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Could Your Home Be Making You Sick?

 

 

 

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If you find that the more time you spend at home the sicker you feel, you might not be imagining things – your house or apartment really could be making you unwell. There are all kinds of toxins that you might unwittingly be exposed to, or it could be your lifestyle that is making you feel bad. Take a look at these reasons why you might feel sick at home and the solutions too; you’ll soon be fighting fit again. 

Heating And Cooling Systems 
Your heating and cooling system could well be a big reason why you find yourself feeling sicker when you’re in your home than when you’re out of it. Take your AC unit, for example; when it cools your home, it also produces water. That water can cause mold and bacteria build up which you may not notice but, when you accidentally breathe it in, could make you ill. These particular molds and bacteria tend to affect the lungs most of all causing asthma and even pneumonia in some cases. However, they can also cause nasty headaches and allergies. 

To solve the problem, you just need to hire a professional to have your AC unit cleaned and disinfected properly. Do this on a regular basis, and there won’t be a chance for the bacteria to grow. An added benefit of servicing your unit is that it will run more efficiently and save you money on your energy bills. 

Your Bed 
We all love our beds, but did you know that it could be what’s causing your sickness to get worse? You may feel unwell and decide to head off up for an early night without realizing that you’re not helping your body get better at all – you’re making it a lot worse. This is due to dust mites. If you’ve had your pillows, mattress, and comforter for a while, they could be crawling with dust mites which are too small for you to notice. They love to live near human bodies, though, and your bed is just the right place for them. They can set off a bad reaction in some people, causing itching and swelling (plus it’s just not a pleasant idea that they’re there). 

The good news is dust mites can be got rid of fairly easily. Make sure you wash your sheets and pillowcases weekly in hot water and dry them thoroughly. Vacuum and dust every other day if possible (dust mites could be in your carpets too). Then invest in special covers that encase your mattress and pillows and don’t allow the dust mites to get through. It’s also important to change your mattress every seven years. 

Your Bath Mat 
You may have your towels on a regular laundry regime, but what about your bath mat, the thing you place your bare feet on every time you get in and out of the tub or shower? It’s important to wash this regularly too, and make it a hot wash to ensure that you’re destroying all the bacteria that has started to grow there. The bathroom is the ideal place for bacteria to proliferate because it is both warm and damp, and the bath mat which stays in place for the most part, is a great home for these horrible creatures. 

To stop your bath mat from being such a great prospect for bacteria, you need to launder it regularly as mentioned above. You should also try to stand in the tub to dry off as much as possible because that way you’re going to drip less on the mat itself, making it less homely for bacteria. 

Your Fridge 
Your refrigerator could be one of the most dangerous spots in your house, even though it seems as though it’s the best place to put lots of different food and drink items. It needs to be cleaned regularly, and cleaned immediately if anything spills in there. If you leave it, all kinds of bugs can make themselves at home in there, and they’ll just love the fresh food they find too – perfect for them to breed on. The problem is, you’ll then eat that food and get sick because of it. 

Don’t forget to clean the tray beneath your fridge too, especially if you have a frost free variety. That water can be easily forgotten, but it’s where the bacteria can get a good head start in life! 

Your TV 
It’s not the TV itself that is making you sick, but the habits you form in front of it. Eating food that is bad for you, eating it too late at night, calling for takeouts too often, sitting still for too long, falling asleep with the TV still on, drinking one glass or bottle that leads to another and another and another… All of these things and plenty more we might do without even thinking about it; after all, we tell ourselves that watching TV is what we need to do to unwind at the end of the day. Whilst that may be true, those other habits are making you sick. 

Next time you lounge in front of the TV take note of what you’re doing and try to change things, little by little. If you are drinking too much, then seriously consider looking into alcohol rehab centres, if you’re ordering another takeout stop and weigh up the costs (and the calories) compared to making something quickly yourself. It’s the little changes that can have the biggest impact and make us all much fitter and healthier. 

Your Cleaning Products 
You’ve been buying the same cleaning products for years and your home is spick and span. You might be feeling pleased with yourself. However, the problem may not be the bacteria and dirt in your home; it may be the cleaning products themselves. They could be causing headaches, eyes irritation, breathing problems, and in some cases they can even be cancer causing. Do you wear gloves when you’re using these chemicals? Do you wear goggles? Do you open the windows and dilute the products as it recommends on the bottle? It’s unlikely – not many people do. Yet if you’re finding that you’re feeling sick, this could well be the reason. 

You can easily make your own cleaning products which are just as effective but far less harmful – mix vinegar and water for glass cleaning and baking soda is a great abrasive scrub. For most other things soap, water, and elbow grease will do the job.

 

 

 

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