Are there harmful VOCs in your household cleaning supplies?

Are there harmful VOCs in your household cleaning supplies?

You would think that keeping your home clean would be one of the best things you could do to protect your indoor air quality and avoid the need for VOC testing or a mold inspection, right? Unfortunately, as the experts at AirMD, specialists in environmental testing and mold remediation in Boca Raton, FL, will tell you, that might not be the case.

Of course, not doing the house cleaning isn’t the solution. (It would be nice if we didn’t have to do it, though, wouldn’t it?!) What you’ll need to do to make sure you’re not releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful chemicals into the air your family is breathing is read the labels and understanding what is in the cleaning products that you’re using.

According to the American Lung Association, “Household and cleaning products—including soaps, polishes and grooming supplies—often include harmful chemicals. Even products advertised as ‘green’ or ‘natural’ may contain ingredients that can cause health problems. Some cleaning supplies can even be flammable or corrosive.”

That’s right. There is no law that says manufacturers have to list everything that goes into the products they are trying to sell you. Just because the label says something is an eco-friendly choice, don’t believe it. Do your own research!

How to avoid harmful VOCs and chemicals in cleaning and household products

Here are some tips from the American Lung Association that can help you keep the air in your home safe:

  • Read all labels on cleaning supplies and household products before you buy them. Choose products that do not contain or have reduced amounts of VOCs, fragrances, irritants and flammable ingredients.
  • Avoid using air fresheners altogether.
  • Follow the directions and use products only as they are intended.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put together a list of cleaning products you might use in your home or car that meet its Safer Choice requirements.
  • As a safer cleaning alternative, warm water and soap often will do the trick, especially at home. Baking soda is good for scrubbing. A mix of vinegar and water can clean glass.
  • When using cleaning or household products, keep the area well ventilated. Open windows and doors. Never use cleaning products in a small, enclosed space.

If you have concerns that your irritated eyes, scratchy throat, headaches or other health problems might be related to the quality of the air in your home, you can call the air quality experts at AirMD at 1 888 GO AIRMD (1-888-462-4763). We will help you determine if VOC testing is right for you. We offer professional residential and commercial services throughout the state of Florida, ranging from formaldehyde testing Jacksonville to mold removal in Miami.

By Simon Hahessy | Posted in Volatile Organic Compounds