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Is It Really Healthy to Be a Germaphobe or Clean Freak?

February 6, 2023
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Is It Really Healthy to Be a Germaphobe or Clean Freak?

Admit it. If you are not a germaphobe then you probably thought people who were germaphobes are a bit weird. A person who is constantly cleaning, washing their hands, carries a bottle of Purell everywhere they go, wipes down every chair before sitting down, opens doors with their elbow, etc.

If you are a germaphobe or as some label it, a clean freak, you’re not alone. People who are overly preoccupied with cleanliness and hygiene are becoming increasingly common especially in the workplace with the rise of global pandemics. But is it really healthy to be a germaphobe or clean freak?

What is a Germaphobe?

Technically, a germaphobe is someone who has an irrational fear of germs and bacteria, leading to extreme cleaning and sanitizing habits.

The Upside

  1. The Obvious – There are germs that can make you sick. Germaphobes’ obsessive cleaning behavior, like washing hands and avoiding surfaces shared with others, can reduce the chances of getting sick.
  2. Awareness of the Environment – Germaphobes better understand the germ risks around them, leading to better choices about the foods they should eat; what activities they should do; and when to wear certain protective clothing.
  3. A Clean Home or Office – The cleanliness habits of a germaphobe makes their homes more hygienic, generally more organized, calmer, and even more efficient.

The Downside

  1. Mental Health – Over-sanitizing and obsessively worrying about germs can lead to anxiety, depression and mental illness.
  2. Social Isolation – Being a germaphobe can also lead to social isolation and fear of public places. It can also be disruptive to significant relationships. Excessive fear of germs can cause stress, depression, and difficulty functioning in daily life.
  3. Waste of Time and Money – From constantly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, making excessive purchases of supplies, and avoiding public “germ infested” places, a germaphobe may spend too much time and money focusing on their fear of germs and not enough time enjoying life.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to being a germaphobe or a so-called clean freak, it can be both a blessing and a curse. While it is important to practice good hygiene and take precautions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your co-workers from germs, it is also essential to have a balanced approach. When it comes to health and safety, it’s best to focus on sensible habits like washing your hands regularly and avoiding sharing food or drinks with others. By doing this, you can help ensure that you stay healthy while still enjoying life without constant fear.

Let LACOSTA be Your Germaphobe

Everyday, your LACOSTA crews wage a dedicated battle against germs, bacteria…all sorts of harmful microbes on all the surfaces you have in common with your co-workers. We use science and hard work to fully protect you, your staff and your customers from avoidable illness.

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