The first thing you might think when you hear the word “dirty” is “I think I’ve just been washed.”
If that’s the case, you’re not alone.
Dirty laundry is an oft-cited problem for people who are struggling to keep up with the Joneses’ laundry and often has led to people being “washed out of” the family’s shared life.
But the problem isn’t all that uncommon in the modern world, according to researchers from the University of Southern California.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American household is estimated to wash more than 4 billion times a year, or about one in seven people.
So how does a laundry room become a dirty room?
A laundry room can become a filthy room if it has been left dirty for too long, as long as it has no cleaning product, the researchers say.
In their study, the authors analyzed how laundry rooms with no cleaning products changed over time.
The dirty room, which had no washing machines, was labeled as “unclean” and “unwanted,” while the clean room had a full-time cleaning crew.
After accounting for other factors, the dirty room was labeled “wasteful” and the cleanroom “unusual,” meaning it had been left in a bad state.
But once the dirty laundry was cleaned, the cleaning crew was left with a clean room.
And while they didn’t change anything about the dirty and clean rooms, they did add a cleaning product.
The authors found that dirty laundry rooms had an average of 2.4 days of cleaning between cleaning and the next time the household was cleaned.
But clean rooms had 6.3 days between cleaning.
This was due to a “time-dependent” cleaning schedule that the team identified as “highly dependent on the type of clean room.”
When a household was washed, they would only wash their clothes.
But when they were cleaned, they were allowed to wear their clothes, as if they were a normal household.
That could explain why washing rooms are so much less dirty when compared to clean rooms.
They also didn’t have to use a soap and water dispenser to clean their clothes once they were finished washing them.
And they were able to clean the dirty rooms as soon as they were done with their tasks.
“The more you use the cleaning product and the cleaner the room becomes, the more the household can clean itself,” says researcher Elizabeth C. Sauter.
And because cleaning rooms were often left in the same condition, people could be washing their own clothes in the dirty ones as they came home.
And, even if they didn, the laundry room could be cleaned as soon, rather than after, a household had left.
Clean rooms also were a boon to the family.
According to Sautar, a cleaning crew left in clean rooms for less than 30 minutes would have been unlikely to leave a dirty dirty room behind, but would have left a clean one, which would have had more room for family members to move around.
While the study focused on the Jones household, she says there are others who also experience dirty laundry, and her findings suggest that the Jones family was just lucky.
As the study notes, a family may have been left with “wasted time” when cleaning a dirty kitchen.
That could mean “that there is not enough cleaning for household needs,” she says.
So, should you clean your own dirty laundry?
But cleaning your own laundry is a great way to save money on household supplies, Sautter says.
Cleaning your own clothes and household supplies saves money.
And with the number of household cleaning supplies available, this is something many families can do on a weekly or monthly basis.
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