Cleaning My Space is Where Good Health Starts
“Cleaning My Space” (your home) may seem like just another chore to do every Sunday—in between watching football and weekly food prep—but did you know that cleaning your living space can positively contribute to your overall health and wellbeing?
Studies have shown that “cleaning my space” regularly is good for your emotional, mental and physical health. In fact, a recent study led by NiCole R. Keith, a research scientist and professor at Indiana University, reveals that people who have cleaner houses are healthier than people with messy ones, and those who kept their homes clean were more active than those who didn’t. Who knew that house cleanliness is a predictor of physical health?
As the weekend nears and you’re getting ready to cross the cleaning errand off your list of things to do, take a second to consider the following questions. Their answers may surprise you:
“Cleaning My Space” tips to consider
- Is my family in a healthy home environment? That may seem like an odd question, but when you consider the type of chemicals you may be using, it’s a question worth answering. A lot of consumers reach for name-brand products that promise cleaning miracles. While some of these items may prove impactful, they’ve also proven to cause harm to pets, children, and the elderly. Do your research, and you’ll be surprised by how many housekeeping product put your family at risk. Here’s a tip: Avoid products that list active ingredients of chlorine or ammonia. They can cause respiratory and skin irritation, not to mention toxic fumes if they’re combined.
- I want to get cleaning, but where do I start?
When it comes to “cleaning my space”, there’s a lot to learn. The trick is to determine the most effective—and safest—ways you can clean your house from top to bottom … before you break out the broom. There are a ton of websites that offer tips and best practices for thoughtfully cleaning your home. A simple Google search will provide you with a variety of resources on how to avoid toxic supplies. Here are some other resources we starting with FamilyCircle.com, TheSpruce.com and SparkPeople.com, though there are plenty of other sites capable of giving you the knowledge you need to get started.
- Who can I trust to give me the best cleaning care?
If you’re still unsure how to clean your living space, ask your professional service to walk you through their process. Sometimes all it takes is a consultation for you to pick up a few cleaning tips. Just remember to ask for references, express your concerns and inquire about their certification. Ideally, the firm you choose should be a member of the Green Business Bureau (GBB). The GBB is an organization that provides green certifications to environmentally responsible businesses. GBB member must routinely demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, which will give you confidence as they clean your home.
Cleaning up your space doesn’t have to be complicated, but you will want to make sure you’ve done your research—with products and professionals—before your next cleaning binge. After all, it could mean the difference between an unhealthy and healthy state of being. For more housekeeping tips, or to schedule a consultation, contact us!