We all know that it feels good to come home to a clean house. But you may not be aware that you may be sharing your place with five scary things if you don’t clean it properly.
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so clear gutters and dump out wading pools and pots that may have filled with water after a storm. Throw away empty bottles and soda cans. Houseflies lay eggs in garbage, rotting food, animal waste, and water, so keeping your kitchen and any litterbox clean is a must. And ants feed on almost any food in your home, especially foods with high sugar content. Put your food away at night, and make sure your counters are clean. Always take out your recycling and trash as a buildup in your home can encourage all of these pests.
Molds growing in your home can cause allergies, asthma, and in some cases more serious illnesses caused by mycotoxins. Mold needs moisture to grow so eliminate any sources of leaks. Use detergent and water to scrub hard surfaces with mold on them and make sure to dry them completely. You may need to use protective gear including a mask, respirator, goggles, and gloves to clean mold. Your cleaning professional will know what gear is right as well as how to rid your home of mold, so it’s often a good idea to let someone else help you with mold.
Lice and Scabies
Scabies are caused by the human itch mite which lays its eggs in the skin. Scabies mites can live for months on your body, but even off your body they can survive for 48 to 72 hours. Head lice too must live on humans; once they fall off the human they last for about 48 hours. Both of these pests can be cleaned from your home once the human infestation has been taken care of.
You should clean towels, clothes, and bedding in hot water and a hot dryer setting or through a dry cleaner. Both scabies and lice are very infectious, so careful, targeted use of vacuuming is important. You can also place things like shoes, stuffed animals, and other soft items directly into a hot dryer on the highest setting to kill scabies and lice. Get rid of clutter to minimize recurrence.
The last thing you need in your home is unfriendly bacteria that can cause sickness. Always use cleaning supplies that are also disinfectants to kill bacteria. Remember to clean your computer’s keyboard, remote control, and cell phone regularly. Also ensure you’re cleaning your linens on a hot water setting to best kill bacteria and other invaders.
Your home can easily be filled with viruses including the flu virus and hantavirus if you don’t stay vigilant about cleaning. Bathrooms and kitchens are a popular place for both viruses and bacteria to linger, so pay them special attention. If anyone in your home has the flu or any other known virus, you should clean and disinfect your faucets, doorknobs, countertops, light switches, and toilet bowls daily. Throw away toothbrushes that have been contaminated with viruses by users, and keep toothbrushes inside a cabinet, not on the countertop.
The Bottom Line
Cleaning your house regularly and using the right techniques can help you sleep better at night—who wants to worry about any of these uninvited guests? And a clean home is essential to great health. Don’t wait! Get cracking on your cleaner home today.