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Household cleaning products not only help to eliminate bacteria and contaminants. They also keep your home smelling fresh. While your hardwood might smell like fresh pine and your laundry like a tropical island, those aromas could be harming your health. For people suffering from allergies or asthma, conventional cleaners can present dangerous side effects. This is why it’s so important to determine if your cleaning products are polluting your Mebane, North Carolina, home’s air.

How Do Household Cleaners and Other Items Pollute Indoor Air?

Some cleaning products and household items such as candles can increase indoor concentrations of gaseous and particle air pollutants. This is especially true if you use those products in the presence of ozone. It’s not so much the chemicals emitted from the products but the resulting indoor chemical reactions that lead to polluted indoor air. Some of these chemical reactions produce formaldehyde, which is dangerous to your health.

Cleaning Products That Pollute Your Indoor Air Quality

Candles used for decorative or aromatic purposes can make your home smell incredibly good. On the downside, candles can cause respiratory issues because they produce airborne soot carbon particles.

If your cleaning products have any of the following ingredients, they are polluting your indoor air quality:

  • Alcohol
  • Petroleum-based solvents
  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine

Coming in contact with these ingredients can irritate your eyes and throat and cause headaches. They are particularly dangerous to those suffering from allergies or asthma.

What Candles and Cleaning Products Are Safe?

Always use candles made of vegetable oil or beeswax, and make sure any dyes or perfumes in the candles are natural. As far as household cleaning products, find options that are organic or non-toxic. You can use tea tree oil to remove biological growth as well as a disinfectant. Hydrogen peroxide works well as a sanitizer.

Contact A&E Heating and Air Conditioning today at 919-229-8607 to schedule an indoor air quality assessment for your home. One of our certified technicians will perform an assessment and recommend ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

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