Hidden Toxins in Your Home: What You Need to Know
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in household products and building materials that release harmful toxins as gas. VOC concentrations are up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors.
Common VOC sources include:
- Aerosol sprays
- Cleaners and disinfectants
- Air fresheners and perfumes
- Nail polish removers
- Glues and adhesives
- Dry-cleaned materials
A lack of ventilation and air purification can lead to the accumulation of more than just chemicals. Pet dander, dust, pollen, bacteria, and cleaning supply residue and odors might contribute to sick building syndrome (SBS). Someone may get SBS as a result of spending too much time in a building with tight construction and poor air quality. SBS, in addition to VOCs, may present a wide range of health risks to homeowners.
For more information on the health effects of volatile organic compounds, where they’re usually found in the home and chemical alternatives, read our resource.