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Maintaining a healthy home

Lori Hendrickson, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency

Revised April 2015.

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Cleaning the inside of your home on a regular basis can help prevent unnecessary wear and tear as well as roaches and other pests.

Kitchen Cleaning Tasks

After Every Meal



Every Other Month

Bathroom Cleaning Tasks

After Use


Every Other Month

Other Floor Care




Roach Control

Why worry?

It's important to prevent and eliminate roaches because they:

Start with Prevention

Here are some simple things you can do to prevent roaches in your home.

Getting Rid of Roaches

To get rid of roaches:


Bruin, M. (2002). RentWise PowerPoint presentation. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Related resources

Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy HomeNational Healthy homes Partnership — Download this 12-page consumer guide that includes the basic principles of healthy homes with helpful action steps, checklists, graphics, and links for supplemental information.

A Healthy Home for Everyone: A Guide for Families and IndividualsCenters for Disease Control — A room-by-room guide for families.

Cleaning TipsUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln — Get information on cleaning every surface in your home.

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