Spring has arrived according to the calendar! We hope Mother Nature receives the message soon! Spring is a time of renewal, warmer weather and baseball season. It’s a great opportunity to make our homes clean, organized, efficient, healthier, and safer. The following spring cleaning tips help us achieve these goals:
• Dust it all. Clean or replace air conditioning and heating filters; clean all ducts and vents to decrease exposure to airborne allergens.
• Clean all mold and mildew from bathrooms and other damp areas.
• Organize the medicine cabinet. Discard expired and old prescription medications no longer in use. Don’t flush medications as they may get into the water supply. Contact your local pharmacist for the best way to dispose of old medications.
• Check the basement and garage for old cans of paint, thinners, oil, solvents, stains and other toxic products. Contact your local sanitation department to locate the hazardous drop-off centers. Get rid of anything you are not planning to use.
• Check around the house and under sinks for other toxic cleaning products and dispose of them properly.
• Have your chimney professionally cleaned to reduce the chances of carbon monoxide exposure from the chimney.
• Inspect floor rugs for non-skid surfaces. Worn non-skid rugs or mats increase the risk of falls in your home.
• Change the batteries in the smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Collect old batteries throughout the house for disposal in a battery or hazardous water center.
Open your windows, get some fresh air, take a walk and enjoy the blooming of spring flowers!
Resources: WebMD, http://www.webmd.com
Author: Beth Stefura M Ed, RD, LD, Family & Consumer Science, Ohio State University Extension, Mahoning County, email@example.com
Reviewer: Liz Smith, M.S, RDN., L.D, NE Regional Program Specialist, SNAP-ED