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Seven reasons why you should clean your house regularly

Readers Lounge By Esther Muchene
A cleaning routine can help you maintain a clean and tidy house (Photo: Shutterstock)

Why do you clean your house? Whether it’s out of habit or because you were taught that you should clean your house, it has been proven that a clean house contributes to your physical and mental wellbeing. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, your home can either be restorative or stressful i.e. it can either help you recover from the stresses of the day or add to it.

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A clean, clutter-free house requires regular upkeep to avoid the build-up of dirt and dust. A cleaning routine as well as enlisting the help of your housemates and at times professional cleaners can help you maintain cleanliness.  

Below are some reasons why you should clean your house regularly.

i. It helps reduce declutter

Regular cleaning allows you to get rid of unnecessary items making room for those that you actually need. When you’re in a cluttered environment, it’s also harder to find things because you’ll constantly be wondering where you put them. In a decluttered house, everything has its place and you can easily trace them without having to ransack the whole house.

ii. Less allergies

Many people are allergic to dust and a dirty, dusty house is the perfect trigger. To prevent any allergy-related sneezing, wheezing, coughing and other related symptoms, and the need for medication to manage them, clean your house regularly. Ensure the carpets are swept, surfaces dusted and soft furnishings like cushion covers and curtains are washed regularly.  

Regular cleaning prevents the build-up of dust which could cause allergies (Photo: Shutterstock)

iii. Your kids won’t fall sick

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Kids play everywhere and anywhere. They place their toys on any surface, pick them up and proceed to put them in their mouths. If you have children, you know how challenging it is to stop them from doing this. Thus, ensuring that your house is always clean will save you the headache of asking them not to put things in their mouths and it will prevent unnecessary stomach upsets and infections caused by dirt.

iv. You’ll be proud of your home

We’ve all been there: a friend calls that they are around the corner and you look around your house and it’s an utter mess so you get up and run around tidying things up, stuffing anything that you don’t want the visitors to see in a room you’re sure they won’t go into.

A house that is cleaned and tidied frequently doesn’t need this mad dash to make it presentable. You’ll be comfortable enough to have visitors at any time. Let’s not forget that people will judge you based on how your home looks so you want to give them a good impression.

v. You’ll have less insect trouble

Dirt can really attract a lot of dust mites, flies, cockroaches, and the like. They thrive in a house that doesn’t get regular cleaning because no one will be looking for them anyway. Let’s not forget the high cost of hiring fumigators. To keep these insects at bay, ensure your house gets a general clean often and a deep clean once in a while. Be sure to reach those hard to reach places such as the back of cupboards, the bed frame and the corners of your furniture when you deep clean.

A clean home provides a stress-free environment for you and your family (Photo: Shutterstock)

vi. It saves time

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Constantly postponing your cleaning routine to a later date could cost you a lot of time in the long run. Yes, we acknowledge that during your work week it can be hard to find an hour or so to do some cleaning but if you do a little bit every day, you won’t have to spend a large part of your weekend cleaning. Regular cleaning also prevents the build-up of dirt which can take a lot more time, energy not to mention money to buy cleaning products.

vii. It makes your home a sanctuary

Home is where we retreat to thus it should provide a relaxing atmosphere. Regularly cleaning your house transforms it to a happy, healthy environment to call home.

Cleaning is also a form of therapy. There’s so much satisfaction that can be drawn from seeing the transformation after a good clean.

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