Some people enjoy cleaning the home from top to bottom but for most, it is a chore, but it is an essential one that must be done. Not only does a clean and tidy home look great and less embarrassing for when visitors show up, but it feels good too.
Coming home after a hard day’s work to a clean and tidy house is a great way to relax since you know what there is no extra work to do. House is best used as part of a weekly plan, perhaps one of your days off, and as early as possible so it is out of the way.
There are many benefits of a clean home but some of the more important ones are:
- Reduced bacteria
- Remove hazards
- Alleviate stress
Bacteria are everywhere in a home and contribute to illnesses while home hazards account for a large number of trips to the hospital and studies have shown that a clean environment can help lower stress.
Remove Dangerous Germs
Microorganisms and bacteria are everywhere; on your hands, in your mouth around the home, and inside your guts. Not all bacteria are dangerous and some are necessary for us to live, but most are very dangerous, especially when allowed to build up such as in the bathroom or kitchen.
The bathroom accounts for the most bacteria in the home since it’s where the most bacteria is expelled from our bodies as either waste, cleaned off in the shower, or around the sink when we brush our teeth. Dangerous bacteria such as e-coli are common in an untreated bathroom and one of the best ways to reduce this is to use sprays and wipes around the toilet, on Bathroom tiles, and other areas exposed to germs.
Prevent Accidents at Home
Your home is full of hazards that range from the obvious such as electrical outlets to hidden dangers such as germs, but one of the most common hazards around the home is untidy items that can be tripped over. Over 60% of falls occur in the home and trips from an object in the house or on the stairs cover a large portion of these.
The modern home contains many things that are potential hazards so keeping it tidy is essential. Make sure shoes are put away properly, tables and chairs are straightened and wires are stored away when not in use. Mobile phone wires are an especially common cause of a trip since a lot of people leave them where they are when not charging a phone.
Ease the Mind and Work the Body
A clean and tidy home is an excellent way to reduce stress. Not only does getting the work done and out of the way remove a stressor from the mind, but knowing that everything is clean, the fresh odor of a cleaned house, and the act of actually cleaning all contribute to reduced stress levels.
The rigorous movement required by cleaning is considered a form of exercise and actually releases endorphins and serotonin into the brain which elevates mood levels. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America conducted a study that concluded these actions work to reduce stress levels as well as anxiety and depression.