3 Household Items That Affect Your Lungs

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Are you sure you feel safe when you’re inside of your home? There are a few everyday items in your home that may seem harmless, but are actually extremely hazardous to your lungs and overall health.

Bleach
The chemicals that make up bleach can be extremely hazardous when inhaled. These irritants can cause and worsen symptoms of certain respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Simply use soap and water for everyday cleaning. However, if you must use bleach for disinfecting purposes, only use a small amount as a part of a larger cleaning solution.

Carpets
Walking around your home with your shoes on and avoiding household chores will cause your carpets to accumulate dirt, dust, and debris. While you’re not going to throw away your carpeting, you should invest in a high quality vacuum that sucks up as much dust as possible. In combination with the vacuum, use HEPA filters to aid in the removal of dust. Remember to always vacuum after dusting to remove the maximum amount of dust during your cleanings.

Paints
A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into an old home — just make sure you can breathe after painting! Certain paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and are harmful to your lungs when inhaled. Choose paints that do not contain these chemicals and always open windows when painting.

Just because an item is sold in a store, doesn’t mean it can’t cause harm to your health. If you’re unsure about the air quality in your home, contact EnviroGreen Boston for an air quality test. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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