Is Your Home Hazardous to Your Health?

homeYour home should be your safe place – a place that offers comfort and solace. However, there could be things going on in your home that make it more of a hazard than a haven.

Here are some things you need to make sure you’re doing around the house to keep your family healthy and safe.

Vacuuming Vulnerabilities

One of the ways you can really make a difference for the environment in your home is to make sure you’re vacuuming the right way. If you’re Speedy Gonzalez when it comes to the vacuum, you need to slow it down. The slower you vacuum your home, the less dust you will kick up. The less dust you kick up, the more you can actually vacuum up and eliminate from your home. If you have a vacuum with a bag, take it outside to empty it so you don’t release unwanted things back into the air inside your home.

Change Your Filters, Change Your Health

The air-conditioning and heating units in your home have filters, and those filters should be changed often so that they don’t spread unwanted germs around your home. Also, make sure you get your system inspected every year.

Be a Fan Favorite

If you have a fan in your bathroom, use it while showering or bathing. Rooms in your home that are moist, like the bathroom, are the perfect environment for mold that can be dangerous to your health. In fact, mold in your home can cause:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Tightness in the chest

You need to be especially diligent if anyone in your family has asthma or allergies because exposure to mold can lead to attacks.

Poison Product Purge

Just what are you keeping under that sink or in the cleaning closet? You need to go through it regularly and get rid of any products that are out of date. It’s also a good idea to make sure you don’t have any products that contain phthalates, a chemical that can cause skin reactions that may also have an impact on reproduction.

Consider using products that are natural and not harmful to clean your home such as vinegar and citrus fruits. Natural cleaning products don’t contain the perfumes and dyes that are found in more commercial products. You can even find easy recipes online to make your own!

Watch the Welcome

Do you have a welcome mat? You may not think about it, but it’s a good idea to clean it periodically to keep the things that people have wiped off their shoes out of your home. All you have to do is spray it down with a disinfectant about once a week.

Following these tips can lead to a healthier home for you family. Give them a try today!

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