Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget These Important Items

There’s no doubt about it, when spring rolls around, there’s something in the air that makes a clean house feel even better. Unfortunately, spring cleaningusually brings to mind extensive, all-day cleaning that involves everything in your house, but who has time for that, right?

This spring, instead of planning to do an extensive, top-to-bottom cleaning of your house, focus on these essential items instead. Your body will thank you for it!

Spring Cleaning Must dos:

Medicine cabinet. In the interest of being economical, you’ve likely held onto medications that you stopped using, or medications that have passed their expiration date; just in case you need to use it again at some point.

However, by holding onto old medications, you could be putting your child at risk as many of them may unknowingly misuse them. Also, many drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter lose potency after their expiration date. It’s likely that this won’t cause any serious health issues, but the medication won’t be as effective.

For future knowledge, remember that all medications should be placed in a cool, dry cabinet.

Old makeup. Let’s be honest ladies, there are probably several makeup items you have that you haven’t used in several months, maybe even longer. And while it may seem safe to hold onto various makeup items, these outdated items can actually cause irritation and eye infections.

Here are some general guidelines to remember when going through old makeup:
  • Foundation (powder and liquid) shouldn’t be kept longer than 6 months to1 year
  • Mascara shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 months
  • Eye liner shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 to 6 months
  • Eye shadow (power) shouldn’t be kept longer than 2 years
So, if you can’t remember how long you’ve had that particular makeup item, or it’s starting to separate or smell funny, it’s time to throw it out.

Toothbrush. Your mouth can be a pretty dirty place. Between old food, bacteria and sometimes germs, your toothbrush has the tall task of cleaning away all of these things on a daily basis.

To ensure your toothbrush can effectively do its job, make sure to replace it every 3 to 4 months.

Loofah. That helpful shower pouf of yours with that makes your body wash extra sudsy and keeps your skin extra soft may actually be full of bacteria. Because your loofah is stored in the bathroom, a place notorious for moisture, bacteria can easily thrive and cause irritation and infection.

To ensure that your loofah stays nice and clean, make sure to get a new one every 3 to 4 weeks (natural kind) and every 2 months (plastic kind).

Razor. Depending on how frequently you shave, you may be more accustomed to knowing when your razor is dull and needs to be thrown out. For others, it can be difficult to know when your current razor has had enough. This is especially true as every time you use your razor, it is collecting bacteria and dulling the blade.

It’s recommended that you throw your razor away after approximately 5 uses. For some women this may mean a week, for others it may look more like a month. Keep in mind, though, that depending on the type of hair you have, you may need to replace your razor sooner. To help prevent bacteria, your razor should be stored away from your shower, in a dry place with the blade facing upward.

Kitchen sponge. As one of the most heavily used items, your kitchen sponge is likely the dirtiest item in your entire house. Between wiping up food, scrubbing dishes and cleaning off countertops, your kitchen sponge is filled with germs. On top of that, it likely sits in a puddle of its own water all day at the edge of your kitchen sink.

While there’s no go-to time limit on when it comes to throwing out your kitchen sponge, it is recommended that you do something daily to kill bacteria. One of the best ways to do this is to microwave your damp sponge for 1 to 2 minutes on high. You’ll know you killed the bacteria if the water on the sponge is hot enough to boil.

Spring into health. It isn’t just spring cleaning that can leave you feeling energized and fresh, prioritizing your health can do that, too. With experienced medical providers, convenient locations and a wide array of comprehensive services, Gwinnett Medical Group offers personalized care for all of your health needs. By making an appointment with a primary care provider, you will receive the care you need to enjoy spring to its fullest.