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You wouldn’t think that cleaning your home can be any more complicated than just giving a simple light dust and clean here and there. However, there’s a lot more to it! Here are 5 household hygiene facts you probably did not know. They might just change the way you look at your home!
The kitchen sponge is dirtier than your garbage bin
You may not believe it since you clean your plates with that sponge but unfortunately, little bits of food can easily get stuck inside the holes and fester. When you take into account that the sponge is almost always moist, it actually comes as no surprise that this becomes the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria.
For your reference, the garbage bin has around 400 germs per square inch while the kitchen sponge has over three times that amount!
Flushing the toilet can send bacteria airborne
You might consider closing the lid when you flush from now on because it turns out that the act of flushing whilst leaving the lid open can actually send bacteria into the air – the very same air you breathe in. You should be very well concerned because the bacteria that was in the toilet to begin with are certainly bad news. If that’s not enough for you, those bacteria can even stay airborne for up to two hours!
Household cleaning products are eating away your finances
It may not be as evident as other expenses but household cleaning materials are becoming such a costly portion of your monthly expenses. Can you remember how much you spent for cleaning supplies for this month alone? Well, the average American spends $504 in a year. That’s money that could have paid for other things you really want.
Here’s a tip: a lot of your household items can be used for cleaning. You don’t always have to splurge on branded cleaning solutions. Next time, try using baking soda and water instead. They work very effectively too.
Cleaning the house is good for your body in more ways than one
Obviously keeping the house clean will keep you healthy because having a home free of dust and germs means that there will be less pathogens in the environment to infect you. However, did you know that the actual act of cleaning the house itself is actually a good form of exercise?
It may not be for bodybuilders but you can actually burn a good amount of calories while doing productive work at the same time. A half hour of sweeping can burn around 136 calories while vacuuming in the same period of time can even burn around 187 calories.
It’s just not the same for men and women
Statistics show that cleaning is not an equal chore between the sexes. A survey revealed that while 50% of women claimed to clean their houses, only 22% of the men did so.
Even the numbers for daily cleaning show that there is indeed a difference between the two sexes. Men on average spend an hour and 25 minutes on cleaning a day while women do so for an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes.