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Chemicals are a part of life. Knowing what chemicals are better or safer to use can be really hard to know.
Manufactures of cleaning products use fancy labeling to make it look like it’s a safe option to use, but sometimes it is not very safe at all.
Here are some ways of knowing what cleaning products are good and bad to use.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. Many common household materials and products, such as paints and cleaning products, give off VOCs.
Common VOCs include:
Different VOCs have different health effects, and range from those that are highly toxic to those with no known health effect.
Breathing in low levels of VOCs for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems.
Studies suggest that exposure to VOCs may make symptoms worse in people who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to chemicals. VOCs particularly affect indoor air quality—concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to 10 times higher) than outdoors.
Household products, including:
Other products, including:
Health effects may include:
Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include:
My recommended safer cleaning products are from a company called OzKleen.
OzKleen products are free from chlorine, ammonia and phosphates, OzKleen’s range covers the entire house.