People make a huge mistake when take the household dust for granted, when it could actually be wreaking havoc to your organism. We use many items like non-stick cookware, toys, pizza boxes, etc., on a daily basis that emit chemicals in the air that turn in dangerous dust particles.
When the Toxic Dust Settles
The first study concerning household dust was conducted at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University where it was discovered that there are 45 detrimental chemicals in the dust, with 10 being found in 90 percent of the dust samples. Unfortunately, all these so called flame retardant like TPHP, TDCIPP, and TCEP, a known carcinogen, are used in furniture, building materials and even in baby products, manufacturers add phthalates in the production in order to soften the plastic. These chemicals cause obesity, infertility, hormonal imbalance, declines IQ, respiratory problems, etc.
The professor of environmental and occupational health, Ami Zota says: “The findings suggest that people, and especially children, are exposed on a daily basis to multiple chemicals in dust that is linked to serious health problems.” She also adds that “exposure to even small amounts of chemicals in combination can lead to amplified health risk, especially for developing infants and young mothers”.
Due to the fact that children often play on the floor and touch their mouths, they are especially prone to the side-effects of contaminated dust. The co-author of the study from the Natural Resources Defense Council in California, Singla explains the following:“They end up having a lot more exposure to chemicals in dust and they are more vulnerable to toxic effects because their brains and bodies are still developing”.
How to Limit Exposure
Cleaning the house as you usually do is not enough to get rid of the household dust. The worst part is that chemical concentration can accumulate very fast and it is not visible to the naked eye.
Luckily, there are some tricks how to limit the exposure to contaminated dust. Besides vacuuming, mopping the floors and dusting with a damp cloth, there are some other ways which will help you clean your house more thoroughly.
- Make sure to avoid cleaning products that contain detrimental chemicals such as DIBP, DNBP, DEHP, DEP, HFCs, and phenols.
- Remember to always wash your hands with water and soap prior eating.
- Detox Me is an app which provides tips on how to limit exposure to chemicals like using fragrance-free cleaning products, swapping vinyl shower curtains for nylon, and many more.
Moreover, you can also start using castile soap as a replacement for skin care products, laundry and dish detergent, and all-purpose cleaner in order to eliminate all those harmful chemicals that surround you. The best way is to use natural cleaning products such as essential oils, vinegar, baking soda, etc.