Spring is on its way and its time to create an indoor checklist! Check all your filters and clean them: your furnace should be replaced and gently vacuum out the area where the filter goes.
Clean out your washer filter by draining and cleaning the inside of the washer with vinegar and water.
Clean out the dryer vents by moving the dryer out of its area and vacuuming out all the places where the vent is connected.
Clean out the dishwashers filter every week. I find that all kinds of things get stuck here. Also rinse with a cup of vinegar and hot water on the shortest cycle.
I actually remove the stove fan filter and place it in hot soapy water and let it sit in there for a while, then I place it in the dishwasher for a regular cycle.
I sweep and mop with soapy hot water behind my appliances, and vacuum off the dust behind the refrigerator and its front fan.
My rugs get a good shampoo and the floor mats get put into the washer and hung outside to dry.
I clean my mattress by vacuuming it and sprinkling baking soda on it, I leave for the day and then vacuum it again,making sure I get all the crevices.
I am always on the look out for moulds which come is all forms, white, grey, yellow, green and black. Moulds can cause all kinds of chronic sinus problems, like irritated or stuffy nose. Its easy to spot the mould which usually is found where its wet and warm, like showers, grout, drains, behind toilets, under sinks and on the windows. You can use hot water and bleach which is the best way to clean mildew, but please remember to wear gloves, this does transmit through the skin. I use homemade product to clean my bathroom.
A really great recipe for bathrooms and toilets is as follows:
Mix together 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, add a squirt of all natural dish soap for suds and 15 drops of an essential oil for scent. I use orange or lemon from Young Living.
To make a scrub for scouring by forming a paste with 1 tbsp Castile soap, and 2 tbsp cram of tartar. Apply the paste to the area your cleaning, spray with hydrogen peroxide then wipe everything off with an old T shirt, rinsing with warm water.
For cleaning windows and mirrors use half and half of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. I also add lemon essential oil to the mix. Vinegar is also great to pour 1/2 cup into the toilet bowl, let sit for 15 mins and then flush.
If you really don't like the vinegar smell adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to any homemade cleanser and it will help solve this problem. My favourite is Lavender or Purification from Young Living, which is also anti-fungal or antibacterial.