If you suffer from arthritis pain, you know that sometimes your activities can be limited. This is true for many things around the house, such as cleaning. The good news is that there are several things that you can do to minimize joint pain as you are cleaning the house.
Follow these tips for cleaning with arthritis pain and the task will be a lot easier!
- Pace yourself! Many of us like to dedicate a day to cleaning the house, but this can be too much work for someone with arthritis. A better solution is to clean one room each day. This way, you will not overexert yourself.
- Clean the high traffic areas - We all want clean closets, but let's be honest, how many people are going to notice that your closet is neat as a pin? Focus on the areas that get the most traffic and use, such as the kitchen and family room.
- Have the right equipment - You may find that squeezing a spray bottle or carrying around a heavy bottle of laundry detergent hurts your hands. You can buy a small, light bottle of concentrated laundry detergent that is easier to carry around.
- Store cleaning supplies strategically - In a two story home, you can have a total supply of cleaners on both floors. And have a vacuum on both floors so you do not need to lug it up and down steps.
- Clean up messes when fresh - That carpet stain is going to be a lot easier to clean when it is fresh, than if you let it sit for a day and set in.
- Let the cleaning solution do the work - Apply the cleaning solution to a tough counter stain and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should require less elbow grease by then.
If you are cleaning around the house a lot, you may find that your arthritis makes you less steady on your feet. That is why many people with arthritis use a cane. Our Cane Holder will keep your cane in place where it is easy to reach. Reacher Grabbers can also help for hard to reach items.