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Clean Home, Clean Health: The Top Surprising Health Benefits of a Clean Home

If you've seen Netflix's latest binge-worthy series, [i]Tidying Up With Marie Kondo[/i], then you know how transformative a clean house can be.
Yet, even with the availability of Marie Kondo's inspiring methods, many Americans still have a messy home. In fact, it's estimated that over [url=]25 percent of Americans [/url]have a clutter problem in their home.
And we get it- cleaning your home can feel like a huge hassle. Especially if you only have guests over once in a blue moon.
But, cleaning your home isn't just about keeping up with appearances. Cleaning your home is actually good for your health.
Don't believe us?
Check out this guide to learn the top surprising health benefits of a clean house. We promise you won't be disappointed!
[b]1. Cleaner Home, Better Body [/b]
Keeping a clean home doesn't mean you're going to automatically drop those last five pounds.
However, there is a correlation between clean homes and physical fitness levels.
A recent [url=]study conducted by Indiana University[/url] found that participants with cleaner homes tended to exercise more than participants with messy homes.
While the exact reason for the correlation isn't clear (maybe fit people have more energy to clean their homes? Or, maybe a clean home motivates one to go workout?), we can say this: if you're looking to kill two birds with one stone when it comes to your workout routine, cleaning your home is the way to go.
Sure, tidying up your home doesn't provide the same calorie-torching workout as running stairs or doing a HIIT workout does, however, it's a whole lot better than just sitting on the couch.
While calorie burn will depend on the type of cleaning, your weight, and fitness level, you'd probably be surprised at the total calories burned by the time you went through the whole house.
In fact, it's estimated that a 150-lb person burns 153 calories in 30 minutes of mopping. Add that in with washing dishes, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and more, and you can quickly see how cleaning can help keep you fit.
[b]2. Lowers Stress and Fatigue [/b]
Have you ever heard the saying "a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind"?
Well, there's definitely truth to this saying. Visual clutter can definitely lead to mental clutter.
And, this isn't just some old wife's tale. A [url=]2010 study published[/url] in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin revealed that women with messier homes also had higher levels of cortisol in their bodies.
While a little extra stress may not seem like that big of a deal, it can certainly have some serious health effects. In fact, high levels of stress are also linked to:
[ul][li]High levels of fatigue[/li] [li]Weight gain[/li] [li]High blood pressure[/li] [li]Heart disease[/li] [li]Diabetes[/li] [/ul]We're not saying that a week of having a messy bathroom is going to induce diabetes in you. However, the stress of a messy home can quickly magnify all the other stress factors in your life, creating major problems down the road.
[b]3. Reduces Allergy and Asthma Symptoms [/b]
Are you someone who suffers from allergies or asthma? Well, your messy home may be to blame.
Dirt and debris that are embedded into your carpet, upholstery, and bedding can easily worsen allergies or asthma.
If not properly cleaned, mold, pet dander, and dust mites can linger in your belongings, triggering allergic reactions.
By not allowing this stuff to accumulate in your home, you make it easier for your body to breath.
[b]4. Reduces Dangerous Falls [/b]
One major health benefit of a clean home that seems obvious but is often forgotten is that in a clean home, dangerous falls are much less likely.
[url=]According to the Center for Disease Control[/url], one in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. While falling may not be an issue in your younger years, as you age, falling can have much more traumatic consequences.
In fact, of those over 65 who fall every year, 2.5 million end up in the emergency room. And, some of them even summer from traumatic brain injuries due to falling.
This is why it's very important to keep your floors and your stairs free of clutter. If your home doesn't have a lot of closets to store things like shoes, books, or toys in, then buy some extra bins. Or, if bins won't do the trick, you can rent a storage unit for your extra things. You can click here to [url=]learn more[/url] about the benefits of renting a storage unit.
And, if you have rugs in your home, make sure you place rug pads underneath them, as slipping on rugs is also very common.
[b]5. Reduces Exposure to Mold [/b]
Exposure to mold is a serious problem that many homeowners face.
Besides ruining the interior of your home, mold can also lead to respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing, nasal stuffiness, and throat irritation. It can also cause eye irritation, and it can even lead to more serious issues such as obstructive lung disease.
The best way to stop mold from growing in your home is to keep a clean home. By cleaning your home on a regular basis, you have more opportunities to detect mold and prevent it from spreading.
In addition to cleaning your home, you should also consider getting regular mold inspections. These are a good idea even if you don't spot mold in your home.
[b]6. Reduce the Spreading of Germs [/b]
We all know that spreading germs is an easy way to get sick.
But, many people don't realize that messy homes are a breeding ground for germs. In fact, while most think that bathrooms are the most germ-ridden spot of any home, it's actually kitchens.
This is because there are many crevices in the kitchen that can hold water or splatters of food.
Ideally, you should choose a countertop that's made from a material that can be cleaned easily and that can be cleaned with bleach. This is especially important if you cook with a lot of raw fish and meats.
And, it's also important that you take the time to sanitize your cleaning cloths and sponges after each time you use them.
By keeping your kitchen clean, you'll not only eliminate the spreading of germs, but you'll also reduce the chances of developing gastrointestinal illnesses.
[b]7. Keeps Pests Away [/b]
Rodents and bugs can multiply and easily hide in messy homes. Bugs and rodents are especially attracted to food debris, liquid spills, and dirty pet bowls.
Not only is their presence a big nuisance (and a bit frightening for some), but they can also spread germs, diseases, bacteria, and allergies.
Cockroaches, for example, are well-known for causing asthma, as they carry a wide array of bugs and parasites.
Mice can also be another major problem for your health. They can spread dangerous diseases to humans, such as Salmonella, Hantavirus, and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis.
Not only should you clean your home on a regular basis, but you should also make sure that you store your food in air-tight containers. And, if possible, remove your trash on a daily basis, as trash is another huge magnet for pests.
And, if you suspect a pest problem in your home, don't hesitate to call a pest control company.
[b]8. Reduces Your Waistline [/b]
Last but not least, a clean home can also help keep your waistline trim.
We talked earlier about the correlation between physical activity and clean homes, and, now we've got one more statistic we'd like to share with you.
Researchers from [url=]Cornell University [/url]found that women eat more sweets and high-fat foods when they're faced with daily stresses.
During the study, researchers set up two kitchens- both containing healthy and unhealthy snacks. One was organized, and the other one was messy. They found that those working in the messy kitchen consumed nearly twice the amount of calories in sweets as those working in the clean kitchen.
So, forget buying one of those expensive waist trimmers. Instead, just grab your vacuum and watch your waistline slim down!
[b]Are You Ready to Clean House? [/b]
As you can see, there are many health benefits to having a clean house.
All you need to do is take a couple of hours out of your week to get the job done and voila! You'll be well on your way to a healthier and happier you.
If you have any questions about the health benefits mentioned in this article, please let us know in the comments below.
And, be sure to let us know which of these benefits surprised you the most! We're excited to hear your answer.

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