President Brian Sansoni. He went on to
say, “Most importantly, people know that
good health is directly linked to good
everyday hygiene, and that it begins at
home.” As a result of this survey, the SDA
proposed the three D’s of spring cleaning:
disinfect, deodorize, and declutter.
In 2006, Brian Sansoni from the SDA
said: “For most Americans, spring is a
great time to clean and freshen up their
home. They are getting rid of a winter’s
worth of dust, dirt and grime. Of course
people also appreciate that there are significant physical and emotional benefits
to keeping a clean house all year long.”
During this same time period, the SDA
reported that 98% of people feel good
about themselves when their home is
clean; 97% believe their families appreciate a clean home; 97% say their furnishings will last longer if they are cleaned
regularly; 94% believe that cleaning reduces the incidences of illness, allergies,
and asthma; and 89% feel their clothes
will last longer if they are kept clean.
In 2007, 1,014 adults were surveyed
by the ICR for SDA.
3 Of those surveyed,
72% said they have visited another person’s home and felt it was “unusually
dirty or unclean.” In that same survey,
40% reported that they had been embarrassed by their own unclean homes
when unexpected guests had dropped by.
Looking at surveys conducted over the
last decade or so, about 65% of Americans routinely engage in spring cleaning,
and when spring cleaning, the priority
rooms are the kitchen (37%), living room
(19%), and bedrooms (14%), as well as
bathrooms (12%) and family room (8%).
Now that we know a lot of people spring
clean, and we know what rooms they
tend to clean, now what do they clean?
According to a 2008 Spring Cleaning
Survey conducted by ICR for the SDA, of
the 1,013 American adults (507 men and
506 women) surveyed, 84% clean behind
the furniture, 80% wash windows, 76%
clean appliances and floors, and 75%
wash bedclothes and linens.
More than 80% of respondents who
spring clean agree (46% strongly agree;
36% somewhat agree) that performing
a good spring cleaning helps them save
time throughout the year. Specifically,
93% feel that spring cleaning makes it
easier to keep their home clean throughout the year, and 96% believe that a good
spring cleaning includes discarding or
donating items they no longer need.
These four reasons
were deemed the ABCs
of spring cleaning:
allergens, bacteria, and
In 2010, 1,008 Americans (500 men
and 508 women) were surveyed by Echo
Research to ascertain their spring cleaning habits.
5 When asked if they regularly
engage in spring cleaning, 60% (54% of
men and 65% of women) said they did.
Of those who did regularly spring clean,
65% said the task was completed within
a week (13% said one day; 31% said one
weekend; 20% said one week), and 34%
said longer than a week (12% said two
weekends; 12% said two to three weeks;
and 11% said one month or more).
Why did the respondents spring clean?
There were four primary reasons noted: to
remove clutter (36%), to give the house a
thorough cleaning (27%), to remove asthma or allergy triggers (21%), and to prevent the spread of illness (6%). These four
reasons were deemed the ABCs of spring
cleaning: allergens, bacteria, and clutter.
The weather, at least where I live, is getting nicer. The trees are beginning to bud,
flowers are starting to emerge, and the sky
is clear and bright. Spring is in the air, and
I’m feeling like it’s time for spring cleaning
to commence. Let’s get to it! Yes, spring
cleaning is a real phenomenon.
Heather and her husband, Steve, live in
Edgewood, New Mexico, where they have
homeschooled their five children: Edward
( 17), Joseph ( 15), Emily ( 11), Hana ( 6),
and Ezekiel ( 5), for the last twelve years.
When not homeschooling, doing things
with her family, or writing for TOS, Heather works as a human factors engineer in
her home-based consulting business. For
more information about the Allen family,
please visit their website at www.hippity
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For Better Living: News Center,
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3. “Is Your Home Guest-Ready or Guest Grimy?”
March 20, 2007, Custom Market Research
Solutions from ICR,
. aspx?f=sda_0307.htm, February 2012.
4. “Upswing in Spring Cleaning, Says SDA,” March
14, 2008, Housekeeping Channel for the Home You
5. “Survey: Removing Clutter Is Top Reason for
Spring Cleaning,” March 17, 2010, For Better Living: News Center,
spring_cleaning/, February 2012.
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