Spring cleaning has a long history related to religion, cultures and even biology itself. There's just something about opening all the windows to let in the sunshine and fresh air while cleaning out the dust that's been accumulating all winter.
Here are a few of our favorite tips for spring cleaning and a handy checklist:
Declutter and organize
You can't properly organize your linen closet if it's full old sheets and towels you hardly use.
If your towels are stained, threadbare or fraying at the edges, it's time to pass them along to make room for something else.
You can tell it's time for sheets to go if they've started to fray or pill, or if the elastic in the fitted sheet no longer snaps back like it should.
But how do you know it's time to trash your current pillow? A few common signs are:
- It's flat. If you can fold it in half, it's time to replace it.
- It's stained. Body oils, sweat and other liquids can seep into the core of the pillow and break down what's inside. If you see serious stains, your pillow needs to go.
- You routinely wake up with neck pain or stiffness. This is a sign your pillow is no longer supporting your head the way it should.
- You've changed sleeping positions. Were you once a back sleeper but now swear by side-sleeping? You need a firmer, more supportive pillow.
- You've had it for more than two years. Pillow lifespans can vary depending on the manufacturer and type. But a good rule of thumb is every two years, give your pillow a thorough inspection and replace it if necessary.
Once you've decided to get rid of your old pillow, don't toss it in the trash! Here are a few ideas for what to do with it:
- Use it as a pet bed
- Compost the down filling
- Use it as a knee cushion for gardening, bathing children or other household tasks
- Use it to cushion breakable items when you're packing breakable items for shipping or moving
Tip: You can bring your old pillows, towels and linens into the store and we'll donate them to a local animal shelter to help pets in need.
Once you've purged your linen closet, focus on folding your remaining items so they'll stay organized. Yes, that means you need to actually fold your fitted sheets. Watch this video to find out how:
Deep clean your sleeping areas
Here's our handy checklist for deep cleaning your master suite and guest bedrooms:
- Vacuum behind and under the bed
- Dust light fixtures and lamps
- Dust blinds and/or vacuum curtains
- Polish wood furniture
- Use glass cleaner to clean photo frames
- Flip the mattress (if applicable) and vacuum it and the box spring
- Replace your mattress pad if needed
- Have your down products professionally cleaned
- Replace your pillow protectors
- Machine-wash your down alternative pillows and comforters
- Wash your coverlets and shams -- check the labels for instructions
Using a high-quality detergent for your linens will preserve the quality of the fibers, making them last longer. We love Linenwash by LeBlanc. It's formulated to protect fibers while preserving the original beauty of fine textiles and apparel and can be used on washable, colorfast, and organic linens as well as all cottons, synthetics, and blends. Safely launder antique linens, household bedding, table linens, lace, quilts, christening gowns, apparel, and more.
Laundress Signature Detergent is another fantastic option for washing linens. It perfectly formulated to tackle all your dirty laundry by combining color guard, a natural bleach alternative and stain fighting agents with a classic scent for all-purpose laundering. A little goes a long way -- it's triple concentrated.
And no matter how much you love a soft sheet, do NOT use fabric softener, which can coat fibers with a waxy substance and cause yellowing. Using fabric softener on towels can make them less absorbent as well, so it's best just to stay away.
After laundering your machine washable items, consider going old-school by hanging them on a line to dry outside. Sunlight naturally sanitizes and whitens fabric over time.
You can also freshen your linens and drawers with a fabric spray like Laundress Fabric Fresh, a nontoxic formula with antibacterial properties that adds scent while removing odor. It's ideal for deodorizing outerwear, car interiors, sneakers, and luggage, and works great for closets and drawers, too!
We have fine cleaning products for so many different areas of your home. Come by the store for more tips on how to get your home fresh for springtime.