March into Spring

March into Spring

It’s that time of year! Spring cleaning is upon us. As the days get brighter, you’ll see dust and dirt that went unnoticed during winter. Luckily the long spring evenings are perfect for an extra bit of cleaning, and our top tips will help get you going.

Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.

  • The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  • The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  • Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  • Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.
  • If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.
  • Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.
  • Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don't need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.

Some Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning

It’s a proven di-stressor
More clutter means more stress. So it shouldn’t be surprising that housework can cut stress and anxiety by 20 percent, according to a Scottish Health Survey. However, you do need 20 minutes of activity to get these effects. Using lemon-scented cleaning products can help you de-stress faster; studies show this happy smell reduces stress and leaves a positive impression on others.

It could prevent sickness
If you’re prone to allergies or asthma attacks when spring rolls around, don’t assume pollen is the only culprit. Dust and pet dander are powerful asthma triggers, especially in children.

It improves heart health
A 15-year Swedish study of 851 adults found that sitting for just half an hour less every day reduced risk of fatal cardiovascular disease by 24 percent. Even low-intensity activity like household chores had the heart-healthy benefits, so you can feel good about picking up your vacuum.

It prevents injuries
Having your kids clean up their toys every day will prevent the pain of stepping on a Lego, but young families aren’t the only ones who can avoid injury with a clean home. About one in four adults 65 and up fall each year, resulting to 2.8 million ER visits, according to the National Council on Aging. The organization recommends keeping walkways clear to prevent falls, so help elderly loved ones clear old newspapers and other tripping hazards from their floors.

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