Fall Cleaning Tips
This is a guest post.
I’ve never understood why spring has always been the season that is well-known for deep cleaning. If anything, I believe that we need to spend more time on deep cleaning our homes in the fall rather than spring because over the span of the winter, you will be inside your home more often than not and at least in my opinion, I want to be spending time in a clean home. Maybe since we do spend more time in our houses during this time of year, we need a big clean out at the end of it? That is all I can think of.
For me anyway, fall cleaning is extremely important. In the coming months, I will be inviting more and more people into my home and I obviously want to make a good impression. In addition to that, I do spend more time in my home during the winter months and I want to feel comfortable curling up with a book on the ground, next to a roaring fire. Although I will always have dog hair around my home thanks to my two shedding dogs, I can try to deep clean everything else as much as possible. Here are my best tips for all cleaning:
Start by getting organized
I don’t know about you, but I cannot clean without getting organized first. For me, this means that I need to throw out any trash laying around and organize everything else. This way, when I get around to wiping down surfaces, dusting, etc. I don’t have to move 10 items around just in order to clean one small area. It’s so, so helpful to put everything where it goes before even attempting to clean. I try my best to keep up the organizing throughout the week, but most of the time by the end of the week, things are all over the place again. It’s a never-ending battle, for sure!
Wash your linens + clothes
I actually use the same linens year-round because I just do not have very many that I own (I should probably work on this), but if you switch out your linens during the year, make sure you wash them first. The same goes for any clothing items that you may be rotating. Why you ask? Because your clothes and/or linens have been sitting either out, getting dust all over them, or in a drawer, closed off from the air flow. To me, when my clothes and linens have been unused for a period of time, they start to smell like dust and I can’t stand it. This is why I always wash everything before using it again, even if I washed it all before storing it away.
Find toxic-free cleaning supplies
Speaking of laundry, make sure you look at the ingredients in your laundry detergent, dish detergent (even the stuff you use in your dishwasher!), and also your cleaning supplies. There are so many chemicals that we use that are in our everyday products and most of us turn a blind eye, not wanting to pay attention and do something about it. For me specifically, I never cared much about it until I recently started getting more into my overall health and wellness, this past April. Now, my husband and I are trying to conceive (eeek!), so it’s even more important to me. Brands such as Branch Basics are out there, making it simple to use products without harmful ingredients such as fragrance. Their concentrate is human-safe, plant and mineral based, free of harmful preservatives, biodegradable, not tested on animals, and non-GMO. The founders of Branch Basics say, “We believe choices like the food we put in our bodies, the paint we put on our walls, and the cleaners we use around our homes have power; the power to rob us of good health or to cultivate it.
We experienced this first-hand. Whether it was avoiding a looming kidney transplant, recovering a severely ill son that was medically deemed unrecoverable, being freed of debilitating mystery pain, overcoming long-term hormonal complications, or simply getting rid of cramps and dry eyes, our lives were transformed because of the power of real food and a non-toxic environment.” I highly recommend looking for a non-toxic cleaner that works for you and if you want more information, please feel free to reach out to me and I can help guide you along and give you suggestions.
Clean your chimney
I mentioned before that I love to curl up in front of a fire. Well, to make this happen, I always make sure to have my chimney cleaned first. In my post on safety fire, I talk about ways to prevent kitchen fires, but if you didn’t know, chimney fires are also relatively common, as well and I want to make sure to protect myself, my family, and my home against any potential dangers that I can try to prevent.
Use an air purifier
Although I do not have one myself (I have been wanting one for the longest time!), I have heard amazing things about using an air purifier. Using an air purifier will not only clean your air, but it will make it smell better, as well. Guy Gunter Home says, “The 3-in-1 air filter consists of a pre-filter, activated carbon filter, and true HEPA filter to capture 99.97% of dust and allergens as small as .3 microns in size. The ionizer function helps remove bacteria and unwanted odors leaving your house smelling fresh and clean. With a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 110 cubic feet per minute and standing 20 inches tall, this air purifier removes dust, allergens and odors in small to medium-sized rooms,” about one of their most popular air purifiers that is listed on their website. If you are in search of a good air purifier, Guy Gunter Home is the place to go in the Metro-Atlanta area! Guy Gunter Home has been in business for over five decades and three generations and are Atlanta’s innovative leader in the appliance market. In your search to get an air purifier, or if you need any kitchen, bathroom, or other general home appliances, you can trust Guy Gunter Home with your needs. Their employees are educated and can inform you on the products that they feel will be a great fit for your specific needs, they offer full-service installation, and in addition to that, they also work with some of the most reputable service teams in Atlanta. Their customer services also includes: contacting service companies and arranging repairs, keeping an up to date list of the most reputable service providers around, maintaining relationships with manufacturers and service companies to bring you peace of mind, and using a combination of our install team and service contracts to facilitate emergency service when necessary. Now, that is good service at Guy Gunter Home!