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Options for Cleaning the Air in Your Home

Every day, we are exposed to chemicals, toxins, dust and dirt in our air. The air we breathe is required to continue to live, and it is a huge...

on Oct 26, 2016

7 Ways to Lower Home Building Costs

Building a new home is a big investment, probably the biggest one you will make in your life. It is a great delight to own a new home that you have...

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Interesting Ideas to Design Your Own Home Gym

While public gyms have a certain vibe and appeal, the negatives generally outweigh the positives. Simply getting in and out of the gym through the...

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5 Easiest DIY Projects For Beginners

The easiest way to cut costs while repairing your house is to do it yourself. But repair work is easier said than done. For most people breaking...

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The 4 Way Test: How To Choose The Best Bed Mattress For Your Child

There will come a time when your precious bundle of joy becomes too big to sleep in a crib. This is the right time for you to buy your...

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Odd Ways in Which Your Bathroom Could be Damaging Your Health

by Derek Crowden on Jun 9, 2015

Everyone knows that they need to keep their bathroom clean in order to avoid any health problems, but there are some odd ways in which your fixtures, cleaners, and even your paint could negatively impact your health. Here are a few things to watch out for.

Using the Wrong Cleaning Agents

You obviously need to keep your bathroom clean if you’re going to keep it healthy, but you need to make sure you’re not using harmful chemicals to do so. You should know not to mix ammonia and chlorine (commonly found in bleach), since this can release hazardous chlorine gas, but even using them separately can irritate your skin and lungs, possibly provoking asthma. There are several natural alternatives – most simply utilising either baking soda or vinegar – so use one of those instead.

Hanging a Shower Curtain

Shower curtains are pretty drab, but did you know they can also be dangerous? Odd - and unsettling - as it seems, those made from PVC contain as many as 100 toxic chemicals which can be released during showering. This could lead to respiratory problems, kidney damage, or even just a mild headache or nausea. Additionally, mould can grow on any shower curtain, so replace yours with a glass screen

Not Installing a Filter

Chlorine is commonly found in tap water, and it isn’t properly filtered when it comes through a showerhead. Unfortunately, this creates chlorine vapour which can be inhaled during a hot shower. This can lead to fatigue, asthma, and even bladder or breast cancer. Try installing either a whole-house filter or a filtered showerhead to help avoid waterborne chlorine.

Failing to Remove Old Paint and Plumbing Fixtures

Lead has been known to cause learning disabilities, seizures, and even fatalities since ancient times, but it was still used in paint and plumbing well up to the mid to late 1970s. If your house was built before this period, make sure you have the plumbing checked, and replaced if necessary. You can also strip away any suspect paint which was there before you moved in.

These problems can be counteracted by either a minor remodel or an easy change of habit, so make sure you take each one into account. Better safe than sorry!


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