There’s nothing worse than falling ill with a flu virus or a stomach bug, yet there’s not much that we can do to avoid catching them. Aside from washing our hands regularly and keeping our homes clean we’re pretty much always at risk of coming down with an illness. However, there are some simple solutions that you can take on within your home so that you can protect your family from illness as much as possible.
Check your home for dangers
Most people are unaware that the reason for themselves and their families falling ill might be due to the fact that there are factors within their home that are causing it. Here are a few things that you should check for to ensure that your home isn’t the problem:
- Asbestos is a material used in houses for insulation purposes. It has since been found to be highly dangerous to be around if the material begins to deteriorate because the particles from it can be damaging to your lungs if breathed in. It has also been linked to cancer and many other lung diseases, so get your home checked out!
- Your cleaning products alone could be causing you headaches, irritation and sometimes the fumes alone could be damaging to your lungs. Try to go as natural as possible when it comes to cleaning your home to avoid any illness.
- Your bedsheets might be causing skin irritation if they aren’t cleaned regularly enough, and sometimes too often can irritate the skin too. If you or a member of your family suffer from skin conditions, remember to use non-biological washing powder as this tends to be less irritating.
- Make sure you haven’t got any leaks in your home that could be causing damp and mould to form. Areas with mould are a breeding ground for bacteria; therefore making you more likely to come down with something.
- The bathroom is a massive culprit for breeding bacteria, so keep it as clean as possible to avoid any illnesses.
Protect asthma sufferers
Asthma sufferers are often the biggest victim when it comes to household induced illnesses because there are countless amounts of things which could trigger an asthma attack. Be sure to keep your home free on any dust as much as you can to avoid any problems with asthmatic people in your household. This includes making sure your vents, fridges and vacuums are regularly cleaned. Remember to buy a ventolin inhaler to keep handy incase the occasion arises that you need one.
Buy an air purifier
A great way to keep germs from spreading around your home (or lurking) is to invest in an air purifier. These ensure that air is regulated around your home and eliminate any bacteria lurking in the air; therefore making it less likely for you to catch anything.
Try these three ideas around your home to protect you and your family from illness all year round. Remember if you are particularly poorly to always see your GP for medication and treatment.
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