Is your home making you sick?

Ever wondered how clean your home really is? We dish the dirt on the germiest places in your home and provide tips on how to avoid breeding bacteria. 

There’s something empowering about a good spring clean. The sense of having your life in order, or at least your sock drawer!

But a good clean is also important to reduce harmful allergens and germs lurking where you may not expect.

We’ve put together some healthy home tips to help clean up some common trouble spots. 

Pillow bacteria

Those soft, fluffy pillows might look innocent enough, but as you sleep there could be thousands of live bacteria colonies breeding inside your pillow. It could also be a haven for yeast, mould and dust mites.

The solution

  • Use a pillow protector.
  • Wash your sheets and pillowslips regularly in hot water.
  • Consider investing in new pillows every two years.

Kitchen hygiene 

Studies have shown when it comes to germs and bacteria that are too small to see, the kitchen is the dirtiest room in the house.

The kitchen sponge is often the main offender for both good and bad microorganisms along with the kitchen sink and chopping board.

A hidden hot spot is in the fridge door, which can be easily overlooked.

The solution
  • Replace your sponges regularly.
  • Always wash up with hot water and detergent.
  • Use disinfectant on surfaces and the fridge to keep microbes at bay. 
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Battle of the mould

A build up of mould can be harmful to your health, particularly if you have an allergy. It can cause respiratory problems, sinus trouble, headaches and rashes.

The solution

  • Try a mixture of 75% vinegar and 25% water as a natural solution to mould. 
  • Keep your bathroom well ventilated and dry as a preventative measure.


One in five Australians have allergic conditions like asthma, hay fever and eczema. They’re often triggered by allergens like a build up of dust around the home.

The solution

  • Instead of brushing dust into the air, try using a damp microfiber cloth to absorb the dust.

Dust mites

Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye but live in carpets, rugs, pillows and mattresses feeding on the dead skin of people and animals. These mites can cause allergic reactions.

The solution

  • Vacuum the carpet once a week using a good vacuum cleaner with a motorised head and a HEPA filter to clean the bottom of the carpet.


Pets are part of the family, but they can often cause problems for people with allergies.

The solution

  • Keep areas of the house pet-free and groom your pet often to reduce the amount of hair they shed.

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