The Playdate Kids Gazette

This blog is dedicated to all of the Playdate Kids Club Members. We will offer fun to read articles, tips for parents, ideas for arts and crafts projects and more!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

6 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips for a Healthy Family

Playdate Kids need to live in safe and healthy homes. Here are some spring cleaning chores that you can do to keep your family safe and improve their health:

  1. Change the batteries in your smoke detector and make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector if you haven’t already.

  2. Dust your home thoroughly and always remember to clean or replace your air conditioning filters. This will decrease your family’s exposure to pollens among other dander and allergens. Also, remember to vacuum regularly.

  3. Check your garage and other storage areas for paint, thinners and other forms of “toxic” products that are dangerous to have around your home. Find a waste drop-off center near your home. Do not throw these toxic materials in your trash can.

  4. Organize your medicine cabinets. Throw away any expired medications (some say you can be safe as long as they are not over 3 months old) and old prescription medications that are no longer needed. This will lessen the chances of you or your children taking something they shouldn’t and you will also gain more space for new products and medications.

  5. Clean all mold and mildew with non-toxic cleaning products. Mold and mildew are very harmful to your health.

  6. Assess the products under your sinks and cabinets for expired or toxic cleaning products. They are harmful and dangerous-- dispose of anything that is unsafe for your children and family.