5 Ways Spring Cleaning Can Make You Healthier
Spring cleaning, we all know we should do it. A clean, uncluttered home makes us feel so much better like we have our act together.
The Marie Kondo craze, coupled with the Covid19 outbreak has put a focus on how we clean and organise our homes. In addition to the great feeling of living in a tidy house, a good spring clean can result in a host of health benefits for you and others that live with you.
Since most of us are spending a lot of time at home, there’s never been a better time to get started.
1. Boost your immune system by reducing allergens
Homes are filled with allergens and pollutants that can trigger respiratory problems and allergies.
Dust, pet hair, mould and mildew can all build up over time, affecting your health and immune response.
* When you’re spring cleaning, don’t forget all of those places you miss during your regular cleans. Behind and on top of furniture, under beds and ceiling lights are all culprits for hoarding dust.
* Wash your bedding, duvets and pillows on a hot wash to kill bacteria and dust mites.
* Thoroughly clean your vacuum and filters to remove any build-up of hair and dust that might get back into the air.
2. Lower anxiety, stress and depression
Keeping a tidy, uncluttered home can improve your general mental health and sense of wellbeing. Cleaning and organising have long been a way for people to mental refresh themselves. It allows you to focus and be in control of this aspect of your life.
A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin showed that people who described their homes as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more likely to suffer from stress and anxiety that those who described their home as “restful”. It was also discovered that those living in cluttered homes produced more cortisol, known as the stress hormone.
* Declutter properly. Don’t just push things into drawers or cupboards. That only compounds the problem and you won’t get the mental benefits that having a tidy home will bring you.
* Recycle or donate unwanted items to charities.
* Don’t view cleaning as a chore that is there to be avoided until you’re overrun with clutter and rubbish. See it as a positive activity that not only clears your home but your mind too.
3. Reduce the number of illnesses you get
Many surfaces in our homes harbour germs. Everything you touch is potentially covered in bacteria that can cause us to become ill. The more people that live with you, the more potential sources of illness there are.
By cleaning frequently touched areas of your home, you’re preventing those germs from making you ill.
* Think about the objects in your house that are touched most often and clean them thoroughly with antibacterial products. Types of surfaces include door handles, light switches, telephones, taps, remote controls and handrails.
* Pay special attention to deep cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. Clean sinks and toilets regularly and practice good food hygiene, particularly with raw meats and fish.
4. Promote healthy habits
It might seem strange, but an organised and clean home can lead us to live a healthier life. There is a link between a clean living environment and choosing healthier food and exercising.
* Focus on organising your kitchen cupboards, drawers and storage areas. Keep healthy foods in sight and any unhealthy choices at the back of cupboards.
* Air out your house as often as you can by opening windows and doors.
* After you have cleared out your wardrobe, donate any unwanted clothes to charities and keep a space especially for your exercise clothes.
5. Avoid accidents
Each year, there are thousands of A&E admissions resulting from people tripping or falling at home.
Having a house full of clutter and unwanted items increases your risk of tripping and falling. You’ll also be less likely to have to rummage around high cupboards looking for things you haven’t organised.
* Keep hallways, stairs and high traffic areas clear
* Repair broken tiles, steps and loose carpets
* Secure electric cables