Clean + Green: How Fall Cleaning Can Benefit Both You and the Earth

Andrea Breaux
5 min readOct 15, 2023

Fall cleaning is like giving your home and the planet a fresh start!

Jazz Diva Diane Reeves’ melodic voice filled the house like a comforting embrace on a chilly day. Annie basked in its soulfulness, feeling content and at ease. After starting her day with an early walk and breakfast, she was now ready to take on their weekend project. As the season changes and they prepare for colder weather, Annie and LJ declutter from the laid-back lifestyle summer encourages and organize their home for the coming chillier months.

“I love this music. Did you put it on to set the mood?” LJ smiled.

Annie wrapped her arms around his neck and whispered, “You know me so well, LJ. I thought we could listen to Dianne as we transition from summer to fall. It’s time to get the house ready for the cold weather.”

“Already?” groaned LJ. “Remind me why do we do this again?”

“Of course, my love. We only do this twice a year, every year. Fall cleaning and organizing have many health and environmental benefits:

- Removing dust, dirt, and allergens improves indoor air quality and reduces the risk of respiratory ailments.

- Weatherizing our home by sealing leaks and caulking saves money and reduces our carbon footprint.

- A clean heating system is energy efficient and reduces our energy bills.

- Regular cleaning prevents pest infestations by removing leftover pet food and other debris.

- A clean and organized home can be calming, reduce stress, and improve mental health and function.

How about starting with checking the windows, doors, outlets, pipes, and the garden drip system for leaks?”

“Okay, you’re right. I have some weatherstripping and caulk that we can use to seal any gaps or cracks. That will help us save money on our heating bills and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. I’ll tackle that because I know you want to swap out the summer bed linens for the winter ones.”

“I love our warm, cozy flannel sheets and heavy comforters. They are made from organic cotton, which is better for the environment and our skin. I’ve washed the…

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Andrea Breaux

Andrea started Healthyhealingeats.com based on her goal to inspire a shift in consciousness that recognizes food-as-medicine as the core of good health.