Are you suffering from recurring headaches? Are your allergies acting up? Dust mites, mold, mildew, and other airborne contaminants may be the culprit. And they may be right under your nose! Take a look at these potential hazards in your home to address the root of the problem.
Did You Know About These Potential Hazards In Your Home?
Mold and Mildew
These are very common in warm, humid environments. You’ll usually find mold and mildew in your bathroom and laundry room. These spores can grow and multiply and can be hazardous to your home.
Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they have mold and mildew problems until they start getting sick.
So what happens when these spores are left unattended? When a person inhales or touches mold spores, it can lead to allergic reactions, including:
- Runny nose
- Red eyes
- Skin rash
Severe reactions may include shortness of breath and asthma attacks. That said, it’s crucial to identify your mold and mildew problem. And take the necessary steps to remove them from your home.
So what can you do?
For one, hire a professional. If your mold and mildew problem is out of control, call the professionals. Some molds are highly toxic and can compromise your respiratory system.
For mold and mildew problems that are caught early, you can use these natural, non-toxic solutions:
- Use Distilled White Vinegar: Vinegar is very acidic and will break down mold structure. But removing mold stains is a different story.
- Use Baking Soda and Borax: Both the baking soda and borax have high pH which will stop the growth of mold. Borax also helps remove mold stains. But it is not as effective as stronger cleaning products.
Did you know that your bedsheets can become a breeding ground for dust mites? These pesky microscopic pests can make you sick. They may not bite, but the allergen they release can make you feel itchy and can even trigger asthma attacks.
What are the symptoms of dust mite allergy?
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Red or watery eyes
- Hay fever
To get rid of this potential hazard in your home, you need to regularly change and wash your sheets. It’s best to wash them in hot water at least once a week.
Harsh Cleaning Products
With the rise of COVID-19 cases, most people are bound to be more cautious even at home. In fact, you might have taken extra steps to keep your household clean – in the hopes of getting rid of bacteria and viruses. While this is a good practice, you still need to be careful with the cleaning products you use.
Harsh cleaning chemicals can cause skin irritation and breathing issues. Additionally, some cleaning products can also be hazardous to pregnant women. That said, take precautions to avoid harmful effects.
Here’ what you can do:
- Be sure to wear gloves to protect your skin from strong, harmful chemicals.
- Open windows while cleaning the house. Doing so will let the harmful fumes out.
- Dilute the product.
- Don’t use more than what is recommended on the label. When it comes to using chemical cleaners, more isn’t always better.
Lastly, don’t mix chemicals like chlorine bleach and ammonia together. This can result in toxic fumes that can cause death.
Here’s a tip: Look for more natural cleaning methods that are less toxic to both humans and pets.
Bathrooms are usually hot and humid. This is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. But aside from these spores, it is also filled with human body soil and waste. Plus, it is also filled with chemicals from soap, shampoo, and other personal care products.
That said, your bathroom is one of the potential health hazards in your home. The biggest health risks can come from:
- Improper cleaning and handwashing. This leaves bacteria and viruses on surfaces.
- Using shared towels and bathmats can lead to cross-contamination.
- Using harsh chemicals while limiting fresh air.
- Poor water quality
Air Conditioning System
Contrary to popular belief, air conditioning systems do not pull in the fresh air. What it does is filter and recycle indoor air. This means it keeps toxins inside and leaves traces of water in the ducts. It then becomes a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
As previously mentioned, mold can cause respiratory problems, such as asthma, allergies, and headaches.
So what can you do to avoid these problems?
Clean your air conditioner regularly. It’s best to seek help from a professional and have it cleaned at least every year. Additionally, you need to improve your air quality at home:
- Let in fresh air by opening the windows.
- Use vent fans in your bathroom or in the kitchen.
- Avoid smoking indoors
Another option is to get a high-quality air purifier to get rid of indoor airborne contaminants.
Our home is where we can finally relax and feel safe. Unfortunately, pollutants and allergens can make their way into your safe haven. Don’t let these allergens and indoor contaminants compromise your family’s health.
Thankfully, you can do something about these potential hazards in your home. The first step is awareness. Now that you know about these health hazards, it’s time to take the necessary steps.