By Account Associate Kailyn Middlemist
Spring cleaning can have more benefits than just a sparkling home. Experts say there are actual health benefits to having a clean home, including preventing heart disease, seasonal allergies, and fall risks (we’ve all tripped over the pair of wayward shoes left in the wrong place).
But where do you start, and how do you create not only a clean home, but a healthy home? There are many websites out there with checklists for a good spring cleaning, and we’ve compiled some of them for your convenience.
First, clean from left to right. Start in one corner of a room and work your way around in a grid formation. Think of your kitchen as a piece of graph paper and work in the designated squares. Start high and go low, so when you’re dusting and wiping counters, you’ll sweep up the debris in the end. Clean everything, including those baseboards you’ve been neglecting all year (who hasn’t?). A good deep clean to rid your house of all the accumulated dust can reduce allergy symptoms.
Second, organize as you go. If you pick it up, put it where it belongs right away to save yourself the hassle of going through all your tchotchkes at the end. When you find an item that doesn’t have a designated home, give it a permanent place to live, that way you’ll not only be able to find it later, but you’ll also be rid of a pesky object in the way of other things. As you go through your things, ask yourself if you really need it and if not, donate the item to your local thrift shop. You’ll end up with a cleaner home and someone else will find use for your items. Organizing will also decrease the risk of tripping over something in the wrong place, so keep that in mind when finding homes for your belongings.
Decluttering your home can decrease stress and symptoms of depression, as well. According to Healthline.com, “studies have found that a relaxing and clutter-free home has a positive effect on people’s daily mood and ability to focus.”
Third, to prevent illness, remember to clean all the items you use most, such as door handles, cabinets, the bathroom sink. Also clean the things that encounter your mouth, eyes, or nose, like your cellphone and bedding. Cleaning these items can protect against infections and illness, and if surfaces are cleaned with alcohol, it can prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
You’ll also want to deep clean your kitchen, where bacteria run amuck. A Healthline.com expert says a deeper cleaning can be overwhelming and recommends setting up a task schedule in order to get everything cleaned up, including the fridge, cabinets, pantry, oven, and floors.
Deep cleaning can take a long time and tackling all of it at once isn’t always the best idea. Divide up your tasks, ask for help from family and friends, and remember that to eat an elephant, you take it one bite at a time. Cleaning doesn’t have to be done all at once but doing a big spring cleaning can lead to many health benefits you may have been overlooking in the past.