few tips for addressing the ABCs of spring cleaning.

A is for Asthma and Allergy Triggers

            During this challenging winter, many of us were snowed in with our pets whose dander is one of the most common triggers. Compound that with a few months of everyday dust and the tiniest unwelcome guests who seek shelter in our homes during cold weather, and it’s time to do away with the "A."

            Have an allergen control plan. Clean one room at a time, starting with where an asthma or allergy sufferer sleeps. Wash their bedding and curtains. Dust surfaces and vacuum the carpet; clean window sills and frames; wet mop any hard floors surfaces.

B is for Bacteria

            From the front door knob to kitchen counters, the telephone and remote control, give every surface in your home the thorough cleaning it needs with the goal of reducing the likelihood that bacteria stick around for spring.  Disinfecting wipes are great for wiping off every light switch, door knob, computer keyboard, telephone receiver and remote control in your home

            Prevent mold and mildew from accumulating in the bathroom by using a daily shower cleaner.  Open windows and turn on ceiling fans to improve indoor air quality. 

C is for Clutter

            Sort – not stash – as a way to deal with clutter.  Take everything out of the closet, dressers, shelves, under the bed and off the furniture.  Sort all your findings into stuff in separate piles – keep, donate/sell, discard.  Box the donate items and quickly deliver to your favorite charity or store for your own rummage sale.   Aim for having a “keep” pile that is no more than 50% of the total amount of original clutter.  Place the ‘keep” items inside drawers, closets, covered boxes or plastic containers so dust can’t collect on them – less dust mean less spring cleaning next year!

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