Paints, household products, incense … This cocktail of odors, not necessarily unpleasant, can cause health problems, just like outdoor pollution. A threat that we know too little about.
Warm in your house, you have the impression of being sheltered from pollution. It is true that between a freshly repainted and perfectly cleaned room that smells of vanilla incense, and a piece of black sidewalk that stinks of diesel and dust, we don’t hesitate for long to know which one is the most. polluted of both.
However, if we embarked on detailed analyzes, we might well be surprised! Indeed, the air we breathe inside may not be as clean as it looks… Paints, household products, incense: together, they already form a very pretty pot- rotten pollutants. And, we will see that they are not the only ones and that this cocktail can pose health problems in the long term …
Carcinogens in household products and fabrics
We often have the impression that what we are sold in stores has been checked and is therefore safe for health. And yet, when we look a little closer, we realize that there are 100,000 chemical substances authorized on the European market and that we only know the effects of 3,000 of them! And the worst part is that when some are classified as carcinogenic, they are not withdrawn from the market.
This is the case, for example, with formaldehyde, classified as carcinogenic, but still present in furniture, paints or even household products. But this is also the case for many other pollutants present in the air of our homes such as benzene, a carcinogen, which is found in paints; glycol ethers, hormone disruptors, present in household products; or even flame retardants, also hormonal disruptors, found in tissues!
However, these pollutants are our phantom roommates and we breathe them every day, throughout our life … So, of course, the doses present in the products are low, but they will not have the same effect on you depending on your age, your genetic profile, how long or how often you are exposed to it.
So to avoid taking any unnecessary risks – especially in your baby’s room, it is better to sort out a little or change some of his habits …
Tips for having cleaner air at home
To help you breathe healthier, the doctors of the Association Santé Environnement France give you some very simple tips to put in place.
- And here is the first, and certainly the most important: ventilate! Open windows for at least 15 minutes a day in summer and winter – and don’t hesitate to do so when you’re DIYing, cooking, or cleaning.
- Second, carefully maintain your interior by using eco-labeled or natural household products, by banning indoor insecticides, but also by regularly maintaining your heating.
- Third: drive away odors. First of all, it’s obvious, make tobacco a taboo (since it’s the theme of this month…) and never, ever, smoke indoors!
- Also avoid all the great scented candles and intoxicating incense, they are filled with pollutants. If you want it to smell good without diffusing pollutants in your apartment, we advise you to opt for natural essential oils and their diffuser.
- Fourth, if you are on the job, choose your materials carefully. Side “walls”: choose one with an ecolabel and avoid the glycero and the “oil”. On the floor, avoid carpets which are poorly cleaned and which dust mites and other allergens are fond of. As for new furniture, they can also emit toxic substances, so it is better to ventilate them well before taking them through your doorstep.
- Finally, last tip: go hunting for dust mites, cat and dog hair as well as mold. And above all, be without mercy!
There you have it, now you know how to breathe clean air without spending an extra euro – by following our advice, you might even save some money! And above all, don’t forget that the most important thing is to open the cage to pollutants! Watch them fly away, it’s beautiful!
Find all these tips in detail in the “Small Green Guide to Indoor Bio-Air” published by the Association Santé Environnement France.