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Believe it or not, some people are allergic to their homes. Here are some things to consider if you think you may be, too.

Depending on what you do for a living, you may well find yourself spending an awful lot of time at home. If you’re fortunate enough to work from home - a method of employment that is becoming increasingly popular - you will find the four walls you call your office become more familiar by the hour and sometimes this isn’t a good thing. You’re more likely to notice the foibles of the home while you’re searching for your next piece of inspiration, while you will probably end up noticing the little things about your house that you wish you hadn’t seen: untidiness and cleanliness among others. But even if you don’t work from home, there are still a bunch of things that could be increasing your chance of being ill by the day and you don’t even really realize. It’s probably time we thought about these things and took a closer look at how we are treating our homes and how our homes are treating us.

The level of waste that you keep around your home probably never increases past a certain amount. As long as you take out the trash regularly and keep the house tidy, you’re likely not to have too much to worry about on the rubbish scale. Germs, however, operate differently. No matter how many, or how few bins you have around your property, you could still have loads of germs festering away in the most unlikely, and unsavory of places that you would never have previously thought of. Germs are the silent illnesses, and the sooner you figure out a way to keep your home germ-reduced, the better.

How Do I Become Ill from My Home?

The human eye can not see germs, viruses or bacteria, so it’s really tough to nail down places or reasons how people become ill, but the communal environment within the home suggests that the more people around equals the more chance of more nasty bugs being passed on from person to person. The most regularly used places are often the hotbed for making you unwell, and all you can do to reduce the risk is to make sure you’re cleaning all areas of the home, especially ones that are used by many people, the young and the old. Keeping bacterial wipes and fresh hand washes around the home will encourage people to keep their hands clean and free from germs.

Knowing exactly what areas of the home are most susceptible to making you unwell is half of the battle. A lot of people aren’t educated about these sort of things, and end up jumping from one illness to another when risk prevention would have made sure that they could have been fighting fit much sooner if they had simply taken better care of their surroundings. Below are some of the areas of your living space that you should be looking out for when you’re doing your next spring clean.

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