There are lots of reasons to do a thorough spring cleaning each year, but one of the most important is for the sake of your health. When dirt and grime accumulate in hard-to-reach or easy-to-forget spaces, allergens such as dust and mold can collect and cause significant health problems. Here are 10 places you may want to include in your spring cleaning routine this year.
HVAC vents – To clean, unfasten your vacuum cleaner hose but do not put on an attachment. Remove the vent and feed the hose as far down as it will reach. Turn on the vacuum and slowing pull in the hose, cleaning as you go.
Shower curtain liners – The bottom of a shower curtain liner is a breeding ground for Serratia marcescens, a bacterium that can cause urinary tract infections. To clean it, lay it on a flat, solid surface and use a scrub brush and a soapy disinfectant solution.
Drains – Accumulations of hair, soap scum and who knows what else make the perfect environment for bacteria and mold. Cleaning all your drains once a year is a good way to keep germs at bay.
Sink stopper rods – To remove the stopper, release the connecting arm from below the sink. Remove the stopper, scrub and disinfect.
Garbage disposal stopper sleeve – If you’ve ever had to retrieve something from a garbage disposal and brushed your hand against the underside of the stopper sleeve, you understand why this needs to be cleaned and sanitized.
Inside faucets – It’s a good idea to clean the inside of your faucets at least once a year. This can easily be done using a flexible bottle brush and a soapy disinfectant solution.
Humidifier filters – We know we are supposed to change our HVAC filters once a month, but we often forget about our humidifier filters.
Range exhaust fan screens – Greasy build-up can become toxic over time and emit foul odors. Remove the filter and soak in a degreasing solution. Wash with hot, sudsy water and let air dry before replacing.
Condensation pans under AC units – Any environment that is frequently wet for long periods of time provides prime habitat for mold.
Drip trays under indoor grills – Another area that is often forgotten is the drip tray under our indoor grills. Remove them and clean just as with the exhaust fan screens mentioned above.