This may sound quite strange but there are several ways cleaning your home can really improve your health, both mentally and physically.
If you suffer from a mental illness such as depression or are just feeling low, getting up and being active rather than sitting around feeling miserable is the best thing you can do. Exercise releases endorphins into the body which automatically perks us up and makes us feel more positive, so if you’re feeling down bring yourself out of the state by convincing yourself to do some housework and get active!
That deals with the mental health side of your cleaning but making sure you have a nice clean home also benefits your physical health. A build-up of dirt can result in nasty bugs and bacteria living in your home, in places you wouldn’t think of. Below is a list of places that harbour bacteria:
• Light switches
• Television remotes
• Salt and Pepper Shakers
• Keyboards on a computer or laptop
• The kitchen sink
• The bathtub
Some of these places seem quite unusual but in regards to the light switches, television remotes, keyboards and salt and pepper shakers, people handle these on a daily basis. If you think about where people’s hands have been and the germs they have picked up during the day that are then spread…that’s a lot of dirt and bacteria. Wipe them all over at the end of each day with a disinfectant wipe and encourage people in your household to frequently wash their hands. For keyboards, you can also use a vacuum cleaner or air pressure to remove the pieces of food from in between the keys.
The bathtub harbours bacteria. You may think that the bathtub is the cleanest place in as house, as people are always using it and it has shampoos, conditioners and shower gels in it all the time, but think again. You may notice that after a bath there is usually a layer of dirt at the water line. This needs cleaning to prevent a build-up of bacteria, if not you will be bathing in dirt. Always rinse your bath down, even if you just use shower gel to give it a quick clean. Make sure everyone rinses it down after and makes sure it is spotless. There is also no harm in giving it a quick rinse before you hop in the tub either.
The kitchen sink is also one of those places you may think is clean, as it is filled with washing up liquid but once again, this is incorrect. Bits of food can gather down the drain and around the plughole, some of which you may just leave or try and flush down. This is a nesting place for bacteria. Disinfection your sink and washing up bowl regularly and clean drains on a daily basis too. To disinfect your dish cloth, fill a bowl with hot water, add bleach and leave overnight-this will thoroughly disinfect the cloth ready for the next day. Clean cloths and towels in the washing machine on the hottest temperature to kill all germs.
Bacteria like to breed in a damp environment. Where better than a toothbrush that has just been use? Try and allow your toothbrush to dry between uses and replace it on a regular basis (especially after you have been ill). When you flush your toilet, make sure you close the lid as it ejects bacteria which can land on your toothbrush and no one likes the idea of this! Finally, when you have used your towel, DO NOT throw it on the floor and leave it damp. Always hang it to dry immediately after you have used it. This prevents bacteria breeding on the warm, damp environment. Always dry the shower curtain out too after usage and anything else that got wet.
If you remember these simple things, you will automatically have a much healthier home.
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