Cleaning and Beauty Products
We all know aerosol sprays can have a negative impact on the outdoor atmosphere, but what about the air in your home? Researchers in Los Angeles found that nearly half of volatile organic compounds—or VOCs—found in roadside air are from household products. Now, imagine that floating around your home and into your lungs. Doesn’t sound healthy. Believe it or not, many common household products can cause eye irritation, throat and noes problems, and headaches. Products that are guilty of being indoor air pollutants are:
- Aerosol hair spray and dry shampoo
- Air Fresheners
- Dry cleaning chemicals
- Oven cleaners
- Rug and other upholstery cleaners
If you’re worried about indoor air pollutants from cleaning and beauty supplies, the best thing you can do is check the ingredients of your products before purchasing. To make this process easier, the EPA has a “safer choice” label, marking products with lower levels of VOC’s and potentially harmful chemicals.