Is Your Home Making You Sick?
By Sara Butler
Home is where people often feel the safest, but there are things lurking in your home that can be anything but safe. Research has shown that the home has hidden health dangers everywhere you turn. In fact, there's no room in the home that is untouched by things that can make you sick. Here are just a few of the things in your home that have the potential to make you ill and what you can do about it.
Wearing Shoes at Home
Do you wear your shoes in the house? You may want to stop. Studies have found that shoes are worn outside track a lot of bacteria into the home -- and most of that bacteria is fecal matter. That exposes you and your family to E. coli that can lead to diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gastrointestinal problems.
It's a good idea to make it a rule to take your shoes off before you enter the home. Also, clean all of your floors on a regular basis to disinfect the area and kill any bacteria that may be tracked in. It's important to wash your hands regularly too, especially after you take off your shoes!
Mold is a serious health concern and chances are, your home has at least a little of it. That's because you don't need to have a major water leak in order for mold to grow. Mold can flourish under circumstances in the home such as:
- Toilets and pipes that sweat
- Stained caulk around your tub
- Uncleaned dehumidifier filters
- Poorly sealed windows
- Clogged gutters
- Uncleaned areas behind major appliances
- Weak bathroom exhaust fans
Basically, anything can lead to water damage and cause mold to grow and that can lead to several serious health issues for you and your family.
To help banish mold from your home, clean mold when you find it. Don't use bleach, but instead use hydrogen peroxide to kill it, letting it sit in place for about three minutes before you wipe it away. Also, when cleaning mold, wear gloves, a mask, and eye protection. Mold can release toxins when touched and that can make you sick, so take precautions.
Your Washing Machine
How clean is your washing machine? It may be dirtier than you think. The bacteria that reside in washing machines can make you sick, so it's a good idea to clean it regularly.
Try running your washer empty with bleach or peroxide. This will help to clean it out and keep you from inadvertently spreading potentially harmful bacteria from load to load.
Do all you can to ensure you home is truly a safe place to be by educating yourself about where unseen dangers can lurk.
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