According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of symptoms including nausea, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, congestion, eye irritation, difficulty breathing, asthma, lung disease, skin rashes, and even cancer. An Oregon study suggested that women who stay at home full time have breast cancer rates 50% higher than working women. The study suggests that household cleaning products contribute to these rates.
Indoor air pollution is caused by chemicals from paint, treated wood, plastics, and chemical cleaning products. The U.S. allows more chemicals than most other industrialized nations and more than 90% of the thousands of chemicals currently used in cleaning and other household products, have never been tested for their effects on humans or the environment.
Outside, much of these chemical pollutants are filtered out of the air by plants or dissipate into the atmosphere, but indoors these pollutants have not where to go and no way to be filtered out.
To improve the air quality inside your home, you need to take steps to reduce the amount of chemicals you bring into your house, bring clean fresh air into your house, and/or filter the pollutants out of the air. This month, pick at least one step to implement in your home.
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Step 1: Reduce the amount pollutants and chemicals in your air by switching to natural cleaners, avoiding chemical air fresheners and airing out treated woods, plastics and other household items before bringing them into your home.
Natural cleaning products can be purchased from your local grocery store, but a much cheaper and just as effective alternative is to make your own using vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and other more natural products.
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