It's hard to keep a house clean and tidy, but maintaining a clean home is a great way to keep yourself and your family healthy. There are hazards lurking when homes aren't cleaned properly and chaos and disorganization are allowed to take hold.
Dangers of Dirty Carpets
Carpets can be soft and plush under your feet, but they are also a major health hazard. Dirty carpet that isn't cleaned properly holds onto dirt and allergens that can be harmful to those in your home. While frequent vacuuming is a good start, it's not enough to clean carpets as thoroughly as necessary. You should have someone professionally clean your carpet to make sure the job is done thoroughly. This is especially important to do if you haven’t cleaned your carpet for a long time. Remember, children roll around and place their faces on the floor all the time. A dirty floor is a major health issue.
Dangers of Clutter
Clutter is not only an eyesore. Clutter that is left on the floor can actually cause injuries. Trip and fall accidents are a very common cause of broken bones. Tiny cars with wheels, blocks, or other items left on the floor are easy for anyone in the house to trip on, and this can lead from everything to a minor annoyance to a major injury. It's also not good to let clutter sit on surfaces and collect dust. This leaves your entire home dusty and will allow allergens to hide in plain sight. Invest in bins to hold clutter and keep your surfaces and floors clear. Set up a system where everyone is responsible for putting up what they take out, even children. Kids can learn early how to keep the house tidy and be a big help.
Mental Dangers of Clutter
Besides being a physical hazard, a dirty, unorganized house can also exacerbate mental health issues or be a sign that they already exist. Many people are overwhelmed by clutter and may feel less focused if the surrounding environment is chaotic. Sometimes people's homes are a reflection of their mental state. In this case, a messy house that looks neglected can be a sign of depression or anxiety. Trying to keep a tidy, clean home is a sign that you are functioning okay mentally, and it may also be a way to help your mind feel less chaotic overall.
Dangers of Mold
A house that isn't cleaned often may have mold lurking in it. Water leaks, wet clothes left on the floor, and other signs of neglect can lead to mold development that is hazardous to health. Mold is not great for anyone to be around, but those who struggle with allergies and asthma can have a really hard time if mold creeps into their dirty homes. That's why it's important to clean up spills, check for leaks, and make sure surfaces stay dry. It's also important to clean the bathroom frequently since mold can set up in that room easily.
Not only is cleaning your home important for appearances’ sake—it’s also important for your health. A clean home really is healthier than a dirty, cluttered house. It's less of a threat to your well-being, so do what you can to keep your home clean.
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