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. VOCs can be a harmful chemical to your health and is present in some synthetic cleaning products. The last thing you want is a clean house that is harmful to your health. This is why it is vital you reduce VOCs present in your home.
We all know how essential cleaning is to protect our homes, schools, and workplaces from dirt and viruses. However, negligence with cleaning supplies including soaps, polishes, and grooming supplies are sometimes the main cause of toxicity due to its harmful chemicals. And don’t get fooled by false “natural” or “green” advertising because they too can cause health problems. There are even corrosive or flammable products. Fortunately, we can all educate ourselves to limit the exposure to these risks and reduce VOCs in our homes.
VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Plenty of cleaning supplies can irritate skin, eyes, or throat that causes itchiness, dizziness, and other health problems. And these we should always avoid are products that releases VOC or volatile organic compound. VOCs are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary temperature. This chemical is extremely hazardous that even at low level can cause irritations and strong concentration released in the air can damage your liver, kidney, and central nervous system.
Common Products with VOCs
Products include, but not limited to:
- Aerosol Spray Products
- Air Fresheners
- Chlorine Bleach
- Detergent and Dishwashing Liquid
- Dry Cleaning Chemicals
- R and 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
Use Natural Products
One can never go wrong with legitimate ecofriendly and natural products. Use herbs, flowers and plants to freshen your indoors instead of buying commercial air fresheners and reduce VCOs present in your home. Natural essential oils is best recommended too.
Combat VOC infused home with natural air. Reduce VOCs in your home by opening up windows and doors if possible.
Store products with VOC away from your home and into detached shed or garage. Since some products with VOC is unavoidable (paints, paint thinners, pesticides etc.) install an exhaust fan in your storage space to reduce the hazard.
Decorate with Houseplants
Most natural, easiest, and inexpensive way to make your home healthier and fresher. Also pick plants that absorbs VOC and other toxins. We have Aloe Vera, Spider plants, Chrysanthemums, Chinese Evergreens and Peace Lilies.
Patronise Eco-friendly products
Euca has been in business since the early 1900s and is a pioneer championing eco-friendly and natural products. Explore our store both online and physical and develop healthy cleaning habits today.