Spring Cleaning Tips for the House, and the Soul

One of my kids, I won’t mention which one, recently saw a news report that stated there have been new studies revealing that household cleaning supplies have a greater possibility of a carcinogenic effect on individuals than originally thought! This news flash instilled immediate fear in this child and “SHE” said I’ve got to call the other two siblings; we’re going to die! She knows I use this time of year to engage everyone in a ritual we have all …

How Often Do You Change Your Sheets? (And Other Revealing Facts)

How often do you change the sheets on your bed? Once a week? Every two weeks? When they’re stiff enough to stand upright? How about brushing your teeth, washing your hair or (ugh) re-using your underwear before laundering it? With the annual rite of spring cleaning upon us, we thought it’d be interesting to see how just how hygienic Americans are, on average, when it comes to these various must-do’s. The Albany Times Union recently conducted an online poll of its …

Spring Cleaning: Good for Your Home, and Your Wallet

This is a guest post from our Your Money blogger, Deb Silverberg. More on Deb after the post!  I love the idea of spring cleaning. It makes me think of enjoying the yard before it gets too humid, seeing the flowers in bloom, hearing the birds chirping… But actually doing spring cleaning? Well, that’s another story. Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming – at least to me. My confession: I kind of skipped it in 2010. I may be late to …