Indoor Air Quality:
Chemical cleaners used in household cleaning is often a primary cause for indoor air pollution . Certain chemicals emitted by cleaning products can be harmful from direct exposure or can react with other chemicals in the air to form harmful by-products. For many cleaners, the highest percentage of VOCs is found in the fragrances added to impart a particular scent.
Many chemical cleaners contain ingredients that can be harmful and allergic if inhaled, or comes into contact with the skin. Infants , small children, professional cleaners, individuals cleaning in small enclosed areas, and people with lung or heart disease are most susceptible to health effects from exposure to pollutants from cleaning products.
Chemical cleaners often contain substances that are harmful to the environment. When these cleaners are flushed down drains or disposed of improperly, they contaminate water bodies and harm aquatic life. It is also often noticed the toxic cleaners when flushed into the sewage treatment plants can effect the performance of the digester in the STP and lead to high maintenance costs.
Sustainable living involves making choices that minimize negative impacts on the environment and human health. By avoiding toxic chemical cleaners in closed spaces, you support sustainable practices and promote a healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Actions You Can Take:
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce or eliminate exposure to these indoor pollutants:
- Using natural cleaning solutions such as plant-based cleaners, is a safer and more sustainable alternative. These alternatives are non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and often have fewer negative impacts on indoor air quality. They can effectively clean surfaces and ensures no harmful residues on surfaces.
- It’s important to read labels and understand the ingredients of cleaning products to make informed choices. Whenever possible, choose products that are labeled as eco-friendly, non-toxic.
- “Use Less”, do not use more cleaning agents than is necessary to complete the job.
- Always use adequate ventilation during and for several hours after cleaning.