5 Ways Your Home Can Make You Sick

Every time your family inhabits your home, there is a great probability that your home is the source of their illnesses.  What seems like occasional sneezing and watery eyes may stem from bedding and carpeting.  Frequent headaches and a dizzy feeling could be everyday household chemicals or fumes disturbing your body.  Many solutions are simple and can be fixed in the products you buy, and regular maintenance in your home.  Here are 5 ways you can help you and your family not get sick from your home. Your home should feel like a piece of paradise!

sick bedroom e1280916265484 5 Ways Your Home Can Make You Sick 1.) Use household cleaners that have natural ingredients: Multi-surface cleaners, sprays and everyday household cleaners could have VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) in them.  These compounds evaporate into the air, and later are inhaled.  Many cleaners such as bleach and cleansers have noxious fumes that are irritants and can make you sick.  Instead, opt for cleaners that use natural products such as vinegar, baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide.

2.) Ventilate your home regularly: Your home should have fresh air pass through it on a regular basis. Even in the hot summer, and cold winter when we don’t want to open windows, fresh air is important for your family’s health.  When using cleaning products, unpacking new furniture, or moving into a new home, “off gassing” occurs and can be harmful if inhaled for long periods of time. Consider storing furniture in a basement, or garage if possible before bringing into the main home. While cleaning, open windows and take frequent breaks to go inhale fresh air.

sick kitchen 5 Ways Your Home Can Make You Sick 3.) Wash household bedding and clean carpets regularly. Dust mites and bed bacteria are typical of everyone’s beds.  To keep down the spread, use removable pillow cases and wash regularly. Similarly, with your carpet have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis.  Outside dirt, pet dander, dust, and pollen are common indoor allergens that settle in furniture and carpets. Use a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner to keep air cleaner while vacuuming.

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4.) Change the air conditioning filter regularly. Airborne particulates are common in households. To keep them at low levels and to keep your family from sneezing, replace the A/C filters directed by your unit.  If your unit is aging, consider having a certified air conditioning and heating specialist service your unit. They will explain how to maintain its life for years to come, and tell you the correct size of replacement filters to use.

5.) In children’s rooms wash toys, stuffed animals and surfaces. As parents, we always want the daycare provider and facility to be spotless and clean.  Although, when your child comes home, do you use the same practices in their room?  Stuffed animals are a breeding ground for germs, allergens, and everyday dirt. Toss them in the washer machine when you do the weekly laundry.  Consider using cleaning wipes for quick tidying, and wipe down toys, and put in the dish washer if they can fit!

sick kids e1280916722234 5 Ways Your Home Can Make You Sick Consider these tips the next time you purchase household cleaners and perform regular scheduled maintenance on your home.  You may save you family from suffering through ‘seasonal’ allergies, and help save the environment too.

What do you do in your household to keep everyone healthy? Are there other’s that I didn’t mention? Leave us comments, and let us know.

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8 responses to “5 Ways Your Home Can Make You Sick” - Add yours!

  1. minnie said:
    August 11, 2010

    Great post. The outcome is: lots of fresh air and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

  2. August 11, 2010

    I agree with minnie. This post is really great. I see a lot of light.

  3. August 12, 2010

    I don’t think that people realize how many chemicals are leached into the home by furniture, carpeting and cleaners. I already follow most of this advice. If people have fireplaces another solution is non polluting fireplaces such as gel fuel fireplaces. Most people are not aware of the dangers of wood smoke that can also pollute the air in your home and make you ill. Great post and advice.

  4. RoniqueGibson said:
    August 12, 2010

    Thank you for the advice about the non polluting fireplaces! I had never heard of those. Thanks again for your comment!

  5. RoniqueGibson said:
    August 12, 2010

    Thank you, feel free to send us suggestions for other home related topics that you are interested in!

  6. RoniqueGibson said:
    August 12, 2010

    Ha! Yes, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.. can’t escape it heh?

  7. August 30, 2010

    Its very useful, especialy for new Blogger like me, sometime we felt like dont know what to do to reach popularity for our Blog on search engine…Tanks a lot.

  8. Erren said:
    May 4, 2011

    I always wipe down the light switches & doorknobs too, on a weekly basis.