Some serious health conditions are linked to the dust chemicals. These include hormone disruption, fertility problems, and cancer. It’s found, by the researchers, that 90% of the samples of household dust carried more than 10 very harmful chemicals and as many as 45.
An assistant professor, Dr. Ami Zota, at George Washington University, said that on daily basis all of us, especially children, are exposed to multiple chemicals in household dust that is connected with serious health problems.
How bad the dust chemicals can be?
Phthalates are linked to insulin resistance and obesity in adolescents. Some phthalates contained in children’s products are banned by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Many types of plastics contain large amounts of phthalates.
Flame retardants are often used in furniture, carpet padding and building insulation. They are tied to asthma and cancer, reduced fertility and lower IQ.
Highly fluorinated chemicals come from carpeting, products treated to repel water and non-stick pans. They are linked to leukemia and brain cancer. Researchers say that the combination of many different substances in the dust has a synergistic effect and is much riskier than the single chemicals.
Fragrances can come not only from the perfume, they also come from fabric softeners, personal care products, soaps and other household cleaners. These chemicals include benzaldehyde, acetone, methyl chloride and camphor. They are linked to respiratory failure, central nervous disorders, and kidney damage.
Phenols are linked to abnormal brain and body growth, liver disease, vertigo, and diarrhea. They appear as components in different products as herbicides, glues, hair coloring, and antiseptics.
Eliminate the Poisons in Your Home
Here are the ways to decrease toxic dust in your home:
Air purifiers. They remove dust and smaller, microscopic particles that can be very harmful.
HEPA vacuum. A vacuum cleaner with HEPA (High-efficiency particulate arrestance) filter. It can filter out over 99% dangerous particles.
Fans. Use vented exhaust fans in your kitchen, laundry, and bathroom area.
Open windows. Simply by opening a window can help you to get rid of the household dust. The fresh outside air dilutes suspended dust particles.
Wipe it away. Often wipe down surfaces that collect dust with a damp cloth. Always wash your hands afterward.
Quarantine the bad stuff. Never store glues, paints, pesticides, solvents, and other toxic chemicals near your living quarters. Keep them in an outdoor storage area or in your garage.