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23 subtle ways your house might be making you sick

From off-gassing rugs to harsh chemical cleaners, your home could be harbouring a number of potential toxins. Find out how to protect yourself and your family by following this healthy home audit.

You have toxic dust
You have toxic dust
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The dust in hard-to-reach corners or settled atop your furniture can do more than cause a sneezing fit, it can actually be toxic. Researchers from George Washington University analysed dust samples data from across the United States and found 45 potentially toxic chemicals hiding within, ten of which turned up in 90 per cent of the samples. One repeat offender was TDCIPP, a flame retardant frequently found in furniture and other household items that is thought to cause cancer; phthalates, often found in toys and vinyl flooring, as well as phenols, typically used in cleaning products, were also found in high amounts. Minimise dust by vacuuming frequently (use the proper attachments to reach into corners and under furniture) and regularly wiping down surfaces. Here are 16 clever house cleaning hacks the professionals use. 
 



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