15 Things in Your Home That Could Be Making You Sick

Nobody wants to get sick. But taking extra measures when you’re out in public in order to avoid becoming ill is only half the battle. There are a lot of things inside your own home that could be exposing you to potential illnesses, too. Here are 15 things in your home that could make you sick.

Man washing Clothes

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1. Washing machine

Washing machines were invented to make clothes cleaner, but that might not actually be the case. Washing machines are constantly being loaded with clothing, such as dirty underwear, that may be harboring dangerous bacteria. Staphylococcus and fecal matter have been found in washing machines. Laundry detergent doesn’t kill everything, which means those bacteria then make it on to the next set of clothes. Clean your washer by running a cycle with bleach (and no clothes).

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