Home is where the health is…
We’ve all been there. Maybe you go a while between dustings. Let the dog sleep in the bed. Watch moisture bead up on the bathroom window. Sometimes these things are easy to ignore. Unfortunately, these innocent-seeming habits could be making you and your family sick.
While you likely know that your cleaning supplies could be secretly making you sick, you may not know how much damage not cleaning could be doing. It could be that you’re cleaning enough, but not cleaning your cleaning supplies. It’s tricky – but following these important tips can help keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Your home has too much moisture
While moisture in the home is normal – bathing, cooking, and even breathing all contribute – excessive moisture is not, according to expertmoldtest.com. Mould loves humid environments, and if there is excessive moisture in the home, it’s bound to grow, especially in corners and ceilings. The Center for Disease Control warns that mould can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases skin irritation.
You’re vacuuming without a HEPA filter
Research from MIT reveals that air pollution causes about 200,000 early deaths per year in the United States alone, and it worsens asthma and allergies. That’s why you may want to invest in a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter vacuum to prevent tiny particles of dust from being blown back out into your indoor air. “I tend to go toward whole-house filtration, so the first thing I’d recommend is installing a HEPA filter in your home’s HVAC system,” says Dr James Sublett, an expert in allergy and immunology.