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A Clean Home is Good for Your Health

Most of us agree that a clean house feels better. You breathe better, work better, and have more energy.  The environment in which you live impacts your health.  Research backs up this intuition, confirming that the cleanliness of your home affects both your physical and mental health. The biggest culprits are dust and clutter.  A clean home isn’t just a convenience, it’s good for you too.

 

A Clean Home and Physical Health

Dust and clutter exacerbate allergies and upper respiratory problems like asthma.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is as much as 5 times more polluted than the air outside.  One of the most effective ways of improving indoor air quality is regularly vacuuming your home.  Carpets trap dust, food particles, and pet hair and dander.  Experts recommend weekly vacuuming, or even more frequently if you have kids and pets.

Another way to keep indoor air quality under control is to use low-VOC products.  VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are gases emitted by certain products that can aggravate respiratory issues like asthma.  Many household goods, especially cleaning products, emit VOCs and it is difficult to eliminate these products from our lives.  The EPA recommends a variety of methods to reduce the impact of VOCs on your air quality. Ensure good ventilation during use and following the safety precautions provided on the label.

A Clean Home and Mental Health

Cleanliness also effects your mental health.  When your house is chaotic your thoughts get disorganized too.  A 2011 study used an MRI to measure the brain’s response to clutter and found that it effects the brain’s processing power.  It’s just harder to concentrate when you’re surrounded by clutter.  Reduce the clutter as much as possible – the minimalist look comes with health benefits! Use bins and baskets to organize toys and other supplies and try to donate or throw out what you don’t need at least a couple times a year.

 

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“Buyer Beware” – Not All House cleaners Will Save You Money

While it’s true that having someone else take over your cleaning tasks will save you time and money overall, you’ll want to be sure the house cleaning company you hire is actually going to save you money and not end up costing you more. What does that mean? 

Well, in today’s social media culture, anyone can make a post stating that they are a housecleaner and start taking clients. This person could be fantastic— a knowledgeable cleaner with good ethics who just happens to not have insurance or licensing— or they could be an opportunist looking for easy access to your trust and your valuables. They could be a careful and consistent cleaner, or they could be accident-prone and sloppy. 

If you’ve hired a cleaner without proper licensing, training, or insurance, any mishaps resulting in an injured worker, broken belongings, or missing items will be your responsibility.  You’ll be responsible for providing medical care, repairing, or replacing belongings by filing a claim under your own homeowners’ insurance policy, where you will pay your full deductible. 

If accidents do occur, a properly licensed and insured cleaning company will assume all responsibility and cover any damages caused by their employees. They’ll also provide worker’s compensation for any injuries that an employee may suffer while on the job.

Hiring a trustworthy, licensed and insured house cleaning company with great reviews that performs background checks and provides training for all of their cleaning technicians may be slightly more expensive than hiring Regina Random from Facebook, but in the long run, it is a money-saving choice. Training, trustworthy technicians with clear background checks offer you something truly valuable: Peace of mind. An insured and bonded company doing work in your house while you are away can save you thousands upon thousands of dollars. 

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