Many of the things we use to “improve” our homes actually contain harmful, even toxic, chemicals that have both short- and long-term health effects. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be found in a number of common household products like paints, cleaners, flooring and furniture. By making yourself aware of the problem products, you can keep them out of your home, making it a better place to live.
- Look for paints with less than 50 grams per liter of VOCs. Your lungs will thank you. More paint ideas ›
- Avoid toluene and xylene in stains and sealers. They can cause skin and eye irritation and even kidney damage. More flooring ideas ›
- Cleaning doesn’t have to be so dirty. All-natural cleaners contain natural ingredients that you can pronounce — like parsley and oranges. More cleaning ideas ›
- Changing your air filter every three months helps keep larger airborne particles like dust, dander and mites out of the air you breathe. More air quality ideas ›
- Air purifiers reduce levels of smaller airborne allergens and particles and can be moved from room to room. More air quality ideas ›