Cleanliness is good for physical and mental health, but pain and fatigue are obstacles to clean spaces for people with lupus. There are ways to make it easier, though.
Lupus can make it difficult to manage everyday tasks (and age does not make it better! ) Lupus fatigue is a huge reason why sometimes clean-up chores fall by the wayside. Everything feels like it takes so much effort, like you are moving through molasses. Sometimes, it feels as though there is a limited amount of energy available for lupuswarriors, and just existing takes up most of it.
So how can you manage your lupus but also keep your space clean? Here are a few tips and tricks!
Note: While we do link to specific products in the list above, this is not a direct endorsement of these products by Lupuscorner.com. However, these tools were specifically recommended by people who struggle with chronic illnesses that cause fatigue, mobility, and blood pressure issues, and even if you do not use that particular product or brand, something similar might be helpful for you. Amazon is a great resource for finding these tools.
Use Tools to Make Life Easier!
Mobility is often a problem for people with lupus, but there are adaptive devices and tools to help with cleaning. Long-handles for brushes and sponges, grabber tools such as grabber claws, and even automatic cleaning robots such as roombas can be game-changers for people with lupus (and not just for cleaning!) Modifying tools that you already have for your personal comfort and ease of use is also a good idea, as long as it’s done safely. Just a bit more comfort can make a big difference. You can read more about adaptive devices here.
Here are a few tools in particular that you may find handy for cleaning:
Battery powered scrubbers take the scrubbing out of scrubbing! They do the hard work for you, which can save time, energy, and pain. They also don’t have cumbersome wires to drag around and can be bought with long or ergonomic handles for comfort. Some electric scrubbers are also dishwasher safe, which makes it easy to clean and sanitize them.
The search terms to look for are “electric cleaning brush,” “spin scrubber,” or “electric scrubbing brush”.