Mark your calendars, for the first day of spring has arrived. Soon the days will grow longer, the air warmer, and the curtains will be pulled back to let in that long awaited sunshine.
Regardless, of what’s happening in the world around us, spring never has failed to reinvigorate us. The doors stay open, the windows roll down, we walk to the corner store instead of driving, and yes, we clean—It’s perhaps; the only time of year, non-cleaners and cleaning enthusiasts alike, get excited to make a fresh entrance into spring.
Spring cleaning, as much as it matches the iconic American-image of a white picket fence and neat home, is actually a tradition from the east. The act of deep cleaning your home at the start of spring possibly stems from the Iranian new year or the Jewish Passover, March 20th and April 8th, respectively . Where cleaning, was meant to help usher in the new year and prepare the home for such an important part of the year.
However, the tradition came about though, a freshly cleaned home always powers us into the next days with sense of balance restored to our lives.
So we’re giving you pointers on how to tackle your big cleaning day, so none of it feels overwhelming and all of it feels empowering.
Here’s 5 Key Things To Do For Simplified Spring Cleaning:
START WITH YOUR MATTRESS
Strip those sheets off. Take your duvet to the dry cleaners. Grab that vacuum cleaner, because next we’re going to vacuum the mattress that you’ve been hibernating on all winter.
Before you put all your sheets back on, you may be tempted to spray it down in Lysol, and a lot of it- but don’t.
Your mattress should no direct contact with any spray bottle of any kind; instead, grab a cloth, spray the cloth, and blot the mattress. Done.
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Starting with your bed is extraordinarily hygienic. Over time; even with bed sheets, you, your partner, your dog, and maybe even your mother’s dead skin cells have accumulated where you sleep.
Starting with your mattress is a great way to simplify your cleaning routine. Not to mention your mattress is an incredibly easy place to start your deep cleaning routine, that has an immediate impact.
AIR OUT YOUR HOME
This next one should be done every other day- but it was winter and so we’ll forgive you- although your house might not.
Here’s something: even if you live in a city, the outdoor air is cleaner than the air in your own home.
Pick a warm day and open every single window and door. Easy, huge benefits.
… a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. -Advises the EPA
You can carry this cleaning technique right into summer, as well.
WASH AND DUST OFF ALL OF YOUR SOFT FURNISHINGS
Here’s the list are you ready?
Curtains, bathroom rugs, shower curtains, table cloths + runners -run them through the washing machine or dry clean. Make sure to read all labels!
Give your rugs a nice shake, vacuum, and rotate. Rotating your rug makes sure the rug wears out evenly.
DUST AND WASH YOUR WALLS
This sounds strange, but trust us it can be done. Use your swifter and sponge mop to wipe down those walls. We thought you might need a video, to prove yes, it can be done.
SOAK ALLLL YOUR SILVERWARE
Everyday sponge washing or dishwashing, doesn’t completely remove all food particles from your flatware. Take the time to dig out all of your forks, spoons, and knifes, drop them in a warm soapy mix. They don’t call it deep cleaning for no reason.
Here’s a tip: don’t soak for more than 10 minutes or you’ll risk rust setting in.
Spring cleaning is really all about getting deep into those areas of your home that may have been overlooked. We get it, winter is a time for huddling in warm blankets and cooking big pots of winter stews. Spring has arrived though, and now it's time to reinvigorate ourselves.
Happy Spring Cleaning---
---Klarrisa Arafa, BCRX Content Creator