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Do you live in a city?

1. Result

Yes

Life in polluted cities. A new study has found that 7 million people die every year from air pollution. The problem with air pollution is that it has unseen effects on our bodies. Air pollution raises the rate of stroke, hearth disease, and lung cancer. How to protect your health in a city with poor air quality? Check the air pollution forecast in your area and avoid exercising outdoors when the levels are high. Don't exerise in areas with lots of traffic even on good air quality days. Improve your air quality, you can invest in an air purifier and improve the air quality in your own home.

1. Result

No

Country air is generally cleaner than the city, which is partly due to the ability for plant life and woodlands to absorb carbon dioxide.  Previous research has also shown that pollution removal by trees impacts human health. Trees remove air pollution primarily by uptake of pollutants via leaf stomata (pores on the outer “skin” layers of the leaf). Some gaseous pollutants are also removed via the plant surface. But during the winter months, the smog is caused by coal-based heating. Burning coal is also a leading cause of smog, acid rain, and toxic air pollution.

Do you have pets inside the house?

2. Result

Yes

Although it may not be an optimal solution, keeping pets to rooms with hard flooring may be the best preventative solution to reducing pet dander. If you allow pets into carpeted rooms in your home, restricting them from being on upholstered furniture should be required. Pet dander will hide in upholstery and carpet in addition to pet beds and other areas where pets typically spend most of their time. Regular cleaning of these areas will go a long way towards maintaining a healthy environment for not only you, but your pet as well.

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No

This is why it is good to have a pet

Pets are funny, cute, and give you unconditional love.

Dogs make you fitter even by taking them for a walk.

Caressing decreases the level of adrenaline in your body which soothes you and your entire nervous system will work normally at last.

It is also recommended to have a four-legged friend when you become older since according to a research study, you can live longer with them. A US study also proved that dogs decrease the risk developing heart disease.

Do you smoke inside the house?

3. Result

Yes

Smoking damages your home. Just like your body and health, long-term cigarette smoking inside your home can sometimes cause irreparable damage. Effects like clinging odor can be unpleasant for non-smoking guests, and damages caused by smoking can reduce the resale value of your home. Cigarette smoke contains a variety of chemicals, some of which cling and build up on surfaces that are exposed to it. In your home, cigarette smoke can build up and stain walls and cause wallpaper to curl. Walls too can see nicotine stains build up and discolor them.

3. Result

No

Smoking in a closed space is dangerous. The benefits of not smoking are not only experienced by those who have never smoked, but also those who quit smoking. Eternal life is not granted even for non-smokers, but they look much younger and will be more healthy when they get older.

Do you take your shoes off at the door?

4. Result

Yes

If you take off your shoes right after entering the apartment, you will spread much less dirt and will need to clean up less frequently!

You can spare your home and health from several microorganisms and bacteria.

4. Result

No

What is on those shoe bottoms? Researchers at the University of Houston found that about 40% of shoes were carrying the nasty “C.diff” bacterium, which stands for Clostridium difficile. These spores are not at all easy to treat. There will be a disgusting quantity of dust, bird droppings, dog poop, leafy debris and other unwanted matter. The leafy stuff acts as a breeding ground for bacteria. It is best to take off those shoes and wear slippers. You will have to clean the house less often and your house will be much healthier and cleaner.

Is there mold, mildew or moisture on the walls or other surfaces?

5. Result

Yes

If you smell a musty odor in your home, there is a good chance that it is probably mold or mildew.  The bad news is, most of the toxic mold floating around in our air is actually invisible to the naked eye, but still may be seriously affecting your health. Doctors warn against breathing in mold over long periods of time.  People who spend time in such environments sometimes complain of respiratory effects, headaches, and other physical symptoms. The most common health problem is an allergic reaction. Other problems are respiratory and/or immune system responses including respiratory symptoms, respiratory infections, exacerbation of asthma, and rarely hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic alveolates, chronic rhinosinusitis and allergic fungal sinusitis. If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Planning on doing battle with mold and mildew? Make sure you have these cleaning tools on hand.

5. Result

No

Good, also be sure your bathroom stays well ventilated. Clean the fabrics in your home routinely and keep them dry. 

Does dust accumulate in certain places within your house?

6. Result

Yes

Indoor dust - not just dirt. Household items like televisions, furniture, beauty products, cleaning products, and flooring materials shed chemicals that end up in the air and in the dust on our floors. These chemicals can enter our bodies from air and dust when we breathe and touch contaminated surfaces, accidentally transferring them to our food or mouth with our dusty hands. And some of these chemicals can contribute to health problems.

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No

This is a great achievement! Congratulations! After a thorough clean-up most of us see as if our homes were dirty again.  Did you know that you can make your home even cleaner by using Lux products, moreover, without using any chemicals?

Do you have carpets in your house?

