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Keep it Clean
Keeping a clean home can reduce allergens and irritants, help prevent injury, and make you happy! You don't have to have a picture perfect house, but cleanliness goes a long way to create a healthy house!
Control the source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods.
Reduce dust brought inside
Take your shoes off when entering the home
Invest in good equipment
– Doormats for all exterior doors
– Grate in front of door
– Shoe should hit the mat four times (10-12 feet)
Create a smooth and cleanable surface. What does smooth and cleanable refer to?
For example, wood floors are easier to clean than carpet. Carpet acts like a “sink”, capturing and holding contaminants. If you do have carpeted flooring, make sure you have a good working vaccum and use it often.
Here’s another example: Do you have hotspots that attract stuff like a magnet? Stuff piled on tables counters, etc. are not smooth and cleanable.
Reduce clutter in your home which can be hiding places for dust, dirt and allergens.
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 quart warm water
  • Mix the ingredients and apply with a sponge or pour into spray bottle and spray on. For lint-free results, wipe dry with crumpled newspaper, buff to a shine.
    Recipe taken from the University of Georgia Green Cleaning curriculum.
    Information provided by Dr. Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Housing Specialist – 7 Principles of a Healthy Home Workshop Series.

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