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Keeping a Healthy Home

Keeping It Clean

  • Keep cloths and sponges clean: Believe it or not, the very items you use to clean - cloths and sponges - could be spreading bacteria. Wash cloths frequently in your washing machine in hot water. Zap damp, metal-free sponges in the microwave for two minutes every other day to kill bacteria.
  • Watch where germs surface: Germs can lurk on all kinds of surfaces for hours and even days. Today, we have an arsenal of powerful cleaners at our disposal for killing germs.



When Choosing Cleaners

  • Read the labels: Some ingredients in powerful cleaning products may irritate eyes, lungs and more. To prevent this, look for no- or low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds-chemicals recognized as potentially harmful) cleaners. Also, you can choose from hundreds of products with the Design for the Environment label. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has designated these products as safer for families and the environment. Another label to look for: Green Seal, a nonprofit science-based environmental certification.
  • Don't overuse antibacterial and antimicrobials: It may seem counter-intuitive, but antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps and disinfectants that help keep germs away can also make germs more drug-resistant. So try not to go overboard with these products.
  • Listen to Mom: What is your best defense against germs? It's what moms have been advising for generations: Wash your hands frequently with regular soap and hot water, especially after touching heavily used surfaces like kitchen counters, remote controls and phones.

KEEPING A HEALTHY HOME

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