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Housekeeping

Historically, “Spring Cleaning” was a time when families would gather together after the cold season to completely spruce up the household, often dirtied by soot and dirt from old-fashioned heating elements such as wood burning stoves or chimneys, which were more commonly used during that era.

Today, housekeeping is just as critical in the winter, summer and fall as it is in the spring. Critical chores are necessary both inside and outside the house year-round. With the use of chemicals, it is important to fully understand how to properly store and use household cleaning products.

Indoor Chores

Cleaning the inside of a home is a necessary responsibility toward good housekeeping habits. Some tasks are more critical on a daily basis like dishwashing, laundry and even making beds. Other chores are completed weekly such as dusting and cleaning glass and furniture. Appliances such as the stove and refrigerator should be cleaned at least once per month.

Dishwashing

Without dishwashing daily after meals, the kitchen runs a greater risk from bacterial infections and other nasty infestations that come from the appearance of grimy or greasy dinnerware like bugs, which can lead to further health issues.

Laundry

Be sure to keep all chemicals out of the reach of children and pets, and store them properly with container lids sealed tight. Follow the guidelines and warnings on the label of any products you use to ensure safe use. Before disposing empty containers, make sure to rinse them thoroughly, and never reuse them for anything other than detergent.

Detergent and other laundry chemicals are dangerous. In the case of accidental poisoning, please call the poison control center immediately.

Making Beds

While making a bed shows discipline and organization, there are more important benefits to this seemingly time-consuming chore. Making the bed shows cleanliness, but also keeps dust and other allergens away from the sheets. This is especially important for sufferers of allergies.

Dusting and Vacuuming

Dusting isn’t just for wooden furniture. It is just as critical to get into the corners and crevices of your walls, ceilings and between furniture and appliances, as it is to clean the surfaces of your furniture. Dust and vacuum weekly to keep dander and dust from affecting your immune system. Use a rag and some pledge to dust furniture surfaces, but use a dusting mop or vacuum hose for the other areas of reach.

Cleaning Glass Surfaces

Grime and fingerprints build up quickly on glass surfaces. It is recommended that glass surfaces be cleaned weekly with Windex and a microfiber cloth. Paper towels cause streaking, but a more affordable solution—old newspapers. If the smell isn’t bothersome, vinegar is better for cleaning windows.

Outside Chores

Outdoor housekeeping responsibilities are kept to a minimum in comparison to those chores completed indoors. Most of these are done weekly, monthly and seasonally. During the spring and summer months, mowing the lawn and weed whacking are necessary to the health of the home’s landscape. In the fall, cleaning gutters and raking are necessary.

Mowing Lawn and Weed Whacking

Healthy grass requires pruning, just like healthy plants and shrubberies do. It’s important to only mow the grass during dry weather. Wet grass can clump inside the blades of the mower. The warmer it gets, the more often mowing is necessary. Be sure not to cut more than a third of the grass blade when mowing and trimming.

Cleaning Gutters

Proper maintenance of gutters is necessary to keep water and other potentially clogging sources out of the gutters. Leaves are the number one culprit for clogged gutters, but animals can sometimes make a home of your home, so be cautious when cleaning.

Raking

Leaves and small sticks dirty up the appearance of the yard. While they don’t cause much more than cosmetic damage, it is important to rake the leaves for the sanity of the neighbors.

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