Spring cleaning is on the minds of everyone at the moment. With spring on the horizon, winter’s hold on spirits is lessening. With the teasing warmth of the weather beckoning between winter’s lasts breaths, it isn’t a wonder that we are all a little restless.
The restlessness we feel, though, is what my granny used to call Spring’s demand to clean. We would go through everything from the attic to the basement, reorganizing, remembering, and cleaning. In fact, it is the only time of the year that cleaning was almost a holiday. When anyone would mention this to Granny, she laughed in a knowing way and told us about the birth of a new season.
Listening to her stories, we scrubbed floors, vacuumed rugs, and washed pantries. Trunks were examined, old clothes played with and then refolded, and old letter read. Some things, of course, didn’t return to their previous homes since the idea of spring cleaning required some recycling. Most of the old cards became our craft supplies. Many an old dress got a fresh look with a few stitches and wardrobes grew.
Spring cleaning was a time to reunite the family, make everyone a part of one unit for a few weeks every year regardless of busy schedules. The prize of the whole ordeal was working the garage sale and getting enough to chase the ice cream truck down the street in late spring and summer.
My fond memories of the hustle and bustle of spring cleaning are the reason it surprised me when my daughter’s friends drew back in fear at its mentioning the other day. However, current times make spring cleaning so much easier and even more enjoyable than back in my childhood. Granny didn’t have the luxury of a mop with environmentally safe cleaning solutions built in. She didn’t own a vacuum and had never used a duster with magnetic attraction. We filled pots and pans with hot, soapy water and scrubbed everything on our hands and knees. Floors only got a good sweep with an old broom before we were on all fours cleaning.
No one worried about the environment back then. We had no clue that the chemicals we were using to clean up with were dangerous. I didn’t even realize that the adding a touch of bleach to the water filled with soap with ammonia in it could be toxic. Granny never thought of it as she still used lye soap she made herself. The things we used were sometimes harsh, but they had been used for generations and Granny loved her traditions.
Then came the reports in my teen years about the environment. I learned about global warming and how pollutants increased the rate at which the planet heated up. I discovered the dangers of mixing the chemicals Granny used to clean and I realized that much of what we poured carelessly outside on the lawn or in the old pond down yonder were destroying the inhabitants of nature.
At first, lemon was touted as nature’s answer to cleaning woes. But, there were problems from the start. Lemon juice is an acid and was murder upon hardwood. Many a hardwood floor lost its shine over that little mistake.
Then, companies got involved. With massive research into what is good for both cleaning and our environment, advances were made. Soon it was discovered that even our allergies were able to be controlled by a little bit of cleaning. Allersearch made advances in this area as no dust mite will dare stay where the ecologically friendly cleaners have been used. From laundry to the very air we breath, dust mites no longer had an interest in staking a claim and making a home.
Smells no longer lingered in our kitchens, clothes or upholstery once research got into the picture. Fresh Wave, a completely natural and safe product line, effectively eliminate those unwanted smells with ease. From candles to sprays, there really is a choice for everyone.
Add that to vacuums such as the Miele S7 Series Vacuums, and spring cleaning takes on a magical and pleasant feeling once again. You can get everything you need to clean safely and thoroughly this spring at EZVacuum, your one stop cleaning shop for some of the best offerings in cleaning supplies and appliances. Make some Spring Cleaning memories of your very own with your family this Spring
The methods to cleaning may have changed, but the wonderful memories of cleaning with Granny are the same. I simply fill my granny’s shoes and my daughter gets the fun of playing with everything in the name of cleaning. Laughter fills the air as the wonderful sounds of modern cleaning are done in tandem with nature in a way my grandmother could never know. The ease of use of the products now available and the appliances that assist us every day of the year with cleaning needs were not part of Granny’s repertoire, but the shared family time was.
Spring Cleaning doesn’t mean work…it means love.