Deciding which room in the home affects our health most is a difficult call to make and essentially it really boils down to three; the kitchen, the bathroom and the bedroom. Let’s look at each separately.
The kitchen is full of bacteria; on the work surfaces, in the sink, the fridge and just about every item of food, utensils and storage. Luckily most are harmless unless we are very unlucky or careless. Even an apparently spotless kitchen harbours enough danger to cause us potentially serious problems. Immune systems are wonderful things, built up over generations of exposure, but even they cannot cope with an attack from such things as salmonella, legionnaire’s disease or food poisoning.
Measures that we can take in the kitchen include, cleaning the tap filters regularly to avoid build-up of scale and other impurities. Spray surfaces with mild disinfectant, even if they have been wiped over with a cloth and warm water. Never use a chopping board for both meat and vegetables or bread, have separate ones. Never leave any food exposed for longer than is necessary. Keep uncooked meat away from cooked meat in the fridge and on countertops and don’t let animals eat in the kitchen.
The bathroom has its dangers, it is where we to put it bluntly defecate, wash off layers of sweat and generally get rid of anything we don’t need, including our skin and toe nail clippings. We need a full bathroom of gadgets these days and there is just about everything one could need on the market from walk in foldaway showers to miniature Jacuzzis, warm air hand dryers to filtered shower heads. The potential for infection must be high in a large family so staying on top of cleaning is of paramount importance. For those with mobility issues, the health risks of a bathroom are even more pronounced which is why mobility showers and baths are always a great option.
The bedroom may seem the place to relax and retire with fresh clean sheets and subtle lighting, a nice good book and a mug of hot chocolate, but what about bedbugs and other creatures?
Do you hoover the mattress regularly and how many years have you had it? Who sneezes a lot in bed, snores loudly with their mouth open on the pillow? We all like to think we are clean and in a manner of speaking most of us are, certainly nothing that is going to cause us problems in general. But we are a living organism and not a synthetic robot and as such need to take some sensible precautions. This means looking at how to get rid of bed bugs and taking steps to make sure everything is kept in top condition.