Every spring, the Dutch tip each other via blogs and social media about spring cleaning.

The whole house 'on edge' to polish things extensively.

Where does that cleaning rage come from?

That spring cleaning has its own Wikipedia page may say enough.

However, on the page you can read that the phenomenon "has fallen into disuse" and is written in the past.

"The moment the first rays of the sun entered the house and they saw small dust particles blowing up as a result, the right time had come to give the whole house a good clean. Systematically - room by room - they proceeded. No room was spared. ", it says, among other things.

From old stories on the Wikipedia page, the image emerges that during spring cleaning there was a concert of carpet beaters outside.

Longer working with soot from coal stove

In the past there was much more dust in the houses than now.

It is not entirely clear when the spring cleaning started, but many sources mention the coal stove that burned all winter and blown soot into the living room.

It goes without saying that you will be soaking a little longer.

According to the

Reformatorisch Dagblad

, the origin could be found in the bible. In the weeks before Easter the Israelites were to purify their whole house, says Exodus 12:15: “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread: but on the first day you shall put away leaven out of your houses: for he who eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day that soul shall be cut off from Israel. "

Marja Middeldorp dares to go even further back in time.

Together with her mother, she became known from the TV program

How clean is your home

, which one and a half million people watched per episode about ten years ago.

She has since gone through life as a cleaning guru and has a weekly tip for readers of the

Algemeen Dagblad


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Cleaning rage is in the DNA, according to Marja Middeldorp

"Spring cleaning is really in nature and in our DNA," says Middeldorp firmly.

"That has to do with the position of the sun. Birds are going to make a bird's nest. We people also want to have our house in order in the spring. Otherwise it no longer feels comfortable in the house. Nature extends its hand to people and we get to work. "

It would also have a positive effect on our health.

According to American research, people who keep their homes clean are healthier and more active than those who don't.

Unlike in the nineteenth century, we no longer see household goods on the street.

According to historical sources, there was also a firm deadline in the past, namely Easter.

Nowadays, people mainly wait for better weather before websites and blogs come up with tips to roll up your sleeves during the big clean-up.

Middeldorp thinks it is especially a good time to clean up the 'forgotten places'.

"But everyone has their own rituals."

Forgotten places according to Marja Middeldorp

  • Lamps: "Insects come to them and defecate on the lampshade. Just look at the black dots."

  • Vacuum cleaner: "Do you ever clean the vacuum cleaner yourself? Very important!"

  • Spinrag: "It is in places that are difficult to reach, behind radiators and benches."

  • The skirting boards: "Almost everywhere I go, I see a layer of dust on the skirting boards."

  • The savings bank: "Everything remains between the cushions on the sofa. If you are lucky, you will find money."