The Dust in Your Home Is Surprisingly Toxic, Study Finds

dust bunnies under the bed can be dangerous to your health. A new study has found that common household dust contains up to 45 toxic chemicals. 1

Milken Institute researchers School of Public Health at George Washington University analyzed the dust of homes in 14 states. It was found that healthy compounds that fell into five categories :. Phthalates, phenols, flame retardants, fragrances, and substances highly fluorinated

Many of the chemicals dust are linked to serious health problems. These include cancer, hormonal disorders and fertility problems. 2 Researchers found that 90% of the dust samples contained at least 10 harmful chemicals and as many as 45.

Dr. Ami Zota is an assistant professor at George Washington University and co-author of the study. “People, especially children, are exposed daily to multiple chemicals in dust that are linked to serious health problems,” he said.

The chemicals in household dust comes from consumer products and building materials. They include vinyl flooring, furniture, cleaning products, perfumes … Even the pizza boxes and microwave popcorn. 3

Children are at greater risk because they crawl on the floor, where most of the house dust hides, researchers said.

5 nasty chemicals in household dust

How bad can it be powdered chemicals?

Phthalates they are related to obesity and insulin resistance in adolescents. Safety Commission US Consumer Product It has banned some phthalates in children’s products. Phthalates are many types of plastics. 4

Phenols are linked to diarrhea, dizziness, abnormal growth of the brain and body, and liver diseases. They are used in many different products, including antiseptics, hair coloring, herbicides, and tails. 5

Flame retardants they are often used in carpet padding, furniture and building insulation. They are linked to cancer and asthma, lower IQ, and reduced fertility. 6

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Fragrances come not only from perfume, but soaps and other household cleaning products, fabric softeners and personal care products. Fragrance chemicals include acetone, benzaldehyde, camphor, and methyl chloride. They are linked to kidney damage, central nervous system disorders, and respiratory failure. 7.8

highly fluorinated chemicals come from nonstick pans, carpets and products treated to repel water. They are linked to brain cancer and leukemia. 9

Researchers say the combination of different powdered substances probably have a synergistic effect that makes it much more dangerous than the individual chemicals.

get rid of the poison in your home

Here are ways to reduce the toxic dust at home:

HEPA vacuum. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA (high efficiency particulate arrestance). You can filter more than 99% of harmful particles.

Air purifiers. The newer not only remove dust, but smaller, microscopic particles that can be harmful.

The open windows. Simply open a window can help rid your home of dust. fresh outside air dilutes the dust particles in suspension.

fans. Use vent exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry area.

quarantine the bad things. Never store paints, solvents, adhesives, pesticides or other toxic chemicals near your home. Keep them in the garage or in a storage area outdoors.

I wipe it away. frequently clean surfaces that are prone to collect dust with a damp cloth. And wash your hands afterwards. 10

There is another great way to keep toxic substances away from home. Recently NASA tells how clean the air in their space stations. More information here.

In good health,

Angela Salerno
Executive Director, INH Health Observatory

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