It seems that the closer you look around you, the more dangers you’ll find lurking in your home. This includes things hidden in the four walls of your home. Some of these things are easy to overlook, particularly because things like toxic fumes, hidden mold and mildew growth, chemicals and toxins, and bacteria aren’t always visible to the naked eye. But fear not! We’ve compiled a list of items/places that are making your home unhealthy. This includes surprising places to find germs as well as the dangers of the materials used in things like your carpet and couch. Lucky for you, we’ve also gone over things you can do to reduce your exposure to these things.
Painting is one of those DIY tasks around the house that can really change your living space. Plus, when you’re looking for a DIY project to tackle, painting is pretty easy to do yourself and a great place to start. The problem is that while painting can renew your living space, it can also introduce unhealthy paint fumes into the air.
The harmful fumes given off by paint are called VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs irritate the nose and throat and can cause symptoms like dizziness, difficulty breathing, and even fainting with prolonged exposure. Buying no-VOC and low-VOC paint and painting in a well-ventilated space by opening doors and windows reduce your exposure.