How a Dirty House Can Make You Sick

Black mold buildup in the corner of an old house

A dirty home can be an eyesore, but besides the inconvenience it causes, an untidy home could also cause an array of health problems. Health experts warn that indoor dirt and pollution can cause allergic reactions and even serious illnesses.   Mold, bacterial growth, and dust mites are often the culprit. Here’s how dirty places and things in your house are making you sick:

Unwashed Sheets

You do not need to wash your sheets every day, but it isn’t a good idea either to keep using unwashed linens for a month or longer. Housekeeping experts recommend washing the sheets and your other bedding at least every two weeks. Longer than this and you may be accumulating dust mites, hair, dirt, pet dander, oil from your skin and other gross stuff in your bed.

Contaminated Heating and Cooling Systems

When it cools your home, the air conditioning system often leaves traces of water in the ducts that could become a hospitable breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Microbial growth can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, asthma, allergies, and headaches.

Dust buildup in your heating system also carries dust mites that can put stress on your immune system, which can weaken you overtime. Dust may also bring in toxic dirt and particles from outside of your home. Heating ducts clogged with dust and debris could be the culprit if you become suddenly ill without explanation.

Make sure the air ducts are professionally cleaned every few months or years. Heating and cooling systems should also be checked by HVAC repair professionals in Modesto or other locations to ensure that the systems work efficiently.

Water Damage

Water damage may cause unsightly stains and discolorations in your walls, as well as structural damages, but it can also impact the health of people living in your home. See to it that you fix any water damage or an ongoing leak, so the area does not attract mold. Some members of your family may be sensitive to molds and exposure can cause coughing, eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, and even skin irritation.

Exposure to molds can also cause people with allergies to experience severe reactions while those with compromised immune systems and those with chronic lung illnesses may contract serious infections.

Dirty Bathroom

Black mold growing on shower tiles in bathroomClean the toilet and bathroom every day. One study showed that even seemingly clean bathrooms host 19 types of bacteria. A dirty toilet can host more. Bacteria and parasites might be present on the bathroom surfaces and floors. Pathogens from particles of water also get to the air whenever you flush. It isn’t just bacteria that you have to worry about. Warm moisture from the shower and baths also make the bathroom prone to mold.

Dirty Refrigerators

The fruit and vegetable drawers of your refrigerator may seem clean, but they could be hiding dangerous disease-causing microorganisms, such as salmonella and E-coli. These bacteria may cause symptoms of food poisoning and even more severe health problems such as kidney failure. Take the time to disinfect the drawers and shelves of your fridge at least once a month.

Cleanliness is important to your health. Make sure your home is safe from pathogens that can cause illnesses. If you think you can’t handle all the cleaning chores alone, do not hesitate to call for professional help.