My Marvelous Maids

The Mental Health Benefits of a Clean House

A gray logo of the word " finance ".

Over the last year, mental health has been one of the most concerning issues we’re facing since the Covid-19 pandemic has started. Don’t get me wrong, the issue of mental health has always been here—whether we’re aware or not. Overcoming it is a long battle, and the best help that we can get is not only with the medications and health specialists who help us get through each day, but also ourselves to keep on holding on.

It’s just that our concern with our mental health became a more pressing matter since we’ve drastically pushed to adjust our routine, work, and daily living because of the pandemic. Most of the time, we’re staying at home—and when we go out, it’s best to wear a facemask for protection against the virus. We’re limited to whom we meet in person and who we can invite over to our house. We’ve become cautious since we don’t know thoroughly who has it or not unless tested. It’s tough. And for our safety, most of us choose just to stay at home for our safety.

In reality, there are so many triggers and difficulties in life that are out of our control. And doing small things can actually help us fight these to keep our state of mind calm, healthy, and functional. One best example is cleaning and organizing your home. It sounds simple but, the truth is, it has a great impact on our well-being.

An Organized House Equals to an Organized Life

Okay, it may sound cliché, but the truth is this is a fact! Try closing your eyes for a moment. Imagine your house (or home) clutter-free, what you can see is all your stuff, furniture and appliances are all in perfect places. There is no dust and dirt you see. You can see and smell the cleanliness and comfort of the space. Isn’t it great?

Admit it, it’s awesome to be living in that state, right? Well, it’s actually possible to have this if you start organizing because in the bigger picture of doing this, you’ll be able to relax, focus, and live in comfort. Your stress will naturally go away, might not be completely gone, but still, your mind will calm down in some ways.

The clutter in your house doesn’t just build up things that turn into an eyesore but it also builds up stress in your head. And in order for you to avoid being stressed is to start decluttering. Putting away things from places where it doesn’t belong to is a great way to help you have a smoother and faster time on cleaning. Clutter also causes dust and dirt to build up over time.

So, a good way to start organizing your home is to start decluttering.

Cleaning Boost Your Health

We probably have mentioned it before on our other blog post(s), but allow us to reiterate it (in another way). Cleaning has a lot of benefits. It doesn’t just make your environment and your own space clean, but it also boosts your immune system. How?

Well, cleaning is also another form of exercise. And when you’re exercising, your boosting your physical strength and keeping yourself active. Also, when you’re cleaning, you’re ensuring that your surrounding is free from dirt. It also boosts your immune system since you’re killing germs, bacteria, and viruses.

Lastly, when the surrounding of your home is clean, it benefits your mental health as you’re able to focus and think without distraction. Your mind functions well also because your surrounding is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

Improve Your Everyday Living

Having a clean home gives you peace of mind which is priceless. And having peace of mind is the key to having good mental health. It can’t be bought anywhere. But how can we have peace of mind naturally? Actually, one of the biggest contributing factors to having it is by having a good and comfortable sleep.

When you sleep well the night before, you have a higher chance of having a productive day. Sleep thoroughly impacts how you will function the next day as it improves your everyday living. According to people, they get a better sleep when they know they have a clean surroundings before and after they wake up. And this suggests that cleanliness is well connected to our physical, emotional, or mental health.

When you have an organized and clean home, your mind naturally relaxes.

Cleaning Has Evolved

Over the years, cleaning is experiencing its own evolution which is good. Aside from the fact that houses have more surfaces and areas to clean, it also requires special care now because the germs, bacteria, and viruses have evolved also. House cleaning can be time-consuming which is a fact and understandable. It requires focus and strength too, especially in some areas which is why it is also good if you’ll hire professional cleaners.

And if you need help taking care of the cleanliness of your home, My Marvelous Maids is ready to do that. Composed of highly trained professional house cleaners, we are ready to come into your house and do the work for you. If you are house owners living in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas, contact us today to book a cleaning appointment.

Are Natural Cleaning Products Effective?

A gray logo of the word " finance ".

When we say “natural cleaning products,” admit it or not, the first things we could think of are “organic,” “chemical-free, “hazard-free” and any other positive words relating to health. Who wouldn’t want to use cleaning products that are not only doing its purpose but ensuring that it is safe for our health, right? But, on the other hand, this also follow-ups questions relating to effectiveness.

Are They Safe to Use?

Sure thing, it is safe to use. But later on, we become skeptical if it really works. Others might have been already wondering the moment they see the word “natural” on the label. This is because, we’re well aware that there are chemicals, ingredients or substances included on the commercial cleaning products that are included in the formula to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses. And that’s what we depend on most of the time. However, in the longer run, these chemicals can affect our well-being.

This is the reason why many are switching to natural cleaning products whether they truly believe or still have doubts but for the sake of health they choose it over the regular ones.

But to answer you frankly, the natural cleaning products out there also has its pros and cons just like relating to its effectiveness.

How to Know if it is Effective?

There are ways to know if these natural products are well-matched to your needs. All you need to do is be mindful and acknowledge the idea that it is up to you to ensure its effectiveness.

  1. Use the Products Properly

When natural cleaning products are used properly, it is given that it can be as effective as chemical cleaners. If you’re wondering how then you should start by knowing the brand label and its content. Read it carefully and check its ingredients. To make sure that you are using the right ones, you have to check if it is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All the natural cleaning products that claim that they can kill bacteria have an approval and have EPA registration.

  1. You’ll Know That It Cleans When It Foams

Dr. Brian Hedlund said that a microbiologist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, executed on his research that foam removes dirt, grime and some germs from surfaces. And a good example is dishwashing soap where foam works well with water to surround the grease and successfully remove it.

  1. Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting are Different Things

Sanitizing can take up less time while disinfecting takes time for it to take effect depending on the product you’ll use.

Cleaning is mostly ensuring that visible dirt is removed from surfaces using soap and water. Sanitizing reduces the bacteria on surfaces whereas disinfecting destroys and kills germs and bacteria. Disinfecting hard is a good way to lower the risk of spreading germs, bacteria and viruses.

If you’re wondering if there are natural disinfectant products, actually, there are. One of the most effective natural disinfectants is alcohol. It immediately eliminates germs. Although, always be mindful that it depends on the type of germs (even bacteria and viruses) you want to eliminate.

How About Homemade Cleaning Solutions?

In reality, you can make your own cleaning solutions in your home using the cleaning products that you have. But to set expectations, it always depends on how you made the cleaning solution and to where you are using it for. There are homemade cleaning solutions that can be effective to eliminate germs, bacteria, and viruses, but can cause harm to your health without properly following guidelines to make and use it.

Natural cleaning products are effective. It can be as effective as the chemical-based cleaning products you usually use. But you have to use it properly to be effective. As mentioned earlier above, always be mindful of the product label, content, and instructions on how to use it. Make sure that if you want to use natural cleaning products, purchase the one that is approved by the concerned parties. If you want to make a homemade cleaning solution, follow the right instructions when mixing.

Need Help on House Cleaning?

My Marvelous Maids has always been dedicated to providing house cleaning services to homeowners in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas. We made booking a cleaning appointment with us easier. We have highly trained and professional cleaners who can take care of the cleanliness of your house. Contact us today so we can assist you!