Three Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution In Your Home

It's no secret that the air inside your home is actually more polluted than the air outdoors. Problems with ventilation, high humidity, and the likelihood of toxin buildup are all common contributors to this fact. (We give you the inside scoop on why here.

But while those environmental factors impact your ability to curb indoor pollution, they aren't the pollutants themselves

Here, we're walking through three common pollution sources lurking within your household — some more obvious than others — so that you can safely eradicate the problem at its root.

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1. Furniture

This one's scary because you have furniture...everywhere. Unfortunately, a lot of upholstered or wood furnishings are produced with harmful chemicals that release into the air. Tables, chairs, consoles, or bed frames — particularly those made from plywood or composite wood — often have formaldehyde in them as an adhesive or coating. Upholstered fabrics and cushions are often treated with flame retardants and chemical dyes.

2.  Cleaning Products 

It's important to note: this doesn't just entail cleaning sprays, solutions, and detergents. There are harmful pollutants in many air fresheners, deodorants, soaps, and shampoos, too. Known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the pollutants comprising these common household items easily evaporate, linger in the air, and can contribute to chronic lung issues, diabetes, and heart disease.

3. Home Repair Products

You might not pull these products out for everyday use, but there are still a ton of potentially-dangerous materials stocked up in your utility closet or garage. Paints, paint thinners, and paint strippers are loaded with VOCs like xylene, ethyl acetate, and formaldehyde. What's scarier: you'll find these air-polluting, health-compromising toxins in glues and mending agents, too. So even if you're not planning on a total room refresh, the small, simple fixes you make here and there degrade air quality in what's meant to be your safest space.

How can you ensure that your home remains the haven it's meant to be? Achieving clean air means eliminating all sources of pollution inside. Be thoughtful about the furniture you select, the cleaning products you buy, and the repair agents you reach for. 

We can't help you with all of those categories, but we can help you with one. The next time you're thinking of repairing a crack or hole in a wall, choose SafeMend Non-Toxic Wall Mending Agent. 

It's the ONLY product on the market that's 100% free of those dangerous, air-polluting VOCs. 

Entirely safe for indoor use and with no risk posed to the health of your family, SafeMend is an easy step toward combatting toxic air quality — all while effectively tackling every project.


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