Spring Cleaning the Safe Way: What you need to know to protect your family, pets, and environment.

Miley Legal Group

As the dark days of winter draw to a close and you begin to let in some light and throw those windows open once again, you may notice that your house has filled with some of that extra, winter-time baggage.  Yes, it’s time for a good spring cleaning – time to wash the windows and let in the light, and since all those sunshine-y rays expose the dust in your living room, it’s time to tackle that task too.

In preparation for our own spring cleaning ventures, we at The Miley Legal Group have gathered some tips and advice for getting the job done without hurting yourself, your family, or the environment:

Protecting your family.

  • For safety on ladders and step-ladders, a “three-point” system is recommended; at all times while on the ladder, keep at least three of your appendages (2 hands, 1 foot; 2 feet 1 hand) firmly planted on the rungs.
  • Never combine chemical cleaners.  Even household cleaners could react to create toxic fumes or worse.
  • Wait for a friend to help you.  If you need to move furniture, take down a light fixture, or complete some other big task, don’t try to do it alone.  You may injure yourself in the process.
  • Lock up medications and dangerous cleaning products.  Keep them on a high shelf, out of the reach of children.

Protecting your pets.

  • Slippery floors can present dangers to your pets too.  True, Fido and Kitty have those rubbery paw-pads for traction, but they can still slip and hurt themselves, just like people.  Keep them out of rooms with wet floors.
  • Be careful of falling objects.
  • Keep pets away from buckets of mop water and any chemicals they might try to ingest.

Protecting the environment.

  • Some “homemade” cleaning supplies can be used to cut down on chemical pollution.  Try baking soda to gently scrub surfaces, remove odors, and soften laundry; toothpaste can be used to clean silver; even salt can be utilized to get rid of rust and mildew.
  • Recycle old towels and stained clothes by cutting them up and using them as cleaning rags.
  • Houseplants (like Spider plants, peace lilies, and rubber plants) make outstanding air filters.  You’ll need several for a whole house, or just put a few in  your living room or bedroom.

As spring gets into full swing and summer arrives, you’ll feel a lot better knowing that your home is clean, safe, and green.  Enjoy the warmer weather, and stay safe!