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The benefits of cleaning whilst in self-isolation

Self-isolation is not as easy as it sounds. Currently, it is the safest option for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be mentally and physically straining. Spending all day working, relaxing, eating and sleeping in one household can be incredibly draining. Believe it or not, cleaning your home could be the most effective way to rid yourself of self-isolation slump.

  • The physical benefits 
  • The mental benefits 
  • The health benefits 
  • The working benefits 
  • How Laundryheap can help

The physical benefits 

It can be hard to establish an exercise routine when you are confined to the space in your home. Regular cleaning is an easy and productive way to stay active without venturing outside. In addition, vigorous cleaning, such as wiping down walls and cleaning the oven, is a great way to rid yourself of any negative energy you may be carrying, due to the energy that is burnt carrying out the task. 

The mental benefits

Although it may not be the most exciting activity to do, cleaning your home comes with an array of mental health benefits. For example, when people experience high levels of anxiety, they tend to gravitate towards repetitive behaviours, such as cleaning. Carrying out the repetitive task of cleaning makes them feel in control and, therefore, decreases their anxiety level. 

It is vital during this precarious time that we all remain as calm as we possibly can. On average, people who have messy homes have higher levels of cortisol, a stress induced hormone. Alternatively, researchers have found that cleaning your home can lead to feelings of accomplishment and subsequent calmness. If you are feeling irritated whilst stuck in self-isolation a quick 15-minute tidy of your surrounding area could help reduce that irritation and make you calmer. 

In addition to keeping your home clean, it is important to keep your linens clean. A study by The National Sleep Foundation found that 75% of people sleep better when their sheets are freshly washed due to feeling more comfortable. A good night’s sleep leaves people feeling well-rested and both physically and mentally ready for the day ahead. Despite being at home throughout the day, it is important whilst self-isolating to remain in a routine, which includes getting a good night’s sleep.

The health benefits  

It’s now more important than ever to clean our homes and eliminate harmful germs and bacteria. Germs can weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to becoming ill. However, regularly cleaning our homes with disinfectant can kill up to 98% of the daily bacteria we could come into contact with.

As a result of increasing the amount of time we are spending indoors, it is vital to be aware of indoor air pollution. Dust, dirt and poor ventilation are all contributing factors to indoor air pollution and can result in increasing the severity of an individuals allergens. The longer you put off cleaning your home the more polluted the air will become. Fifteen minutes of cleaning a day can sufficiently decrease the air pollution in your home.

The working benefits 

When you are working from home it can be very easy to become distracted and forget about your work. In 2011 a Princeton University study found that clutter can increase the difficulty of focusing on a task. On a subconscious level, clutter is associated with negative emotions, such as confusion, tension, irritability and worry. Decluttering your home can not only make cleaning more efficient, but can also lead to a clearer mind and heightened sense of calm. This can make it easier to focus on your tasks. 

If you ever become mentally blocked whilst your working from home try washing the dishes. A study published in the journal, Mindfulness, found that people who engaged in mindfully washing the dishes- taking in the scent of the washing-up liquid and letting the water soak into their skin- experience a 25% improvement in mental inspiration.

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How Laundryheap can help

If you are running low on cleaning supplies, our Essentials Pack is available across London and includes cleaning supplies, as well as toilet paper and toothpaste. Additionally, our services are still fully operational in all cities we operate in. Book your delivery slot now


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How To Clean White Shoes

Whether it’s your classic white chucks or a pair of white Vans, it’s difficult to maintain the pristine condition of your white shoes once they’re taken out of the box.

Fortunately, there are a few simple yet effective ways to clean white shoes.

How To Clean White Shoes

Although some shoes are machine washable, it’s better to hand wash them yourself as you have more control over how much water and agitation is applied.

So before you commence cleaning, make sure to have these items prepared:

  • An old toothbrush
  • A small mixing bowl 
  • Cloth/ towel
  • Newspaper

and choose any of the following methods that works for your dirty shoes.

  • Baking Soda & Vinegar
  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and vinegar into a bowl of lukewarm water to create a paste.
  2. Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture onto your shoes and brush in circular motion.
  3. Clap shoes together to remove dried paste and remove excess paste residue with a cloth.
  4. Stuff shoes with newspaper to keep it’s shape and let completely dry in the sun.
  • Baking Soda & Laundry Detergent 
  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1.5 tablespoon of detergent into warm water to create paste.
  2. Brush paste with toothbrush and let it sit before rinsing.
  3. Rinse shoes, stuff with newspaper and let dry in the sun.
  • Toothpaste 
  1. Apply toothpaste on toothbrush and scrub all over your dirty shoes and let it sit for 10 mins.
  2. Rinse off shoes, take a damp towel to remove excess toothpaste and pat dry to remove excess water.
  • Laundry Detergent 
  1. Mix a small amount of laundry detergent in a bucket or basin full of warm water to create a soapy, not frothy, consistency.
  2. Soak shoes in bucket for a few minutes and then begin to clean shoes with a toothbrush in circular motions.
  3. Rinse residue off shoes and use an old towel to remove excess water.
  4. Stuff shoes with newspaper and let shoes dry in the sun.

Remember:

  • Always take off shoe laces before cleaning shoes
  • Don’t put your shoes in the dryer as it will ruin the canvas.
  • Always fill you shoes with newspaper/paper when leaving it to dry to keep it’s shape.

If you clean your white shoes a different way, let us know how by leaving a comment. 🙂