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Are Household Chores Making You Sick?

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Let’s be honest, no-one really LOVES to clean (unless you’re a self-confessed domestic goddess).

Well, now you have somewhat of an excuse to get out of it with new evidence stating that certain household chores could be harmful to your health.

The research, put together by AeraMax, Netmums, and Dr. Julie Riggs, identified how housework and even pets can contribute to the deteriorating quality of air in your home. You can, however, improve the air quality with an air purifier, and getting plenty of airflow moving through your home. Here are the main culprits that could be damaging your health:

Cleaning Your Bathroom

Using plug-in air fresheners and aerosols to make your bathroom smell as nice as possible could lead to respiratory disorders like asthma. It’s also been found that a staggering 95 percent of fragrances contains compounds taken from petrol.

Vacuuming

Air-borne particles fly around in the air, including dust and mold spores, which can affect children who play on the floor.

Bleach

This cleaning product has been found to bring about more infections in children than those who aren’t regularly exposed to bleach, including a 35 percent rise in tonsillitis. Try one of these natural cleaning solutions instead!

Newly Built Homes

Your brand new house most likely has poor airflow and ventilation because of its energy efficiency. This then leads to an increase in the growth of mold and bacteria, which causes and contributes to asthma. Try some of these solutions to asthma-proof your home!

Pets

We love our furry friends but pet hair tends to stay in the carpet, making it difficult for those with pet allergies that may later move into the home. The hair also increases the dust and causes asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis.

Washing

Drying your clothes inside on a clothesline releases a huge amount of moisture in the air, which bacteria, fungi, and mold thrive off. This may then lead to respiratory issues.

Cooking

If you have a gas stove, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde is released into the air, again hindering your respiratory system. Make sure to take the gas off when you’re not using it!

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.

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