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CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Spring cleaning essentials

Published in Author: Mary Keating,MD

Rid your home of dust and irritants with a healthy spring cleaning. Work from top to bottom to avoid spreading dust and dirt to areas you’ve already cleaned.

If you have allergies, wear a mask when you clean. You may also consider having someone else do the cleaning.

Spring cleaning checklist

  • Dust ceilings
  • Wipe off ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Dust light bulbs
  • Wash walls and light switches
  • Wipe down doors, cabinets and knobs/handles
  • Wash windows
  • Clean window treatments (see tips below)
  • Clean air vents
  • Wipe down furniture
  • Clean behind appliances
  • Flip and rotate mattresses
  • Wash all bedding (use hot water if you have a dust mite allergy) or have it dry-cleaned
  • Scrub baseboards
  • Wash or dry-clean rugs
  • Clean floors
  • Change furnace filter

If you want to avoid using harsh chemicals, most items on your spring cleaning list can be accomplished with a squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water. Scrub your toilets with baking soda. Vinegar and water also is a great natural cleaner, especially if you have mold allergies. 

Window treatments

  • Wipe wooden blinds with a few drops of gentle wood cleaner on a nearly dry sponge.
  • Wash aluminum blinds outside. Place them on an old sheet on a slanted surface and scrub with water and a noncorrosive cleaner. Use a hose to rinse well and then dry the blinds thoroughly with a towel to prevent rust.
  • Wash your curtains.
  • Vacuum drapes or run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes.

Often overlooked

Every couple of months, remove your sink faucet aerator by twisting it counter-clockwise. Soak it in vinegar for at least 15 minutes. (The aerator is actually an assembly made up of a few pieces including a screen, so take note of how they fit together.) Gently brush all parts with a toothbrush to remove any remaining residue, then screw the aerator back on.


Use a vintage lunch box, music box or lidded container to stash lost game pieces, stray screws, buttons and other small items. So you’ll know right where to look when you need them.