Ah, spring has finally arrived. Snow boots are packed up, and the Easter bunny has come and gone. Finally, the windows are open, and the breeze is coming in. It feels good to look at that jacket lying on the back of a chair and thinking, “No, thanks,” because the weather is perfect outside.
There’s something about the fresh air, the feeling of newness, the longer days, and warmer nights that makes spring hard to beat. And with springtime comes everyone’s favorite household activity: spring cleaning.
You spend a third of your life asleep, so it’s important to pay extra attention to the room you spend so much time in. If you’re not sure how to approach deep cleaning your bedroom, fear not- we’ve put together a helpful guide that will walk you through everything from “how to” to “how often”.
Clean the mattress
- How often?: Twice a year
- Key ingredient?: Baking Soda
When we’re cleaning the house, top-to-bottom, there’s one area that’s often overlooked: your mattress. Mattress cleaning is an essential component to the spring-cleaning to-do list because we spend a lot of time asleep. Few things feel better than clean sheets, and a clean mattress should be just the same.
- Vacuum – Grab your upholstery attachment and get to work digging in the nooks and crannies of your mattress. Top-to-bottom, side to side – clean the whole thing.
- Grab the baking soda– You’re going to need a whole box of baking soda. Not a huge box or anything, just the average size you’d find in the market.
- Mix in essential oil- Essential oils are an incredibly useful way to get everyday things smelling incredible. Grab a bottle of your favorite essential oil and sprinkle a few drops directly into your baking soda. If you’re unsure of which essential oil is best for you, check out your local natural grocery chain, they typically have plenty of essential oils to choose from. (Our favorite is lavender for better Zzzzz’s.) Shake to mix.
- Sprinkle your baking soda on the mattress– Use the whole box. Cover the bed in your magical cleaning concoction.
- Rub into your mattress– Go ahead, give your mattress a good massage. Get your baking soda/essential oils mixture deep into the fibers.
- Vacuum your mattress– After your mattress has sat for a while, it’s time to get the vacuum back out. Give the mattress thorough cleaning, getting all of the baking soda off the mattress top. Put your sheets back on and roll around in your fresh smelling bed.
Wash the sheets
- How often?: Weekly- Bi-Weekly
- Key ingredient?: Natural Detergent
Are you washing your sheets enough? It’s common knowledge that our bodies sweat out around a liter of water each night, and your sheets are bearing the brunt of that exposure.The sweat, in addition to whatever dust, and dead skin cells your body brings into the bed each night, can build up pretty quickly. So it’s a good rule of thumb to give them a proper wash every week to two weeks. If you’d rather not wash them at that frequency, a good hack is to just wash the pillowcases, since they have the most direct contact with your skin.
If you prefer a natural approach to washing, look for detergents that are labeled as “all natural” or “chemical-free”, or avoid these chemicals. The following is also a great recipe for a natural laundry detergent from WellnessMama.
Wash, or replace pillows
- How often to wash: Every three- six months
- How often to replace: At your discretion, but every year or two is common
Washing pillowcases is pretty common, but what about the pillows themselves? A good rule of thumb is to wash your pillows every three to six months. Why? Because over time, they fill with dead skin cells, sweat/ drool, and dust mites.
Because every pillow is different- some are poly-filled while others are made with feathers- it’s easiest just to check the manufacturer tag for care instructions. Cleaning expert Jolie Kerr, recommends the following:
- Poly-Filled Pillows: Machine wash, warm water, gentle cycle. Machine-dry, but use a low-heat setting along with a set of dryer balls or tennis balls to help redistribute the stuffing evenly.
- Feather-Filled Pillows: Send for Dry Cleaning, OR: Machine wash, warm water, gentle cycle. Poly-filled pillows can be machine-dried but use a low-heat setting.
- Foam- Filled Pillows: Hand-wash in a tub, or large sink. Airdry.
- Memory Foam Pillows: Vacuum pillow, and spot clean using a rag and a small amount of soap/ cleaner. Airdry.
Declutter the closet
- How often: once or twice a year
One of the easiest places to start when deep cleaning your room is to finally put away all of those clothes that aren’t hanging up in the closet, or in a drawer. Many of us are guilty of a messy closet, or top of a dresser doubling as a de facto changing station. Put the laundry in the hamper, or hang everything up.
If you’re finding you’ve got too many clothes and not enough space, maybe it’s time to consider donating the clothes you’re not wearing. Going through the family’s clothes twice a year is an excellent way to declutter your space, but more importantly, to potentially help others.
Get rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in a year (or however long you’d like to designate). If you can’t remember which clothes you haven’t worn recently, turn your hanger around on the bar. If it’s still backward, next year while you’re spring cleaning, you’ll know it’s safe to purge it.
Clean ceilings/ blinds, and fans
- How often: Once a month
- Key ingredient: Natural surface cleaner
Dust everything. Grab your dusting rag and your favorite cleaner and wipe down every surface, including the dressers, the nightstand, and the television. Wipe down the sides and base of all furniture. Make sure to get the lamp on your nightstand, too. You might want to wear a pair of gloves for this part. Don’t forget to check under the bed for random objects.
Remember to clean ceiling fans and blinds, too. If you can take your blinds down, washing them with soap and water will help get rid of any dust discoloration. But, if they’re screwed in place, a standard surface cleaner will work just fine. If you’d like a chemical-free version or want to make your own, the following recipe from the book Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home, is a great solution.
Also, wash your drapes. Curtains are easy to take down and put up, so giving them a yearly spin the wash will knock off whatever dust they’ve collected.
Deep clean the floor
- How often?: Once a year
- Key ingredient: Bring in the professionals
Spring is the perfect time to devote to deep cleaning your floors. Depending on what type of flooring you have, you may have to call in the professionals for this one. Renting a steam cleaner, or mopping yourself may not be as effective as you need it to. According to interior designer Robin Wilson, who specializes in designing allergy-free spaces, deep cleaning your floor can have a huge impact on indoor air quality, and your health.
“Indoor air quality can be eight to ten times worse than outdoor air quality, if you don’t clean your flooring, clean your drapes and let air inside regularly.”
And that’s it. Your room should smell amazing, and with a bed that’s calling your name after all of that cleaning. Got some of your own bedroom cleaning tips? We’d love to know what you do when it’s time for spring cleaning. Comment below or send us a tweet.
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