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3 Places Where Germs Survive a Typical Spring Cleaning
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On May 11, 2009 @ 5:50 pm In Green Living, Healthy Home | No Comments
If your life is anything like mine, spring cleaning does not get completed in one fell swoop. Mine’s dragged out for weeks. But this weekend, my hissing air purifier reminded me of a few places germs love to hide out while we’re all distracted with cleaning out our closets, scrubbing our grout and weeding our gardens.
When you need a break between dandelions, don’t forget to:
If you let your air purifier  go too long between regular cleanings and replacement filters , it can get too gunked up to work properly. Yes, it’s a dirty job, but it’s also very satisfying to see all the stuff you and your family didn’t breathe. I was a little intimidated to open up the machine and clean it myself, but the user manual walked me through it. (If you can’t find your manual, go to the website for the seller or manufacturer for help.)
Your faucet has clean water running through it every day. But, did you know it can also harbor some serious germs and bacteria ? Periodically remove the screen and disinfect it by placing it in boiling water with a tablespoon of white vinegar (instead of bleach). Read more about health-safe disinfectants here .
On a sunny day, it’s common in Sweden (where I live) to see people’s bed quilts hanging out the windows. For a country that doesn’t get to see much sun for more than half of the year, they certainly do appreciate the benefits of those ultraviolet rays. Killing dust mites  appears to be top of mind; hanging your quilt in the sun for a few hours will kill the microscopic suckers. Washing your organic sheets  in hot water with a temperature above 140 degrees will also kill dust mites, but line drying in the sun is an eco-friendlier way to achieve the same result — and air drying your laundry  could save you around $135 a year in energy costs .
Where else do you search and destroy germs missed by spring cleaning?
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URLs in this post:
 air purifier: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/air-quality.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 replacement filters: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/water-quality/replacement-filters.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 it can also harbor some serious germs and bacteria: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/25/earlyshow/health/main4968164.shtml
 Read more about health-safe disinfectants here: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Are-Disinfectants-Overkill.html
 Killing dust mites: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10-Ways-to-Deal-with-Dust-Mites-and-Get-Real-Allergy-Relief.html
 organic sheets: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/bedroom/sheets-bedding.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 air drying your laundry: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/household/laundry.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 save you around $135 a year in energy costs: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/9-Money-Saving-Earth-Month-Projects-You-Can-Do-in-as-Little-as-10-Minutes.html
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