“Spring cleaning really comes down to choosing the right products and tools, and targeting your cleaning and disinfectant efforts,” says Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. “Each spring, steam-clean carpets to kill the mold, fungi, and bacteria that have built up during the winter. And use bleach to target mold in and around the shower or tub area, especially the tiles and shower curtain.” To fight mold, use a solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water.

Spring is also a good time to clean or replace air-conditioner and furnace filters, as well as to vacuum or dust your refrigerator’s condenser coil, usually found under the unit. Check your vacuum cleaner’s manual for instructions on how often to replace the filter.

Disinfecting toilets weekly and kitchen cutting boards daily should be part of your regular year-round housekeeping chores, Gerba says. Wash sponges and other cleaning tools at least once a week. Keep bathroom and kitchen clean-up tools separate to avoid cross-contamination. For cleaning, only Pine-Sol Original cleaned well enough in Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of all-purpose cleaners to be recommended, earning high marks among 19 all-purpose products.

Courtesy: Consumer Reports