Top 10 Benefits of Keeping your House Clean
Top 10 Benefits of Keeping Your House Clean
You might have thought at one point or another, “Why should I clean my home if it’s only going to get all messed up again?” I think we’ve all had this thought but there are many benefits to having a clean home.
I know how hard it can be to keep a clean house especially when you work, have kids and pets and that’s why some hire professional maids but the physical part of cleaning has many health benefits: physical, mental, hygienic, and emotional.
You may not feel so amazed just yet but I promise when you’ve cleaned the house, you’ll feel great!
Disinfecting and Sanitizing
Just as a side note: each time you clean the house, you remove bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold and mildews that could possibly make you sick if left to sit around. Disinfecting the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, and other areas around the house will help protect you from these potentially dangerous pathogens.
Sanitizer wipes are easy to pop one out and clean surfaces, same with a Swiffer mop – place the cleaning pad on and off you go – in no time you have floors mopped. These are great for in between cleanings.
Regular house cleaning reduces dust and other allergens in the home. These allergens can irritate your nose, throat and eyes causing redness, wheezing and a stuffy nose.
Sweeping, dusting, mopping, and vacuuming will remove dust, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens that cause irritation. People who have allergic reaction, symptoms of asthma, or breathing difficulties can reduce their signs and symptoms and breathe easier with less dust and dander in a clean house.
If anyone in the house does have allergies, look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter (there are many on the market today) and use dusters that trap the dust as you go.
Reduce Mold and Mildew
Keeping your house clean, checking for moisture and ensuring your home has proper air circulation helps to eliminate mold growth quickly. Mold and mildew is dangerous and not something you really want to mess with.
So clean regularly and limit the amount of moisture that can get in certain rooms. In the bathroom, make sure there is plenty of ventilation either with a fan or open window or both. If you have a small laundry room, keep a window open when washing and drying, keep the kitchen well ventilated as well especially if you’re preparing large meals.
Reduce Risk of Injury
Keeping your house neat, tidy, clean and organized with all items in their proper place reduces the chance of inadvertent slips, trips and falls.
Loose cords or an errant toy on the stairs have caused many a serious accident. Have the kids pick up their toys before bedtime and if you plug devices in, make sure the cords aren’t hanging loose as a tripping hazard.
Eliminate Freeloaders – Bugs, Pests and Rodents
Bugs, pest and rodents live in moist damp or cluttered areas. Keeping your house clean makes it that much harder for any pest to hide. This applies to outside as well. Keep the trash area clean and tidy as well.
Take out the trash when needed. If your family eats the kinds of food that leave peels or pits behind or foods cooked in the microwave that leaves a greasy paper towel behind, keep a small trash can outside for this type of stuff.
Cleaning House Counts as Physical Activity
Depending on your enthusiasm, cleaning can improve your physical fitness. Physical activity is good for you. Even the somewhat minimal amount of exertion related to cleaning and vacuuming contributes to your health and fitness.
Cleaning burns calories. If you need help with motivation or picking up the pace, turn the music up and let your inner dancing diva out.
Better Meals and Nutrition
Homemade meals are not just better for you and your family, they are usually less expensive. Believe it or not, a clean kitchen is more inviting and encourages people to make a culinary masterpiece (or maybe just a sandwich).
A dirty kitchen is unappealing and most people don’t like cooking in a messy or unsanitary area. Making your own food rather than going out for meals will generally result in you consuming less salt, fat as well as preservatives.
Physical activity has been found to reduce stress, anxiety, and obesity. It counts as exercise when you exert yourself to clean, vacuum, do the dishes and dust. Exercise releases chemicals that make us feel better. (It must be why people run marathons, I think). It makes taking a break, or sitting down to have a cup of coffee that much more enjoyable.
Rest and Relaxation
At the end of the day, a job well done is a very good feeling. A clean house is inviting, smells better, and having everything in its proper place is emotional nirvana for me.
A Clean Room Can Help You Sleep Better
It’s said that you can get a better night’s sleep if your room is clean and tidy. Putting clothes away and in the dirty clothes basket is an easy task to do and doesn’t take much time for the possibility of an extra few winks