Why spring cleaning your home improves your wellbeing

Have you experienced that satisfying “aaaahh” sensation after decluttering your wardrobe, cleaning out your bedroom, or throwing out items you no longer use from your kitchen shelves? There are physiological reasons why spring cleaning is not only good for your home, but good for your overall sense of wellbeing.

Spring cleaning has been a ritualistic practice of many cultures for centuries. It is also an instinctive human need. Over winter dust settles, mites find homes in your clothes and bedding, pest debris collects in corners, and mould likes to release its spores the moment it gets an opportunity. Come Spring, it’s time to open the windows and doors and give your home a good clean and declutter.

Here’s why a clean and orderly home has a positive impact on your wellbeing.

Cleaning reduces stress

A study done by the Personality and Psychology Bulletin on women about their wellbeing and the state of their home found that women who had a tidy home were happier and more relaxed, stating their homes were restorative. An untidy or disorderly home was linked to higher levels of cortisol in their bloodstream, the hormone released when we are stressed.

Cleaning makes you healthier

Good habits lead to more good habits. A clean and orderly home encourages the development of better habits in other areas, such as exercise and nutrition. This particular study found a link between people who had an orderly home and doing more exercise. 

Cleaning boosts your immune system

Cleaning your home gets rids of dust mites, mildew, mould and bug debris likely to be hanging around after a dormant winter, which contribute to aggravating allergies and increasing the risk of asthma and other inflammatory health problems.

Regularly cleaning and vacuuming your home will prevent these allergens from settling in, and springtime is a good time of the year to clear out the corners of your rooms and expel the offenders!

Cleaning helps you sleep better

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s (US based) public opinion poll, 78% of people were more excited to go to bed on clean sheets, putting them in the right frame of mind for a good night’s sleep, and they sleep longer too! Restful sleep leads to better wellbeing. Who would’ve thought that doing the laundry regularly would make us happier?

Spring clean those dust mites out of your winter bedding at a Star Laundromat

Did you know there are 16 species of fungi that live in our pillows? Or that your doona contains on average 20,000 dust mites? Did you know we shed 10 grams of dead skin cells per week? Sheets should be washed weekly while pillows and doonas needs a good wash at least every fortnight to keep them fresh and free of bugs and mites.

Visit a Star Laundromat in Adelaide, there is one near you. They are conveniently located with free parking, free WiFi. Our laundromats are equipped with state of the art washing  machines and dryers. You’ll get all your bedding washed and dried in less than forty minutes!

In the words of British author and poet, William Morris, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” 

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