Who knew that when our parents asked us to clean our room it was not just for collective peace of mind, but that a clean
living space actually has real, lasting health benefits?
It’s true. A clean home can actually keep you and your family healthy in a variety of ways.
Clutter around the home and general disorganization can lead to chaos and stress. Think about those missing car keys. How
much time do you spend looking for them? But if they are in their own dedicated space, they will always be where you’ll find
them and stress will be alleviated.
That stress is real. In one 2010
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers found women who described their homes as “cluttered” had higher levels of cortisol than those with
tidier homes. Cortisol works to regulate and balance the body after a stressful event, but too much cortisol can affect the
brain’s ability to function. This means clutter makes people stressed. So it’s just one more reason to tackle the to-do
list and get your home in order.
Curbs Allergies and Asthma
Regular cleaning like dusting, sweeping and vacuuming can remove dust, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens like
pollen, which can cause
asthma and allergies. Disinfecting and sanitizing bathrooms and
kitchens where there’s moisture will also help curb the development of mold, another allergen. So cleaning on a routine basis
can control these triggers making you and your family breathe easier as well as feel and be healthier.
Clears the Mind
Clutter can also make it more challenging to think clearly. A 2011 Princeton University
study found that visual clutter, where multiple objects compete for
your attention, makes it hard to focus and process whatever task is at hand. So tidying up your living space can free up your
mind to focus better.
A disorderly home could actually be the cause of sleep troubles, according to one recent
survey by a sleep products company, CPAP. Only
26 percent of people who described themselves as messy were satisfied with the quality of their sleep in the survey.
Conversely, about twice that amount of self-described clean people were satisfied with their sleep quality.
When your bedroom is clean and sheets are freshly washed, it can bring on relaxation making it easier to fall and stay
asleep, say the experts. It’s best to clean the area right around your bed on a regular basis, wash your sheets regularly and
make your bed every day for best results.
Helps Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
While a clean home can’t completely eliminate the possibility of contracting
cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces with products that can kill the virus can certainly help matters, according to
information from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). Also, the ventilation and filtration provided by heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can
reduce the airborne concentration of COVID-19, which can reduce the risk of transmission through the air. Making sure your
system’s filters are replaced with clean, new ones at the highest rating for your HVAC system can help. And when used
properly, air purifiers can reduce airborne contaminants in a home, including viruses, the CDC states.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 271 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.