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The benefits of cleaning whilst in self-isolation

Self-isolation is not as easy as it sounds. Currently, it is the safest option for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be mentally and physically straining. Spending all day working, relaxing, eating and sleeping in one household can be incredibly draining. Believe it or not, cleaning your home could be the most effective way to rid yourself of self-isolation slump.

  • The physical benefits 
  • The mental benefits 
  • The health benefits 
  • The working benefits 
  • How Laundryheap can help

The physical benefits 

It can be hard to establish an exercise routine when you are confined to the space in your home. Regular cleaning is an easy and productive way to stay active without venturing outside. In addition, vigorous cleaning, such as wiping down walls and cleaning the oven, is a great way to rid yourself of any negative energy you may be carrying, due to the energy that is burnt carrying out the task. 

The mental benefits

Although it may not be the most exciting activity to do, cleaning your home comes with an array of mental health benefits. For example, when people experience high levels of anxiety, they tend to gravitate towards repetitive behaviours, such as cleaning. Carrying out the repetitive task of cleaning makes them feel in control and, therefore, decreases their anxiety level. 

It is vital during this precarious time that we all remain as calm as we possibly can. On average, people who have messy homes have higher levels of cortisol, a stress induced hormone. Alternatively, researchers have found that cleaning your home can lead to feelings of accomplishment and subsequent calmness. If you are feeling irritated whilst stuck in self-isolation a quick 15-minute tidy of your surrounding area could help reduce that irritation and make you calmer. 

In addition to keeping your home clean, it is important to keep your linens clean. A study by The National Sleep Foundation found that 75% of people sleep better when their sheets are freshly washed due to feeling more comfortable. A good night’s sleep leaves people feeling well-rested and both physically and mentally ready for the day ahead. Despite being at home throughout the day, it is important whilst self-isolating to remain in a routine, which includes getting a good night’s sleep.

The health benefits  

It’s now more important than ever to clean our homes and eliminate harmful germs and bacteria. Germs can weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to becoming ill. However, regularly cleaning our homes with disinfectant can kill up to 98% of the daily bacteria we could come into contact with.

As a result of increasing the amount of time we are spending indoors, it is vital to be aware of indoor air pollution. Dust, dirt and poor ventilation are all contributing factors to indoor air pollution and can result in increasing the severity of an individuals allergens. The longer you put off cleaning your home the more polluted the air will become. Fifteen minutes of cleaning a day can sufficiently decrease the air pollution in your home.

The working benefits 

When you are working from home it can be very easy to become distracted and forget about your work. In 2011 a Princeton University study found that clutter can increase the difficulty of focusing on a task. On a subconscious level, clutter is associated with negative emotions, such as confusion, tension, irritability and worry. Decluttering your home can not only make cleaning more efficient, but can also lead to a clearer mind and heightened sense of calm. This can make it easier to focus on your tasks. 

If you ever become mentally blocked whilst your working from home try washing the dishes. A study published in the journal, Mindfulness, found that people who engaged in mindfully washing the dishes- taking in the scent of the washing-up liquid and letting the water soak into their skin- experience a 25% improvement in mental inspiration.

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How Laundryheap can help

If you are running low on cleaning supplies, our Essentials Pack is available across London and includes cleaning supplies, as well as toilet paper and toothpaste. Additionally, our services are still fully operational in all cities we operate in. Book your delivery slot now


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How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

Being a busy parent means you’re juggling full-time work and family life while trying to squeeze in a bit of time for things you need to do for yourself. It then becomes the case that you unintentionally neglect to keep your house clean because there is just no time to. Fortunately, we have some quick time management tips that will help you stay on top of keeping the house clean.

How To Keep Your House Clean As A Busy Parent

  • Create A Simple Schedule
  • Spot Clean
  • Clean As You Go
  • Delegate Tasks
  • Outsource

Create A Simple Schedule

To create a cleaning schedule is simple, but to keep track and follow one consistently is hard. Not every day is the same, and so sometimes you have to adjust your schedule.

Experiment first on which days work best for you to do specific cleaning tasks. There may be a pattern that you’ve unnoticedly created where, for example, you tend to dust down surfaces on Sundays and do the laundry on Mondays. Just add that to your cleaning schedule/calendar.

You can even leave yourself a few to-do lists each day if that works for you. Write one up beforehand, ready for the next day or ready for when you get home from work.

Spot Clean

If you notice a bit of filth in certain areas of your home, clean it straight away upon first noticing that it needs cleaning. Does the floor look filthy? Vacuum it. Can you see dust around the TV? Wipe it. These tasks take only a few minutes to do and will save you the hassle from dealing with it a later time.

Clean As You Go

No matter what you’re doing around the house, whether that’s cooking food or brushing your teeth, clean the area that you’re using. For example, if you’re preparing food in the kitchen, why not wash the utensils or items you no longer need and wipe down the kitchen counter. Or if you’ve had a bath, give the tub a quick clean after using it.

Also, put used things back exactly where they need to go to avoid clutter piling up over time and to keep your home organised.

Delegate Tasks

It’s always easy to keep a clean house when everyone gets involved and helps to keep it clean. If you have kids that are old enough to do household chores like wash the dishes or vacuum the floor, feel free to delegate those tasks to them. Younger children can help to clean up clutter like put their toys away or put rubbish in the bin.

Outsource

If worst comes to worst and nothing works for you, you can always outsource your household chores. You can hire a cleaner once a week or so and even get your laundry done for you by Laundryheap without you having to leave the house.