Spring cleaning seems to get all the love. More than a tradition, it’s become a metaphor for any kind of heavy-duty cleaning or organizing. But for myriad reasons, sprucing up your home for fall is equally important—especially with the onset of cooler weather, when many of us will begin spending more time indoors.
With tomorrow, September 22, the first official day of autumn, now is the ideal time to start getting your house in tip-top shape. The good news is a thorough cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here are 10 time-, money- and effort-saving tips to help streamline the process and get you and your family ready for the season ahead.
Use it wet or dry, depending on the task. Wet, Norwex Microfiber requires only water to remove stuck-on messes, even eliminating up to 99% of bacteria from surfaces when following proper care and use instructions. Dry, static electricity within the cloth captures and holds the smallest dust particles and allergens, preventing them from resettling on surfaces. Best of all, it’s much more sustainable than single-use paper towels and harmful chemicals that can pollute the environment.
• Ovens. With holiday season approaching, you’re going to be doing a lot more cooking and baking. Choose and enzyme-based oven and grill cleaner to safely break down baked- and burned-on food and stubborn greasy spills on ovens, cookware and bakeware.
• Bathrooms. Deep clean shower doors, bathtubs, drains and more with an environmentally friendly descaler that safely removes soap scum, heavy calcium, lime and rust deposits.
• Carpets, rugs and upholstery. Skip the harsh chemicals and choose an enzyme-based carpet stain remover to spot clean, shampoo, deodorize and neutralize stains.
• Windows. A microfiber window cloth and water effectively do the job sans streaks and chemicals. High windows? No problem. A window cloth mop pad attached to an adjustable telescopic handle effortlessly brings hard-to-reach glass to a sparkling shine.
• Furniture, lampshades, bookshelves, windowsills, blinds and ceiling fans. Yes, a single tool does it all. A bendable chenille microfiber wand cleans hard-to-reach nooks and crannies by attracting and holding dirt and dust better than conventional, chemical-laden sprays.
We especially love it this time of year to clean and de-grime outdoor furniture before storing it for the winter. Allowing stains and grime to remain on outdoor upholstery or umbrella fabric will make the job tougher later on.
And if a liquid cleanser is more your style, learn more about our All Purpose Cream Cleaner.
For best results, start from the top and work your way down. Gravity affects everything, even household dust. Save the floors for last. Otherwise, you’ll knock dust back onto them and have to clean twice.
For smaller jobs, an eco-friendly, electrostatically charged microfiber dusting mitt attracts and holds dust and allergens like a magnet—a must-have for seasonal allergy-sufferers.
Consider buying an additional set for your guest room, sure to get extra use over the holidays. Choose Norwex Microfiber Sheets and Pillowcases with BacLock* technology to keep bedding fresher longer by inhibiting bacterial growth within them, including acne-causing bacteria.**
Disposables are pricey, too. Americans spend $5.7 billion dollars a year on paper towels for home use—nearly half the global total, and nearly $5 billion more than each of the next four biggest paper towel spenders, according to the website Earth911. Replace with Norwex Microfiber EnviroCloths, Counter Cloths or Kitchen Towels—good for you and Mother Earth, too.
• Change HVAC air filter.
• Replace fire alarm batteries.
• Condition leather furniture.
• Dust your ceiling fans and set them to turn so air circulates upward.
• Check fireplaces and chimneys.
• Clean out rain gutters.
*BacLock is our antibacterial agent for self-cleansing purposes only. The agent is solely designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold and mildew growth within the product.
**Not an acne-treatment product.