The Surprising History of Spring Cleaning - Giraffe Tools

The Surprising History of Spring Cleaning

There is no doubt that spring is the most eagerly anticipated season of the year. It may be because it marks the end of a dark and cold winter, or perhaps it's because daylight will soon become longer, warmer, and more hopeful. We all love spring, and love it so much!

Why You Should Clean Up in the Spring

Spring is also the time when people begin to do their deep cleaning of the year. Winter disables us in many ways to carry out cleaning tasks that we do frequently since the freezing cold and the snow force us to pause for a season until spring begins to warm the environment. After the winter break, spring cleaning allows us to clean every corner of our homes, but we also need to realize that is not just about cleaning our homes, it is also about cleaning our thoughts and our lives. Spring is a new beginning!

The Rise of the Spring Cleaning 

The tradition of spring cleaning can also be traced back to biblical times in the Jewish Christian tradition. According to the book of Exodus, the Israelites had to leave Egypt in a hurry and did not have time to let their bread rise, so they had to rely on unleavened bread for their journey. During the Passover holiday, usually between late March and mid-April, to commemorate the Israelites' liberation, Moses required that there should be no trace of yeast (called "chametz") in the house. This required a lot of cleaning to remove all the crumbs!

Historically, spring cleaning has always been part of cultures all around the world, for example; during the Victorian era (1838-1901), people mainly heated their homes with coal and used oil or gas lamps for lighting. When winter ended, windows and furniture were covered in coal dust and oil stains. English journalist Isabella Beeton praised spring cleaning as a model in her popular book "Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management", saying: "Spring is usually the time set aside for a thorough cleaning.

The Globalization of Spring Cleaning 

Demonstrating the globality of this activity, we can also mention the cases of Thailand and many other Southeast Asian countries where the New Year is celebrated from April 13th to 15th. This is the Songkran Festival, which is known to be a purification festival. This is also the time when many people search their homes from top to bottom.

 It is absolutely important to recognize the special and crucial role of the hydric resource in this celebration, where water is used to wash away sin and misfortune bringing pureness to our surroundings. People take to the streets and splash water on each other, and in a sacred ceremony, they pour water on Buddha statues, praying for blessings and good luck in the new year.

 Nowruz is the Persian New Year, celebrated on the first day of spring (around March 20th). In addition to eating special food and wearing bright clothes, many Iranians also practice "khaneh tekani," which means "shaking the house." Everything is cleaned, and the old year's dust is swept away, replaced by fresh flowers like hyacinths and tulips.

 In Conclusion

March has arrived, every year, March 20 is the vernal equinox, which is the first day of spring and the best time to start spring cleaning. Are you ready for spring cleaning? Giraffe Tools' Grandfalls Pressure Washer will help you to ease your cleaning work, also, our Garden Retractable Hose Reel will help you to give the life that your garden needs after the winter season!

 Giraffe Tools' Portable Pressure Washer can reach up to 2000psi. It can deep clean every corner of your house, with its automatic retractable hose configuration, and its smart-lock function, you will reduce your cleaning work, and complete daily cleaning tasks fast and easily.

 We’ll do the heavy lifting!