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SPRING CLEANING: Turning Over a New Leaf

Saturday, March 26th, 2016


Well, it’s officially that time of year again. Spring has sprung! This is by far my favorite season, for so many reasons. It’s a time of renewal, a time to purge, to shake off the darkness of winter and breathe in the verdant newness of spring. It’s a fresh start yet again. A time for change. A chance to turn over a new leaf.

Spring Cleaning 101

As the temperature falls in winter, the days get shorter, we slow down a bit and things tend to pile up in our homes, many of them on a microscopic level. With the entrance of spring, the mercury rises and the trend reverses. We’re all happy to see the days getting longer, giving us seemingly more time to get things done and along with this comes an almost instinctive inclination among many of us to engage in the annual ritual of spring cleaning.

The warmer weather allows us to open the windows and let the outside in again. During the winter months, we enjoy very little fresh air in our homes. In fact, in the name of energy efficiency, we seek to eliminate any and all infiltration, unwittingly allowing toxins and allergens to build up fundamentally unabated. These particles and gasses are the potential makings of allergies, asthma attacks, sinus infections and general malaise. While it might be great for your heating bill to keep things buttoned up tight, there’s a potentially much greater price to pay: your health.

It’s not just about purging the garage or the basement because the weather allows. Perhaps it’s time to redefine what we call clean. Are you still using chemicals and scented products? Does your vacuum have a HEPA filter?

Check out this piece I wrote a while back, and let me know what you think! One minor change can make all the difference in the world.


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