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Quick TIPS: Spring Cleaning Safety Tips for Home


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Spring is here, which means soon you'll be going all Marie Kondo on your home. But before you start your spring cleanup, we have a few quick tips that'll keep all your cleaning from going to waste and keep your family healthy year-round. 

Spring cleaning "cleaning" tips 

  • Use (several) microfiber cloths (they're cleaner than dusters or rags).
  • Switch your cloths frequently to avoid spreading germs.
  • Clean "top to bottom," meaning you should dust off your ceiling fans, coffee tables, cabinets, etc., before hitting those hardwood floors and/or carpets.
  • Consider using dryer sheets for cleaning TVs, window blinds, and toilet rings. (Dryer sheets repell dust!) You can also use these to remove crayon marks from walls.
  • Don't use household cleaners on your hardwood floors. That'll nix the shine. Instead, sweep. Then, with a damp terry cloth and long mop, swipe. Done.
  • Remember to include your washing machine on your to-do list. Some vinegar and baking soda will have your machine smelling spring-time fresh! Or you can always go for a store bought cleaner.
  • When able, opt for mild cleaners, and never mix ammonia and bleach. Open a window to let some fresh air circulate while you clean.
  • If you have little ones following you around (including pets), keep an eye on your buckets and cleaning products. Both can be safety hazards under the wrong conditions. 

Safety first spring cleaning tips

Why not get some help with your spring cleaning tasks?

In addition to cleaning, spring is a good time to check your home safety procedures. Before you take a deep dive into cleaning your appliances and carpets, check off these essential safety tasks first:

  • Check the batteries and expiration dates of all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries and units as needed.
  • Also, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher(s).
  • Update first aid kits and replenish or add items as needed.
  • Review your evacuation/emergency plans, and update if necessary.
  • Get rid of expired medication. Learn how to do so safely, which may include flushing your old meds, in Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.
  • Don't skip cleaning your car. Add it to your spring-cleaning list, especially if you're looking to take a road trip this summer. Also, consider keeping a small vacuum in your trunk to keep the interior of your car looking as spiffy as the interior of your home.

Get your home ready for spring! Check out these spring home maintenance tips you can't ignore, and don't miss more home maintenance and improvement advice in our member-exclusive vipTIPS. Not a vipHomeLink member? Join today with a 90-day, risk-free trial. 

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