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Healthy Households Need Vigilant Cleaning

Just What Kinds of  Health Risks Are We Dealing With?

You hear a lot of talk these days about indoor air quality and cleaning for health.  Cleaning for appearance sufficed years ago.  Flipping a feather duster around was about all it took to “dust” a home.  Now we know that a healthy home means totally removing certain items like germs, dirt,  mold and dust.  Dr. Michael Berry who is a world renowned  expert in the area of cleaning for health says that cleaning means “the science of controlling contaminants”.

Dirt is easy.  It is the soil we track inside on our shoes etc.  Using an all purpose cleaner will remove basic dirt.  Other contaminants are more challenging to remove.  Germs occur most often in the bathroom, kitchen and nursery.  Personal hygiene will help keep a home healthy.  Thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom is crucial.  Hands should be washed using an antibacterial hand soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinsing.  When cleaning surfaces. use a disinfectant and pay attention to the recommended dwell time before rinsing.   Dwell time is the length of time a disinfectant must remain on the surface in order to kill germs.

Mold is Another Unhealthy Household Occurrence

Mold is a fungus that grows in dark moist places, especially in the bathroom.  To control mold, find a way to allow sunlight or even artificial light into the bathroom. Keep your bathroom healthy by drying down the walls of the shower.  Use a squeegee to do this.

Dust Seems Benign, But is Really Unhealthy

Dust is made up of human and pet dander., feathers, fibers from furniture and clothing, fungus spores, dust mites and dead skin among others.  Dusting should be done with a microfiber cloth at least once a week to keep these things to a minimum.  Don’t forget out of the way places like underneath furniture and in corners.  Follow these guidelines and you will have a healthy home.

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Editor’s Note:  We originally published this article in August 2014.  We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.