A clean and organized home is important for your health and energetic well-being.
When it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy, how often do you stop to think about the supplies being used? One aspect we’re covered before is avoiding toxic chemicals in products like dishwashing detergent. But this time Energy Matters, LLC. is turning its attention to cleaning tools such as mops, vacuums, brushes, and rags. As it turns out, supplies that aren’t regularly washed or replaced can harbor some pretty icky dust, dander, and bacteria.
This is especially true if you hire a cleaning service that brings in all their supplies. When my neighbors hire a house cleaner, the company brings in everything. Imagine all of these items being used in multiple houses. If nothing has been sterilized from the previous house, you are just slopping someone else’s waste and bacteria into your own. Gross!
When my cleaning lady comes, she brings nothing in. I have everything here, so she isn’t bringing someone else’s waste, dirt and germs into my house. You might consider doing the same, providing supplies that stay in just your own home. Not only will it keep outside germs and bacteria at bay, but it will also be more convenient for the people who come to clean. They can focus their energy on cleaning instead of making several trips to carry in the various tools from their vehicle.
You can also go a step further by ensuring that those supplies are well maintained. How can your home be sparkling clean if the tools are dirty? A dirty mop will transfer grime instead of cleaning up. Mops, brooms, vacuums, scrub brushes, and rags should be regularly washed with hot water and natural disinfectants.
We already know that sponges, in particular, are hotbeds for bacteria (Forbes, 2017). So, if you choose to use them, make sure they are cleaned often and replaced every few weeks. You may also want to keep your kitchen and bathroom products separate to prevent cross-contamination between food prep surfaces and toilets.
Finally, be smart when selecting the products that are brought into your home. Choose trusted, non-toxic cleaning products that are free of added fragrance and other toxic chemicals. A little mindfulness can go a long way in keeping your home clean and safe to protect your health.
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What To Remember:If your cleaning service uses the same supplies in other homes,
they could be bringing in waste and bacteria.Cleaning supplies should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.Store kitchen and bathroom cleaners separately to avoid cross-contamination.
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