How Your Home Could Be Damaging Your Health
There are a number of things in your home that could be damaging your health. However, the scary thing is that most people believe these things are safe, or would never think that they can be as harmful as they are.
Let’s take a close look at how your home could be damaging to your health:
Toxic Home Syndrome
If you’ve never heard of toxic home syndrome, then you could be contributing to it in your home without even realizing it. The most simple tasks could contribute to toxic home syndrome, from cooking dinner to doing the washing. It has been proven that these tasks can contribute to cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and asthma. That’s because air inside the home can have as many as 900 chemicals circulating. Spores, pollen, radon, carbon monoxide, and more can all seep through cracks in the home.
If you’re not careful, THS could make your family sick. Ensure you prioritize great home ventilation to avoid this. Where you can, dry the washing outside or use a tumble dryer in a ventilated indoor space. Do this away from bedrooms and living areas if you can. Make sure you air out your home after doing things like showering, cleaning, and cooking too.
Toxins Found In The Home
There are three main toxins to be aware of that can be found in the home; parabens, triclosan, and phthalates. Parabens are used to extend the life of cosmetics and cleaning products. To get an idea of how dangerous it is: five parabens have already been banned from cosmetics in the EU, although they are still found in cleaning products. They can be breathed in and absorbed through the skin. Triclosan is a pesticide used in lots of cleaning products, and is known to affect the thyroid function. It isn’t prohibited in cleaning products, but is banned from soaps and many toiletries. Phthalates are a common chemical you can find in synthetic fragrances. It has been linked to development problems in babies, and a recent study found a correlation between pregnant women with high levels of phthalates and children with lower IQ levels.
Damp And Mold
Damp and mold can lurk all over the home, but tends to build up most in damp areas like the bathroom, and in places where moisture struggles to escape. Damp can cause headaches, nausea, nasal issues, and more. You need to make sure that damp isn’t coming from an underlying problem, like a leak. Once you have bad water damage, it can tough to reverse. You’ll need a pro to help you get rid of it. The restoration eze website explains how many have tried to rid themselves of the issue only to make it worse. Make sure you keep an eye on damp and moldy areas.
Dirty Bed Sheets
That’s right – even your dirty bed sheets can cause health issues, due to the dust mites that can lurk when you least expect it. You could develop allergies, skin irritations, eczema, and more. Most people don’t, but you should change your bedding at least once per week to avoid these icky issues!