CECP Core Competencies: HOUSING & ENVIRONMENT Cooperative Extension Curriculum Project: “The initial focus is curriculum for professional development competencies. The intent of the project is to increase the breadth and quality of training while using human and financial resources more efficiently.” These are just some essential concepts that apply to Keep it CLEAN. • Housing maintenance and care • Household cleaning • Indoor air quality: General http://srpln.msstate.edu/cecp/resources/core_fcs.htm
Seven Steps to a healthy home • Keep it Dry • Keep it Clean • Keep it Safe • Keep it Well-Ventilated • Keep it Pest-free • Keep it Contaminant-free • Keep it Well-Maintained
Why do we care?Keeping a clean home can reduce allergens and irritants, help prevent injury, and make you happy!…”keeping a clean and organized home reflects an overall ability to and desire to maintain a sense of order in a wide range of life activities” Dunifon, R., Duncan, G.J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. 2001. As Ye Sweep, So Shall Ye Reap. The American Economic Review, 91(1), 150-154.
For example, do we really need this many cleaners? • Reduce chemical use with green cleaning techniques. Keep it cleanControl the source of dust and contaminants
Keep it clean: Control the source of dust and contaminants Dust Reduction: What types of things are in dust? • Agricultural products and pesticides • Pollen • Lead dust • Cigarette ash • Dust mites and insect fragments • Dead skin cells • Volatile organic compounds • Etc.
Keep it clean: Control the source of dust and contaminants • Reduce dust brought inside • Take your shoes off when entering the home • Invest in good equipment • Doormats for all exterior doors • Grate in front of door • Shoe should hit the mat four times (10-12 feet)
Reducing clutter It’s pretty easy to see the clutter in this picture...
reducing clutter • Now, think of your home environment … • Can you see your own clutter? • It may be helpful to have a friend help you evaluate your clutter. A fresh set of eyes can see things differently.
usE effective wet-cleaning methods • Capture the dirt • Consider moving from sweeping with a broom to damp mopping floors • Instead of dusting with a dry cloth, use a damp cloth • Invest in good equipment • Microfiber mops and cleaning cloths • Mop bucket – two chamber
Keep it clean: Focus on Greenwashing Buyers beware! • How can I choose a green product? • EPA allows safer products to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. This mark enables consumers to quickly identify and choose products that can help protect the environment and are safer for families. • The private sector also has “green assurance” programs via third-party certification. The Green Seal is the most widely used. This is an independent non-profit organization that certifies products using credible, science-based and transparent standards.
Activity: Make green cleaner NO-STREAK GLASS CLEANER • ¼ cup white vinegar • 1 tbsp. cornstarch • 1 quart warm water • Mix the ingredients and apply with a sponge or pour into spray bottle and spray on. For lint-free results, wipe dry with crumpled newspaper, buff to a shine. Recipe taken from the University of Georgia Green Cleaning curriculum
Keep it Clean Thank you!