Spring is nearly here.
And for many of you, the start of this new season means spring cleaning.
A chance to vacuum out winter’s dust that’s settled on your floors, open up the windows and bring in spring’s fresh air.
But, if you’re not into the annual spring cleaning ritual, maybe you should be.
I recently read that the average home accumulates 40 pounds of dust each year.
Dust that’s filled with dust mites and chemicals that can wreak havoc on your health, especially respiratory health.
Plus, with all the talk of spreading viruses, you want to do all you can to remove germs from your home.
Spending a day or two to give your home a deep, disinfecting clean can go a long way in clearing out the nasty dust, toxins, and germs lurking in your home.
If you’re overwhelmed at the thought of cleaning, or don’t know where to start, here’s a little spring cleaning checklist for you…
1. Dust Everything
I have to be honest. I hate dusting.
That’s why I do this task first… just to get it over with.
Dust can settle on pretty much every surface of your house… walls, ceilings, bookshelves, ceiling fans, window casings, moldings.
I use a vacuum and microfiber cloths to get up all the dust.
It takes patience and time… lots of time.
But worth it to have dust-free surfaces.
2. Wash Windows
If you’ve been using your fireplace or burning candles throughout the winter season, you probably have some soot buildup on your windows… soot that can block the sun from entering your home.
Give your windows a good scrub to remove the buildup and let the sun shine in. A mixture of water and vinegar works great for windows.
3. Clean Window Treatments
Be honest. When was the last time you washed your curtains?
These days, most window treatments can be thrown in the washing machine. Toss them in and to give them a much-needed scrub.
And, if you have blinds, wipe them down with some warm water and mild dishwashing liquid.
4. Scrub Door Knobs and Fixtures
Anyplace hands touch can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
Look around your home for any surface commonly touched by the people living in your home and disinfect them.
Door knobs, sink and bath fixtures, oven and fridge handles, toilet handles, light switches.
If you’ve touched it, scrub it.
5. Clean Upholstered Furniture
When my kids were younger, I’d always hold my breath when I lifted up the sofa cushions because I never knew what I would find.
Sometimes it would be a Lego or doll. And, sometimes it would be a bit of mystery food that had been there for who knows how long. Gross.
These days, Americans are eating more meals on the sofa in front of the television.
As an outcome, there’s an increased risk of fallen food getting stuck in the crevices of furniture and rotting, creating foul smells and mold growth.
Use your vacuum’s upholstery attachments to clean under seat cushions and in all the hidden crevices of your sofas and chairs.
If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find some spare change.
6. Vacuum and Scrub Floors
The last thing to clean is your floors.
Floors take a beating during winter.
Not only is there a buildup of dust, but if you live in an area that gets snow, chances are some salt residue has made its way into your home.
The floors in our house in Ohio used to get a white sheen from all the melted salt water that would drip off our snow boots. Used to drive my mom crazy.
First, vacuum up all the dust, then give your floor a good scrub to pull up winter’s grime.
And if you have carpet, try to rent a carpet cleaner to give your floors a deep steam clean.
Spring cleaning is so much more than making your house look and smell good.
A deep cleanse is one of the best ways to help ensure your home doesn’t become a sick one.
And in times like these, keeping both you and your family’s home clean is more critical than ever.
Stay clean. Keep healthy.