Are Your Cleaning Products Affecting Indoor Air Quality?

cleaning products indoor airWe’re going to let you in on an inconvenient truth: most cleaning products do more harm than good. Sure, that brand-name spray will clean the countertop, but the chemical ingredients can induce bad reactions in anyone with sensitivities. Cleaning products affect indoor air more than one realizes, so we recommend exercising caution.

How Do Cleaning Products Affect Indoor Air?

Common window, upholstery, and countertop sprays emit chemicals, such as glycol and terpenes. These are harmful endocrine disruptors that can exacerbate allergies. Such chemicals are also found in other everyday items, including:

  • Floor polish
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Air fresheners
  • Toilet bowl cleaners

When buying cleaners, carefully read the label and avoid products with any of these compounds:

  • Ammonia
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Triclosan
  • Perchloroethylene, usually abbreviated as “PERC”
  • Phthalates, mainly found in air fresheners

How to Improve Air Quality

We recommend switching over to all-natural cleaners. You should also avoid products with lemon or pine scent, especially during spring allergy season. When applicable, try sticking to warm water and soap. This is nothing fancy and is as basic as basic gets, but it gets the job done in most cases.

Ventilation must also be adequate. Aside from opening windows and doors, your air ducts should also be in good operating condition. We also recommend refraining from the use of ionizers, electrostatic precipitators, or other home purifier devices during cleaning. These devices produce ozone, which may react with the cleaning chemicals in the air and produce harmful fumes.

We’ll Improve Your Home Air Circulation

What you can’t see often does the most harm. Call Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning to maintain your air ducts, furnace, and dryer vent. With allergy season here, take steps to improve the air in your home. Most cleaning products affect indoor air, so a properly running ventilation system is crucial if you plan to do some spring cleaning.

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