Most people know that good cleaning habits are an important part of being an adult. If you’ve ever been in a relationship before, chances are you’ve argued once or twice about the right or wrong way to clean something.
However, beyond just simple cleaning habits, did you know that cleaning habits could actually be affecting your health? You may be surprised to find that some of your cleaning habits that you’ve been doing your whole life are actually negatively impacting your overall well being. Having a clean home is more important than you might think.
Here are some of the ways that your personal cleaning habits could be hurting your health.
Leaving Dishes In The Sink
It seems innocent enough to leave a few dishes in the sink after eating. In some cases, leaving your dishes to soak may make your cleaning easier at a later time. However, leaving too many dishes in the sink for a long amount of time can start to encourage harmful bacteria to build up.
The kitchen sink harbors more bacteria than you may like to imagine. Some studies have concluded that your kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet. Therefore, it’s not ideal to leave your dishes in the sink for a very long time. To keep bacteria as low as possible, sanitize your sink regularly and wash your dishes as soon as you can.
Letting Your Sponge Get Too Old
In an attempt to not be wasteful, you may be avoiding throwing away your sponge. However, letting your sponge get too old maybe spreading harmful bacteria all over your so-called clean dishes. It’s important that you switch out your sponge regularly so that you don’t spread microbes on the plates you eat with. If you really want to avoid being wasteful, try putting your sponge in the dishwasher at least once a week until you throw it away.
Nobody loves dusting; however, it’s something that has to be done. Even though it may seem hardly noticeable, it’s not the same case for your lungs. Household dust can start to create serious problems for your health. In some cases, dust can start to accumulate toxic chemicals. When you continue to breathe in toxic chemicals on a daily basis, it’s possible for you to develop something serious like cancer.
Wiping away dust with a dry cloth may seem like the most logical solution; however, all you’re doing is moving the dust around rather than removing it. Instead of a dry cloth, get a cloth damp and wipe away the dust so that it sticks to the cloth. You should also vacuum regularly pulling out furniture to access hard to reach spots.