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If you are staying home and are well, why not be productive and do your spring cleaning
Nashville, Ark. – With the concern over Covid-19 throughout the media, most people
are taking extra precautions to protect themselves. Washing your hands more often,
sanitizing surfaces and staying at home are ways you can protect yourself. If you
are staying home and are well, why not be productive and do your spring cleaning now!
Is your home as clean as you want it to be? If not, you are not alone.
Seventy-eight percent of Americans say there are areas in their home that need to
be cleaned. Seventy-eight percent of people say they believe in and practice spring
cleaning each year. Even though we have not seen it much lately, sunshine makes us
want to have everything nice and clean.
While most people do clean their house on a regular basis, there are some
areas that will need special attention. According to American Cleaning Institute,
windows, floors, toilets and shelves tend to be the dirtiest spots in our homes. Here
are some tips to help you clean these problem areas.
Use a toilet bowl cleaner to tackle any hard water buildup in the bowl.
Wipe the outside of the toilet and toilet seat with a disinfectant cleaner. Be sure
to read the direction label on the product. Most suggest using the product at full
strength, letting it sit for at least 10 minutes and then wiping down. Be sure to
wear protective gloves when using cleaning products. They may be abrasive to skin.
Make sure to wipe down hinges, bumpers and the handle. Use disinfectant wipe between
cleaning for quick sanitizing.
Bookshelves and shelving are great places for dust. Start at the highest shelf and
work your way down. Wipe down anything you have on the shelves and then wipe down
the shelves. When dusting, spray the polish onto the dusting cloth instead of the
What about windows? Begin by using a broom or cloth to remove dust, soot, cobwebs
and dead insects from the frames and sills. When cleaning the glass, spray glass cleaner
onto a separate cloth-instead of the glass itself to prevent the cleaner causing water
spots or discoloring the trim.
Cleaning floors can be a huge problem area. Save them for last so you can sweep, vacuum
or mop up all the dust and dirt. Don’t forget to check the floor vents and get behind
and under the furniture. This is a great time to get all those cobwebs from the corners
and wipe down baseboards.
Before you begin your cleaning projects, take inventory of your supplies and gather
them together in one place. Once you have your mind set to cleaning you will need
to have all your supplies together and in one place.
Now that your home is nice and clean, you will want to keep it that way. Here are
some tips for preventing dirt, dust and germs from entering your home.
Nothing makes you feel better than a clean, fresh smelling home. Make a plan. Make
it a family affair by involving the whole family in the cleaning process. Involve
the family in prevention methods so your home is basically ready for any last minute
guests who may drop in.
Information for this article was adapted from the American Cleaning Institute webpage.
You can check them out at cleanandhappynest.org for lots of information on cleaning almost anything. For more information on other
consumer issues, contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit
our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
After spring cleaning, who wants to spend a lot of time preparing a meal? This recipe
can be prepared in about 30 minutes and the whole family will love it!
½ pound lean ground beef
8 ounces egg noodles, uncooked
12 ounces fat free cottage cheese
2 cups reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
Non-stick cooking spray
1 (14.5 ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, not drained
1 cup water
½ teaspoon parsley
½ teaspoon oregano
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
Brown ground beef. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in diced tomatoes,
water, parsley, oregano, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add uncooked pasta.
Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
Stir in cottage cheese. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 ½ cups
of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Cover and remove from heat.
Let stand for 5 minutes to melt cheese.
Nutrition information per serving: Yield-6 servings, 370 calories, 11g fat, 32g protein,
35g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 530mg sodium. Good source of vitamin A. Excellent source
of vitamin C, iron and calcium
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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