Spring Cleaning is Here!

Spring is a great opportunity to make living spaces healthier for friends and family.

By Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha, DO, Division Chief, CHA Infectious Diseases

As the weather starts to warm over the coming weeks, people across the country get in the cleaning spirit and begin tackling projects, big and small, around the house. This is a great opportunity to get rid of old household items, donate clothes to charity, and make our living spaces healthier for friends and family.

But you may wonder, where do I start? Creating a to-do list of projects can be daunting at first and put a quick damper on the cleaning season. Have no fear! Here are four simple ways to kick off your annual spring cleaning that will not consume countless hours.

  • The refrigerator can become a depository for old foods, especially if we come from large families. Start by removing all of the food from the fridge and scrub surfaces with an all-purpose cleaning solution. Afterward, remove anything that is expired. If you have time, use the same process for cupboards, the pantry, and other places where food is stored.
  • While in the kitchen, clean the chopping block with vinegar and dispose of that old sponge. Sponges can become really filthy and, at times, have more germs than the shower or toilet.
  • Open the medicine cabinet and sort through medications based on the expiration date (same as above). Be sure to open each bottle and get rid of pills if they smell bad or appear to be discolored. If you need to dispose of prescription drugs, see if there is a designated Prescription Dropbox Location locally.
  • Give fabrics a thorough wash in order to prevent allergies. This includes blankets, bedroom sheets, comforters, towels and washcloths to name a few. Also, vacuuming areas with large rugs, at least weekly, will help remove other dust causing allergies.

For more useful resources on home safety, check out the Home and Recreational Safety section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Remember, if you have specific questions based on a family members medical history it is best to consult with your primary care physician.

If you are exploring options in care, let us introduce you to the wonderful doctors at Cambridge Health Alliance by calling 617-665-1305 or visit www.challiance.org/cha/find-a-doctor.

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Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health care system committed to serving all members of our communities. We have expertise in primary care, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA patients receive high quality care in convenient neighborhood locations, and have seamless access to advanced care through CHA’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville Everett and Boston’s Metro North, CHA is working hard to offer the integrated services its communities need now, and in the future.