Flowers are blooming and trees are growing… a sure sign of spring. On Thursday, March 19, 2020, spring will officially begin. Days will grow longer, and hopefully, there will be no more cold weather for us here in Florida. I’m sure you have seen the daffodils poking their heads out. This is an indication of spring and an age old indicator that it is time to plant.
Spring Equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, happens in the northern hemisphere around March each year. Equinox merely means “equal” and it is at this time of year and on this particular date this year (3/19/20) that the days and nights are equally as long. This year we will have the earliest spring we have had in over a century. If you are inclined to honor the season of spring and give thanks to Mother Earth (nature) then a good thing to do is plant a tree or start a small flower and/or herb garden.
The term spring cleaning dates back to the Persian’s khaneh tekani or “shaking the house” and Jewish Passover practice of cleaning at that time. Spring cleaning is a good time to shake out your own house of all those things that are in your way. You may be in the process of preparing for a move. If so, this is the perfect time to downsize and do deep cleaning of belongings as well as your surroundings.
From your doormat to your windows, from your refrigerator to your air conditioning filters, now is the time to clean.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FOR SPRING CLEANING:
This is by no means an exhaustive list of things to do to spring clean around your home, but these tips will certainly get you going in the right direction.
Kitchen sink: after thoroughly sanitizing your sink, cut up a lemon and throw it in your disposal for added freshness.
Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your counter tops, refrigerator and oven.
Cutting boards: after thoroughly cleaning your cutting board, take a cut lemon and run it over the surface. For extra cleaning, sprinkle on baking soda or salt and allow it to sit for a bit. Then rinse thoroughly.
Microwave: place a bowl of water inside your microwave with a lemon, lime, orange or some vinegar in it and turn on high for several minutes. Let solution sit in microwave for about 15 minutes. Then wipe clean.
Junk drawers: we all have them. It’s time to clean them!
Reusable grocery bags: with the advent of the coronavirus, it is a good idea to either run your reusable grocery bags through the wash or else purchase new ones.
Shower curtain: time to clean it or replace it, you decide.
Shower: bring a cut lemon with you to your next shower and have at the walls, it will disinfect walls [“The acid in lemons is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it acts as natural bleach”] and will leave your shower (and bathroom for that matter) smelling lemony fresh.
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