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Don't Let Your House Make You Ill!

By Brandi Goodman 

Home is where the heart is -- but it's also where lots of germs lurk behind every corner. If you aren't doing what you need to keep things clean and disinfected, then you have a good chance of getting sick from things within your household. Don't let your house make you ill! Make some changes to your home habits so you can stay as healthy as possible. 

Never Let Mold Linger

Mold is well-known for making people sick. Don't ever let any mold linger that you see. You need to clean it right away and get it out of your home before it has the chance to do any damage to your respiratory system or worse. Spray it with some hydrogen peroxide and let it soak for a few minutes before wiping it away. It's important to wear gloves and eye protection while cleaning mold so any spores released do not endanger you.

Clean Your Washing Machine

People often wipe down the inside of their washing machine when they see sand, string, fuzzies, or other built-up pieces that didn't get washed away. What many fail to do, however, is actually take apart the mechanisms within the machine that can hide mold and bacteria. If you have a top-loading machine, for example, you may want to twist off the middle component that allows you to put in fabric softener. The inside can get filled with mildew and residue. It's also wise to run your machine without any laundry inside. Simply let the water and some bleach fully clean out any gunk left behind. You don't want bacteria from one load to affect the next.

Wipe Down Door Knobs and Handles

Door knobs and handles get touched by everyone in the household on a regular basis. Think of how many times each person must flush the toilet, open a cupboard, look in the refrigerator, or turn on the sink on any given day. These are incredibly common areas where germs get spread. Make sure you're wiping every door knob and handle in your home with disinfectant wipes daily so you can help to keep the spread to a minimum.

Don't let your house make you ill. Do what you can to keep it clean and disinfected so you can have a safe and healthy home that keeps you feeling the same.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cary, N.C.

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