Forget air pollution, these common household products are worse for your health

The Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are issuing a warning that air pollution

The Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are issuing a warning that air pollution in your homes may be putting you at risk.

The warning follows from a joint study conducted by the groups, which found that everyday house products like air fresheners and scented candles are causing this pollution.

Daily Mail reports that insulating properties and installing fixed windows to keep out drafts are only aiding in trapping the potentially toxic air inside your home.

Every Breath We Take, the report released this week, claims that at least 40,000 deaths in the UK can be linked to air pollution in and out of the home stating, “indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths annual in Europe.”

It is suggested that everyday products such as faulty boilers, open fires, fly sprays, air fresheners, deodorants and DIY cleaning products are contributing to the poor air quality in door.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), are chemicals that are usually used within household sprays, starting off as solid or liquid and evaporating into the air we breathe.

Limonene, a type of VOC, is used heavily in air fresheners and scented candles to give off a citrus aroma. These are dangerous to inhale on their own and come become a carcinogen that burns the eyes, irritates skin and incites coughing fits, nausea and even nose and throat cancers when mixed with other airborne elements.

In addition to these products, certain furniture, fabric, glue, insulation and biological materials like, house-dust mites, mould and animal dander can harm your health.

The report warns that younger children and elderly are the most sensitive to air pollution, but it can have a huge impact on all age groups.

It states impacts such as, “increases in heart attacks and strokes for those in later life; and the associated links to asthma, diabetes, dementia, obesity and cancer for the wider population” can be caused by air pollution.

Professor Stephen Holgate, the chairman of the report’s working party, spoke to Daily Mail stating, “we now know that air pollution has a substantial impact on many chronic long term conditions, increasing strokes and heart attacks in susceptible individuals. We know that air pollution adversely effects the development of the foetus, including lung development.”

“And now there is compelling evidence that air pollution is associated with new onset asthma in children and adults. When our patients are exposed to such a clear and avoidable cause of death, illness and disability, it our duty to speak out,” he said.

Here are some things you can do to improve the quality of air in your home:

  • Do not smoke indoors
  • Make sure your gas stove is well ventilated
  • Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce moisture
  • Dust and vacuum regularly
  • Use natural cleaning products that are free from harsh chemicals
  • Try to avoid using scented candles
  • Ensure your home is well ventilated (open the windows and allow the air to circulate)
  • Add some plants to your decor to remove toxins in the home naturally.

Share your thoughts below. Will you try any of these tips?

  1. A Bloody good – Worthwhile Read – Rudds Pink Bats were a big No No as it seems now – along with all the Cr*p we probably all spray around our homes Daily – Great Report “Starts at 60” 😀😃‼️

  2. so many things to be concerned about….just don’t ordinarily think about …until you read about…..just goes to show….every action has a reaction….

  3. Mostly just confirmation of what we already new or suspected really, although a good reminder of what is healthy living. Minimise the use of chemicals, good ventillation and good general household hygiene being the cornerstone of healthy living for as long as I can remember.

  4. A little bit of good housekeeping goes a long way. You don’t have to be a fanatic really.

  5. I only use a spray for cockroaches, but otherwise don’t buy chemical cleaning products. I use vinegar and bi-carb.

  6. This report was produced in the UK where homes are double or triple glazed and roof and walls are heavily insulated. In the winter homes are closed up and central heating turned on to keep the house warm and fuel costs down. It is little wonder ventilation is poor during the winter months.

  7. Glad you brought this one up. I nearly landed in ER yesterday. Why? Husband decided I need to use the collar spray from Aldi. Always used Vanish. One spray was enough for me to pass out and spend the rest of the day in bed with a very sore throat and lungs. Breathing became very uncomfortable. So, I will never ever allow him to buy it, and that includes the air freshner from Aldi that he sneaked in and I got coughing fits, not knowing what was happening. That just confirms my thoughts on Aldi, cheap prices, 3rd rate products!

    • I think you’ll find all products of sprays etc have all those chemical nasties in them. Just read their labels.

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