Hidden Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air pollution can be up to eight times worse inside than outdoors. Here are some easy changes you can make to reduce air pollutants in your home.
1. Install A Shower Filter – During a 10-minute bath or shower, you can absorb 100 times more chlorine than you do drinking a gallon of the same water. Without a filter and ventilation, that toxic chlorine becomes airborne and gases throughout your home.

2. Seal Your Furniture – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) creep out of the glues and binders used in plywood and particleboard, composite wood products commonly used in household furnishings and cabinetry. If your furniture is not made of solid wood, coat the outside with a protective sealant.

3. Check Your Personal Care Products – Avoid anything that lists “parfum” or “fragrance” on the ingredients list, as these may include toxic chemicals. Remember that your skin is a very thin barrier to the body. If a product isn’t safe to eat, it probably isn’t safe to put on your skin either.

4. Ventilate Your Printing Area – Ink cartridges often emit air-polluting VOCs and other lesser-known contaminants labeled as glymes.

5. Avoid Synthetically Scented Candles  – Most candles sold today emit cancer-causing benzene and toluene, as well as other respiratory-irritating hydrocarbon chemicals called alkanes and alkenes. Choose beeswax or soy candles with natural fragrances instead.

6. Choose the Right Laundry Detergent – Laundry products, especially dryer sheets can contain some of the most toxic household chemicals on the market.  Opt for plant-based laundry detergents, and wool dryer balls instead.
As always, feel free to ask about natural ways to keep your home healthy and which products we recommend at your next appointment.
(Article adapted from Rodale Wellness)

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