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Indoors not always as irritant-free as outside

Bedding should be washed once per week to rid it of dust mites.

Even though the number of irritants could be more numerous in outside environments, at least these airborne materials are able to circulate through the air. On the other hand, indoor environments may be easier to keep free of irritants, but there are also far more nooks for them to become trapped in and a lack of circulation could cause these irritants to become quite harmful to residents of a home.

While some of these irritants can cause negative symptoms without truly impacting a person's long-term health, others that result from the use of synthetic chemicals in household products can have a drastic impact on an individual.

"As [chemical particles] accumulate in the body over time they can silently affect how efficient your body runs, like whether you can maintain a healthy metabolism, burn fat well and keep your hormones in balance," according to an AccuWeather report. "Some also are known to cause heart, lung or kidney damage and even cancer and nerve damage if exposure is prolonged. This in turn can have a devastating effect on your health. "

To combat the effects of these irritants, you can take a number of steps to ensure your own health. Washing bedding in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit, along with using sheets designed to repel allergens, is one of the first actions you can take. Most individuals spend eight hours in their bed – one third of their day – which leaves a lot of time to breathe in irritants that have collected there.

When vacuuming or running an air purifier, you should look for a high-quality product that uses a HEPA air filter. These devices can remove upwards of 99 percent of harmful particles from the air, which will eventually produce a living environment that is healthy for all inhabitants.

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