The quote “you don’t get anything clean, without getting something else dirty” means quite a lot in the case of VOCs. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and VOCs can be harmful. They can damage your health and are present in many synthetic cleaning products. The last thing you want after working hard cleaning your house, it to be breathing in chemicals that can be damaging your families health. So how can we reduce VOCs?

We all know how essential cleaning is to protect our homes, schools and workplaces from dirt and germs. However, negligence when selecting cleaning supplies including soaps, polishes and grooming supplies may result in exposure to harmful chemicals. Don’t be fooled by an illusion of “natural” or “green” advertising make sure you do your homework and avoid dangerous corrosive or flammable products. Let’s learn how you can limit exposure to these risks and reduce VOCs in your home.

What is a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)

Some cleaning products can irritate your skin, eyes, or throat and causes itchiness, dizziness and other health problems. To reduce the risk of these symptoms eliminate cleaning products that releases VOC or volatile organic compound. VOCs are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at an ordinary temperature. This chemical is so hazardous, that even at a low level, it can cause irritations and when at a strong concentration it is released into the air, it can damage your liver, kidney, and central nervous system.

What products release VOCs?

Products that may release VOCs include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerosol Spray Products
  • Air Fresheners
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Detergent and Dishwashing Liquid
  • Dry Cleaning Chemicals
  • Upholstery Cleaners
  • Furniture and Floor Polish
  • Oven Cleaners

HEALTH TIP: Never mix bleach or any-bleach-containing product with any cleaner containing ammonia. Why? Because the gases that’ll be created from this mixture can lead to chronic breathing problems.

How to Reduce VOCs in your Home?

  1. Use Natural Products

Instead of using commercial air fresheners that may contain VOCs, a natural way to add fragrance and freshen up your home is with herbs, flowers, indoor plants and natural essential oils. You can never go wrong with scientifically backed and trusted ecofriendly and natural products like Euca.

  1. Add Ventilation

Combat VOCs that may be infused within your home with natural air flow. Reduce the presence of VOCs in your home by opening up windows and doors as often as possible and enjoying the breeze.

  1. Avoid VOCs

Store any products with VOCs that you cannot eliminate from your home, away from your home in a shed or garage. As some products with VOCs are unavoidable (paints, paint thinners, pesticides etc.) ensure you install an exhaust fan in your storage space to reduce your exposure to the hazards.

  1. Decorate with Houseplants

The most natural and inexpensive way to make your home healthier and fresher is indoor plants. Select indoor plants like Aloe Vera, Spider Plants, Chrysanthemums, Chinese Evergreens and Peace Lilieswill which best absorb VOCs and other toxins.

  1. Switch to Eco-friendly Products

Euca has been in business since the early 1900’s and is a pioneer championing eco-friendly and natural products that work. Explore our store online or in oerson and start to enjoy the benefits of safer cleaning products.

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