Cleaning can be a challenge for anyone; it piles up, gets on top of us, and can even go far beyond a chore for some people; it can become a torment. To help alleviate the cleaning pain, we’ve looked at how to tackle the three most-common phobias when it comes to cleaning. Take a look and see if we can get you cleaning scare-free this witching season!
- Fear of loud noises
While vacuuming can often be people’s favourite chore, for others this can be a serious source of fear and it’s often down to the loud noise the vacuum makes. This is called phonophobia, as well as ligyrophobia or sonophobia; which all mean the fear of loud noises. This may sound like a strange fear to be stirred up by vacuuming, as it’s not an unexpected sound. But there are a surprisingly significant number of people that have a fear of loud noises; with sufferers of phonophobia remaining scared all the while a loud noise is occurring.
Now there are vacuum cleaners out there that claim to be quiet, but if not everyone has the budget for a fancy, state-of-the-art vacuum then we recommend trying some noise cancelling headphones to block out the loud sounds and allow you to vacuum in peace. They are relatively inexpensive, and once you’ve selected some soothing music or podcasts to listen to, you'll be able to vacuum fear-free!
- Spider scares
Arachnophobia is a very common fear for people in the UK. Records show that 55% of women and 18% of men feel some degree of arachnophobia and it’s the most common phobia in UK. This means that many people won’t touch the dark corners of their homes due to their fears that spiders live there. But as spiders like dark, untouched places best, we’ve found some tips for you to clean them without running from fear!
Spider webs should be removed as you see them, as this can significantly reduce spiders from infesting your home. To achieve this without ever getting near the 8-legged creatures, simple use a long mop, an extendable duster or you could even tie a cleaning cloth to the end of a broomstick for a slightly more rustic way to do the job!
Of course, in some areas you can also use the good-old vacuum cleaner to help out too, but for places like the ceiling, that are difficult to reach with a broom or vacuum, we have another trick for you! Take a regular paint roller and wrap duct tape around it with the sticky side of the tape facing outward. Then, roll this over your ceiling and watch them become web-free! Simple and effective!
- Dust, dust and more dust
Unfortunately, dust is something that no home is impervious to, but there are things we can do to reduce it. This is a pet peeve for most households, especially for the person who’s in control of keeping it at bay. It mounts up, every day, even while you’re watching and therefore it’s no.1 on the cleaning horror list.
Thankfully, apart from the obvious, regular mopping, sweeping and vacuuming, there are a few tips to keep dust from taking over that don’t involve hard work, just a small investment! Firstly, if your house is heated and/or cooled by a central system, you can change the filters to a high-quality paper or pleated fabric filter as a means of controlling dust levels in your air. Remembering to replace them every 1 to 3 months will significantly reduce the dust in your house without any hard work! Simple!
Another gadget to keep the dust levels down in your home is an air purifier. These machines clean the air by trapping dust particles. They're great for high-dust households with pets, or families with allergies. However, air purifiers only clean the air in the room they're in, so consider getting one for each bedroom and the living room and live a life dust-free!