Dust settles in drapes. They are not a good idea for people with asthma
Dust is a Problem for Asthmatics
Dust settles on all items in a house. Dust can be a big problem for people who suffer from asthma, allergies, hayfever or allergic rhinitis.
Dust can cause coughing, wheezing in the lungs or asthma. Dust can also cause sneezing and runny eyes and nose and itchy eyes.
Places Dust can Settle
The obvious place dust settles is horizontal surfaces. A horizontal surface is the same plane as the floor, so dust can settle on floorboards, tiles and also on carpets. Carpets are bad news for asthmatics, especially if they are not vacuumed regularly.
The bed is another horizontal surface. Dust can settle on a doona, blankets or pillows. Woolen blankets can be dynamite here. The foot of the bed which may remain undisturbed is another resting place. Under the bed is another place dust likes to hide. It is often difficult to clean, or it is hidden and forgotten. The fluff from bedclothes drifts down to the floor and settles under the bed.
Drapes, curtains and blinds, especially venetian blinds are another place to look for dust. Curtains can be a great attractor to dust particles. When the window is open and they float in the wind, the dust is shaken from them. It floats around the room again till it finds a new resting place.
Venetian blinds have multiple flat surfaces. They are difficult to clean so remain dusty much of the time. Vertical blinds are a better choice. Drapes are bad news for those affected by dust. Dust settles in their folds. They rarely get vacuumed or washed so can be a home for dust particles.
Upholstered furniture can also collect dust so it is a good idea to vacuum your furniture regularly.
Open shelving and libraries are also dust collectors along with the books and knick knacks collected on these shelves.
For small children, soft toys are the worst thing. Wash them regularly and when dry, place them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for a few hours. This will kill off the dustmite that is hidden in the dust.
The walls of rooms can also attract dust even though they are vertical surfaces. Remember to dust these occasionally.
Tables, benches and televisions and computer areas can collect dust. The static electricity that is given off by computers and televisions attracts the dust. These need wiping with a barely damp cloth regularly.
Improve your health by clearing dust from your home on a regular basis.
Lots of household chemicals are harmful to your health
Am I Susceptible to Chemicals?
Everyone is susceptible to chemicals. Some people are affected by chemicals more than others. These people often have a lower immune system than others. People with a lower immune system include people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME, CFIDS, Glandular Fever, repeated infections, allergies and chronic diseases.
Let's make a list of the places people work or jobs people do that can make them more susceptible to chemicals. I cannot list all of them so would be happy if you wanted to add to them.
Everyday Products containing chemicals
Most people use some form of chemical in their daily life without even realising it. Some of these products are:
deodorants, shampoos and conditioner, makeup, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, air fresheners, floor cleaners, insect spray, garden sprays, polish for cars, petrol, lawn mower fuel, computer printers, ballpoint pens, textas, whiteboard markers.
As you can see, this is only a small list of things used in the home. There are chemicals you are subjected to whilst travelling in trains, cars and planes. Even when walking we breathe in the fumes of the cars that pass by. In the our place of work - the office or factory there are a miriad more chemicals we either touch or breathe in.
Many of our everyday products are made from chemicals too. These include polyester pillows, sponge mattresses, doona fillers, carpets, plastic utensils used in the kitchen and even your comfy lounge chairs.
Our Cars are Made of Chemicals Too
Your car is also full of chemicals from the glue that hold lots of it together to the vinyl seat covers or the synthetic removable covers over the seats to the sponge rubber inside the seats. And don't forget the plastic dashboard, the lubricants containing chemicals and the all important petrol or gas your engine runs on.
If you are affected by chemicals, try to minimise them in your life.
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