Hidden Dangers in Your Home


Medics and environmentalists from around the world have been seriously concerned about the so-called Sick Building Syndrome for nearly ten years now. What exactly is it? Experts claim that over 25% of the substances present inside the human-inhabited spaces have properties which have negative effect on our health. However, we can protect ourselves from them.


Harmful Dust

Regular dust is once of those substances. Its composition varies greatly. Dust may contain tiniest bits of wool, textiles, wood and building products, as well as pieces of animal fur, hair, skin, pollen, etc. Saprophytic mites make the most dangerous part of house dust; contact with them can lead to severe allergic reaction.

How to Protect Your Health from Dust

Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves? Concentration of dust in the air goes up on average by 260 per cent when we use regular vacuum cleaner; however, if we use one with a water filter in it, then concentration will increase only by 50 per cent. The trick is that exhaust air raises the dust on the uncleaned surfaces, such that the dust particles end up in the atmosphere instead of the vacuum bag.

Healthiest Cleaning Devices

One solution is to use built-in cleaning devices. Those are installed in the areas of the premises where people don’t live and are based on complex system of air ducts. According to the data collected by the University of California in Davis, dust concentration drops by 20 per cent when we use built-in vacuum cleaners; furthermore, people who live in buildings with built-in vacuums and use them, have 60% less chances of suffering from allergies.

If your building does not have built-in vacuum systems then you can try some alternative options, such as ventilating the house, frequently wet-dusting the surfaces, avoid having laser printers and xeroxes in the living or work areas (paint particles result in very toxic dust).

Mold in Your House


Mold is another serous danger in our premises. We can often find over 200 types of mold in our houses. Those grow particularly fast in damp environments, such as cellars, sites of leakage, balconies, and bathrooms. Their presence results not only in unaesthetic spots and husking paint and plaster, but can also create harmful environment, since the microspores of mold , which float in the air, release toxins capable of destroying the immune system, triggering complications of bronchi and lung diseases, and leading to allergic attacks in people with bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Way to Protect Your Health from Mold

Try to make sure that your living environment does not facilitate development of mold fungus. Promptly fix water leakages in pipes and taps, regularly ventilate the building, and use air-cleansing devices.

Those suffering from allergies should also avoid having indoor plants, since those also may serve as breeding grounds for mold.

Household Chemicals and Your Health

Toxic substances present serious danger to our health as well. Those substances include phenol, formaldehyde, PVC, members of synthetic materials, such as artificial flooring, furniture, paint, household chemicals, as well as electrical and electronic devices, etc. Items made with fiberglass, latex, can be classified into the “danger group” as well. The so-called “eco-toxins” can attack the nervous, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, and other systems.

All Natural Is the Best Solution for Good Health

What can we do in this situation? Make sure not to spend most of the time inside the areas filled with electronic and electrical devices, use household chemicals as little as possible, avoid artificial finishings when building or renovating, buying furniture or carpets (instead try to purchase natural materials), etc. In addition, it is recommended to avoid using air conditioners and to ventilate the building in traditional manner instead.


  1. I agree to ventilate the building diary, but don’t create an obsession about dust.

    I suffer for hay fever since I’m teenager (I’m 37 now), and I’ve tried almost everything for allergy: to cover the bed with antimites, antimite’s spray, air cleaning machine, desensitivity vaccines, diets, and now I’m trying the NAET method.

    A cleaning vacuum is good but not enough, because mites are in bed, and you should change the mattress every week, because cleaning sheets every day is not enough. You can not live in a “white room”, destroying all dust and cleaning every day, is impossible.

    You have to fight against the allergy with alternative therapies. Some people has told that they cured their allergy with a special diet. Gluten of wheat and caseine in milk can produce asthma, for example. See the article: http://www.tips4mums.com/news/es_ES/2008/08/11/0024

  2. I have been reading lately that current parents’ fanaticism with cleanliness has severly reduced their childrens’ ability to properly develop an immune system. When I was a kid we did not have shots for immunity against measles,mumps,whooping cough, scarlet fever etc. As kids we all played outside, ate dirt and worms (!) had domestic and wild pets, which we all handled without washing our hands, or anything else. We all got the abovementioned diseases (deliberately) and no-one died or had long term effects. None of my friends from back then get sick with anything, including allergies. I think our (old fart) immune systems are very strong unlike today’s kids……

  3. this news (that child’s immunity goes worse in excessive cleanliness) was created by those who hate cleaning the house

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