Spring Cleaning

"They’re sure housework won’t kill you, but why take the chance?” 

-Author Unknown

The above quote is true in part. In all my years of Nursing, I never saw anyone die from cleaning. However, I’d say it’s worth the effort.  But what about Spring Cleaning? If you've ever done it, you know it can be quite taxing on the body. I must admit, it’s been a while since I have participated in this once semi-yearly routine. Back in the day when I was home full time with small children, my dear friend/neighbor (Susie) and I encouraged each other in this seemingly forgotten practice. Alas, it has once again gone by the wayside. But this year, I mean to bring it back! No, I’m not going to hang rugs over a clothes line and whack the dust out of them (clothes lines also seem to have gone by the wayside). But I am going to take some time to think about some of the hidden areas in my house, my body and my heart. 

Keep reading and take a whack at it for yourself. 


Kitchen countertops- Keep them clean and smelling great with diluted lemon juice in a spray bottle. 

Disposal- It takes a hit on a regular basis. Freeze lemon and orange rinds with vinegar or water in ice cube trays and run them through your disposal for 10 seconds. 

Dishwasher- Place 2 cups of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl on the top shelf. Run your dishwasher without any dishes to remove the funky smell of this much-used appliance. 

Cast-iron skillets- Pour some club soda in the pan while still warm so the food particles don't stick. 

Tub- Cut a grapefruit, lemon or orange in half, sprinkle each half with salt or baking soda and squeeze as you’re cleaning. Rinse with water. Take a deep breath in! Mmmm! 

Wood furniture- Mix 1 cup olive oil with 1⁄2 cup lemon juice. Rub into furniture with a soft cloth. 

Laundry- Add 1⁄2 cup of lemon juice to your rinse cycle for brighter colors, super white whites and a clean lemon scent. 

Smelly room- (perhaps a teenage boy's room?) Get rid of tough odors with a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight. 

Carpets and rugs-(pets?) Sprinkle them with some baking soda and vacuum after 15 minutes. 

Windows- Ditch the blue stuff. Mix 1⁄4 cup vinegar with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray windows and wipe with newspaper (yes, newspaper-it really does work). 




Lungs- Step outside as often as possible and take a deep inhale in from your gut/belly goes out! Crack the windows of your home for 5 minutes/day.

Mouth- Buy (and use) a tongue scraper.

Gut- Consider using a probiotic for a healthy gut. And/or eat fermented foods: homemade pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, sourdough bread.
Increase your fiber: eat more fruits (w/skin), legumes and beans (and increase your water at the same time). Eat the skin on your sweet potato. Eat beans or lentils as your main protein for a meal 2x/week. Add lettuce and tomato to your sandwhich instead of cheese. Snack on hummus and veggies. Add garbanzo beans to your salad. Eat oatmeal for breakfast.

Liver- Support your liver: eat beets, artichokes, bone broth, egg yolks, and olive oil. Drink dandelion tea instead of coffee. Oh, and ditch the alcohol.
Switch to a whole foods diet by eliminating processed foods (anything with a label on it).

Get to a Farmers’ Market for some fresh, local produce.


Spend your first waking moments each day thanking God for a new day.

Read the Gospel of John.

Pray for others.

Volunteer your time.

Think of others before yourself.


Forgive others.

Be kind.

Love deeply.




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