Despite the terrible weather we have been having, I am optimistic spring will be upon us soon. It is our time to shine! Spring Cleaning Time!
Spring cleaning is one of the traditions that show no signs of dissipating. For years we have been giving our homes an annual deep clean! But where did the tradition start?
We have done a little bit of research and Wikipedia says:
It has been suggested that the origins of spring cleaning date back to the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the New Year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture.
Another possibility of the origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover In remembrance of the Jews’ hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the seven-day observance of the Passover memorial or remembrance.
In North America and northern Europe, the custom found an especially practical value due to those regions’ continental and wet climates. During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house. For the same reason, modern rural households often use the month of March for cleaning projects involving the use of chemical products which generate fumes.
You can read the full article from Wikipedia here
Although we may not be able to pinpoint the exact origin of the Spring Clean, we can see that a number of cultures have been spring cleaning for quite a long time! A multi cultural activity we may have fallen on the common thread that unites mankind – the spring clean! Perhaps that is slightly ambitious, still very interesting to find out about one of our long standing traditions.
I remember spring cleaning with my Mother, we would start at the top and work our way through the house and the twin tub in the kitchen would be going overtime! Those were the days before duvets and all the blankets would be washed and aired and it was a mammoth task.
Today of course, things are far easier and with modern technology much quicker, thank goodness for labour saving devices! However, as far as I am aware there is still only one way to wash down the walls and skirting boards, elbow grease! That’s Orchard Home Cleaning’s time to shine. Spring cleaning available all year round!
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