Amarillo Chiropractor Discussing Spring Cleaning Like A Champ!
Chiropractor in Amarillo hits the highlights
Have you gotten to your Spring cleaning yet? I admit to not getting far yet. Here in the Texas Panhandle ( Amarillo ), I am afraid that a freak snowstorm might dump three inches of snow on anything I take outside. Or, maybe a 70 mph wind might take a mattress three miles down the road. It’s not a far-fetched notion in this part of the country. The weather of the Plains can range from one extreme to the other in minutes. Literally. For example, one day when I was in high school football practice, it went from comfortable, to raining, to freezing sleet, then snow, and then back to rain. All within a couple of hours. I will add that our unsympathetic coaches made us stay out there in all of it. That's the stuff nightmares are made of.
I started this article out talking about taking stuff outside because the sun and a nice breeze can be a part of Spring cleaning for many people. If you are one of those asking, “Why is she taking things outside anyway?" let’s start with a few truths of where and why doing Spring cleaning is a good idea.
It’s thought that Spring cleaning came about as preparation for Lent. During times before central air, it was a time that outside weather and the climate was warm enough to remove furniture and mattresses in order to air them out. Our ancestors washed the walls to get soot and ashes off of them. They usually swept every corner to get all of the piles of dirt out. They opened every window to let in fresh air after having everything closed up to keep the heat in for so long. They really needed that fresh air when using some of the chemical cleaners of years ago and a few that are still used today.
Did you know they still recommend removing the mattress and taking the mattress outside? It's the clean air and the sunshine. The sun helps kill dust mites and any other lingering germs and bacteria. The clean air helps give your mattress a fresh smell. During the winter, people typically like to stay inside and stay warm in bed but doing so can provide a breeding ground for the little things.
Yes, you should vacuum the mattress during winter but the sun kills so many more at one time.
That is also why it would be a good idea to carry cushions from the couch and cushions from chairs outside. If you cannot remove them from the house, remove the ones you can to give room to vacuuming and carpet cleaning as well as washing the walls and ceiling. Don’t stop to think about how far a sneeze goes….it’s gross. If you are curious, look up Mythbusters Sneeze.
Don’t forget to move the stove and refrigerator to get the nasty floors underneath too. Especially after doing all the party cooking from the Winter season. Remember all of that cooking that went on during Thanksgiving and Christmas?
I hope people have been doing their yoga and their stretches before moving the heavy things around. The big things to move are the things that people do not move every day and to clean under and around them. It is common to find things that were missing and find things that we wish we hadn’t.
- There are a few good things to have ready before getting started.
- Put together a cleaning supplies list and check that nothing needs to be purchased new.
- Is someone is going to help you accomplish this epic mission?
- Will any extra supplies be needed?
Some of the things that might be needed are:
- is the vacuum in good working order, does it need a new belt, or more bags or filters?
- Having a small handheld broom and dustpan for the corners is nice and handy.
- Plenty of rags to wash the walls is needed.
- Buckets for cleaning solution and spray bottles are necessary. Especially if people are going to make their own solutions. There are a lot of great chemical-free recipes on the internet these days so a good Google search is beneficial. One of the easiest recipes is 1/2 cup vinegar to one-gallon warm water then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- I also like to have plenty of trash bags and a few totes for organizing things as I go.
Put together your plan of action, meaning which room to start and move your way through the house so you don’t get off track. After finished, give those tired muscles a treat by going to the chiropractor and getting a massage! Then you can relax and enjoy your fresh home.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast. Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected]
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