Even though, until very recently, winter was battling spring for top spot, the calendar (and now the weather too) indicates that spring has finally arrived! As we stir from our winter slumber, it’s easy to become inspired by thoughts of spring buds that are ready to burst, warm sunny days and fun outdoor activities. But, there are also some not so fun, yet necessary activities that traditionally take place during spring months. These activities can help protect your health and prevent disease. What are they?
Please don’t judge. We know it’s likely your least favourite time of the year…but giving your home a thorough clean can be beneficial to your health. Here are some cleaning tips to get you started:
- Where possible, choose non-toxic cleaners to get the job done
- Use a disinfectant on high-touch areas of the home like light switches, doorknobs, toilet handles, soap dispensers and faucets. Don’t forget other commonly used items like remotes and keyboards!
Tip: Some products may be harsh on sensitive skin. Always wear rubber gloves when handling disinfectants.
- Start at the top
Dust and dirt moves from top to bottom, so when cleaning, start with high surfaces like the tops of cupboards, lights and on top of the fridge, then work your way down. • Dust before vacuuming and vacuum before mopping to eliminate the spread of excess dirt.
Test your well water
If water for your home is supplied by a private well, it is recommended that you test your well water at least three times annually, with spring being the most important testing time of the year. Take a look at the five steps involved in testing your private well water. You can pick up a water testing bottle at participating Public Health offices and municipal buildings.
Prep for outdoor fun
Stock up on outdoor essentials like sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and bug repellent with 30% DEET or 20% Icaridin for kids. If your family loves to go on hikes or spend time at the cottage, it’s also a good idea to stock up on lightweight and light-coloured clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants that can help protect you from disease-carrying insects like ticks and mosquitoes.
Once all your spring prep is done, get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air and beautiful sunshine! We sure waited long enough for spring to finally arrive!