The presence of toxins in the air due to the high percentage of pollution caused mainly by our modern way of life certainly takes its toll on our health. The proof of this is the rising number of allergies, that affects both children and grown-ups alike, particularly in developed countries to which of course Australia is not immune either.
According to one of the reports of the ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy), in 2007 4.1 million Australians (which equals to 19.6% of the population) were dealing with at least one allergic disease and the number has been on the rise ever since, with an estimation of 26.1% of the population being affected by 2050 (I know, it’s rather alarming).
While we can work on improving our immune system, as the major preventive measure, and at the same time avoid staying out in the open in spring, when it’s particularly allergy season, and eating the foods we have an allergic reaction to, it’s also important that we pay attention to what’s going on in our homes. Most often, we fail to notice we have a mould problem before it gets really serious. Mould’s role in the outdoors is undeniable, helping with the process of rotten leaves, but inside our homes it’s nasty, especially for people sensitive to it, and the first place with the ideal conditions for it to thrive is of course the bathroom.
This is why our first tip is to make sure a fan with light is part of your bathroom. If you want to eliminate serious threat to your overall well-being and eventually developing asthma, don’t overlook the essence of a fan no matter how big or small your bathroom is, even if you have windows. What a fan does is it removes mould-thriving conditions, i.e. humidity, by ventilating the area through expelling moist air outside.
The key in successful elimination is by keeping the fan working as soon as we’re done with taking a shower. Best thing about investing in a fan with light is it also functions as light, and certain types that have an infrared light can contribute to bathroom heating, something to help you reduce your heating costs.
Up next, same as you have to develop the habit of using the fan, you have to put bathroom cleaning on top of your priorities list. You can do so by wiping the whole room with an antifungal spray once per month, not only checking walls and ceilings, but shower curtains as well. Be aware that rugs are also potential mould growing items, so along with cleaning the shower curtains be sure to clean the rugs too. Don’t forget to search for leaking spots, particularly pipes, toilets and sinks, as they are ideal for mould so as soon as you see them repair them.
We’re aware there’s a trend of including plants in one’s bathroom décor, taking their air purifying properties into account, but their moist soil is the perfect spot for mould too (surprise, surprise) and worse, can further spread it round your home. So, instead of putting your health at risk, just don’t have them in your humid bathroom. If you really can’t do without them in this very room, by all means, take measures into preventing mould growth in the soil of your plants. Remember, nipping this problem in the bud is essential, so don’t postpone mould-elimination chores.