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Spring Cleaning Strategies | Lessons from Osoji, The Japanese Biggest Cleaning Tradition

Spring Cleaning time is here! 

But did you know that there is no such thing as "Spring Cleaning" in Japan? Instead, the Japanese do Osoji, the biggest cleaning of the year which happens at the end of the year. They do this to welcome in a fresh new year.

Spring cleaning kids cleaning floor at school Mirai Clinical


The Japanese take Osoji very seriously, so when I heard from my American friend who was surprised when his Japanese friend turned down a golf invitation because of his family's Osoji plan, I had to explain the importance of Osoji to him. I think you get the idea, haha! So let us share some strategies and tips to make your Spring Cleaning easier and more fun.

Step 1: Preparation

a. It is useful to check if you have enough cleaning items such as detergent, wash rags, etc in advance.

Some families may even strategize on papers to plan who will do where, what, when, how, etc on a spreadsheet that's kept on the fridge.

Fridge with spreadsheet


b. Throw away unnecessary items, so it's easier to clean. The Japanese call this practice "DanShaRi". DanShaRi is not just for cleaning physical items but also about decluttering your unnecessary mental blocks, appointments, to do lists, even friends.

c. Set aside the cleaning items in the right places. Then you don't have to look for them when you want to use. The closer the items are, the easier it is for you to start cleaning.

Step 2: Holistic Cleaning

As you move on, you might find that more cleaning needs to be done. This can mess up your cleaning schedule, so it's good to view your home holistically, not separated into separate areas that need to be cleaned. Remember that you want to clean the house as a whole, not only certain limited areas.

Tip 1: The dirtier the areas, the faster you clean.

For example, clean the restroom and kitchen first, so you see the difference clearly and so the space feels fresher. This keeps your cleaning motivation going.

Tip 2: Top down.

Clean the house from top down, so the dust from the lights can be cleaned up whenever you clean the floor.

Step 3: Tips By Items

Mix baking soda and water to make a paste, then spread it over the dirty areas. Let it sit for a few hours, then wipe away with a damp cloth.

Place a bowl of water with lemon slices or vinegar inside and microwave it for a few minutes. The steam will loosen up any food particles, and the lemon or vinegar will help deodorize.

Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and tie it to the showerhead. Leave it overnight, then remove the bag and run the water for a few minutes to flush out any remaining vinegar.

Spring Cleaning Tips Shower heads Mirai Clinical


Hair Brush
If your hair brush has a lot of fallen hair stuck to the bristles, it's time to try a Hair Brush Liner. Check out the 5 benefits of this innovative, sustainable product here.

Spring Cleaning Tips Hairbrush Liner Mirai Clinical


Sprinkle with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours. Then, vacuum up the baking soda and spray the mattress with a fabric freshener.

Spring Cleaning Tips Mattresses Mirai Clinical
Garbage Disposal
Pour a cup of ice and a cup of rock salt down the drain, then run cold water and turn on the disposal for a few seconds.

Spring Cleaning Tips Garbage Disposal Mirai Clinical
Toilet Bowl
Pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar down the drain. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

Spring Cleaning Tips Toilet Bowl Mirai Clinical
Why not spring clean your puppies? It's time for them to shed anyways, so try our Hair Brush Liner on your doggies to reduce the amount of shedded hair on the floor.

Clean the windows when the sun is not hitting them. With sunlight directly hitting the windows, it's hard to see the dirt there. Screens should be rinsed off so they do not bring in old dirt when windows are opened during Springtime.

Spring Cleaning Tips Windows Mirai Clinical


Washing Machine
Remove the filter and soap dispenser trays to clean them. Then, run a rinse cycle with Presoak to purify the washer.

Lamp Shades
Run your lint brush up and down lampshades to remove collected debris.

Take them outside, shake, sweep or hose down and hang dry.

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This is an awesome article! thank you for sharing! We’ve been doing some renovations, like getting our floor redone and our cabinets refinished, and we’re now onto the spring cleaning portion of everything! These are some great tips, thank you for sharing!

Jeanie Manser

I admit – I did an eye roll when I saw this article. So glad I decided to go ahead and read it. Some very helpful ideas. It even motivated me to do some serious spring cleaning with products from mother nature!

Faith C Willmott

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