Winter is a time of rest and rejuvenation and we are likely to be spending more time indoors and more time in our homes.
So although we are probably all familiar with the spring cleaning ritual that we ideally perform when the sun starts to come out and the weather warms up, it is also a good healthy practice to cleanse your home in preparation for this cozy hibernation period.
A Deep Clean Routine coming into winter not only creates a more cozy, inviting and ambient space, but it also cleans up the air that you and your co-habitants breathe by removing dust, grime and toxic residues collected over time on surfaces. Here's how to do it:
THE CLEANZ DEEP CLEAN ROUTINE
Tidy up like a minimalist on a mission
The more clutter you remove the faster the cleaning process will be. Put everything in its place and leave only what belongs. Donate, throw away or put away the rest. Clutter piles are magnets for dust and navigating around them will make your deep cleaning more challenging.
Ideally you will have access to a HEPA vacuum. Grab your vacuum and a ladder and start at the corner farthest from the entrance to whatever room you wish
Starting up high, vacuum all surfaces, ceilings, walls, behind and underneath furniture, lamps and small furnishings.
Finish with the floors as they will catch any dirt and dust etc that falls from above
Wipe EVERYTHING down like you mean it
What you’ll need:
2 buckets of warm water, one with 1 teaspoon of Cleanz Concentrate, 1 for rinsing
Sponge mop or microfibre mop
Microfibre cloths (these are the most effective to clean with)
Dip your mop in the bucket of Cleanz solution and squeeze out as much as possible before mopping over all sections of the ceiling and walls (the surfaces should look damp after wiping but not truly wet)
Always rinse the mop first in the clean water bucket and squeeze out the water (and the dirt, dust, toxins) before re-dipping in the Cleanz solution. Be sure to refresh the rinse bucket when it turns grey
Repeat the same process with your microfibre cloths on trim, corners and all furniture. For any small items and on solid, non-porous items such as ornaments and lamps, spray a clean cloth with All-Purpose and wipe clean.
Finish by thoroughly mopping the floor the same way
Towel Dry … and presto!
Quickly dry off any areas of excess moisture, especially wet spots on walls or the floor.
And that's it! Simply kick back and admire your work :)
There are also a few other things you can do in preparation for and during winter to keep your home and indoor air clean and healthy:
THE WINTER HEALTHY HOME CHECKLIST:
Perform the Cleanz Deep Clean Routine above
Clean out and around your fireplace regularly to prevent fine ash particles hanging in the air
Make sure you have booked your annual chimney sweep for safety and function
Ventilate! Open windows regularly (especially during and after cooking) and clean filter systems
Alright, so let's talk about toilet paper, something we use without a second thought. It's like a sidekick to our daily routine, and life without it feels almost unimaginable. But guess what? The regular stuff we use is loaded with nasty chemicals that can mess with our health.
In this blog we look at this really murky pool of information about microfiber, its Positives, Negatives, the alternatives, and how green those alternatives are.
When I say murky, Ireally mean really murky. You can find a bunch of info saying how bad microfibreis, written by companies that promote/ sell alternatives, and then when onestarts digging into the alternatives, you learn that they are not so squeakyclean either.
We're well aware of the health risks linked to heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides. However, many traditional household and personal care products harbor less-discussed hazardous ingredients that contribute to the toxic load in our bodies. This accumulation of toxins, termed “body burden,” can potentially disrupt hormones, compromise the immune system, and heighten sensitivity to allergens.
Here are some straightforward yet impactful ways to reduce your family's exposure to toxins this year: