Is Your Home Making You Ill?
Your home is a sanctuary from the outside world. You should feel safe, secure, and healthy inside of it. If you’re not so sure about it making you feel healthy, it’s likely there’s something amiss that you need to address. Each year, many people fall ill with a variety of medical conditions, the source of which can be found inside of their homes.
With that in mind, here are some things you can check in your home. If you discover that any of the following apply to you, the good news is that you can easily make changes to improve the situation:
How clean is your pet?
It’s no secret that many people in the country have at least one pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, or anything else for that matter. While you may have a strict hygiene routine, your pet might not. To that end, it’s worth periodically checking your pet isn’t bringing into your home any unwanted guests like fleas. And if you’ve got a dog that likes to run around in your backyard, be sure to clean their paws if the garden is muddy and they’re bringing the mud inside your home.
How clean are your bathrooms and washrooms?
Another potential health risk hotspot is the places where you go to the toilet or have a bath or shower. Bacteria have a nasty habit of ending up on all kinds of surfaces throughout a person’s home, especially in bathing areas and toilets.
You may already religiously clean your bathrooms and washrooms. But, it’s worth thinking about surfaces where you may seldom come into contact with but could still harbor bacteria without your knowledge.
Have you got unwanted pests that invade your home?
Something else that could cause health problems for you and other people in your home is unwanted pests. Mice, for example, could bring health risks like hantavirus and even the bubonic plague, believe it or not! And then you’ve got pests such as carpet beetles who can bring about respiratory tract and eye irritation problems.
Have you got a pest problem in your home, and it’s something you tried to tackle but couldn’t succeed with? If so, it makes sense to bring in some pest control experts to sort out the issue for you.
Do people enter your home with their shoes on?
To some people, asking visitors to take their shoes off when they enter their home might seem a little rude and an odd thing to ask of folks. The thing is, there are significant health advantages to having people take their shoes off at the front door.
Did you know that the bottoms of shoes can often carry pathogens like Clostridium Difficile that can cause stomach bugs? The chances of that happening are even higher if those shoes have mud on them.
There are plenty of things you can do to ensure that your home is as healthy as possible. And if you’re worried that you cannot implement many changes to your cleaning and hygiene routines, you can always ask other people in your household to help you.