It’s September! Can you believe it? And September means two things. Footy finals and Spring Cleaning! And no offence footy, but we are more interested in the cleaning part.
And yes of course, we are a little biased, but there are MANY benefits to tackling a Spring Clean. And not just for your home. If you are struggling with some motivation to get moving, we have put together our top tips to get you started.
But first! Science!
Did you know there is actually a biological reason we clean more in Spring? In the dark, cold, winter months, our bodies produce a thing called melatonin. This is a hormone that manages our sleep-wake cycle. With the increasing sunlight that we see at the beginning of Spring, our bodies produce less melatonin which gives us more energy. And more energy means more motivation…to get outside and exercise, to eat better and to clean!
Start By Airing Out Your Home
As the weather picks up and the Sun starts to shine, open up your windows and doors to allow for fresh air to flow. This will improve air quality and help remove built up dust, grime and pollutants that have been locked in our homes all winter. It also helps remove any lingering odours and brings the sunshine indoors- making us all feel like our winter hibernation is finally over.
Make Sure You Have The Right Tools For The Job
Just like a tradie showing up to work, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. To keep our homes as healthy as possible, it’s best to opt for plant-based, ecofriendly cleaning products rather than the harsh bleach and chemicals. Using harsh chemicals to clean you home can expose you to irritants such as bleach and parabens.
Our Cove Starter Kit is the ideal starting place for a cleaning project. Filled with everything you need to get started. Our kit includes Surface Cleaner, Bathroom & Shower Cleaner, Glass & Window Cleaner and Laundry Liquid too.
Start With Your Bedroom
Cleaning the entire house in one go can seem like a daunting process so take it easy and go room by room. That way if you get tired, you can at least say half of your house is clean! One of the best rooms to start with is your bedroom. Why? When our environment is calmer, less clutter and clean- we sleep better. When Spring cleaning, make sure you pay attention to your bedroom and remove any clutter or unnecessary mess. A clean room helps our mind relax and improves our environment for sleep and rest. Resulting in a longer and deeper sleep. And we all know we need this!
Clean Out Your Pantry
The satisfaction of an organised pantry or wardrobe cannot be described. Getting to the back corner of your pantry is a great way to review what has been sitting there since last year and whether you actually need it. A Spring Clean is a fantastic opportunity to donate to charities, giving these items a new life for people less fortunate and making sure they do not end up in landfill.
Don’t forget to re-stock the essentials and select eco conscious options. Check out How We Roll for the best pantry re-stock items that are also better for the planet.
Don’t Forget Walls, Doors and Ceilings
Traditionally, a Spring Clean is a much more thorough clean that our usual whip around. This means paying attention to the parts of the room that you usually ignore.
Ceiling fans, doors and walls can build up dust and grumpy finger marks over time that you usually overlook. When you go room by room, make sure you use an All Purpose Cleaner on those extra areas to remove any mould or dust. When we remove these, we can actually improve our immune system and reduce our risk of respiratory illnesses and allergies. If you suffer from seasonal hay fever or allergies, Spring cleaning helps clear your home of pollen and reduces symptoms. A great way to keep our families healthy.
Get The Whole Family Involved
Our last tip might be the most important. Make sure you get the entire family to help out! Whoever lives in your home is a contributor to mess (especially the kids!) so allocate everyone a task and make sure they pull their weight 😊
This isn’t a one man (or woman) job!