Your home is what protects you from the elements, keeping us warm against the cold and keeping us dry when it rains. However, your home harbours a dark secret – it could be making you ill or even prolonging your illnesses. There are hidden horrors around the home that can be easily dealt with but quickly build up if left unchecked. Keep an eye out for these potential harms around your home:

In the Bedroom

Starting in one of the most important rooms of the home, the bedroom – you may be thinking how your comfortable overnight haven could possibly cause you harm however look a bit closer and you’ll be surprised.

Bed Sheets and Pillow Cases – We are constantly renewing our skin cells and that causes a lot of waste in dead skin cells that build up in your bed. This dead skin is considered a delicacy to the common dust mite – which is invisible to the naked eye – but lives in their thousands (if not millions) around your house. A two-year-old pillow can be made up of at least 10% dead dust mites and their waste which can aggravate eczema and asthma and cause you to sneeze more.

To combat the dust mites, wash your bedding weekly on a hot wash of at least 40 degrees C and replace pillows and bedding regularly; it’s recommended to change pillows every two years and duvets every five. Avoiding making your bed is also a good way to reduce the number of dust mites, these pests need to take in water to survive and by leaving your bed unmade, moisture is removed from your bedding and dehydrates the mites.

In the Bathroom

The bathroom may be the room in your home you use to get clean, but your bathroom can be the harbourer of some scary substances. Luckily, regular cleaning will help you stay safe from nasty bacteria and germs.

Shower Curtain & Bath Mats – Your shower curtain and bath mats can be places where mould, bacteria and mites gather and should be cleaned regularly so to prevent build up. Mats can be thrown in the washing machine alongside towels on a hot wash and dried thoroughly before use. While shower curtains can…
 

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