For most of us, cleaning is a weekly chore in which we really hate doing or we always find one excuse or another for not doing it! However, there is no denying that it is still an essential part of our life. In this article, we look at 5 facts about household cleaning that you most likely didn’t know.
- Women Are More Consistent Cleaners
While this may not come as shock to most of us, it would appear that a larger percentage of women are more likely to clean the house compared to men. To be exact, 50% of surveyed women admitted to cleaning their homes on a daily basis, as compared to only 22% of men.
This could be attributed to the fact that some gender roles are still observed in more traditional households, where women still assume responsibility for housework.
Another explanation for this could be because men tend to be more laid back about issues like household cleanliness or cleaning.
Adding to the whole stereotype about guys being sloppier, a recent study has shown that women spend more time on average cleaning as compared to men.
Typically, women spend about 2 hours and 15 minutes per day cleaning, while men spend about 1 hour 25 minutes per day cleaning.
- Cleaning Products and Household Expenses
The next time you’re looking to cut down on your household expenses, you may want to consider spending less on household cleaning products. Often overlooked by many households, the cost of cleaning products makes up a whopping 30% of monthly household expenses.
Oftentimes, it can be quite easy to forget the little things and Americans have a tendency to overspend on simple household cleaning items.
The three most common items are cleaning products, disposable cloths and mops. Often, most Americans prefer buying branded versions of these three items due to reasons such as brand recognition or fixed buying habits
That being said, if you’re looking to cut down on household expenses, you may want to consider going for cheaper, unbranded cleaning products and reusable cleaning items.
For example, instead of buying a pack of 10 cloths, you can instead opt for microfiber cloths which are more effective at cleaning up messes.
- Germ Hot Spots
Germs, bacteria and filth – we spend hours cleaning our homes to a shine in order to kill as many germs and bacteria as possible. We gag at the sight of an overflowing garbage bin and try to avoid physical contact with it for fear of germs.
However, scientists have discovered that this may not actually be the case. Research conducted has determined that the garbage bin contains only 411 germs per square inch.
This is minuscule when compared to the typical sponge or cloth, which contains more than 130,000 germs per square inch.
If that were the case, you must surely be wondering which part of your home contains the highest number of germs. Well, that would be the toilet bowl, which is home to more than 3.2 million germs per square inch.
In fact, the toilet would appear to be the dirtiest part of our home, with bathtubs containing 119,468 germs per square inch, followed by drains, which house more than 500,000 germs per square inch.
However, by taking some simple measures such as closing the toilet lid before flushing and regularly flushing your drain with a drain cleaner, you will be able to protect yourself from these airborne pests.
- Cleaning as An Exercise
This may sound a bit farfetched for some of us but cleaning your house regularly can help you burn off extra weight. For starters, sweeping the floor for 30 minutes can easily burn 130 calories, which is equivalent to walking up and down a set of stairs for 11 minutes.
Vacuuming your home for 30 minutes lets you burn 187 calories, which is nearly equivalent to 496ml of Coca Cola. If you’re struggling to find time for exercise, get cleaning around the house instead.
Not only will you be able to shed some pounds, but you’ll have a clean house in no time.
- Cleaning Your House May Be Bad for You, Depending On What You Use
The majority of manufactured cleaning chemicals on the market often contain harmful substances, which, while effective at eliminating bacteria and germs, is also harmful towards humans.
For example, exposure to sodium hydroxide or Lye, the active ingredient in oven cleaners and drain openers, causes chemical burns, which can cause skin irritation or even permanent damage to your respiratory system.
Instead of chemical-based cleaning agents, consider switching to environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are made from natural, biodegradable ingredients.
Not only is this easier on the environment, but it also reduces the likelihood of anyone in your household developing illnesses of any kind.
Cleaning is a tedious but essential part of everyday life. While nobody likes doing it, it is crucial if we want to live healthily and comfortably. That being said, you may have to start rethinking all that you know about cleaning and germs.
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