As you prepare (or have already started) your spring-cleaning, have you wondered how the tradition of making everything spotless began? Whether you love the time to clean or hate the enormous chore, it is beneficial for everyone.

Origin

During the 1800s lamps were filled with “whale oil or kerosene and heated with wood or coal the winter months left a layer of soot and grime in every room.” Because of the colder weather, homes couldn’t be adequately cleaned until springtime.
So when the warmer weather came, people took the time to air out their homes and scrub the walls.

Today

Now, we might not have to scrub soot off of our walls anymore, but doing your version of spring-cleaning is perfect to keep your home properly maintained, nice and clean.

Deep cleaning once or twice a year also helps keep your home in tip-top shape while keeping your family healthy. So as you are cleaning your house, be grateful there isn’t a thick layer of grime to scrub! Unless you skipped spring-cleaning last year, then you might have some grime to scrub.

Don’t forget

Don’t forget to clean the items or places that are often overlooked such as:

  • Deep Clean your oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Wash your pillows along with the cases and sheets
  • Drapes/curtains
  • Garage
  • Underneath appliances
  • Your ceiling
  • Patio furniture

As you clean and organize everything, donate what you don’t need anymore to your local thrift store or a family in need.