Spring cleaning is a great way to prepare for the summer months. Big jumpers and heavy duvets are stored away in favour of lighter decors and our homes are filled with all the beautiful flowers now in bloom.
As we reluctantly welcome winter, we begrudgingly dig out what we need and rarely give it much more thought than simply trying to keep warm. An autumn clean can actually be very beneficial to your home, your health and your happiness however.
Below we have detailed some great ways to ensure your autumn deep clean can help to keep you and your family healthy this winter. For further information follow this link: https://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/minimizing-germs-at-home.aspx.
Give bedding a deep clean
One of the biggest downsides to winter is the dreaded cold and flu bugs that constantly go around. There are a number of reasons why we’re more prone to getting ill during the winter months but one of the main ones is because as the temperature drops and we crank up the heating, fabrics become a haven for the germs, bacteria, mould and mites that thrive in warm winter environments.
Beds are a haven for bacteria and while we may be good at washing our sheets, how often do your pillows and duvet get a wash?
As well as your usual bedding, give your pillows and duvet a super clean to keep bugs at bay. Either head to the dry cleaner or if they can fit into the washing machine you have at home, put them on a 60˚C wash to ensure any bugs are destroyed.
Wipe down surfaces
One of the most effective ways of preventing winter bugs from spreading is by ensuring that all surfaces are properly cleaned with an anti-bacterial cleaning spray. As well as remembering the usual suspects such as kitchen and bathroom surfaces, don’t forget about commonly neglected areas such as door handles and light switches. We touch these surfaces several times a day and it’s therefore very easy to spread all sorts of germs.
This is probably the last thing you want to do as the temperatures start to drop but lack of ventilation is another big cause of winter bugs spreading.
Hanging our washing up to dry, cooking and even just breathing is enough to cause damp and condensation to build up in our homes. This high indoor humidity encourages bacteria, dust mites and fungi to grow which can trigger or worsen respiratory infections. What’s more, when we bring germs into the home, we’re more likely to breath them in within enclosed, unventilated spaces.
Try to open windows as much as possible. The Ventilation can help to freshen stale air and lessen the likelihood of coming into contact with particles that are sneezed or coughed into the air when people are ill.
Our window shutters are ideal in the winter months because you can have your windows open and adjust the slats to prevent too much cold air coming in. This allows you to get the best of both worlds – ventilation to prevent the spread of bacteria without having to worry about being freezing cold.
Confirming the importance of an autumn clean, environmental practitioner from The Hygiene Doctor, (https://thehygienedoctor.co.uk/) Dr Lisa Ackerley commented:
“Spring is traditionally when we give the house a deep clean but autumn cleaning is even more important. Central heating and closed windows reduce ventilation and create dream conditions for dust mites, bacteria and mould. Add in food crumbs, spillages, wet laundry and trodden-in dirt and you’re creating the perfect environment for bugs to thrive.”