The majority of people don’t realize that the air quality inside their homes is usually worse than the air quality outdoors. Dirt, mold, toxins, home fragrance and even household cleaners can dirty up the air. Here are eight cleaning products that can compromise the air quality in your house.
1. Spray-on and foaming bathroom cleaners may cut through grime, but they also contaminate the air with volatile organic compounds — commonly called VOCs — and other toxins.
2. Pine and lemon scented cleaners often contain terpenes, which have been identified as a cause of respiratory problems.
3. Aerosol glass cleaning products can contribute to the development of asthma symptoms in children and adults.
4. If you’re using scented cleaners, which usually contain toxins, to scent your home, consider more healthful, natural alternatives instead.
5. Chlorine bleach is a popular household cleaning solution, but it emits gases that put toxic chemicals in the air, especially when mixed with other cleaners.
6. The artificial scents in some laundry detergents and fabric softeners have been known to cause headaches and aggravate allergies.
7. The fumes from degreasers and products containing ammonia are dangerous to humans and animals.
8. Some brands of antibacterial cleansers put carcinogens, such as formaldehyde, into the air.
If you’re worried that cleaners have compromised the indoor air quality where you live, consult an expert who can evaluate your home.