Our Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spring is here, which means it’s time for spring cleaning!  OK, I know that you aren’t as excited about that as I seem to be, but hopefully these tips and tricks will help you when you are getting your house in tip-top shape this spring.

1. Put an organic bed-bug and dust-mite barrier cover on all of your pillows and on your mattress.  Even though natural rubber mattresses naturally repel dust mites (it’s not a very hospitable environment for the little buggers), these covers can also keep the surfaces of your bedding clean, and can be thrown in the wash very easily.  If you have an older innerspring mattress, a dust-mite barrier cover can keep the dust mites away from you.  If you already have covers on your mattress and pillow, this is the time to throw them in the wash.



2.  Freshen up your non-washable bedding by airing it out in the sun.  Wait for a nice sunny day, and put your wool comforter, pillows, couch cushions, and anything else that can’t go in the washing machine out in a sunny part of your yard.  You can even sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the surface while it sits out in the sun for extra freshness.  The sun is a natural brightener, and will make your bedding feel nice and refreshed.

Baking Soda

3.  Instead of using your dryer to dry your bedding, hang it outside to dry.  Not only will it give you that great straight-off-the-line crispness, it doesn’t cost anything, and is a great way to save on energy costs when you are washing all of your bedding.

Fresh Organic Bedding

4.  Is your house feeling a little stuffy after being closed up for the winter?  Open all of the windows on a nice day, and let it air out.  It makes a huge difference in switching your mind from “winter mode” to “spring mode,” and makes the chore of cleaning a little bit more enjoyable.  If your house is especially stuffy, try one of our HEPA air purifiers.  Lifekind has several different sizes that can handle an area as small as your car to a space as large as 1,300 square feet!

 Lifekind HEPA Air Filter


5.  Dust all of your surfaces, starting at the top of the room, and work your way down to the floor, saving vacuuming for last. Don’t forget to wipe down your light fixtures and baseboards to remove contaminants that aggravate allergies.

6.  Vacuum after you have done the rest of the cleaning. If you vacuum first, you will just end up knocking all of the dust from higher up in the room back onto the floor, and you will need to do the floors again.  Save yourself a step.

7.  For hard, water-safe surfaces throughout your house, you can use our All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser.  It is made with grapefruit-seed and orange-peel extract, and has a nice, clean scent, so your house will smell great, without smelling like chemicals.  I usually dilute it for wiping down counters, painted walls and other light-duty cleaning, but also use it full strength for tougher cleaning.AllPurposeKO8.  Flip your mattress!  Most of our mattresses need to be flipped only once a year, and this is the perfect time to do it.  If you have a mattress that doesn’t need to be flipped, you can still rotate it (move the head of the mattress to the foot) so that it wears evenly and will last as long as possible.

Lifekind Organic Kids Mattress
9.  Move all of your appliances and clean out from behind them, including vacuuming off the dust from the back of the fridge, getting the schmutz from around the stove (full-strength Cleaner and Degreaser works great for this!), and all of the lint that hides around your dryer.  These hidden allergens can be annoying your sinuses, even if the rest of your house is spic-and-span clean.

10.  Put a few vases of fresh flowers around your house. Even though this isn’t really cleaning, it is a great way to put a smile on your face and remind yourself that spring is just around the corner after a long, cold winter!shutterstock_73432741
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to change your household air filter.  You should be doing this every month to make sure your HVAC system is working as well as possible, but if you haven’t done it in awhile, do it now!

Five Tips for Reducing Household allergens

This is the time of year when the trees change color, leaves fall, and the sweaters get pulled on.  This is also the time of year pine trees bloom, mold spores fly and seasonal allergies come out.  Rather than sniffle your way through autumn, try these tips to maximize your health and enjoy the beauty of this colorful season:

1.  Replace goose down with wool. This important (and easy) step reduces indoor allergens because dust mites tend to accumulate in down bedding, such as pillows and comforters.  Wool is naturally dust-mite resistant and feels a lot like down so it’s a great alternative, and helps keep your sneezing to a minimum.

2.  Keep your air clean. You should be changing the air filter to your house heater monthly, but when the weather changes and those heaters kick on, they can also kick out a lot of dust.  By using a HEPA air filter in conjunction with your household heater, you can keep that dust from getting to you new balance 1200
.  Make sure you select the right size HEPA filter for your environment (there’s no need to purchase a huge filter when you only need to filter a small area).  An added bonus is that a good HEPA air filter will help with lingering odors from pets to food.

3. Keep your yard free of leaves. Although the beautiful fall leaves outside can be picturesque, be sure to keep your yard and surrounding areas clear. Fallen leaves provide an ideal home for mold spores to thrive in because of the wet, mucky conditions cheap jordan 4 retros
.  When leaves and leaf residue are tracked in the house the accompanying invisible mold gets in every crack and corner, ensuring you an allergy flare up.

4.  Vacuum daily. No one likes to vacuum, but if you notice that your eyes are itchy and you are sneezing a lot, it may help to vacuum more often.  Vacuuming helps keep control of the loose dust, pet hair, and other allergens that will float around the house.  Use a vacuum that has a built in HEPA filter and a washable canister nike air max black white
.  If the filter starts looking clogged, either clean it or replace it, (depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations) to keep it working efficiently.

5.  Toss out the old innersprings. Innerspring mattresses, which a majority of mattresses are, are the perfect hiding spot for mold, mildew, and dust-mites.  By replacing your old innerspring mattress with a natural rubber mattress, which is naturally dust-mite resistant, you will be getting rid of a huge contributor to household allergens.  If you can’t afford a new mattress right now, the second best thing is to put a dust-mite cover over your mattress (we sell them for pillows, too) to keep the existing allergens away from your skin, and to stop new ones from gaining access to your bed.