There are many wonderful things that come with fall…..cooler weather, vibrant colors, football, pumpkin patches…the list goes on and on. But there is one thing that comes with fall that many of us don’t like….and that is the increase in illness…and not just COVID-19. With school back in session and more time spent indoors as the weather changes, germs begin to spread quicker.
Here’s a few of our favorite Everyday Helper house cleaning tips to help keep your home clean and healthy this fall!
- Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. Make it a daily habit to wipe down all the surfaces in your home. This includes counter tops, light switches, doorknobs, remote controls, computer keyboards, toilet handles, phones, tablets, and so on. Anything that is frequently touched in your busy home should be cleaned regularly. Don’t forget items like backpacks and lunchboxes!
- Dust. I know, dusting is probably not your favorite chore around the house but it’s an important one as the cold and flu season approaches. Dust can contribute to a wide array of health problems from respiratory problems, to increase in asthma and allergy symptoms. As you are dusting your everyday surfaces, don’t forget to dust those ceiling fans, vents, and other overlooked areas in your home. Vents are extra important to keep clean!
- Wash your bed sheets and towels regularly! Dust, dander, sweat, oils, and skin cells collect on these items regularly. Even more so if you have pets. Make sure you wash your bed sheets weekly and switch up your bath towel every day or two.
- Regularly clean or switch out your kitchen sponges and dish towels! Sponges especially can carry thousands of germs, food-borne pathogens, and possibly even mold if not cleaned and stored properly. Cloth dish towels can carry unhealthy microorganisms. Make sure you replace your kitchen sponge regularly or place it in the dishwasher on a high temperature wash weekly. Also, a good idea to squeeze it all the way out after every use. As for those dish towels-don’t forget to change them out every few days!
- Take the trash out regularly- especially if someone in your home is ill and using lots of tissues.
- Make sure you are using hot and soapy water when washing your dishes so that germs don’t get spread from one mouth to the next. If you use a dishwasher, check out the settings on yours. Most dishwashers have options such as “sanitize” or “high heat” to help kill any germs.
Do you have some fall house cleaning tips? We’d love to hear them!
At Everyday Helper, we can help with all of these tasks and more through our house cleaning service. We offer weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or occasional cleaning. If you’d like some extra help this fall keeping your home clean and healthy, we’d love to assist. Simply fill out our contact us form by clicking here. You can also call us at 319-400-1853.