No one likes housework, but there are a few things that make the chore unbearable. One problem is when you hoover and dust, sometimes it feels like you’re just moving all the dust particles from the floors and surfaces into the air, and therefore into your lungs. This is unpleasant for everyone but can be actively dangerous for people who suffer from asthma. If you use the wrong products, this is exactly what you are doing – you simply lift the dust off a surface for it to circulate in the air for a little while before settling down somewhere else. Completely futile, isn’t it?
We have a few points that you should consider – it’s necessary for your comfort and health to make sure you are cleaning correctly.
Firstly, hoovers. Vacuuming can, if done incorrectly, be a huge waste of time and energy. Cheap hoovers take in the dust and dirt on the floor, and then spew it out of the back directly into your lungs. If there’s one hygiene product to invest in, a good hoover with a filter that actually filters the air is definitely it.
If you choose correctly, modern hoovers let out air actually cleaner than what they take in, due to highly efficient filters that can filter even the tiniest particles. Furthermore, nowadays you don’t have to be rich to get a high quality hoover – they are much more affordable, and make a worthwhile investment.
Secondly, dusting. If you’re using a feather duster you’re doing it wrong. All they do is move the dust into the air for it to be inhaled by you or to settle down in another place. The solution to this is so easy too – just use a damp cloth and you’ll actually pick up the dust and dirt, and you can wash it down the drain. Simple, right?
Next, consider fragrances – although candles and some cleaning products might smell nice, consider what it is that is actually making this smell. It’s all chemicals – they smell clean, but are far from it. The chemicals you’re breathing in when you smell these products are exactly the same as the nasty smelling ones – they just smell so good you don’t realise. They affect your brain, mood and overall health.
Furthermore, why would you buy a candle that smells of cinnamon when you could buy real, natural cinnamon? Instead, try simmering the scents you like on the stove to make your house smell better, and you won’t damage your brain cells. Scented candles are a no go, buy unscented or beeswax candles instead.
Chemical scents do directly influence your physical and mental state, so ensure you are buying natural products and not chemically manufactured fragrances.
A huge ‘don’t is Lysol deodorizing spray. This spray is purposely sticky, so when you spray it you breath it in and it sticks to your nostril hairs, meaning that all you can then smell is Lysol. It does not get rid of the smell itself, only masks it, as you can only smell what is literally stuck inside your nose.
It then gets into your lungs, causing an excess of mucous to flood your lungs and cause chest congestion, wheezing and coughing. Furthermore, this product contains endocrine disruptors and effects the central nervous system. You wouldn’t purposely spray a pesticide in your bathroom, would you? Lysol is a pesticide. Make sure you know what you’re actually buying.
Additionally, this rule applies to any surface cleaning products. If you have a child lock on the cabinet that has the products in it, then that’s proof that its poison. You do not need poison to clean your house – make sure you are investing in natural products. You’ll be a lot healthier for it, I promise.
Lastly, let’s talk about the absolute worst airborne allergen out there; mould. You should never let it get a foothold in your home, so make sure you kill it immediately. Unlike mould, mould spores are living organisms, and if you inhale them they grow in your lungs and in your body. If you come in contact with them, they grow on your skin and cause bacterial infections.
Dampness is the first sign of mould, so make sure you’re on it. If there is mould growing behind the walls, you will need to get a professional to remove it. Do not jeprodise your health and the health of your family by something so easy.
Hopefully this will have given you an idea of what to do and what not to do when it comes to household cleaning.