Thursday, 3 August 2017

Your Home Is Affecting Your Health- Here's How!

Home- the safest and most comfortable place in the world, right? Actually, our homes have the potential to be incredibly hazardous to our health, not only do more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else but there are tonnes of other things that could be hugely affecting you every day too. Here are just a few of the ways that your home could be hurting you!

Sleeping On an Old Mattress
Ideally, you should be getting around eight hours sleep a night. Eight hours, it’s a huge chunk of your life and so to be sleeping on a mattress that’s not properly supporting your weight is going to cause issues. Sagging or lumpy mattresses are not only unpleasant and make it difficult to get comfortable but can cause pressure points on the pelvis, neck, and back. Mattresses should be replaced every seven years, if yours is due an upgrade it’s time to start shopping. If you purchase from a trusted bed retailer like John Ryan by Design, you have peace of mind that you’re investing in quality. Don’t be tempted to try and save money here, cheaper beds might feel comfortable at first but it won’t take long for foam or springs to fail, and you will end up paying more by having to replace them more often. Make your bed as comfy as it can be- replace duvets after three years and pillows after a year, so your bed stays clean and cozy. Choose high quality, soft sheets too.


Being Overrun With Dust Mites
You might keep a clean and tidy home, but you could still be inundated with dust mites without even knowing it. These little critters are everywhere, since they live on human skin it’s impossible to get rid of them completely. Vacuuming regularly is great, but how often do you clean behind large furniture (such as pulling out beds and wardrobes)? Dust can accumulate behind these things to aim to do a deep clean every couple of months. Your mattress is another place they like to lurk, most vacuum cleaners come with a mattress attachment so give it a good clean on a regular basis. Make sure you are putting your soft furnishings on a hot wash often too. You might be washing your bedding once a week, but how often do you do throws, curtains, cushion covers and rugs? A carpet cleaner or steam cleaner can also help to keep numbers down and also leave your home feeling fresh and new.

Not Taking Black Mould Seriously
Black mould is unsightly, and most of us have to deal with it at some point or another. It usually crops up during the colder, wetter months of the year and is a pain to deal with. Sometimes it will stay in one corner but often will spread if it’s not taken care of. Black mould releases spores that can irritate the respiratory system of some people. Coughing, sneezing, itching eyes, it can even lead to conditions like pneumonia in those who are vulnerable. You can prevent mould by ensuring the home is regularly aired out. Steam from cooking or the bathroom can sit on walls creating condensation- a place where mould can thrive. Opening windows and using extractor fans will prevent moisture accumulating and in turn prevent mould. You can also squeegee windows in the morning if they have a lot of moisture on them. Upgrading to double or even triple glazing will prevent this problem. If you spot black mould in the home, treat it with a good quality anti fungal cleaner and paint with anti mould paint too to stop it from coming back.

Not Being Vigilant With Cleanliness In The Kitchen
Anyone can be affected by pests. However, if you regularly leave out mess and food sources you’re more likely to come up against this issue. And not only are pests unpleasant but they can be a huge issue for health too. Rodents can spread hantavirus, trichinosis, rabies, cause endocarditis and so much more- these illnesses can be fatal. They also spread diseases and can cause food poisoning due to e-coli and salmonella. You can keep rodents out of your kitchen by ensuring that food is properly stored away. Everything should be carefully wrapped, and crumbs and mess should be cleared away. In the pantry, dried ingredients should be stored in glass jars which keep pests out, and will also preserve their shelf life even further.



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