Healthy Living

15 Household Items That Can Make You Sick

13. Your vacuum

Ironically, your vacuum may be making you sick, according to recent studies. This is due to vacuums kicking up dust, dirt, mold, and bacteria, which is then circulated throughout the house. This process can trigger allergies and lead to infections. Among the dust and dirt spread by vacuums, researchers from the University of Queensland and Laval University also found several antibiotic-resistant species of bacteria.

Thankfully, it isn’t difficult to prevent this vicious cycle of microbes and allergens being spread and settled because of your vacuum. For one, go slowly when you vacuum; quick runs with the machine only raise particles, rather than remove them. Also, be sure to keep the bag and chamber in the vacuum clean, and don’t allow dust to accumulate. Ultimately, invest in a newer vacuum cleaner that is more efficient. They may be more expensive, but they will produce less air pollution in your home, making the cost more than worth it.