The health benefits behind the tall task – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Can you feel it? Spring is in the air, and for some, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning.

Some people are in “spring cleaning” mode, making lists and performing deep cleanings throughout their home.

The CDC says cleaning removes most germs and virus particles from surfaces and advises doing it regularly.

This is also recommended by Kimberly Rice, co-owner of “Cleaning Maid Beautiful” from Coraopolis.

“Door handles with our disinfectant. Handles on cupboards, fronts of cupboards. Everything you touch every day. Light switch.”

Rice says that when people clean, they tend to overlook key areas, and those are places where bacteria and germs can really collect.

“Definitely the base of the toilet, behind the toilet there are water pipes that run behind the toilet. We wipe that off. These are often overlooked,” he added, “wash pet bedding once a week. It keeps the dander and things like that down.”

We also spoke to Julie Abbott, an avid cleaner who says she prefers daily cleaning to spring cleaning. During the week she looks after her grandchildren. Abbott said she makes sure to keep her floors clean as her youngest crawls and washes the toys regularly.

“I disinfect them all the time. I just make sure I put them in hot, soapy water and clean everything up.”

Abbott gave us many tips for keeping a clean home, including the fact that you peel the knobs on the stove instead of just wiping it down. Rice is also recommended for spring cleaning to clean behind, under, and around appliances if you are able to. Windows and window sills can also accumulate dirt, dust and allergens. Rice says you should try to clean both the inside and outside sills if you can do so safely.

As you prepare to spring clean, Abbott adds, “Don’t push yourself! Take a small portion. Say I’ll do the kitchen today. Don’t say I do all the windows. I do all the curtains. You just have to gradually.”

Before using any cleaning products, the CDC recommends reading the labels carefully to make sure you’re using them on the right surfaces and in the right way. The health benefits behind the tall task – CBS Pittsburgh


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