Allergies, asthma attacks, or skin problems a common occurrence in your household? Make sure your home environment isn’t to blame. Some household supplies and items around your home could be easily overlooked health hazards. These items can be a source of toxins, pollutants, and chemicals that trigger a host of health problems including nervous system imbalances and even kidney damage. Whether you have a house full of kids or live alone, make sure your living space is free of compounds and materials that could be hazardous to your health.
Here are five home health hazards you may have overlooked.
No. 1: Antibacterial Soap
A common addition to the lineup of products at the kitchen or bathroom sink, antibacterial soap contains compounds such as triclosan and triclocarbon that may affect your endocrine system. These compounds are carcinogenic and put you at risk for developing some serious health problems down the road. Your safest bet is to use natural soap products. Read the ingredients list to ensure your favorite antibacterial soaps are free of these toxic compounds.
No. 2: Cleaning Products
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a byproduct of many household items including plastics and cleaning products. Sometimes you can smell them and VOC emissions can be hazardous to your health. According to the Sierra Club Green Home website, some side effects of inhaling or exposing yourself to VOCs include memory loss, nausea, throat irritation, and central nervous system damage. Be careful when using abrasive cleaners and other powerful household cleaners to avoid contamination.
No. 3: Rug Mold
You take the time to clean your carpets, but what about the area underneath rugs and mats? The rubber layer under many mats that sit on hardwood floors can attract grime and fungi spores. You need to keep the underside of rugs in the kitchen and bathroom as clean and dry as possible or you’ll start to notice patches of fungus developing underneath. Also make sure you’re regularly removing rugs that sit on top of a carpet so you can clean under them and check for spots of mold. Use a vinegar and alcohol cleaning solution to keep rugs free of dirt and mold.
No. 4: Plastic Containers
Those handy plastic containers you have stocked in the kitchen or lying around the house could be made with toxic materials that end up affecting your health. Check the underside of the containers – numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 are all considered safe; anything else could be harmful to your and your family’s health.
No. 5: Dust Mites
No matter how often you dust and vacuum your home, you could be exposed to allergy-causing dust mites on more than one occasion. Make sure you regularly wash bedding in very hot water and take the time to clean windowsills, high shelves, and ceiling fans. Dust mites can circulate in the air for days and days after a cleaning session. Make sure your air vents are clean and clear of dust and debris, and consider investing in a standing fan with an ozone filter to keep the air clean.
I have seen many things in my many years in the home improvement business. I got into home improvement naturally, as a child I always tried to fix things, so my fixit spirit was born at an early age. Before a series of strokes took my ability to work with my hands away, I had witnessed every thing from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Doing anything on a home that has a bad foundation, before addressing the problem is a no-no. A cracked foundation is a major structural concern. Pump jacks, repairing concrete, braces, etc can all be used to fix the issue.
Adding amenities that you cannot possibly get a return on! $5,000 -$10,000 for a spiral staircase in a $600 a month rental property is an unwise financial decision .A $2,000 car port addition that would allow your renters to get from their door to their car dryly, may be a better selling feature.
Not choosing the correct paints. Rental property demands paint coverings that have staying power. Invest in a quality finish; make sure that the property exhibits both beauty in the color you have chosen and durability. This is one of the least expensive ways to improve your property. Wwhy not score big with your choices?
Forgetting your community. I had a friend who made it big in a band in the seventies and he decided to improve his mom’s home. She now owns the most beautiful house in the “ghetto” but no dollar he spent raised the real estate value of the property. Her home is now a shiny pearl but it’s still in the ghetto
Not knowing when you are in over your head. If your chosen project is getting out of control cost wise; learn when to cut your losses and call in an expert. No matter how much you have lost, a change of direction may save you in the end.
Do not do unnecessary things. If you want to landscape, try to use the natural environment to it is full potential. Instead of removing a tree, consider reshaping it. Instead of moving a boulder, try to design a plan that includes it as part of the landscaping.
Paying too much for labor. When ever possible pay your help by the job rather than by the hour.
Being “out of the know”. Be present during all work that you do not personally perform. You do not know how often work stops or how much the quality falls off when you exit the premises.
Using Low quality materials. Buy quality supplies, from reputable dealers, at good prices. Do not be afraid to tell the store manager or owner what you are trying to accomplish. Let him know that of his competitors you have chosen his establishment to renovate your home. Keep yours eyes open for deals at other reputable stores and give your chosen store the first chance to beat the competitors price.
Having an inflexible budget. You should know what you could afford to spend before you begin your project. If possible, tackle the most important projects first and save the others until last.
Following these few tips can make your next project more satisfying spiritually and more do-able finacially.