A home is considered a safe place where you gather with your family. Everything may seem peaceful indoors. However, you might be unaware of some invisible enemies lurking around your house. Even if you regularly clean your floors and other surfaces, if you are not using the right techniques, you are still allowing pesky contaminants and germs to live with you. Here are a few tips to effectively sanitize your house.
Use the Right Cleaning Ingredients to Sanitize Your House
You might be using the same disinfectant for different areas of the home simply because it is convenient. Take note that most disinfectants have tough chemicals, which should be perfect for cleaning hard-to-remove stains but too strong for other surfaces. Instead, you should be using different cleaning solutions for different surfaces and different areas. Here is a list of solutions that you should use for specific areas:
Soap and Hot Water Solution
This solution is gentle enough for most surfaces with dirt and grime, especially when they are not touched very often.
Your commercially available cleaner-disinfectant solutions are perfect for cleaning surfaces that invite germs to gather, like kitchen counters and bathrooms.
Homemade Disinfectant Solution
A risk that comes with store-bought disinfectants is the risk of inhaling chemicals. Instead, mix 3 teaspoons of household bleach with a gallon of water. You should be able to achieve the same level of cleanliness with this cheaper and safer option.
Keep in mind, just because it is homemade does not mean it is completely safe. Make sure to wear gloves when cleaning and never pair it with ammonia or vinegar.
Practice Speed-Cleaning Regularly
It is so much easier to sanitize your home if you are doing it regularly. Here are some little habits you can incorporate into your schedule to keep the house clean:
- Wipe and clean kitchen countertops and handles right after cooking.
- Clean spills immediately so that they do not attract dirt and bacteria.
- Wash toothbrush holders every week.
- Mop the floors and vacuum carpets once a week.
- Use hot water and soap to wash your pet toys monthly.
- Clean your sink drain and garbage disposal with a teaspoon of bleach and a quart of water every month.
Have Your HVAC Unit Checked Annually
It should already be a part of your cleaning routine to clean or replace your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit’s built-in filter. However, cleaning your HVAC unit does not stop there, especially if you are not licensed to do so. Call a professional to inspect your HVAC at least once or twice a year to make sure that it is functioning perfectly and is not circulating dirty air around the house.
Maintenance may cost you some money, but it is cheaper than getting your HVAC repaired when it is broken, or worse, having a family member go to the hospital after getting infected indoors.
Cleaning and sanitizing your home may be a dreadful chore, but as long as you do it effectively, you can keep yourself and your family safe. These tips can easily be incorporated into your cleaning routine, making your home an even safer and healthier space, and they can save you money in the long run as well.