Cleaning your house is among one of the important chores in a household. However, jobs, errands, and social meetings can sometimes determine you to postpone the task. Nevertheless, researchers suggest that this is not one of the wisest things you can choose, as new studies point out that household dust is a potential health risk.
A new study was led at the George Washington University. Researchers discovered that it is quite a risk not to regularly clean your house, as household dust contains toxic substances which can affect your health. According to the scientists, no less than forty-five such chemicals can be found in household dust.
The team of researchers analyzed previous studies on the indoor environment. The information has been gathered for sixteen years, since the early 2000s. Thousands of homes in the United States were submitted to such analysis.
According to the recent study, phthalates and flame retardants and two of the most common toxic substances with which we share our homes. The chemicals originate from products we use every day, such as nail polish, cosmetics, baby care products, and so on and so forth.
Flame retardants are used for manufacturing textile and plastic materials. They stand as a potential risk to our health as they can enter our organism. The chemical substances can be inhaled or get into our organism by touching them.
The researchers’ study informs people about the risks of the toxic substances that dwell in household dust. They can lead to severe health conditions, such as asthma, cancer, or even hormonal changes.
Specialists suggest that parents should pay attention to their children, as they are much more prone to inhale the toxins than adults. Children should not be around when parents do the cleaning, especially not babies. The researchers didn’t only studied people’s homes, but also other indoor environments such as schools and even cars.
Specialists suggest a simple way to prevent inconveniences caused by household dust. You simply have to clean your house on a regular basis, and never postpone the task. Vacuuming and refreshing the air by opening the windows is something that all of us can, and should, do. Researchers suggest that plants are also a solution for refreshing the air. They can absorb toxins in the walls painting, in the furniture, and even in the products you use for the cleaning. In addition to this, plants can also help you decorate your home beautifully.
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