The official first day of Fall is officially Thursday, September 22, 2022. This is only for the Northern Hemisphere, since the Southern Hemisphere experiences the reverse, and this equinox begins their Spring.
What Is the Fall Equinox?
The fall equinox—also called the autumnal equinox—is the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. With the autumnal equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator moving south, signifying the start of the colder months of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. (And the warmer months of the year, or spring, in the Southern Hemisphere.)
Fall is synonymous with a lot of things. Like back to school, football season, Halloween, and pumpkin spice everything. The days get shorter, the weather cools off, weekends are spent apple picking, and the leaves on the trees begin to turn glorious shades of orange, yellow and red. And while some of us start indulging in those beloved fall activities as soon as Labor Day passes—the long holiday weekend traditionally marking the end of the summer season.
Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the United States:
Bar Harbor, Maine
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
FUN FACTS ABOUT FALL
Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.”
Fall colors are caused by the amount of sugar in leaves.
Birds spend most of the fall migrating.
Since 1997, Autumn has been one of the top 100 names for girls in the United States.
Pumpkin pie spice doesn’t taste like pumpkin.
There’s a distinct “fall” scent that you can only smell in certain months.
A clean home has a way of invigorating your senses to make you feel more productive, comfortable and even safe, knowing your own little universe is looking its best. A clean home sets the tone for a productive work week or a fun filled, carefree weekend. Part of the comfort of a clean home is being aware of what is in your cleaning products and if it is safe for you, your family, and pets.
When making your own multi-use cleaning solution at home, use products that don’t emit toxic fumes or leave a residue behind. One of the best cleaning solutions you can make at home is with something that probably exists in your home – hydrogen peroxide! It can be used in more ways than just for scrapes and cuts.
Hydrogen peroxide is colorless and has oxidizing properties and works as a natural bleaching agent. The oxidizing properties react to viruses, spores, yeasts, and bacteria. All of this makes for a natural cleaning agent since it can also be found in small amounts in snow and rain.
It is important to note that although hydrogen peroxide has natural properties, it is a strong oxidant as should be used with the knowledge that at high concentrates, it can be extremely corrosive. To make your own disinfectant household spray, use 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Always dilute the solution by mixing 1 ounce of the hydrogen peroxide and mix with 11 ounces of water. It is excellent to use this homemade house-cleaner for surface areas in the kitchen, bathroom and other areas widely used areas in your home.
There are many ways other ways that you can benefit from the use of hydrogen peroxide in your home. Many homes today have wood flooring; did you know hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean wood floors? It is important to use the right amount of hydrogen peroxide along with hot water so that your treasured flooring will not get damaged by high amounts of hydrogen peroxide. Use one cup of hydrogen peroxide 35% solution to one gallon of hot water.
The next time you’re cleaning your valued home, look in your medicine cabinet to create your own household cleaner/disinfectant today. You will save money and rest assured in knowing where your cleaning solution is made from. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the many uses of hydrogen peroxide.