Every Disgusting Thing That Happens When You Stop Cleaning Your House

Anyone who’s ever scrubbed a kitchen floor on hands and knees has probably had the same fantasy: What if you just stopped cleaning your house?

That means no vacuuming, no dusting, no sweeping, no sheet-changing. Think of all the hours of time you’d free up if you weren’t worried about clearing countertops or wiping fingerprints from the mirrors. It can be tempting to imagine a life without house cleaning.

But wait! Before you commit to a life without cleaning, stop to consider all the negative things that could happen if you actually stopped doing housework (and didn’t hire anyone to do it for you).

Ahead, check out every disgusting thing that happens when you stop cleaning your house.

1. Dust mites multiply

Dust mites

Dust mites | selvanegra/iStock/Getty Images

Dust mites are microscopic white bugs that feed on the skin cells people shed throughout the day. They live in furniture, carpets, bedding, and stuffed animals, and they can become a real problem for anyone with allergies or asthma. They may be microscopic, but you’ll surely notice them if you don’t clean your house.

Next: This happens in the shower.

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