Shocking Sources Polluting the Air Inside Your Home

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5. Cleaning Supplies

It’s a strange paradox by which we use “dirty” chemicals to clean our houses, our cars, and our clothes. By “dirty” we mean that they contain chemicals that are toxic to your health. They can cause a multitude of skin and lung problems. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of homemade, completely natural cleaning recipes online that use things like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon. These are harmless and natural, but pack a powerful cleaning, anti-bacterial punch, minus the chemicals.

 

6. Art and Drawing Supplies

This one might make you think twice about the type of back to school supplies you give your children, but many supplies such as paints, glue, markers, and other types of art supplies have the potential to cause damage due to the chemical fumes they give off. To minimize exposure to these chemicals, use these supplies in well ventilated rooms, or try and buy non-toxic, alternative art supplies online.

 

7. Secondhand Smoke

You’ve probably already heard about the dangers of secondhand smoke. If you haven’t, you should be aware that secondhand smoke is just as harmful as smoking directly. If you must smoke, do it outside, with the doors closed, as far away from your family as possible. For your sake, and the health of your family, consider quitting.

 

8. Radon Gas

Have your air tested, because radon gas is something you cannot see or smell. Radon rises up naturally from the ground and gets into your house through your plumbing, cracks in your air vents, and any other cracks in your home. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. There are very inexpensive kits that will test your home for this toxic gas. You can’t protect yourself from air pollution if you don’t know what’s in your home.

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