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Your Weekend Spring Cleaning Guide

Ah! Spring is in the air! Time for spring break, spring fever, and spring cleaning? Ah, yes, along with turning the clocks forward and hay fever, spring cleaning is just another rite of spring that reminds us that nothing comes without a price. But before you totally decide that to throw your feather duster in the air, keep in mind that spring cleaning has its benefits. It increases productivity, it helps you to remove allergens from your home, it reduces stress, and it helps you focus. And, just think, it can also give you an excuse to ask that cute guy next door if he can help you change your light bulbs. Here’re some room-by-room tips to help guide you through your spring cleaning weekend.

Happy couple

Kitchen

  • Dust Refrigerator Coils
    Turn off your fuse box. Coils will be at the bottom of the fridge, under the grill. You can clean them by using the crevice attachment on the vacuum, or invest in a specialty refrigerator coil brush from your local hardware store.
  • Defrost the Freezer
    Turn off your fuse box. Empty your freezer and wipe it down with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda for each quart of hot water.

Living Room
Replace heavy throws, curtains and rugs with lighter weight ones

Take down heavy winter decor and store by rolling the material around an acid free tube. Then, wrap in a sheet of muslin or cotton and secure with a piece twill tape. Make sure to label each bundle so you will be able to identify everything when you take them out next year.

Woman cleaning window

Bedroom

  • Change Blankets and Flip Mattresses Over
    Flip your mattress over to make sure the wear gets distributed evenly. Swap heavy winter bedding for warm weather, lighter materials.
  • Clean Pillows
    Most pillows can be machine-washed to rid them of bacteria, mold, and odors.

Bathroom

  • Throw Out Expired Cosmetic Products
    Weed out your expired makeup products and discard in a plastic trash bag, kept out of reach of animals and children.
  • Update First Aid Kit
    A complete first aid kit should consist not only of ointments and bandages, but should also include emergency phone numbers, such as the one for the local poison control center.

Home Office

  • Organize files
    Time to go through those old insurance policies and contracts and put them in the right place.
  • Clean Computers
    Clean computer casings with a solution of one drop of dishwashing detergent for every one quart of water. Use cotton swabs to clean crevices in keyboards and wipe screens free of dust and dirt with a soft cloth or dry screen cleaning sponge.

Man cleaning

Closets
Trade out winter clothes for your new spring fashions. Wash garments before storing and put them in a zippered sweater or blanket bag.

  • Donate Clothes
    Some charities provide pickup service and you may also get some tax relieving receipts!

Outdoor Spaces

  • Clean Porch Ceilings and Walls
    Sweep up debris with a broom, wash walls with an all purpose cleaner and polyester sponge
  • Scrub Patios, Decks, Driveways, and Walkways
    Mildew spots can be treated using a deck brush dipped in a solution of one part oxygen bleach to 3 parts water.
  • Wash Outdoor Furniture
    Plastic wood and aluminum can be cleaned with a solutions of dishwashing liquid and water using a soft bristle brush.
  • Check Light Fixtures
    Wash covers and check for frayed wires and poor connections.

Feel better? We thought so! And how’s your new friend? Let us know how your exploits in spring cleaning turned out! We love to know!

Prepping Your System For Cold and Flu


Woman receiving a flu shot.
Just the other night, Adele had to cancel one of her shows because of a cold.  She posted a video of herself red eyed and teary eyed apologizing to her fans and assuring them that it was absolutely necessary to take the night off so that she would be able to carry on with her tour and that she would make it up to them.  Poor Adele!  Poor fans!  If only Adele had prepped her immune system!

 Now that the summer is more or less in the can, we all need to start thinking about winter fun and kissing is no fun with a runny nose!  But take heart!  With a little preparation, you can keep your winter fun and healthy!

Get Your Flu Shot
The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Because flu season usually occurs between October and May, it is best to so it by October, but better late than never!  Hate needles?  This year the shot will be offered in nasal sprays and needle-free forms.  Even if you don’t have a primary care physician, you can get a flu vaccine in a health department, pharmacy, or urgent care center.

Make Sure You’ve Got The Gut
Your gut helps your body digest food, as well as regulating your metabolism, hunger, weight and immune system. Dr. Frank Lipman of  the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York  says, “…probiotics keep your gut humming.”  Probiotics are bacteria that help reduce inflammation and prevent infection and may also reduce the severity of cold and flu.  Fermented foods, such as unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are all good for probiotic health.

Healthy women drinking orange juice

Think Zinc!
When we get hit by colds and flu, most of us reach for the Vitamin C, as we should.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects and antibiotic quality. But, studies show there’s a new nutrient on the block.  Zinc has immune boosting and protective effects that can stop the replication of cold cells.  If only Adele had taken 25 mg of zinc per day, she might have been belting it out the other night.  Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, Spinach, oysters, nuts, and beans.

Use Lavender Oil as a Hand Sanitizer
Lately, we have added hand sanitizer to the list of things we don’t want to leave out home without.  However, hand sanitizers contain triclosan, which has been shown in studies to cause hormone disruption in animals.  Dr. Lipman says,”The antibacterial craze has created harsh products loaded with toxins that increase the risk of creating resistant bacteria (and) over-dry and crack the skin, making transmission of viruses ….easier.”  Lipman advises using plain old soap and water and try lavender oil as a hand sanitizer and moisturizer.

Get Your Z’s and exercise
Exercise boosts your immune system.  If you feel well enough, you can even try and get some stretches in while your blowing your nose!  Research shows that moderate exercise leads to fewer colds, but don’t skimp on sleep! Sleep is essential for a strong immune system.  Aim for at least 7 hours and go for a 20-minute power nap if you fall short.

Keep Surfaces Clean
The easiest way to get to the flu is to touch a contaminated object and then put your fingers near your mouth and eyes.  Surfaces with the most germs include phones, computers, and desks,  Tea tree oil makes a great disinfectant cleaner.  it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that has been shown to treat psoriases, nail fungus, and acne.

If only Adele had known!  But you do and Adele would probably want you to do everything you can so you can stay healthy this season.  So sleep, eat well, exercise, take your zinc and your flu shot and you can be belting it out with Adele all winter long!