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4 Surprising Stats About Cleaning

Think you know everything there is to know about cleaning? There are some things that might surprise you! Read on to learn more about cleaning, why it’s good for your health, and how you can improve your cleaning.

1. Cleaning is good for your health

Surprising statistic number one is that if you clean for two hours, you burn 200 calories. So cleaning is not only good for your health in terms of air quality and your physical environment, but it also burns calories and can help you maintain a healthy weight or help you on your way in your weight loss journey. Another fun fact is that the average person spends 87% of their time indoors which is why you should make cleaning your home and/or business a priority because you spend so much time there.

2. Where does the dirt come from?

This fact is either cool or gross depending on your perspective. It turns out that 70% of all dust particles are comprised of dead skin flakes. So, in a way you’re cleaning up parts of yourself when you clean. And that’s not all. Did you know that the average person sweats out almost half a pint per night? Cleaning your sheets regularly is the best way to combat this. Depending on how much you sweat washing your sheets every week to two weeks is generally recommended. We also track a lot of dirt into our homes and businesses every day. Did you know that 30% of tracked in dirt is deposited in the first 3 feet (91 cm) of an entrance way? And that 90% of tracked in dirt is deposited within the first 25 feet (7 meters) of an entrance way?

3. Surprising items you can use to clean

In addition to be tasty on everything from French fries to hot dogs, ketchup can also be a great cleaning tool! You can use ketchup on tarnished or corroded brass or silver, and it will help bring back its shine. Here’s another useful hack. If you’re running low on antibacterial spray lemons and lemon juice are a great disinfectant. And did you know that you can polish wood furniture with a banana? To do this spread a bit of ripe banana on the wood and then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.

4. How to get the most out of your cleaning

You should wash and clean your kitchen sink regularly as research shows they actually have more germs than the toilet. If this is something you often forget to do, try setting a reminder using one of our recommended cleaning apps. Another interesting fact that not everyone knows is that most antibacterial cleaner must be left on a surface for 30 to 60 seconds before wiping away in order to be effective. Remember that the next time you clean your kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

And finally, did you know that when polled most people say that their favourite room to clean in their house is the bathroom?