Our home is important to us, it keeps us protected against the harsh outside elements and dry against the rain, which is why you might find it surprising that our home could actually be affecting our good health! There are a few things around the house that can leave us with cold symptoms or even weaken our immune systems if we aren’t careful, follow this guide to ensure your home works with you and not against you.
In the Fridge
You use the fridge to keep things cool and safe to eat, however, it can also be home to huge amounts of bacteria that can cause nasty illnesses including salmonella. Not to mention, it can rapidly speed up the spoiling of your freshly bought produce, wasting both food and money when you need to throw it out. To combat, clean your fridge out regularly, using a vinegar-water mixture to ensure any hidden bacteria is sufficiently tackled and making your fridge safe again.
In Your Bed
Not the bed! Likely your most comfortable place to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work, your bed can actually cause you to feel more lethargic and irritate conditions such as asthma and allergies. This is due to an increased build up of dead dust mites and their waste that collects in your sheets and pillows.
Wash your bedding regularly at a minimum temperature of 40degrees C with an antibacterial detergent and avoid making your bed (or pull back the sheets when you do). A warm, moist room is heaven to a dust mite, yet simply pulling your sheets back during the day removes this moisture and causes them to dehydrate and dry out.
On Your Walls
Have you noticed any black mould spots or fungi growth on your walls? You might be suffering from a damp problem that will require a damp proofing company to come out and remedy the situation. You may also find similar in the walls while carrying out home improvements, make sure to stay aware and record any damp spots you notice.
Increased damp in the home not only affects structural integrity but the nasty spores released by the fungi can cause you to cough and sneeze more and negatively affect pre-existing breathing conditions including asthma. Click here for more information on treating a damp problem via a professional damp proofing company.
On Your Sponge
Not many people realise that their kitchen sponge is, most often, the dirtiest object in your home, filled with bacteria which can be quickly spread around your kitchen or onto your tableware. To prevent germs and bacteria taking over your sponge when you are finished washing up or cleaning down, wash thoroughly in hot water, wring out as much water as possible and leave to dry in a well-ventilated spot in your kitchen. You can also sanitise your sponge by dampening slightly and heating on high in the microwave for a minute, although it might be easier to regularly change your sponge, once or twice a week.
In Your Shower
The shower is an area in the home that many people think couldn’t possibly harbour any ill will towards us, surely! It is the place that we get clean after all, however, all that dirt has to go somewhere, and it doesn’t always end down the drain. Your shower curtain is a prime offender and should be washed on a minimum 40degree C wash on a regular basis to prevent build up of mould and bacteria, along with your bath mats, particularly if you are using baby powder in your drying routine.
A 2009 study found that up to 30% of shower heads contained high amounts of Mycobacterium avium a type of bacteria known for causing infections and diseases when inhaled or swallowed. While there isn’t a high risk of contracting an infection from the presence of this bacteria, make sure to take apart your shower head and clean thoroughly with a vinegar-water or anti-bacterial mixture, replacing the head every six to eight months.
By being on top of regular cleaning and changing the way we clean some materials in our home (hot washes for anything that regularly comes into contact with your skin) we can ensure that our home keeps us safe, warm and healthy rather than wearing us down.