Are You Ready For Spring Cleaning This Year?

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-roomMany of the allergens that we deal in a daily basis at home can be controlled.  According to The asthma and Allergy Foundation’s website “Allergy and asthma control begins at home.”

Every year Americans as a society engage in a spring cleaning ritual that helps the health of our children, our pets, and our well being.  Getting rid of unwanted or needless items to help reduce the allergens at home can help control the asthma attacks in children and allergic reactions that dust mites, animal dander, and mold produce in our home.

For more tips about spring cleaning your home this year, follow the links below.


A Thorough Spring Cleaning Checklist

I *LOVE* spring cleaning. It is an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our homes clean, happy and efficient spaces.  Don’t be daunted by the size of this list, many of the jobs are small ones that will go by quickly, and you’ll be so glad you took the time to do them!

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Dust lighting fixtures.

Wash walls and trim

Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.

Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.

Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor, if needed.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.

Clean or replace entry mat.

Sweep and scrub floors. 

Reseal grout lines, if necessary.


Spring-Cleaning That Won’t Take Over Your Life: 8 Hours, Start to Finish

9 A.M.–10 A.M.: Bathroom

Vacuum and wipe the walls and ceilings. If you clear them annually of the almost imperceptible grime that builds up, then you won’t have to deal with the impossible-to-remove kind that can accumulate if they’re left untouched for a few years. Vacuum first, using the brush attachment. Then, wipe them with all-purpose cleaner, which is fine for painted walls. Don’t forget the wall that’s behind you every morning when you do your hair and makeup; it could be coated in hairspray, perfume or other beauty products.

Toss any throw rugs into the washing machine.

Wash mirrors and the insides of windows. Use microfiber cloths (they won’t leave lint).

Spray and soak. Steve Mulloy, director of housekeeping at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, recommends rubbing strong cleaning agents into shower walls, tubs, floors and sinks and then leaving to handle a task in another room. Fifteen or 20 minutes later (you can go move the rugs from the washer to the dryer), come back and rinse everything from the top down, starting with the showerhead. Take the same tack with the toilet, moving from the top of the tank to the rim, bowl and base. And don’t use the cloths you used in the bathroom anywhere else before laundering them in very hot water.


Spring Cleaning: A Complete Checklist

The flowers are blooming, the birds are serenading, and our house still feels like it’s stuck with winter blues. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.

Spring Cleaning Checklists By Room

These tutorials help with any room in your home. Each tutorial gives a list of steps, tools and supplies needed, and tips to help you get the job done with special attention given to seasonal chores for this springy time of year. Use these checklists as a spring board to deep clean the areas of your home that really need extra attention. Skip items that have recently been cleaned and focus on the parts of your home that have been neglected all winter long.