Spring Cleaning Tips #4 &amp #5: Time to Freshen Things Up

Spring Cleaning Tips #4 &amp #5: Time to Freshen Things Up

Cambria Bold
May 10, 2010

Fresh spring air: take it outside and bring it inside. Our #4 tip involves taking your home items — like duvets, wool blankets, and rugs — outside to air them out, and our #5 tip involves ways to freshen your air inside. Jump below more:

Bring It Out:

At the end of a long winter, your duvets, blankets and rugs could probably use a good airing out. Some of these items are hard to wash or require professional cleaning, but it's amazing what a good beat-down and airing outside on a warm, spring day will do to refresh them. If you have a clothesline, all the better! If not, try and hang your duvet out your window for a few hours. In Europe, it's actually a pretty common occurrence to see duvets hanging out the window!

Bring It in:

Open your windows to let some fresh air in. But, if your allergies are bothering you, check out these posts on some natural indoor air fresheners:

12 DIY Spring Air Freshener Ideas: think simmering citrus peel and fresh mint or basil on the stove, or creating a mixture of essential oils, like lavender, and spraying it around the house.
12 DIY Air Fresheners: from Ohdeedoh
How To Make a Reed Diffuser: use your favorite essential oil scent.
Bring Green Scent To Your Home
Replace Your Artificial Fragrances
How To Make Your Own Clothing Freshener and Eewrinkler

What are some of your favorite spring scents? Tell us below!

Related Links:

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Get Inspired
Spring Cleaning Tip #2: Don't Get Overwhelmed!
Spring Cleaning Tip #1: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Images: Duvet by so gesehen; clothespin image by John-Morgan; lavender image by m@rg, all licensed for use under Creative Commons)

Originally published 2009-05-15 - CB

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