30 Toxins Hidden in Our Everyday Lives

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2. Mold

Mold is dangerous and can spread fast. Especially in damp, humid climates, mold can germinate and grow between 24 and 48 hours. Spores start colonizing in 3 to 12 days, and you will begin to see the mold roughly three weeks after germination. Homes that are older or poorly ventilated have a higher chance of developing mold.

Exposure to mold can cause coughing, wheezing, throat irritation, nasal irritation, and even skin irritation. The sooner you catch mold, the better. If you find it when it’s small, you can get rid of it yourself, but if it’s spread over a large part of your home, it’s best to call professionals. Cleaning your bathroom frequently, keeping an eye out for leaks and opening your windows at least once per day can help prevent the spread of mold. Using a dehumidifier is also a great way to get the moisture out of the air so mold won’t grow.