Toxic Chemicals Found in Household Dust
Researchers analyzed data from a number of sources to evaluate the chemical make-up of dust from several indoor environments, including homes and schools, in 14 states across the U.S. What they found is alarming: household dust contains a variety of chemicals that are linked to numerous health problems, from cancer to infertility.
According to researchers, children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of these chemicals, which come from common products in the home, such as flooring, appliances, cleaners, and others, and include flame retardants and fragrances. Many of the substances are banned from use in baby/child products, but not other types of products.
Regularly vacuuming and cleaning floors with a wet mop, dusting with a damp cloth, and washing hands with plain soap and water before eating can help reduce household dust and exposure to toxic chemicals. This analysis confirms earlier studies and indicates that a policy change on the use of harmful substances in household products is needed.
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