10. Don’t Let Dust Pile Up
Your ceiling fan probably doesn’t get much use over the winter, but it’s still there. That means it’s piling up dust on top of its blades, and that dust can contribute to irritation now and later. You don’t have to scour your crown molding, fans and other hard-to-reach surfaces as often as you clean everything else, but be mindful that particles do build up, especially when you’re spending much of the season indoors. Be sure to change your air filters, too, if you have central heating and cooling.
11. Be Wary of Extension Cords
An extension cord should only be used as a means for a temporary end — like, for example, if you run one out to the garage so you have light while you put all of the Tupperware containers full of Christmas ornaments back in their storage spots. You shouldn’t use them year-round, as they can overheat and cause danger that’s beyond toxic.
You could have an electrician come and add in a few extra outlets if you’re relying heavily on XL cords. Or, at the very least, invest in high-quality, high-voltage extension cords you’re sure can handle what you’re going to plug in.
12. Cast Teflon to the Wind — Cast Iron Instead
When Teflon gets too hot, it starts to break down and release chemicals. This is obviously not a process you want happening near your food. That’s why this winter is the perfect time to upgrade your kitchen supplies to include only cast iron, glass and ceramic bakeware, all of which are safe and non-toxic no matter how close they are to your steaks, stews and casseroles.
And Now, on to Spring
A home detox is the perfect way to segue from winter to spring, so hop to it. When you’re done, you can take a deep breath of satisfaction and know that deep breath won’t cause you any harm. Now, it’s official: There’s no place like home, because it’s so darn clean.