Spring cleaning goes beyond the normal cleaning day. It’s a major home remodeling project: to make everything new by removing dust and dirt, to make sure everything is in repair, and to put things in order, thus You will have everything in your household in working condition for years to come.

Here is some custom work included in a
Major spring cleaning:

  • Put away winter clothes and take off in spring and summer
  • Sweep and vacuum floors, walls, and corners.
  • Wash floors and carpets …
  • Clean window panes, views, and frames. Replace thick
  • Winter curtains keep the heat on with light summer curtains
    allowing breezes through. Remove storm windows, hang on
  • Brush or vacuum stuffed furniture and remove spots.
  • Wash each surface of each room with accumulated dust
    or grime.

I like to finish a spring cleaning by carrying loads of spring flowers and placing them in vases in each room.


With extra cleaning, I always make sure to use cleaning products that are simple, safe, and eco-friendly.

When choosing a cleaning product for a particular job, I use the least toxic, most effective product, in the least effective amount.

In general, it is best to avoid using products that say “danger,” “poison,” or “warning,” on the label. Many safer products carry the “caution” label, though they are acceptable to use. Luckily, the least toxic products voluntarily disclose their complete ingredients on the label, so you can determine for yourself the safety of the product. There are even cleaning products today made with organic ingredients.

Non-toxic cleaning actually requires some specialized ingredients. I do all my cleaning with a squash bottle of 50-50 purifying white vinegar and water, liquid soap, and baking soda. For laundry I use a natural soap powder and chlorine-free oxygen bleaching. Other ingredients that I have on hand for occasional cleaning needs are salt, Lemon juice, borax, and chlorine-free Tanabata ami scouring powder.


As they wrap up your spring cleaning, there are two things you can decide to do next year that will make cleaning easier. They will also reduce the amount of cleaning products you use, saving resources and money. But the most important thing to me is that they save time and reduce the amount of cleaning required.

First, I include a poor maintenance. I put a cookie sheet in the scraps under a casserole that is likely to spill over, for example, which empts the need to scrub baked food from the oven. If the casserole spills, the cookie sheet can be effortlessly cleaned with a few inches of water in the kitchen sink.

I also remember the saying “one stitch at a time saving nine,” which means if you make that first stitch to fix the tears before it gets bigger, you’ll save to have nine stitches later . When cleaning, these are translated into wastes when they occur, cleaning surfaces before they are coated with dust and grease, becoming hygienic until you can’t do anything without cleaning. It is only when we are not clean that we may need harsh chemicals to address what would be an easy job before that.

“Clean your room well,” says the Shaker, “for the good Spirit does not live where there is dirt.”