Did you know that items that are around your hose could be hazardous for you? See which items you should be getting rid of.

10 Common household items that could be making you sick

Did you know that items that are around your hose could be hazardous for you? See which items you should be getting rid of.

While we try to make our home look pretty and somewhere where we feel comfortable, there might be some unexpected hidden hazards that look like ordinary household items.

1. Dirty bedding

Let’s face it, how many times have you forgotten to wash your sheets? Well, it turns out that failing to change your sheets regularly can lead to skin breakouts, eczema, bacterial infections, allergies, and dead skin-eating dust mites. Please, do wash your bedding.

2. Failing to clean remotes and electronics

2. Failing to clean remotes and electronics

Did you know that your devices and remote controls are quite easy to neglect but are home to lots of bacteria? Studies have shown that staphylococcus E.coli and other bacteria can breed on our remotes, phones, computer keyboards and devices. Make sure you clean them regularly with alcohol to get rid of the bacteria.

3. Damp

Damp caused by poor ventilation or cracks in the walls, damp can spread through the house and the mold spores it produces can actually lead to respiratory diseases, allergies and a weakened immune system.

4. Toxic candles

4. Toxic candles

Yes, there is something like clean candles and toxic candles. Some candles are derived from coal, petroleum or shale oi and when they burn they release toxic chemicals that you breathe.

5. Carpets

We all love carpets, but did you know they could actually be dangerous? You’ve surely have smelt the scent of a new carpet, well the synthetic fibers containing flame retardants, stain guards and dyes are responsible for that. Make sure your house is well ventilated and keep your carpet clean as they could host moth, dust mites and mold.

6. Dust

6. Dust

Dust mites are common indoor allergens that can not only cause asthma and respiratory issues but eczema too. Make sure you remove carpets and heavy curtains and vacuum regularly to get rid of the dirt.

7. Chopping boards

Did you know that plastic boards are harder to keep clean than wooden chopping boards? Bacteria can linger for longer on plastic surfaces, make sure your clean your board with soap and dry it before storing it.

8. Cloths, towels and sponges

If chopping boards can store bacteria and harbor invisible germs, so can your clothes, towels and sponges. Did you know they could be even dirtier than your toilet seat? Soak them in bleach and wash your towels at 60°C to kill bacteria.

9. Door handles and light switches

9. Door handles and light switches

How many people have touched our door handles and switches? How many times do have you clean them? Make sure you clean them weekly with disinfectant to get rid of dangerous bacteria.

10. Your fridge

To avoid cross-contamination you have to use the top shelf for cooked foods, the middle for dairy products and the bottom for raw meat and fish, you can use the drawers for veggies and fruits and the door shelves for dressings and jars.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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