By Krista Peterson
We hear a lot about outdoor air quality and pollution. But what about indoors? What about inside your house?
A number of common household products contain toxins that affect indoor air quality and pose health risks for some.
Items such as cleansers, paint, pesticide and even insulation can reduce indoor air quality, putting some at risk for asthma, nausea, kidney damage and mesothelioma.
Organic alternatives to some of these products can increase sustainability in the home and cut down heavily on health risks.
Whether taking on a crafts project or decorating, paint can sometimes be harmful. Most paint products are high in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). This is a toxin that can cause headaches, dizziness, and even nausea. Luckily, there are a number of alternative options in most hardware stores. Low-VOC paints are the best alternative to regular paints that are high in VOC’s.
Chemicals and pesticides are two highly used products both inside and outside of many residences. Common versions are often loaded with possible dangerous toxins such formaldehyde and triclosan.
Even with a great need for cleansers and pesticides around the house, there are a number of suitable alternatives and uses to cut toxins and health risks. Many stores carry organic cleansers and they can be made at home, as well. With pesticides, families should look to limit them only to outdoor use. Keeping shoes in the garage can prevent tracking pesticides into the house.
Another common household toxin for some is asbestos located in insulation. Asbestos was commonly used as lining and insulation in all types of building structures until the 1980’s. When workers who were around asbestos started being diagnosed with mesothelioma, the dots started to be connected by doctors. With mesothelioma life expectancy being so limited, companies began to halt use of asbestos throughout the 1970’s. Some older houses may still have asbestos within the insulation today. Luckily, there are a number of organic alternatives in insulation today. This includes options such as foam spray and cotton fiber, which are both made from recyclables.
Even with a number of ways to cut down on pollution outside, maintaining indoor air quality through organic alternatives is of major importance. Making some small replacements and changes inside the home can be highly beneficial in reducing health risks.
Krista Peterson of Orlando, Florida, is a recent college graduate who is an aspiring writer and has a passion for health and wellness. Have an article you’d like to contribute to BrownOnGreen.Net? Contact me at [email protected].