Seasons are changing and I'm happy to announce that spring is here! It actually came a few weeks ago, but you might not have realized it depending on where you live. The time has come for tulips and easter egg hunts!
Spring reminds us of renewal, and for our home, that means it's time for spring cleaning! Oh joy!
This can become very overwhelming, because everything is a lot to clean! Here's the essentials that you might not think of in order to spruce up your home for a healthy environment in the coming months. Some of them seem too easy to be true!
1. Handles- We have a lot of germs on our hands, which means that everything we touch is filled with them. Any handles in your home (doorknobs, cabinet handles, even light switches) can be easily wiped down with antibacterial solution. That's probably the easiest cleaning for one of the dirtiest things!
2. Dusting- Use a damp rag, or some pledge if you're wiping down wood to get rid of all the dust that builds up so quickly! Light fixtures and ceiling fans are some places you might not consider cleaning, but it gets there too. Fans especially because when you turn them on it's like spreading fertilizer on your lawn- not good!
3. Window treatments- Things like blinds and curtains need to be cleaned. Luckily this is one that you can get away with doing only once or twice a year. It's not something I would think about doing at all, unless I saw dirt on the white blinds! Often if we don't see it we don't think to clean it. You can throw the curtains in the wash in most cases. Dirty blinds? Just wipe them down.
4. Walls- This one kind of makes me cringe because it seems like a lot of work. The only time I can really tell the walls are dirty is in the bathroom, all the moisture makes it obvious I guess. How do you clean walls you might ask? Use a soft brush attachment to vacuum them. Then wipe them down with a cloth-covered mop (spray with a dusting agent). Don't use too much water.
5. Vacuum- Hopefully this one you already do more than a couple times a year. If not then it's really time to do it, and probably get your carpets cleaned! This one is last because you should do it last. Any dust that fell on the floor, or crumbs from wiping off the counters can get sucked up this way. If you have molding vacuum that, and also your furniture (sofa, etc.). Especially if you have pets that you allow on there.
Prevent allergies by doing these spring cleaning jobs. If you have someone else clean, make sure they do these things that wouldn't normally be considered for every week or month.
Make sure to check back to the post about what cleaning supplies to keep on hand for what to use when cleaning this spring! Happy Easter!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.