Breathe Better Air At Home



You try to keep your home clean and smelling fresh, but you may be doing more harm than good. Air fresheners, candles, cleaning products, disinfectants, aerosol sprays, paint, and dry-cleaned clothing can release toxic chemicals called volatile organic compounds into your home. These compounds are linked to cancer, as well as heart, liver, nervous system, and breathing problems.  

You can improve the air in your home with five simple steps.

  • Keep the humidity level between 40 and 50 percent during very cold weather and between 40 and 60 percent the rest of the year to minimize pollutants.
  • Always use commercial cleaners and disinfectants, aerosol sprays, and air fresheners with lots of ventilation. Open windows or run exhaust fans that vent outdoors.
  • Switch to more natural cleaners. Baking soda, vinegar, liquid dish soap, and plain old water are safer, less toxic, cheaper, and just as effective as most commercial cleaners.
  • Avoid imported candles. They are more likely to have lead wicks, and burning them can cause unsafe lead levels in your home.
  • Leave windows open to let in fresh air when burning incense. Incense can release large amounts of pollutants.

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  • FC&A Staff Writer