If you can’t seem to get yourself into house cleaning mode, it’s time to look into why it’s so important.
There are many benefits of cleaning that go well beyond the satisfaction of lounging in a clean room or avoiding embarrassment when friends come over.
Let’s explore 5 surprising benefits of pulling out that duster and mop and getting to work on a clean home.
Each human in your home sheds around 40 thousand skin cells per hour. That’s about 725 grams (1.6 pounds) of flesh per year per person. In addition, if you have pets, you can add their hair and dander to the mix.
Each time someone opens a door/window or someone comes in from outside, pollen, smog, and other allergens enter your home.
We call it dust, so it doesn’t sound so gross. But this is what dust is.
It covers your appliances, settles on surfaces and saturates the carpet. As you and your pets move around, this dust enters the air.
If you’re not regularly removing these allergens they will make people sick with things like:
- Other Respiratory conditions
Makes Your Home Safer
A dirty home isn’t just unsightly. It can be dangerous. If you habitually toss dirty clothes, books or other items on the floor, they become serious tripping hazards.
If those also include food containers, then you increase the population of roaches, mice, and spiders in your home. Roaches and rats carry diseases.
Spiders are usually friendly. They’re just there to enjoy the great selection of insects that you’ve welcomed into your home.
If you’re not cleaning countertops, sinks or dishes regularly, you could be breeding harmful bacteria.
If you haven’t cleaned the shower or toilet in a while, they’re likely covered in bacteria and fungus that can make you sick.
If you’re not investing in periodic carpet cleaning, all of these contaminants remain in your home.
If you’re not clearing out clutter, your home is a danger zone.
You’ll burn on average about 150 extra calories per hour of cleaning. By contrast, going for a stroll only burns about 100 calories. And running burns around 400 calories.
Plus, many cleaning activities can get your heart rate up. You’re burning fat and getting a cardio workout.
If you think you don’t have time to clean because you can’t miss the gym, you may not have that excuse any longer.
No, it’s not a high-intensity workout. But if you’re not cleaning, you’re not burning as many calories as you could be.
The act of cleaning helps reduce stress because all physical activities release endorphins that make you feel good. This helps reduce anxiety and you’ll feel happier.
In addition, fewer fights over who’s supposed to take out the rubbish could reduce stress as well.
Improves Brain Power
When our outside worlds are disorganized, it makes the brain feel cluttered as well. But living and working in a cleaner environment can help you retain a clearer mind.
That’s less brain power spent trying to find your lost keys and more power toward being more productive, improving relationships or expanding your mind.
Benefits of Cleaning Go on and on
The benefits of cleaning keep going. But we’ll keep this short. What we want to be crystal clear is the fact that regular cleaning can significantly improve your life.
What would you add to our list of surprising benefits? Comment below.