It’s always a welcoming feeling to come back to a clean house. The floors are vacuumed, the windows are washed, and the countertops are all wiped. You can just sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening. Maintaining a clean home takes a lot of effort but as we’ll soon see, has a major impact on your mental and physical well-being. Here we’ll look at the importance of keeping a clean home and practical steps to start.
Our homes are filled with bacteria and germs. Most are completely harmless but others can compromise your immune system and get you sick.
A common misconception is that the bathroom have the most germ-ridden spots. But a study conducted by the National Science Foundation found that everyday kitchen items used for food preparation contained more bacteria than other places in the home and even harbored pathogens that could cause food borne illnesses.
Wipe surfaces you regularly come in contact with like door knobs and countertops with disinfectant wipes to kill up to 99.9% of the germs. Make it a regular habit to minimise germs in your home.
Allergy symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include itchy eyes, asthma, skin rashes, or swelling. Not regularly cleaning and vacuuming could worsen these symptoms. Areas like carpeting, upholstery, and damp places are breeding grounds for allergens like dust mites and pet dander – Both of which reduces the air quality in your home. Letting them linger will only worsen allergies and can lead to asthma problems.
Be sure to vacuum your carpet and upholstery like curtains on a regular basis. Clean damp areas like basements and garages, or even install a dehumidifier to remove some of the moisture in the air. If you have a problem with dust mites or pests in your home, consider reaching out to an exterminator for insect control.
It may sound like a bit of a stretch but keeping a house clean is actually beneficial for relationships. Dishes cause more distress in relationships than any other household task according to a study from the Council of Contemporary Families. Women who washed dishes a majority of the time reported more conflict in their relationships than those with partners who helped.
Keep your dishes from piling up and don’t put them off. The best way to clean dishes is to wash them as you go and immediately after using them. If you’re cooking a meal and you no longer need the prep bowls and knives, wash them right away instead of leaving them to pile up.
Living conditions play an important role on not only your physical well-being but also on your mental health as well. Returning home to a dishevelled and sloppy state can make you feel anxious. Walking into piles of clutter can also immediately dampen your mood and cause stress levels to rise.
It can be overwhelming dealing with a constant state of mess. Start small and either donate or sell things you no longer to reduce the amount of clutter in your home. Forming better habits is undoubtedly difficult but regularly cleaning your home will have a positive impact on your mental health.
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