Can your House be too Clean?

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Your house is always spotless. You don’t have any dust or dirt anywhere, but it feels like you never get to relax.

You want a place that’s clean and tidy, but also comfortable. Keeping your home clean while maintaining a relaxing atmosphere is the aim.

However, can your house be too clean, so you are never exposed to any germs? In this article, we discuss why you might want to lighten up your cleaning regime so you and your family can build up some healthy immunity.

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I Feel My Home is Not Clean Enough

Is there a such thing as being too clean?

Do you always feel like your house is a mess? It seems that no matter how much time and effort I put into cleaning, it never looks clean enough!

No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to get your home looking the way you want it to look. Your family’s clothes are strewn all over the floor in piles, dirty dishes lay in the sink for days on end, and every surface of your kitchen table has crumbs on it from breakfast this morning.

You feel a sense of dread every time you come home from work, knowing that your house isn’t the way you would have liked it to be. 

If this is a familiar story to you then your home probably is a hazard and should be cleaned up.

Consider either hiring cleaners, getting your family to help more, or draw up a realistic cleaning schedule you know you can keep to.

Can you Over Use Antibacterial Cleaners?

Why is being too clean a problem?

Do you hate germs and you are always cleaning your home to make sure it is germ-free? It’s time to rethink the way you clean! Overusing antibacterial products can kill off helpful bacteria in our homes, which need to keep us healthy.

This means that we need to start using more natural ways of keeping our homes clean, such as lemon juice or vinegar around the house. These methods will keep us healthy without any harmful side effects from the overuse of antibacterial cleaners.

What did we do Before we had Antibacterial Cleaners?

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Ah, the good old days! were they really any better?

We’d all like to erase the pizza-dusted couch cushions from our college days from our memory. But we survived it.

Here are some things to think about the next time you’re ready to clean the counters with anti-bacterial disinfectants.

The majority of cleaning tasks were once handled with the bare essentials you swept, beat the dust out of your rugs with a rug-beater, and cleaned around the home using vinegar, soap, and water.

It wasn’t until more recently that firms began marketing different types of strong cleaning solutions.

We now have a plethora of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers to choose from.

The Prevalence of Children with Asthma has Increased

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Asthma is a respiratory disease that causes the airways to become inflamed and narrow, making it difficult for people with asthma to breathe.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University discovered an unexpected link between cleanliness and asthma. According to their study, children who grow up in homes where there are fewer dust mites tend to develop more severe cases of asthma than those who live in less-clean environments.

Currently, the prevalence of asthma has increased dramatically since the 1980s with millions of people currently affected in the USA. Particularly children in developed countries. ADD LINK

Hygiene Hypothesis

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If you love to be clean, you might feel that everyone is trying to tell you that being too clean can be bad for your health.

The Hygiene Hypothesis states that our immune system needs exposure to germs in order to develop properly and fight off disease. However, with all the hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps we use these days, we are not getting the proper amount of exposure needed by our immune systems.

This could lead to an increase in allergies and asthma symptoms as well as autoimmune disorders. These diseases have been on a steady rise since sanitation practices were introduced into society about 100 years ago.

To maintain good health, the Hygiene Hypothesis explains that there is a certain balance in exposure to germs and bacteria. If our immune systems do not receive adequate exposure, they may not grow strong enough to fight off disease.

In an experiment done by Dr. David Strachan in 1989, he discovered that children from large families had lower rates of hay fever and eczema. This is probably due to the way children living in large families or community environments are exposed to more pathogens, such as the common cold which acts like a vaccine for our immune systems.

The Hygiene Hypothesis suggests that we should take advantage of this observation and expose ourselves to more germs and bacteria in order to stay healthy.

Ways to Expose Children to Germs Safely

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You’ve heard that exposing yourself to more germs can help you stay healthy. But what does this really mean?

It’s important to get your children exposed to pathogens safely, so they can build up their immune systems. There are many ways you can do this safely.

If you have a large family or live in a neighborly environment, chances are your child is already being exposed at an early age. However, there are other ways for parents to expose their children to these bugs without putting them in danger of serious harm.

A top tip is to let your children get dirty in a natural way. Children should be able to play outside and not have to worry about picking up germs from the ground or getting dirty.

  • Encourage your children to play with friends and other children.
  • Take your children everywhere from the local store to restaurants.
  • If practical allow your children safe access to domestic pets and livestock.
  • Send your children to school including pre-school from an early age.

What Cleaning Should you Prioritize?

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Make sure to concentrate your cleaning efforts on controlling harmful pathogens you really don’t want to catch. For example COVID19, salmonella, or E.coli.

This is best achieved by high standards of food storage and preparation. Keeping bathrooms and toilets clean. Together with encouraging the washing of hands after going to the toilet.

With the current Covid19 pandemic it would be wise to follow local public health advice and to follow any restrictions and mandates.


A little dirt never hurt anyone; in fact, it may be good for kids!

It is often claimed that when children are exposed to microbes at an early age, their bodies develop more immunity. 

Overall, the house should be clean enough to make you feel like your living space is sanitary and healthy for you and your family but not so clean that it’s actually unhealthy.

It’s a fine line, but if this blog post were about public health or schools I would say go ahead and take all those germs! The amount of studies linking cleanliness to ill-health proves that kids need a little bit of dirt under their nails.

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