Spring

First Med Urgent Care Providing Healthy Spring Cleaning Tips

Get Tidy This Spring

Isn’t there just something magical about the way spring brings a whole new motivation to your soul? It’s probably thanks to all those months of being cooped up in the house, avoiding the freezing cold wind infamous to Oklahoma. Our Urgent Care team figured it’d be the best time to focus on spring cleaning so that you can get your house all nice and tidy. The problem is that a lot of cleaning chemicals tend to make people sick when used incorrectly. Instead of burning your nose hairs or causing lung damage by breathing in toxic fumes, we found some safer, healthy ways to clean.

  • Get mold out of the creases in the shower or tub! First, put on some rubber gloves and soak a paper towel in a 1 part vinegar and 9 parts water solution. Paste the paper towel like paper mâché to the moldy area. Repeat until all areas are covered and let it sit for at least 1 hour or longer for serious mold.
  • Keep stainless steel looking bright! Using vinegar in a spray bottle, wet down the appliance you’re trying to clean. Wipe it off to remove initial dirt and then dip your cloth into a bit of oil (olive oil works fine) and polish the appliance with it. You will notice a shiny surface and marks disappear.
  • Unclog drains! Start by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain. Then, pour ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of very hot water on top of it. Let that mixture sit a few minutes. Next, add 1 cup of vinegar inside. Cover the drain if it’s not deep. You may see or hear the fizzy reaction and that means it’s working to eliminate all the gunk down there. After it’s done fizzing for 5-10 minutes, pour another pot of boiling water to flush the drain.

As a final tip, consider opening some windows and let the fresh air circulate without having to utilize the A/C unit for a while. This way any vinegar smells that you have lingering can quickly be aired out. You’ll notice the smell goes away a lot faster than the fumes from chemical-based cleaners usually do.

We hope with these tips that you don’t have to come to the urgent care or visit any emergency rooms due to cleaning this spring!