But as you’re eliminating all that dust and those funky odors, be careful that you’re not making your air worse with man-made chemicals.
Here’s a list of product types that are full of these harmful chemicals and what you should do with them to keep your air clean.
With spring comes spring scented air fresheners and sprays.
But according to a study by the National Resources Defense Council (NEDC), a variety of common air fresheners contain phthalates.
These are hazardous chemicals known to cause:
The NEDC suggests that you should:
The EPA states that many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products contain volatile organic compounds – compounds that are harmful to you and your family’s health.
Are we telling you to never use cleaning products? Certainly not!
You just need to make sure that you use them properly, which you can figure out how to do by reading the warning labels on all your cleaning products. The most important factor is where you’re using the product.
Most warning labels tell you to use these products:
It is also a good idea to store these chemicals outside of your living area as they can give off harmful fumes even when not being used.
As harmless as these delightful smelling candles seem, most scented candles release toxic chemicals.
One of the problems is with the lead core in many candles. This metal core is used to keep the wick upright and straight when it’s burning. And even though using lead in candle wicks is banned in the U.S., one study found that as many as 30% of candles still release lead into the air when burned.
This airborne lead may be inhaled or deposited onto floors, furniture, and other surfaces where children may be exposed to it. That’s not good considering that low levels of lead in your body can impair mental and physical development.
Also, many candles contain paraffin wax, which emits toxic chemicals when burned.
Don’t let spring cleaning backfire on you with man-made chemicals. Watch what you use and how you use it.
You can learn more about pollutants in your home in our blog post: “5 Sources of Major Pollutants That Ruin Your Home’s Air Quality.”
At Service Champions, we’re committed to your health and comfort. If you’re looking for a safe way to clean your home’s indoor air, we have several air quality products that can help. Contact us online for more information.