Most people have experienced, or at least aware, of the inconveniences caused by an untidy, unclean home. Plus, a tidy house is generally much nicer to live in. But were you aware that a dirty house could actually lead to a multitude of health problems too? Below are the most common risks, diseases and illnesses commonly found in all corners of a messy home…
Your typical untidy kitchen includes an array of unclean appliances, a stack of unwashed plates and an overflowing dustbin packed full with discarded food – all of which are a breeding ground for disease and bacteria.
Unclean plates, cutlery or chopping boards and even unwashed hands can lead to cross-contamination from raw meats into other foods, which can cause a list of food-borne illnesses such as E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter. Not only this, but food left out for extended periods of time on plates or inside dustbins can attract several unwanted rodents and pests, which bring with them a number of added diseases on top.
If kitchen appliances such as washing machines and dish washers are left unclean, this can lead to a build up of mould and bacteria, which is then passed on to your washing up and items of clothing during the cleaning process. A dirty oven could even be a severe fire hazard, as any food inside continues to burn with every use. This causes a grey smoke to omit from the oven when the door is opened, which can be extremely harmful to your lungs.
When cleaning your oven, make sure to check the extractor fan and use specified kitchen cleaning products for other kitchen appliances too. Keeping on top of your kitchen-cleaning schedule can ensure your family avoid certain illnesses in the future.
If floors aren’t vacuumed or curtains cleaned often, you and your family could be exposed to a number of allergy-inducing dust mites, pet dander or mould - all of which can exacerbate the symptoms associated with asthma and other allergies. The same can be said for dirty bed sheets, which can hold bacteria that cause a range of troublesome health conditions including rhinitis.
Dirty and messy environments breed germs and bacteria, which are proven to lead to certain health problems if left alone. Families spend the majority of their time in either their bedroom or their living room, so it’s important to keep both vacuumed and clutter free, to avoid unnecessary health risks.
Bathroom surfaces and floors are particularly susceptible to bacteria or parasites that can lead to human illnesses such as worms. Bathrooms are home to many different kinds of bacteria including E. coli and staphylococcus, which cause stomach upsets and sickness.
But it’s important to remember that germs aren’t only limited to toilets. Every time you flush, small particles of water are expelled, filling the air around it with germs and bacteria. Warm moisture form showers and baths make the bathroom incredibly prone to mould, which can also trigger allergies and asthma symptoms.
It’s impossible to keep yourself and your family clean in an unclean environment. One study in the United States found 19 types of bacteria lurking in what were seemingly clean bathroom… so it’s important to have bathrooms cleaned professionally whenever possible.
Unknowingly to some, falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths in the US and the UK, leading to around 33% of deaths within the home.
Clutter typically leads to a vast increase in dust, which can aggravate various respiratory diseases. Some research even links cluttered homes to obesity, as it commonly decreases the amount of exercise people do, as the items required are much less easily accessible. It also has a large psychological impact, as clutter can be a result and a cause of laziness.
An untidy house can lead to a variation of diseases, illnesses, and not to mention several accidents waiting to happen. But it’s not all bad news – studies have shown that keeping a clean home can actually benefit your health by reducing stress. So it’s important to keep on top of your cleaning schedule and pay for a professional clean when possible, Wise Projects are Cleaners from Wembley and will give the professional cleaning that your house requires. After all, a clean home is a happy home (it’s been proven!)