Oh hello September! Can you believe it? And September means two things: Footy finals, and Spring cleaning! And no offence to the footy lovers out there, but.. we tend to be more interested in the cleaning part!
And perhaps surprising to some, 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, our friends at Cove Cleaning have shared the physical and mental benefits of an eco spring clean, along with a little discount code for you to use on their planet-friendly Starter Kits (you can find it at the end of this blog).
BUT FIRST? SCIENCE!
There is a reason we clean more in Spring and it’s because of science. In the dark, cold, winter months, our bodies produce a hormone called melatonin. This particular hormone 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! Motivation to get outside and exercise, to eat better, and to clean!
WHERE DID SPRING CLEANING ORIGINATE?
Where did Spring cleaning come from, and why do we do it? There are many examples of seasonal cleaning in different cultures across the world. From the Persian New Year celebration, to the Iranian Nowruz, where the beginning of Spring symbolises the start of a New Year. The tradition of ‘shaking the house’ was a way to start the New Year positively! To Jewish Passover, where it was important to remove any chametz (leavened food stuffs) before the holiday. This meant families would deep clean their homes to ensure they were clear from even the tiniest little crumb!
It also had a more practical reason in colder climates too. Spring was usually the first time that houses could open their windows to help clear dust and soot from fireplaces as the weather was warmer. This led to a tradition of airing homes and cleaning as soon as the weather allowed.
Nowadays, it has become a wider tradition across a larger range of cultures and countries. We also recognise the important benefits for our physical and mental health. And here are our top 5 picks!
1. IMPROVED AIR QUALITY
Opening our windows and doors as part of a Spring clean allows for fresh air flow, which substantially improves the air quality in our homes. Removing dust, grime and pollutants during a deep clean also helps improve what is circulating within our homes, and our airways.
2. IMPROVED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Linked to improved air quality, when we remove things like mould, dust or pollen, we can improve our immune system, reducing our risk of respiratory illnesses and allergies. If you suffer from seasonal hayfever or allergies, Spring cleaning can help clear your home of allergens, reducing symptoms. So it can certainly be a great way to keep our families healthy.
3. IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH
Yep! We all know how satisfying it feels once you completed a big clean and that’s because it improves your mental health! The act of cleaning itself can be quite mindful - there's nothing like a good declutter. A clean home also helps us feel more in control of our environment, which can be reassuring when there are lot of other uncontrollable things around us (we're looking at your COVID-19).
4. IMPROVED SLEEP
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!
5. OPPORTUNITY TO UPCYCLE
When we re-arrange our wardrobe or our pantry, we usually find ourselves with a pile of unwanted clothes or food. A Spring clean is the perfect opportunity to donate to charities, giving these items a new life for people less fortunate whilst ensuring they don't end up in landfill.
NON-TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS
Harsh chemical can expose you to irritants such as bleach and parabens, so when it comes to cleaning? We always recommend option for family-friendly, low tox, eco-conscious products.
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