When you think of seasonal cleaning, it’s common to immediately think of Spring Cleaning. While it’s important to clean in the springtime, I think it’s very important to take that mentality and apply it to each season! It’s a great practice to do a huge cleanout four or so times each year. That way, each time you don’t have quite as much work on your plate!
It’s also really important to go into a huge cleaning endeavor with a checklist, so you can make sure your process is effective!
These are the three lists that I like that make, in order to keep myself organized:
● Household Dangers (things to check out/be on the lookout for)
● Commonly Missed Areas (the spots I always forget)
● Cleaning Products (things I need to get started)
Household Dangers No matter what there are always possible household dangers that you should be on the lookout for! Seasonal cleaning is a great time to double check and make sure any possible hazards are taken care of. I’m always sure to check:
● Damaged Materials
A crack in the floor could not only cut you or your little ones feet, but certain materials in homes could potentially contain asbestos, especially if the house was build before the 1970’s. Asbestos was commonly found in insulation, pipe lining, floor tiles, roofing and siding. This fiber can become very dangerous when disturbed (like in a cracked vinyl floor tile), and inhaling it can lead to complications as severe as mesothelioma cancer. So of course, it’s always to take care of damages like these as soon as you notice them! If you suspect asbestos, always consult a professional.
● Smoke Detectors
Almost 1.3M house fires were reported in the United States, just in 2014. That number continues to grow annually. As a precaution, test to make sure batteries are working. It’s easy to forget about these, since it’s not everyday you expect to hear your smoke detector go off! Always better safe than sorry.
● Gas Detectors
Whether it’s Carbon Monoxide, Radon, or whichever has monitors you might have, check to make sure these are properly working. If you don’t have any, and are interested in learning more about them you can read HERE.
● Spilled Cleaning Products
This is particularly important if you have little ones, whether it’s kids or pets! Since these are commonly stored below the sink, first make sure they are secured, and second, make sure that there are no spills that way pets cannot lick the chemicals from the ground, and kids cannot get there hands in it!
Commonly Missed Areas There are always spots that I think of just as I’ve finished putting away the cleaning supplies! It always helps to have an actual list, and check off those easy to miss areas as you go. Just to name a few:
● Behind the toilet
● Toilet handle + seat
● Toothbrush holder
● Window tracks
● Doors + trim
● Ceiling fans (and other fans)
● Air vents + ducts
● Electronics (keyboard, mouse + remotes)
● Kids toys
● Kitchen appliances
● Garbage cans
● Under furniture
I have a few store brands that I absolutely love to use, but prefer to keep my choices natural and/or organic. One favorite is Mrs. Meyer’s. They offer all sorts of products to clean your house from top to bottom. However, if you like to go the doityourself route there are SO many recipes for homemade cleaning solutions, and most of the items you probably already have in stock at home! Apartment therapy has some really great info and recipes for all your cleaning needs, but if you’re looking for a simple allpurpose cleaning you can try out this recipe. It’s great for just about any surface you could think of!
It’s hard to be perfect when it comes to cleaning, and let’s face it, who has time to clean all the time! It just pays to know what it is you need to accomplish before you start, and look out for what really matters to ensure a safe and healthy home for you and your family.