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Spring Cleaning for a Healthy Home

2012 March 8

By Lina Younes

As we see the first signs of the new season, it’s easy to get into the mood for spring cleaning around the house. We just want to open the windows, freshen the air, put away the heavy coats and signs of winter inside the home. During this process, we start thinking of giving a thorough cleaning around the house and even a fresh coat of paint or doing some renovations. How can we make sure that during this process, we are making our home environment healthier? Well, here are some green tips for your consideration.

Thinking of giving your kitchen or bathrooms a good scrubbing? Do you want to make sure that the chemicals that you are using are safe and green? Here’s a suggestion. Use cleaning products with the Design for the Environment label. (DfE). What is the DfE exactly? It’s an EPA partnership program. Those products with the DfE label have been screened carefully for potential human health and environmental effects to ensure that they are produced with the safest ingredients possible.

Another common spring cleaning practice? Painting! It’s an easy way to give a whole new look to home. However, if your home was built before 1978, it is very likely that it has lead-based paint. Lead is a toxic metal found in paints and buildings built before 1978 and it can cause serious damage to the brain, learning problems and even hearing problems. So if you are thinking about painting around the house or making some renovations, get some useful information on making these renovations safely or getting a certified contractor.

Thinking of some major repairs such as getting water efficient toilets or new household appliances? Look at products with the WaterSense label for greater water efficiency or Energy Star appliances to save energy, money, and protect the environment.

Over the winter, did you have problems with snow and a leaky basement? Make sure to correct the any mold problems and get proper ventilation to ensure good indoor air quality in your home.

So, do you have any grand spring cleaning plans in mind? Share your thoughts. We love to hear from you.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves as EPA’s Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. kiyohisa tanada permalink
    March 9, 2012

    I shut up a window in winter.
    “The dust” which occurs from clothing
    It is made “accumulation” under the bedding.
    When spring wind blows,
    A lump of the dust,
    While turning,
    “The dust” comes out from under the bedding.
    I watched it, and “spring came”
    I think so

  2. Health Care permalink
    March 13, 2012

    Absolutely ,sping is awesome season to maintain health..Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice article…

  3. Health Care permalink
    March 13, 2012

    Absolutely ,sping is awesome season to maintain health..Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice article…

    Regards,

    Kaitlin Powell

  4. Ted permalink
    March 13, 2012

    I had a good read about spring cleaning and I like that I find that you are stated in your article – that most products : “screened carefully for potential human health and environmental effects to ensure that they are produced with the safest ingredients possible.” – It is good to know that there some one who are really care about our health.Thanks Lina.Ted.

  5. Driveway Cleaning Birmingham permalink
    March 14, 2012

    Yes i completely agree Ted. The laws concerning which chemicals can be used in cleaning agents is very tough and it has got much stricter over the last few years. I run a driveway cleaning company in UK and have noticed many domestic and professional products have been taken off the shelf recently. Many people say its over the top but i agree Ted its better that dangerous chemicals arnt used unnecessarily.

  6. Chris driveway cleaner permalink
    May 2, 2013

    i agree, not just spring but all seasons as well. We need to get our environment clean.

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