Some people are always sick. As soon as they get over something, they seem to catch something else. Even when their symptoms pass, they still don’t feel 100 percent. The problem might actually be their house. Oftentimes, particles, dirt, and germs can build up on certain surfaces, resulting in sickness that never quite heals. If you’re wondering when you’ll ever feel well again, it might be time to take a good hard look at what’s making you sick.
1. The Kitchen Sink
Did you know that your kitchen sink actually harbors more germs than your toilet seat? According to studies, the kitchen sink is generally the dirtiest item in your house. It collects microbes from food and dust and isn’t cleaned thoroughly as often as it should be. You’re exposed to these germs on a daily basis.
Solution: Thoroughly scrub your kitchen sink every day after completing the dishes.
2. Your Rugs and Carpets
Dust mites can collect in your rugs and carpets after awhile, even if you vacuum regularly. These dust mites can contribute to allergies and mucus buildup that can keep you feeling constantly ill.
Solution: You can try having your carpets professionally cleaned, but it might be time to get a new rug or replace your carpet.
3. Moldy Windowsills and Bathrooms
Thanks to condensation buildup, mold spores can grow on your windowsills and bathroom surfaces. These spores can lodge in resident’s lungs and nasal passages, building up mucus, causing the tonsils and glands to swell, making it difficult to breathe.
Solution: Wipe away surface molds using a bleach spray and clean cloth. However, if the mold runs deep into your walls, your insulation and drywall will need to be replaced.
4. Poor Air Quality
Your HVAC system can leave traces of water, dust, and other microbial growth in the heating and cooling ducts, which gets pumped into your home and enters your lungs. It can lead to respiratory issues including asthma, allergies, coughing, congestion, and headaches.
Solution: Have your ducts professionally cleaned about once every two years.
5. Certain Cleaning Products
The FDA has deemed many products safe for residential use, but they still release certain chemicals that can have adverse reactions for many people, particularly if they don’t wear gloves or breathing masks. Products that contain 2butoxyethanol, alylphenol extholytes, dye, ethanolamines, fragrance, pine or citrus oil, and quaternary ammonium compounds can be dangerous to your health.
Solution: Wear protective eye, hand, and breathing protection before using chemicals and always follow the manufacturer’s directions. You may also choose to make your own cleaners to prevent the harmful effects of some chemicals.
6. Your Bed and Furniture
A few additional items that collect dust mites and can make you sick include your pillows, bed, and furniture. They’re particularly common in beds and furniture that’s used frequently because dust mites thrive on the humidity that warm bodies provide.
Solution: Wash your sheets, towels, and furniture covers regularly and don’t put them on again until they’re completely dry. Vacuum and dust regularly, including your curtains and furniture. You can also purchase a special cover for your bed that prevents mites from getting through. If you’ve owned your bed for more than 10 years, the damage may be irreparable and it may be time for a new one.
7. The Refrigerator
Most people clean their refrigerators fairly regularly, but they may not remember to clean the coils and tray below. That’s where the most dirt, dust, spoiled food, mold, and other germs can get caught and then blow through the vents.
Solution: Don’t forget to clean behind your refrigerator. Be sure to power off the appliance first and wear gloves to protect your hands.