Spring Cleaning How-To

The best explanation I have heard for what spring cleaning is, and why, is that it is a custom left over from times before electricity, when everything in peoples’ houses was covered with soot from candles, fireplaces, kerosene, and lamp oils used for heat and light during the winter. By the spring, every inch of the home had to be cleaned to rid it of the layer of soot.

Even in these days of relatively clean heating and lighting, it feels so liberating to get rid of accumulated winter grime. After all, there is nothing like the sun streaming in the windows to show all the winter dust, when the days get longer in the spring. Like many of us, I like to do a good spring clean, soot or no. Here are a few easy tips for safe, energizing spring cleaning.

Cleaning without toxic chemicals is a wonderful way to turn your home into a healthy and healing place to be. I’ve archived a number of non-toxic cleaning basics and strategies on the Green Living channels at Care2.com. Here are three links that will give you the basics to clean your house from top to bottom.

By Annie B. Bond


Marianne Good
Past Member 3 years ago


Mia Reh
Mia Reh3 years ago

I haven't cleaned the windows yet, but there is no hurry with them... it's raining.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for this article.

Mary D.
Mary T.3 years ago

have to remember to buy some vinegar so I can use it to clean this weekend :)

Lee F.
Lee F.3 years ago


Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago


Helen Wu
Helen Wu3 years ago

Thank You for Sharing :)

Care member
Care member3 years ago