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The Science Behind Spring Cleaning
Over the years, ‘spring cleaning’ has become somewhat an automatic ritual. You awaken from a winter hibernation of couch surfing the cold nights away; you turn off the heater, put out the fire and take a good look at the interior of your home which has been locked up for the best part of three months. However, this incredibly important task is about more than just throwing open the windows and letting the sunshine in. Spring cleaning can have a positive impact on your health.
You see, between dust mites, bacteria laden sponges and chopping boards, the average washing machine and many other hot spots within the home, your house could be harmful to your health. So, to clean well is to clean healthily. Therefore, a solid spring clean could alleviate the symptoms of allergies, asthma and the occasional tummy upset. Here we give you more than one reason to get your gloves and your white vinegar out this spring!
The Washing Machine
Setting a lower temperature on your washing machine may be kind to your clothes, the environment and those with sensitive skin. However, research has shown that potentially harmful bacteria in our laundry is not being killed off in low-temp washes. Yes, regular cycles will clean most fabrics but that doesn’t necessarily equate to your clothes being “hygienically clean”.
Spring clean your washing machine by mixing ¼cup bicarb soda with ¼cup of water (this is essentially your “detergent”). Meanwhile, place 2 cups of white vinegar into the drum, close the door and set your machine to the hottest temperature. Moreover, the baking soda and vinegar will naturally break up mineral deposits and any mould growth while cleaning and refreshing your washing machine. As for your clothes? For certain loads, consider using a high temperature cycle.
It’s not exactly nice to think about, however, research shows a number of bacteria can be found on both wooden and plastic chopping boards when not cleaned properly. Firstly, plastic chopping boards should be sanitised in the dishwasher where high temperatures are used. However, to properly clean a wooden chopping board, scrub the board with soap and hot water then use a items such as white vinegar, lemon and salt to eliminate germs quickly. Furthermore, rinse and dry your chopping board with paper towel. Remember like all kitchen essentials, chopping boards have a shelf life too. Therefore, if yours looks to be past it’s prime, toss it out and purchase a new one.
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If you’ve ever had the misfortune of experiencing food poisoning, you may have blamed it on undercooked food, however, it may well have been caused by the trusty kitchen sponge. For example, regular sponges are renowned for containing a plethora of opportunistic bacterial pathogens, enough of which could be transferred from the sponge to your eyes or mouth to make you sick. For instance, while some suggest microwaving your sponge each day for 30seconds to kill harmful bacteria, we also suggest soaking your sponge daily in a solution of one part bleach/nine parts water. Lastly, replacing these frequently is also a good idea.
Sinks are brimming with germs. However, a daily rinse with water and soap will help prevent a build up of bacteria. Of course, if you’re spring cleaning and after an efficient, non-toxic solution for a solid clean of your kitchen and bathroom sink pour a pot of boiling water, a handful of bicarbonate followed by 125mL of vinegar down the drain. Moreover, some chemical drain cleaners can be extremely corrosive and dangerous (even their vapors are strong!) so you’re best to stick with a non-toxic solution.
In terms of your sheets, washing these in a high temperature washing cycle will get rid of dust mites as well as microscropic bugs. With your linen taken care of, it’s time to give your mattress some love! Flip this over (this should be done each six months anyway), and combine a few drops of your favourite essential oil with a box of bi-carb soda. For instance, sprinkle this on and give it a good massage into your mattress. Furthermore, leave it for an hour before vacuuming the mix thoroughly off your mattress – a good vacuum will remove any dust mites too. As a result, it will give your bed a freshen up, and it will help remove dirt and residue.
It’s the turn of a new season, so it’s highly likely you’re about to replace your toothbrush anyway, but for those who don’t update their toothbrush based on the season cycle, consider where you place your toothbrush each morning and night. For example, did you know that micro organisms are expelled every time the toilet flushes? Therefore, if your toothbrush is kept on your bathroom sink anywhere near your toilet, it’s highly likely some of those microorganisms will venture where you’d rather they didn’t. Moreover, it’s important to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible (tucked away in a vanity if possible!). It might be time for a new toothbrush after all. Gross but true!
How often would you clean your desk? If the answer is ‘not very often, you’re not alone. However, what this does mean though is that the average desktop contains a huge amount of germs. While most of these germs are harmless, it’s here where you’re more likely to spread and receive colds and flu. There are no prizes for guessing that the germiest object on your desk is indeed the phone. Even still, it’s been noted that viruses such as the flu can survive for two or three days on desktops and keyboards as well. For instance, a packet of disinfectant wipes kept close at hand is helpful on a daily basis. Therefore, during your spring clean though, combine water and vinegar, spray first on a paper towel and clean your desktop (and it’s contents) thoroughly!
There’s no two ways about it, mould is horrible and it can spread really quickly too. It is, however, preventable with DampRid. For example, to be anti-mould diligent, consider placing a number of Damp Rid in your wardrobe. Also, keep your cupboard doors ajar when you’re not home so fresh air continues to circulate. Moreover, our anti mould products are excellent and can be put to good use at any given season.
Damprid eliminates excess moisture in the air, prevents stains and damage cause by mould and mildew and eliminates odours caused by moisture.
Damprid prevents mould and mildew stains by eliminating the excess moisture that allows mould and mildew to grow.
When DampRid’s white pellets are exposed to the air, they absorb excess moisture and dissolve into a brine (salt solution). They won’t dry the air to a level that damages plants, animals or clothing. The formula is non-toxic, septic safe and friendly to the environment. It’s safe for home, family and pets and is easy to dispose of after use.