Home sweet home.
It’s time to update the old saying to reflect on a more accurate reality. Home, healthy home. Indeed, did you know that your home could be the cause of countless illnesses and accidents? Keeping your home safe appears to be a more meaningful use of your time.
When we think of areas that could be unhealthy at home, our first thought goes to the kitchen. That’s where we keep packs of biscuits and treats in the pantry. Yet, today, the danger zones are those areas that rarely receive our attention. Forget the biscuit packs in the kitchen, and consider these 5 unhealthy places inside your home:
The old bathroom
What makes an old bathroom potentially risky? Most people think of the risks of slipping. Therefore, the most frequent bathroom improvement works are designed to manage wet patches on the floor. However, a bathroom remodeling company can help you understand some of the least visible hazards. More often than not, the old shower or bathtub can hide mold growth, which is only discovered and treated during a remodeling project. In the long term, mold spores can lead to respiratory illnesses, allergies, and an overall weakened immune system.
It’s hard to spot insulation problems when they don’t dramatically affect your indoor temperature. However, when your insulation system doesn’t do its job, you are paying high energy bills to compensate. Additionally, as you turn the heating up to regulate temperature loss, you inadvertently create a situation in which you overheat your interior. This can deplete air moisture, making it hard to perceive temperatures accurately. Additionally, dry air affects your sinuses, skin, and hair.
Indoor air pollution
You may not see it, but the air inside your home isn’t clean. Tiny particles are floating around. These may come from cooking smokes, emanations from chemical products such as household cleaning, or even dust particles that aren’t filtered effectively. But, here’s the good news: Many houseplants can act as air purifiers as they absorb toxins in the air. Combined with air filters and frequent air renewal, you can improve indoor air quality significantly.
Synthetic fibers in your home produce a lot of toxins that are released into the air. But they can also lead to allergic reactions that are triggered by touch or airborne toxins. Natural fibers such as cotton are a better choice for your homeware. They make breathable and soft beddings, cushion covers, and towels, for example. Besides, they also are gentle on the environment.
Our beloved clutter
Last but not least, we are natural hoarders. There’s something reassuring about accumulating things. We like to surround ourselves with items we once loved, bought, or received, even though we are not using them anymore. But I might need them in the future, you think. The truth is that by the time you’ll need that specific item, it might have fallen at the back of a pile of unused and unwanted junk. Your clutter is a natural behavior, but it is a harmful habit for your mental health and space management. Besides, clutter gathers dust, making it the perfect terrain for allergic reactions and mold growth.
Are you ready to make your home a haven of health? There’s a lot you can do to improve your lifestyle every day. However, make it your priority to get rid of invisible risks that can affect your health in the long term.