Spring Cleaning Whats behind the tradition?

Its that time of the year again, the start of a new season and time to rid your house of that dusty winter blues! Its the time when the whole family is recruited to pick up a mop, broom, some window cleaner and furniture polish and go to town to reveal a spick and span masterpiece of a house. Spring is always a busy season for anyone in the cleaning industry, which led me to inquire why do we traditionally clean our homes at the beginning of Spring?

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. A similar tradition is the Scottish New Years cleaning on Hogmanay (December 31), a practice now also widespread in Ireland, New Zealand, and to some extent North America.

In Europe and North America in the 19th century, people had to keep their homes shut tight against winters cold, heating them inside with wood and coal-fueled fires. Spring provided the opportunity to rid the home of the smoke, soot and ash that had accumulated by literally throwing open the windows to the warming spring air. 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.

In todays world, Spring cleaning is still a common practice although not as necessary as it was back then. With central heat and air, high-tech vacuum cleaners and environmentally friendly cleaning products, the practice is less crucial. It is now more important to focus on consistent tidying up rather than large, time consuming efforts once a season.

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