A clean safe home is important for your family’s health and well being. Using common tips for a clean safe home will give
your family an enjoyable place to live. Let’s look at three rooms and see how we can keep them safe and clean.
- A bacterium grows in moist
environments. Keep the bathroom ventilated and dry to prevent bacteria from multiplying.
- Close the lid of the toilet
before flushing, to help keep germs from spreading to nearby surfaces.
- Keep the shower door or
curtain open after use, to allow them to dry and prevent mildew. If mildew does appear use household bleach or bleach based cleaners to remove stains.
- Towels and wash cloths should
be changed regularly to insure freshness.
- Water leaves marks, if it is
left to dry, so wipe down surfaces afer baths, showers and using the sink to prevent lime scale from forming.
- Make sure you and your family
wash their hands after using the toilet
- Leave the dispenser drawer and
front door on front load washing machines open to dry when not in use.
- Use the most suitable
detergent product designed to allow you to take the best care of your clothes.
- Follow washing instructions on
the detergent package and on your clothes for best results.
- Sort clothes colored and less
or non-colored to avoid dye transfer.
- Take your clean laundry out of
the machine as soon as possible and dry it. This will help keep unpleasant odors from developing.
- Keep your refrigerator clean
- Begin by washing glasses and
end with the most soiled items like pots and pans (to remove soil easily don’t allow it to dry on) put items to soak after use and before cleaning.
- Regularly change your sponges
and cleaning cloths. Keep them dry and clean by disinfecting to prevent build up of bacteria.
- Always clean surfaces and
chopping boards immediately after use.
- Clean stove and microwave
- Clean door knobs, light
switches and outlets regularly.
Have a clean safe home by taking time to do simple cleaning tips.
by Lorene Bartos,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A clean home is a Green & Healthy Home. Dust and grime can increase the risk of pest infestation and can lead to asthma, allergies and other health and safety risks.2 Keep your home clean by
controlling the source of dust and grime, making all home surfaces smooth and easy-to-clean, and getting rid of clutter. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose
cleaner to clean surfaces in your home regularly.1
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™
1 Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™: The 8 Elements of a Green & Healthy Home (http://www.greenandhealthyhomes.org/what-green-healthy-home)
2U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Making Homes Healthier for Families (http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/healthyhomes)