We get it, it’s easy to slip into slumpy space and feel tired and lethargic at certain times of the year. Cleaning and tidying up can easily fall by the wayside — but maybe these cleaning facts will spur you forward!
1. Cleaning Burns Calories
That’s right — get moving your body and your home benefits too.
When you’re scrubbing the surfaces, vacuuming the floors and making the bed, all of these things involve getting the body moving. While the exact figures depend on how much a person weighs, and how vigorous they are with their movements, you can burn between 100-300 calories in a clean up session.
2. Your Kitchen Sponge is Not as Dirty as the Toilet
Last year a study emerged that suggested your kitchen sponge harbors a whole lot of bacteria, with many publications arguing that the sponge is just as filthy as your toilet. But that’s not the full picture…
Is your kitchen sponge really that bad? Not really. If you’re concerned about the bacteria on your kitchen sponge, be assured that most of the pathogens found in the kitchen can be defeated with a bit of heat. You can wash the sponge by sticking it in the dishwasher for a cycle, or microwaving a damp sponge to kill off the majority of bacteria.
3. Cleaning Rags are Way Better Than Paper Towels
You thought you’re saving time by using paper towels? Think again.
Paper towels may be the first thing you grab when you’re about to mop up a spill, but rags are far superior when it comes to getting into the muck, mopping up absorbency, and for reuse value.
You can make rags out of old t-shirts and bedsheets, or quite cheaply buy a pack of terrycloths or microfiber cloths. When it comes to washing them, stick them on the rinse cycle with some borax.
4. Baking Soda is Brilliant
A naturally occurring substance, sodium bicarbonate is used for cooking, cleaning, deodorizing and even as a rising agent for some cakes and treats.
Sprinkle a bit of baking soda over smelly surfaces, countertops or chopping boards and it will help to eliminate those smells. Use a damp sponge or cloth to wipe it away. Clean away coffee and tea stains by using 1/4 cup of baking soda in a quart of warm water. The offending items can be left to soak in the solution overnight.
5. Cleaning 10 Minutes a Day is a Good Idea
You know when cleaning feels like a marathon chore that never ends? That’s a horrible feeling, and you end up resenting the task at hand. It’s actually really simple to work in 10 minutes a day of tidying up, a little bit a day goes a long way.
Start by adopting easy habits. Always make your bed, do a ten minute clean up once a day, and make sure your pots are washed and clean before you even start dinner. Having little chunks already sorted makes it a heck of a lot easier.