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Is Your Home Making You Sick?

by Carla Ditzel, Aug 2018

You would think that sickness bugs and illnesses are things you would catch outdoors and from other people.  But what if that wasn’t strictly true?  What if you and your family are actually getting poorly from your own house?

Here are a few things (in your own home) that could be to blame…

1. Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that thrive on the humidity and warmth provided by our bodies.  They are also largely responsible for triggering asthma attacks and allergic reactions.  Dust mites can thrive anywhere where there is fabric and is particularly popular in mattresses, pillows, bedding, sofas, cushions and curtains – practically anything that’s comfortable!

It’s practically impossible to eliminate dust mites completely without removing all fabric and upholstery from your home, but there are ways you can control them to reduce their harmful effects. Hoover all fabric areas and carpets weekly, wash and dry all bedding weekly, and clean your mattress thoroughly.

2. Dishcloth Germs

Many people use the same dishcloth and tea towel for days and even weeks before washing them.  Wet cloths and sponges produce bacteria 20 times faster than when dry making them a perfect breeding ground for germs to thrive on.  Using dirty cloths and sponges to clean dishes and wipe down surfaces transfers these germs from one area to another.  Ewww…

Even if your cloths look clean, chances are they are not.  To reduce the germs that thrive in your home start by disposing of your sponges after 1 or 2 days (depending on how much you use them per day) and wash your dishcloths and tea towels in the washing machine after 2 days of use.

3. Leaks and Mould

Mould thrives in damp environments and is a popular trigger for allergic reactions and asthma, so the key is to keep your home dry and clean.  Mould can usually be found in bathrooms and kitchens but can also be found in attics, basements and bedrooms – anywhere there is a change in temperature resulting in condensation or a damp.  Mould can also arise from hidden leaks so make sure you check your pipework regularly.

4. The Vacuum Cleaner

We recommend vacuuming your home at least twice a week, at the very least once a week (thoroughly) if you’re stuck for time.  But did you know that whilst your vacuum is sucking up dirt and dust, it could actually be blowing it straight back into the air in your home causing allergic reactions and spreading sickness germs?  Always empty/change the bag in your vacuum cleaner outdoors.

Did you know, a recent study found that people who hire cleaners are happier than people who don’t?

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