Is Your Home Too Clean? 

It is common knowledge that germs and bacteria can cause illnesses. In response to this, many people go to great lengths to try to eliminate these microbes from their homes. But it turns out that not only is this an impossible task-you will never eliminate all the organisms from your environment-it may be doing more harm than good.

Recent studies have shown that harmless microbes around us may help young immune systems develop better. As children grow from infancy to adolescence, there is a corresponding development of their immune system. When children are not exposed to a wide variety of germs, the immune system does not get sufficient "practice" that enables it to fully develop into a mature immune system.

An increase in the numbers of children with asthma and allergies worldwide, particularly in developed countries, has caused researchers to begin to look for a cause for this trend. When a child is raised in an environment that may be "too clean," having limited exposure to microbes, the immune system may begin to see harmless substances like dust and pollen as dangerous invaders, leading to allergies and asthma.

The recommendation from experts now includes simple hand washing with warm water and soap, and the use of simple household cleaners when necessary. Using antibacterial products on a daily basis may end up causing more harm than good.


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