Cleaning Tips for Seniors
Make a checklist of what needs to get done.
Be sure to include the following tasks to reduce senior safety hazards:
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Replace light bulbs if necessary and ensure rooms and hallways are adequately lit.
- Get rid of throw-rugs to eliminate tripping hazards.
- Consider installing grab bars in the bathroom.
- Know who to call in an emergency and have your phone programmed accordingly.
- Use cordless cleaning tools and lightweight equipment for household chores.
- Remove clutter from walkways.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips For Seniors
- Clean out the Freezer and refrigerator with expired and old food, to prevent a senior from suffering food poisoning or malnutrition.
- Use safe cleaning solutions in the kitchen, such as vinegar. Although vinegar is not registered as a disinfectant with the EPA, it will kill both salmonella and E.coli, two bacteria you’ll want to avoid.
- Keep bills in designated file box and off of the kitchen counter and kitchen table to prevent a fire hazard and possibly causing bills to go unpaid.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips For Seniors
- Before you start to De-clutter the bathroom, gather your supplies. You’ll want a container for items you intend to donate, a container for items that belong somewhere else, and a bag for trash.
- Clean out expired medications in the medicine cabinets on a regular basis.
Dispose of expired medications in a safe manner. Contact your local hospital or medical center who will place unused medications into their Bio Hazard containers for incineration. All hospitals have this option so there is never a need to toss or flush unused dangerous highly controlled medications.
- Clean out expired make-up to prevent skin infections and irritations.
- Use small bins from the Dollar Store to organize your bathroom into categories.
- For a spotless toilet, mix together half a cup of vinegar and a spoonful of baking soda. Pour the mixture into the toilet bowl and let sit for about 30 minutes before scrubbing. Repeat once a week.
- To remove build up and mildew from the corners of your shower, spray the moldy areas with vinegar, and let it dry. Then spray again and wipe clean. The mild acidity of vinegar loosens the particles and kills bacteria. To prevent mold it’s a good idea to spray down the shower after each use with a mixture of water and vinegar to prevent mold in the first place.
Bedroom Cleaning Tips For Seniors
- Papers and magazines on and under beds are a fire hazard. Keep a bin for collecting these things and donate or throw away your unwanted reading material on a regular basis.
- Cluttered Closets can cause confusion and irritability when try to decide what to ware each day, so get rid of clothing and shoes that do not fit. Organize your clothing: skirts blouses, dresses, slacks, shirts, etc. If you can, try using one closet for winter clothes and another for summer clothes.
- Open the windows to air the room out, when ever possible.
- Remove sheets from the bed and wash at least every other week. Spray sheets with lavender water in between washings.
- To help your bed linens last longer avoid very hot temperatures when washing and drying; they weaken fibers.
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