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Why Keeping Your Home Clean is Crucial for Your Family’s Health

While keeping your home clean can be a challenge, the health benefits of a clean home are many. For one thing, a clean home is beautiful and it’s also a much safer place for you and your family to live. If you don’t have the time to keep your home spotless, you can always choose from one of many house cleaning services. You can also opt to do your own cleaning and keep a checklist.

However you decide to go about it, let’s take a look at four important reasons to keep your home neat, clean and tidy.

House Cleaning Kills Mold, Mildew, and Germs

Cleaning your house with a disinfectant can kill up to 98% of germs keeping your family healthy. Likewise, regular cleaning will keep mold and mildew at bay; mold and mildew can not only cause allergic symptoms, but some molds are also toxic. Likewise, mold and mildew can damage your home and belongings.

Discourages Pests

Insects and rodents spread germs and disease, and can easily multiply in a dirty, messy home. Pests are attracted to food crumbs, dirty dishes, spills, and pet bowls.

Cockroaches can cause asthma, and can spread germs that can cause gastroenteritis. Rodents can also spread disease, including Salmonella, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, and Hantavirus. It’s very important for the health of your family to prevent infestations.

Put away all food in air-tight containers, wash your dishes right away, take up pet dishes at night and take out the trash to keep these pests away.

Reduces Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

Dust mites, pet dander, and mold can trigger allergic reactions and increase the potential for asthma symptoms. Keep your carpeting, upholstery, and bedding clean. Damp places such as basements and garages can benefit from regular cleaning, as well as a dehumidifier.

The more stuff you have to clutter up your home, the harder it will be to clean. Clutter increases the possibility for mold, dust and pet dander to accumulate. So keep life simple, and get rid of any clutter.

Cleaning Is Mentally and Physically Beneficial

Cleaning not only keeps you physically active, but also mentally engaging; in fact, many people find cleaning can be a type of meditation. Likewise, researchers from Cornell University discovered that a messy environment may play a role in unhealthy eating habits. The researchers set up two kitchens with unhealthy and healthy snacks; one kitchen was clean and organized and the other was messy and disorganized. They found that test subjects working in the messy kitchen ate almost twice as many unhealthy calories than those who were in the clean kitchen.

As you can see, the advantages and benefits of keeping your house clean are many and healthy.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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