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Spring cleaning tips that can save you money in the long run

You can save money throughout the course of the year by completing certain tasks during your spring cleaning ritual.

Last month, we talked about simple ways to make money off of your spring cleaning. Bringing older items to antiques dealers, hosting a yard sale and selling some of your electronics on eBay are just a few of the things you can do to bring in some extra cash after you're done de-cluttering your home. And, while we're on the topic of finances, it's worth noting that there are a couple additional cleaning tasks to your checklist that will actually help you save money throughout the year:

Clean and restore your appliances – Chances are your dishwasher, refrigerator, air conditioner, dryer and other devices are in need of some TLC. Dusting the coils on your refrigerator, for example, can reduce the cost of electricity for this particular appliance by 6 percent, according to a study published by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Plus, you'll be amazed at how much dust has built up in these places over the year. You don't want to be breathing all of that in if you don't have to. 

Reorganize your storage spaces – Have you ever not been able to find something you need, and instead of continuing to search for it, you just run to the store and buy a new one? Well, impulse purchases add up over time. You can avoid these scenarios by ensuring that your closets and garages are free of clutter and each of your items has its own designated spot. 

As always, when cleaning out any part of the home, it's important for people who suffer from allergies and asthma to use products that will effectively remove allergens such as dust, mold and pet dander without aggravating their symptoms. Before you get started on your annual ritual, check out the cleaning supplies on the Allergy Be Gone website for hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly products. 

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