5 Ways your home can make you sick


We spend our whole day protecting ourselves from the outside world. We use different ways to protect ourselves from the harmful substances that surround the air. However, when we get home, we always expect safety. Our home exists to give us comfort and safety all in one. However, if you do not properly take care of your home, it will be as harmful as your outside world. All the protection you want your house to offer you will be gone. You will leave with discomfort, which will make you lose the love you have for your home. We have always known that the outside world carries different germs and other harmful substances that will make us sick. However, it was recently discovered that even indoors, without proper maintenance, can be polluted. In fact, in many cases, indoor areas could be more polluted than outdoors. This means that without the right ways to care for your house properly, your home could end up being more harmful to your health than you are aware.

1. Furniture:

person vacuuming under couch

in most homes, the furniture remains untouched. You do not regularly wash it. This has always been considered normal, and we have all followed suit. This is one of the biggest mistakes one could make. Furniture is a breeding ground for bacteria and dust. It needs to be regularly cleaned to prevent health problems. This problem is mainly prevalent in those who have dust allergies. This could be extremely harmful to them. If there are older people in your house, it could affect their breathing. Even if you are a fit and young person, breathing in dust is not a very healthy option. It could present you with a lot of problems in the future, which could deplete your health. To prevent this from happening, always wash your furniture sheets and pillows in hot water weekly. Make sure they dry well since the lack of drying could also result in the growth of bacteria. If you cannot wash all the pillows and such, try to dust them once a week. Since dust is the main problem faced here, it is a first problem that you must tackle.

2. Washing your bath mat:

you always tend to hold the things in the bathroom as clean. You never actually remember to wash it. One very good example of this is the bath mat. You use it to dry off after the shower and stand on it. This leads to water dripping onto the bath mat. This will make the bath mat a moist area, making it the perfect area to grow bacteria. This growth in bacteria might be unnoticeable at times but will still prevail. You usually never tend to look close enough to realize the problem. This small issue can lead to extremely harmful and polluted air which would enter your lungs. The quality of the air you breathe will be extremely low, making it very possible for you to get health problems. There is a very simple solution to this. Make sure that you wash the bath mat regularly. Rather than standing on it to dry off, try to dry off using the towel before stepping on the bath mat. Small changes can make a huge difference.

3. The products you use for cleaning:

blue spray bottle, blue flower and small bottle of essential oil

this is an important aspect that you must always be on the lookout for. Most of the products that you use for cleaning are harmful to you. The reason behind this is that they mostly consist of chemicals that can be extremely dangerous for you if not used in the right amounts. There are a lot of products that you cannot touch with your hand directly. You would have to use gloves to use the product. It is always advisable for you to check the ingredients in the product before purchasing and using them. A few apps would tell you how harmful the product is by writing its name on the search bar. Try to find green cleaning ways and research the products you use before you buy them. This can make a great difference in the way the products react with you. Some can be quite harmful to your health, but you could prevent this from happening properly.

4. Leakage inside your house:

this is a problem that most houses face at some point. However, fixing it makes all the difference in the world. These leakages could be from any pipes that carry water. For example, it could be from your bathroom, the sink, or even a pipe that leads outside. This is one of the worst problems your house can face. This is because when compared with the others, this is the most difficult to find. While sometimes, it could be in the open, it is quite difficult to spot other times. The problem with having indoor water leaks is that you could end up having mold. Mold is one of the worst things that could happen to your house. This makes the air surrounding you extremely toxic and harmful. If it is not spotted beforehand, it could also be quite damaging to your house. To prevent this from happening, you should try to do constant leakage checks. If you are unsure about a certain area or if you find a place where there is mold, call a plumber and stay away from the area as much as you can. 

5. The refrigerator:

this is one of the most harmful areas that could make you sick. The reason being that this is also the very area where food is stored. The refrigerator is generally cleaned. However, most people tend to forget to clean all the trays and other compartment walls present. Cleaning only the walls of the refrigerator does very little of a job. It is more important for you to clean every small part of it that you generally do not pay much regard to. If you do not clean it regularly, the dust gathered in the refrigerator will be sent out through the vents making the air you breathe extremely toxic. It could also promote the growth of bacteria that could end up giving you worse problems if mixed with food. Remember that when you clean it, switch off the power and wear gloves. Make sure to clean all parts of your refrigerator regularly. If you are unaware of how to clean it, various online tutorials could help you. 

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