4 Ways To Prevent Your Couch From Getting You Sick


Did you know that being a couch potato isn’t bad for you just because of the sedentary behavior involved?

That’s because, according to a new study, your couch could be harboring toxic compounds that give way to health issues like cancer and messed up hormones! The study was conducted by both Duke University associates and members from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Check out four easy ways provided by the EWG that you can avoid these toxic compounds resting in your comfy couch below:

#1: Throw out damaged cushions and get new ones.

Old, damaged cushions don’t just look bad– they’re probably giving off toxins quicker than newer cushions. It’s time to update your couch’s wardrobe, or you might pay the ultimate price. 

#2: Vacuum using a HEPA filter.

These toxins get into your body easiest through dust that you inhale or suck in. When you use a HEPA filter or a HEPA air cleaner, though, you’re taking out the dust that transports these harmful compounds.

#3: Wash your kid’s hands.

The study analysts think that children have greater levels of flame retardants in their bodies because they’re on the floor more often, a prime site for the deadly dust particles to gather. Researchers further suggest that washing hands can decrease potential contact with these dust bunnies, particularly when your kid wants to put things in his mouth every other second.

#4: Be careful when you take out old carpeting.

The foam beneath your carpet was probably made with bits and pieces of old foam couches. That means it’s probably stuffed with fire retardants, which are often found in couch material. When you’re taking out an old rug, make sure to close the area off to the rest of your home; this helps keep dust in one area. Also, it makes it easier to clean up afterwards while you minimize contact.

If you want to check out more ways to keep your family safe from deadly chemicals, get rid of these 12 scary things from your house.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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