7 Science-Approved Reasons You Can Slack Off Around the House

Moms, listen up: You definitely work too much. You're too busy. Your kids are treated like royals, and you don't take enough time for yourself. You need a break: some YOU time. We know there's never enough time in the day ... but we think we can help you find some. According to good ol' science, you're probably cleaning too much. A little dirt is good for the health, which means there are some things you just don't have to do as much anymore.


Ever heard of the hygiene hypothesis? Basically, it's the idea that too much cleaning is not good for our health -- or our kids -- because germs serve a purpose in this world.

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Here are seven awful "Mom tasks" that science says you can slack off on for your kids' sakes. And ladies? Take that extra time and do something for yourself. For science.

  1. Running the dishwasher. A new study looked at more than 1,000 Swedish children between 7 and 8 and found that those who ate off hand washed dishes at home were way less likely to have allergies. It's actually the bacteria on the plates that helps kids' immune systems, which means that even an 8-year-old's sub-par washing will do the trick.

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  2. Cleaning up pet dander. A.K.A. the most frustrating and futile task ever? Yeah. Give up. Turns out, having a little pet hair around the house will stop your kids from developing asthma and allergies.
  3. Cleaning your kids' ears. In case you haven't heard it yet, Q-tips are out and earwax is in. That means you can quit scooping the goop out of your kids's ears, and trust their wax to fight infections for you. One less battle to fight every night. Yes.
  4. Scooping dust from air ducts. The EPA says that there are no negative consequences associated with dirty air ducts, which means you can save yourself $300 and any number of tears and do something nice for yourself instead. Not a bad deal.

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  5. VacuumingFinally! A reason not to vacuum! Turns out that a bunch of that dust that your vacuum is sucking up is actually being spit back into the air where it's getting into your kids' lungs and causing asthma and allergies. Not to mention that it's horrible for your back, so lay off this week.
  6. Making the house smell nice. Yep, using air fresheners is linked to -- you guessed it! -- asthma and allergies. And that doesn't even count for the air fresheners that contain phthalates ... which are associated with all sorts of scary stuff, such as birth defects and reproductive problems.
  7. Bathing kids daily. Is bath time a struggle every night? Then forget it! Experts say that bathing babies and toddlers every day can lead to painful skin conditions like eczema. Totally not worth it.

Do you ever feel like you spend too much time cleaning?


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