Spring has arrived and many of us are on a mission to make our homes sparkle. However, our typical strategies and routines don’t always conquer the most important parts of spring cleaning. As you begin to tackle the dust and dirt this spring, keep these three tasks in mind:

  1. Disinfect: With flu season and a litany of holiday guests behind you, your home is probably due for a deep cleaning. Take care of hot zones that can harbor bacteria and viruses like door knobs, light switches, appliance handles and other areas of your home that several people frequently touch. When doing so, it’s important to use a cleaner that’s not only safe for your family, but also for the environment.

Method’s all-purpose antibacterial cleaner is perfect for a deep spring cleaning. It kills 99.9% of household germs, including influenza A virus, staphylococcus aureus, rhiovirus and salmonella enterica. Plus, its natural scents leave your home smelling as fresh as the spring air.

  1. Declutter: An excess amount of clutter in your home is actually much more harmful than you may think. Clutter, and in some cases hoarding, can lead to feeling overwhelmed, drained and unproductive. Plus, clutter can be a danger to your physical health. Experts say that too much clutter can be a fire hazard and can collect dust, mold and animal dander. To scale back your collection of “stuff,” think about what’s truly important to you. Find a balance of items that remind you of the iconic moments in your life, without over-indulging.
  1. Detox: One of the downsides to being cooped up all winter is the effect it has on your home’s air quality. According to the EPA, air quality is one of the top five risks to public health, with a variety of germs being spread more easily. To help purify the air in your home, try adding plants like aloe vera, areca palm or golden pothos. They’re great for your lungs, and can actually add a spring-time feel to your home.

When your home is disinfected, decluttered and detoxed, your family can enjoy a much healthier spring. For more tips about spring cleaning, check out our guide to cleaning for a fresher and healthier home.

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