Each Year, 99.000 Europeans Die From Air Fresheners and Household Sprays!
While the danger of outdoor air pollution has been well documented in recent years, the report will highlight the danger in our homes, schools and workplaces. Air fresheners and scented candles are supposed to improve the smell of a room, but one study report finds that these kind of household products could be responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths across Europe every year.
Researchers in the UK found that many domestic products, including deodorants, anti-insect sprays, cleaning products contain chemicals known as (VOCs) Volatile Organic Compounds. That`s compounds which can cause cancer. The highest level of this compound, known as limonene, which can become the carcinogen formaldehyde when is mixed with other airborne elements. This has been found in numerous household products.
Such indoor pollution is worsened by people trying to reduce their energy bills by installing more insulation and reducing ventilation, the researchers claim. While homes may be warmer as a result, they are also more dangerous.
But among the most disturbing aspects of air pollution highlighted by the report is that posed by such common items as air fresheners and personal hygiene, DIY and cleaning products.
Also, certain furniture, fabric, furnishings, glue and insulation can emit formaldehyde vapor, causing irritation to the lungs.
Biological materials found in the home, such as house-dust mites, mold and animal dander, flecks of skin and fur can also harm human health.
EXTRA TIP: Make your own air freshener
Distillate water, 1 Tbs. Baking soda, 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
First, pour the baking soda into a small dish and add the drops of essential oils. Mix well with a spoon. Now, pour baking soda into the empty spray bottle and fill it to the top with water. Shake well! You can use this to freshen the air in a room. You can also use it on carpets, couches, shoes.