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Spring Cleaning How-To

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 Here are three links that will give you the basics to clean your house from top to bottom.

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:28AM PDT on May 7, 2013


5:08AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

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

3:17AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thanks for this article.

8:45PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

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

10:13PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013


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7:19AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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8:04PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thank You for Sharing :)

8:27PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


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