How a clean home reduces health risks


How a clean home reduces health risks

by Tiffany Adams

Created on: March 20, 2010


Keeping a clean house is not just a matter of comfort or vanity, it is essential for good health. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing in many respects, documented during the Crimean War that providing the wounded with clean sheets, fresh air, clean water, rest, and quiet comfort promoted healing. It was also during this time that science gained more understanding about the link between disease and sanitary conditions. Here is a look at how keeping a clean home reduces health risks.

The Kitchen

The most common health risks in the condition come from how food is handled, prepared, and stored. According to the CDCcampylobacter, salmonella, and E. coli are among the most common food borne diseases. Each is caused by bacteria. Campylobacter and salmonella cause fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Campylobacter is present in the intestines of birds and salmonella is present is birds, reptiles, and some mammals. Both are commonly contracted through eating undercooked chicken; however, eating food that has been contaminated with the drippings from raw infected meat can be make people very ill. The deadly E.coli bug can be consumed by humans in beef or contaminated water, and it causes bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps. This is why it is important to use dedicated cutting boards, wash your hands, and wipe down all kitchen surfaces with a disinfectant on a regular basis. Regular cleaning of your counter tops, appliances, and utensils significantly reduces the threat of illness. Cleanliness in the kitchen also reduces your families exposure to pests including cockroaches looking for food and water.

Furniture, Curtains, Curtains, Holes in Ceilings and Walls

The Alliance for Healthy Homes cites several factors that trigger asthma, allergies, and respiratory illness in vulnerable people. These triggers include dust mites, cockroach waste, cigarette smoke, pet dander, and mold. They cling to and burrow in carpets, upholstered furniture, and curtains. Tidy house-keeping including vacuuming, washing curtains, shampooing carpets, and using upholstery cleaners can significantly reduce this daily health threat. Having your home treated for mold and infestations of pests also reduces threats to your health. Having your home inspected and treated, keeping it clean, and in good repair also helps to keep away rodents and other pests, also linked triggering asthma in sensitive individuals. So seal up cracks and holes in the foundation, ceilings, and  walls as well.

The Bathroom

The perils that await you in a dirty bathroom may be obvious. While the kitchen may win the most germ in the house award room in the house award, cleaning the bath is probably the least pleasant chore in the house, but the benefits clearly outweigh the drawbacks. There are many parts of the under-developed world which do not have indoor plumbing who are battling parasites and bacterial infections found in human feces. E. coli shows up again here and joining it are: intestinal worms –Ascaris. Worms can be contracted from dirt, contaminated food, or any contaminated surface that you touch with your hands. When you touch your mouth with contaminated hands, this is when they worm eggs enter your body. The symptoms can include weight loss, as well as intestinal problems and breathing problems in more serious cases. Cleaning bathroom surfaces (along with hand-washing and avoiding defecating outside) helps to reduce the risk of spreading these illnesses.

Keeping a Clean House helps reduces health risks from bacteria, allergens, and parasites.

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