Items In Your Home That May Make You Sick

Our homes are supposed to be a safe haven where we return to after a hectic day of stress to recharge and renew. But unfortunately, your home may contain items that can make you sick by causing breathing difficulty, digestive upsets to headaches.

You may not be suffering from these physical problems but it may manifest in your children or the elderly in your home. These items should be addressed if you have anyone living in your home with a compromised immunity or respiratory symptoms.

Mildew Spores and Mold

Mildew Spores and Mold on wall

Mold and mildew spores are found in nearly every climate around the world. However, in a humid environment like your bathrooms, laundry area and kitchens, mold and mildew cam multiply into a colony that can become hazardous to your health.

Most of the mold appear like mildew on surfaces while others can be black or green mold that can penetrate the structure of your home making it unstable.

All types of mould are irritant for the lungs and can cause problems for those with respiratory sensitivity and compromised immune systems. This is the reason why it is so important to remove mould from the surface of your home.

Bathrooms

Bathroom
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Your bathroom is filled with heat and humidity which promotes mold growth, human body soil and waste. There are also chemicals from personal care and cleaning products lurking on every surface and in the air.

There are several dangers from improper cleaning of your bathroom that can cause health problems.

  • Improper cleaning and handwashing can leave behind bacteria such as E.coli and viruses on the surfaces.
  • There could also be cross contamination from the shared use of towels and bathmats which can spread bacteria and fungi like athlete’s foot.
  • There is also the harsh cleaning chemicals like candles, oil diffusers and air fresheners which limits the amount of fresh air.

Food Handling

Food which are not cooked or handled properly can cause issues. Foodborne illnesses are the most usual health hazards that could cause digestive upset or even death when food is kept in improper temperatures, storage, and improper washing. Cross-contamination are dangerous to children and anyone with weak immune systems.

Cleaning Chemicals

Cleaning Chemical and towels

The use of certain chemicals such as mixing chlorine bleach and ammonia can cause toxic fumes which can cause death quickly.

Harsh cleaning chemicals can also be an irritant to the skin, cause breathing issues and are dangerous for pregnant women.

Opt for natural cleaning products and methods that are far less toxic and safer to humans and pets. If you must use a strong product, open the windows and fan, to increase air flow in your home.

Kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen is a heavy-duty area in all homes and contains hazards. For example, sinks, drain openings and garbage disposals that are not cleaned properly and regularly creates a nurturing condition for some type of coliform bacteria which includes E.coli.

Microscopic cuts on cutting boards can cause bacteria growth and it is important to use separate boards for meat and vegetables. Some cleaning tools can do more harm than good such as sponges and dishcloths. They can habour Salmonella and E.coli and using them to wipe down tables and kitchen tops simply helps to spread the bacteria.

Proper and frequent cleaning of these tools is a must to ensure the safe health of your family.

Bedrooms

Child sleeping on bed

Our bed can harbor dangers that affect our sleep and also our health. The biggest danger is found in your bedding.

When pillows and mattresses are not cleaned properly, they are filled with particles of the skin cells we shed and the dust mites that feed on the skin. The mites can produce severe allergic reaction for many people.

Sheets which are not washed often can also contain Salmonella and E.coli which can cause infections and spread illness.

Air-conditioning

Air-conditioner filter

Even though air-conditioning provides much needed coolness in our hot and humid city, they are often sources of mold and mildew spores unless the filters and vents are cleaned frequently.

Fireplaces and space heaters also emit particles that are irritants to the respiratory systems. You can improve the air quality in your home by opening the windows and doors wherever possible to allow fresh air in.

Use vent fans to allow indoor air to leave the room when bathing or cooking. Limit the use of toxic cleaning chemicals when your air-conditioning is turn on.

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