Why do we clean our homes? Yes, sometimes it’s about pride and public perceptions — but more often than not it’s about our wellbeing. A clean, tidy and ordered home makes us feel more relaxed, which is why some of us spend several hours a week cleaning.
Here are five reasons why regular household cleaning is good for your health. Once you’re done, you’ll be reaching for that vacuum cleaner of yours immediately!
1. Reduces allergens
No amount of cleaning can completely eradicate allergens from your home. But if you can keep on top of dirt, dust and mould, you can make an impact — and make life easier for people in your home with allergies and respiratory problems.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, reducing allergens to a minimum can make you feel healthier and more energised too.
Tip: Always dust from the top of the room down. And make sure you’re dusting out-of-the-way areas regularly too.#
2. Reduces stress
Most cleaning jobs can be considered exercise if you perform them rigorously enough. And exercise is clinically proven to reduce stress, depression and the effects of various mental health issues.
It’s not only the exercise at work here, though. Making things clean and tidy is therapeutic for many people — and conducive to relaxation.
Tip: Try not to make cleaning a chore. Instead, put on your favourite music, and lose yourself in the solitude of cleaning. Also, don’t set yourself unrealistic expectations, otherwise you’ll get stressed about not finishing on time.
3. Enhances Moods
According to formal studies, the cleaning process makes us happy. A combination of the exercise-related endorphins, the relaxation and the sense of achievement improves our moods and inspires happiness. You also get the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’ve created a warm, welcoming and clean environment for the people you love most.
Tip: Take on small, manageable cleaning jobs within realistic timeframes to ensure your happiness doesn’t turn into stress. Cleaning with family or friends can enhance these positive emotions, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
4. Boosts Focus and Concentration
Whether you’re vacuuming the carpets or steam cleaning the kitchen floor, a good job requires you to focus on the job at hand. If you can empty your mind of worries and concerns by focusing on your cleaning, you can recharge your mental batteries for the rest of the day’s tasks.
There is also evidence that a clean, uncluttered workspace or home is conducive to concentration. According to America’s Anxiety Disorder Center, an orderly environment helps you to clear your thoughts and focus on what’s really important.
Tip: Start small by clearing and cleaning your home desk, or give the most lived-in room in your home a thorough clean. Concentrate on one job at a time, and leave your worries at the door.
5. Keeps Illness at Bay
A dirty home can make you ill — in more ways than one. For example, if your home is cluttered and filled with tripping hazards, you and your family are more susceptible to nasty falls and accidents.
Cleaning is also about reducing bacteria to a minimum. By regularly sanitising floors, worktops, handles, switches and anything that comes into contact with hands, you can reduce the number of harmful pathogens in your home to safe levels.
Pests such as mice and cockroaches are attracted to warm environments with plentiful supplies of food. If you’re not cleaning away food debris in your kitchen, for example, you could be sending out a rallying call to all the nearby pests in the area.
Tip: Keep sanitiser wipes in every room of your home. If you don’t want to use sanitising chemicals, a handheld steam cleaner kills up to 99.9% of harmful bacteria in the average home.
Regular cleaning is good for your health if it’s tackled in a positive, constructive way. Plan your cleaning in advance, and you too can reap these important health benefits.