7. Result

Yes

Carpets keep a home warm and cozy, but they can also harbor allergens, dust, bacteria, and other pollutants that can affect indoor air quality and cause health problems. Carpeting, padding, and the adhesive glue used to lay carpets can release irritating, potentially harmful chemicals. Older carpets can pose health risks as well. Dust, dirt, dander, bacteria, mold, and mildew (especially if the carpeting has water damage or is frequently damp) can settle in and get buried down deep, making it difficult to get them out. Many different pollutants call carpets home before they make it into the air and into your lungs. Unfortunately, there are a number of health problems associated with these pollutants:              

•Irritated skin

•Frequent headaches

•Persistent cough or sore throat

•Fatigue

•Red, irritated eyes

•Irritation of the nose and throat

•Difficulty breathing

7. Result

No

Carpets are integral elements of cozy and friendly homes. If you are about to buy a carpet, it is worth choosing a carpet made of natural materials such as wool, coconut, sisal or eelgrass. No chemicals are used during the production of these carpets, therefore they are not harmful to health unlike their synthetic counterparts. You can easily filter harmful materials from the air by an effective air-cleanser equipped by a HEPA-filter.

Do you have painted wall?

8. Result

Yes

Different paint products such as epoxy urea-formaldehyde, latex, oil-based, etc. use different ingredients, so it is difficult to comment on the health effects of paint in general. However, health effects associated with the paint will be significantly diminished as the paint dries. The best thing that you can do is to create conditions inside your home which encourages a more rapid drying of the paint and ventilate the odors out of the house. In individuals who are exposed to high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) for long periods of time, such as professional painters, there have been reports of damage to the liver, kidneys and nervous system. People with breathing problems and young children should be protected from paint fumes. The immediate symptoms that are sometimes experienced with exposure are eye irritation, nose and throat irritation, allergic skin reaction, nausea, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, fatigue and memory impairment.

8. Result

No

If you want colored walls in the future, it is recommended to choose a paint free from volatile organic compounds (VOC). These materials may contribute to the increase of greenhouse effect and global warming, may irritate the eye, nasal mucosa and may lead to respiratory disorders. You may use any of our air-cleansers to filter harmful material from the air.

Do you use chemicals for cleaning your house?

9. Result

Yes

We use a wide array of scents, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners, scourers, polishes, and specialized cleaners for bathrooms, glass, drains, and ovens to keep our homes sparkling and sweet-smelling. But while the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home. Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic or long-term, effects such as cancer. Chemicals that are so-called "hormone disruptors" can interfere with the body's natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. Steam cleaning is natural and chemical-free; steam is the most natural way to clean, and an ideal alternative to chemical cleaning methods.

9. Result

No

Bravo, well done! We expressly support you in abandoning chemicals. A steam-machine may be your brother-in arm in cleaning. Steam-cleaners advanced to be one of the most popular cleaning tools in the past years and not by chance: you may clean almost any surface at home with a well-chosen device and you will only need water.

Are you drinking the water from your tap?

10. Result

Yes

It is virtually impossible to know what is in tap water at any given time because municipal water quality as well as private well water varies from place to place, season to season, and house to house. Here is a summary of what can be found in tap water: Toxic heavy metals (such as lead, mercury, copper, cadmium, aluminum), Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), water treatment additives (such as chlorine, fluoride and other toxic chemicals), bacteria and viruses (such as giardia, coliform and E-coli).

10. Result

No

Stay healthy and pay attention to proper water consumption.
Minerals and trace elements are necessary for the body’s normal function but they can be harmful in excess amounts. It is not beneficial to regularly drink water (e.g. mineral water) containing an extra amount of any trace elements. On the contrary, it is practical to often switch between the waters with different compositions but it is the best if cleared tap water represents a significant percentage as well.

Do you use tap water for cooking?

11. Result

Yes

Hot water is much more likely to leach the heavy metal from your plumbing pipes. Too much lead in the body can cause serious damage to the brain, kidneys, nervous system, and red blood cells (it's especially bad for pregnant women and children).

Especially pain-killers, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and hormone products burden the environment. Approximately 20 types of anti-inflammatory drugs were found globally in natural watercourses so far, and 8 of them were detected in tap water as well. 

Did you know that with the appropriate water-cleaner you can not only clean drinking water but also tap water that you use for bathing and rinsing fruits and vegetables?

11. Result

No

Excellent decision! You are probably aware that not even boiling is able to neutralize germs in the water.  

Does your tap water have a strange taste, smell or color?

12. Result

Yes

At times, water can have an unpleasant odor, taste, or appearance. If your water suddenly changes color—no matter what color it becomes—it could indicate a public health

concern. If a taste or odor occurs at every water faucet on the property, the cause is probably the main water supply. The first step in solving an aesthetic water quality problem is to identify whether it originates from your household plumbing or from the water your utility or well supplies. One way to tell is to ask others in your neighborhood if they have a similar problem.

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No

Excellent!