Spring Cleaning: The 5 Grossest Things in Your Home Right Now

Published on March 7, 2018

Spring means a few things in Florida: Spring Cleaning and Pollen. Since everything is more satisfying than pollen, we will be discuss Spring Cleaning today.

Pillows

Pillow cleaning “rule of three”: At least every three weeks, you should wash your zippered pillow protector (and you should definitely have these!); at least every three months, you should wash the pillow; and at least every three years, you should replace it if you aren’t doing the above.

Shower Curtains

Spring means its time to get rid of the those disgusting vinyl shower liners. “But everyone uses them…” This is a common misconception and can even be dangerous for you and your family’s health. Vinyl contains a known endocrine disruptor that can mess with your hormones if you breathe in the fumes. Instead, use nylon curtains, which are even used in hospitals because they can be washed and they don’t attract mold or mildew like vinyl liners do.

A/C and Heating Air Filters

Your heater has been running all winter, and it’s undoubtedly filled up with all kinds of junk. Here’s a rule of thumb when it comes to replacement intervals: Change the filter every season: at the end of the winter, at the end of the summer, before you seal yourself up in the winter, before you seal yourself up in the summer.

Drapes

Imagine fabric hanging in your house, gathering dust, never getting cleaned—that’s exactly what’s happening if you don’t wash your curtains. Make sure that at least every five to 10 years, if not sooner, curtains and drapes are washed or dry-cleaned. I often recommend getting a silk or a cotton or a linen option that can be washed or replaced easily, a window trim.

Mattress

A bargain mattress is not always a bargain. If you buy the $99 mattress, you might be like, ‘Yeah, I got a great deal!’ But often those mattresses are full of chemicals. A cheaper mattress is often made to keep away vermin, so it’s made with boric acid, a.k.a. roach poison. If you have the money, be prepared to spend $600 or more on a high-quality mattress that has fewer toxins. Remember, you will spend 1/3rd of your life in spend, so a mattress is a very worthwhile investment.

For all of your other spring cleaning needs, please consider scheduling a Deep Cleaning Service with our professionals at Maid In Jax!