Molds, dust, mildew, fungus and other problems that may be caused by mold and mildew are the major reasons people are turning to home improvement products, including steam cleaners.
A recent study found that household products containing synthetic chemicals, such as perfumes and detergents, are among the most common causes of indoor air quality problems.
That’s because household products are a common way people clean up, and most people use them to get clean clothes, makeup, bedding and other personal items.
“If you use a household product to clean up or maintain your home, it is one of the main ways you may be exposed to the chemicals,” said Dr. Karen J. Schafer, a health care and environmental health professor at the University of New Hampshire.
A person can also ingest the chemicals in household cleaners, cosmetics and other household products, and can become more susceptible to the effects of inhaling them.
A 2014 study from the American Institute for Environmental Research and Public Health found that the average person uses 1,400 to 3,000 chemicals in their homes annually.
Many of those chemicals are not only used in products but also in the environment, according to the study.
That includes synthetic chemicals that are not approved for human use.
One such chemical is perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA.
People can ingest PFOAs in household products because the chemicals are typically stored in aerosol cans or bottles.
People who are allergic to PFOIs can’t get the chemical from a food or beverage because it’s too toxic.
People allergic to the chemical can’t avoid using it because it is used in cosmetics and personal care products.
The Environmental Protection Agency has banned PFOas in the U.S. for about 20 years.
The chemicals are also commonly found in cosmetics.
“In addition to the health risks associated with the inhalation of PFOAS, there is an environmental impact to these products,” Schafer said.
Many products contain PFOs.
“Some of the products in your kitchen, for example, contain the synthetic PFOAA that is often found in perfumes, fragrances, body lotions and soaps,” she said.
“People may be allergic to some of these chemicals because of the potential health effects that may result.”
One of the biggest concerns about using household products is the potential for the chemicals to be inhaled.
Schaler said the Environmental Protection Department is looking at ways to help people get around this.
For example, it has proposed an indoor air pollution limit of 5,000 ppb.
Schuler said there are other ways to get around these limits, such by using personal protective equipment, such an inhaler or mask.
“It is possible to get into a room with a personal protective suit or mask,” she added.
A 2017 study from Johns Hopkins University found that people who were exposed to indoor air with PFO as part of their daily routine were significantly more likely to have health problems including asthma and chronic bronchitis.
“You are exposed to a lot of different chemicals,” Schuler noted.
“The things you are exposed [to] in your environment are also being passed on to the next person who comes in contact with them.”
Many people believe that cleaning up after themselves is a more important part of home improvement than cleaning up the environment.
“For people who live alone, they feel like they need to clean the house and it is the responsibility of the other person to do it,” she explained.
Schuer said that the EPA is working with the U,S.
Environmental Protection agency to develop a new rule to make it easier for people to clean their homes.
“They are going to be taking a closer look at the indoor air,” she noted.
People will be able to buy an inhalable mask that can be worn while inside, which could help people with asthma or other respiratory issues, she said, “especially people who are very sensitive to certain chemicals.”
“This will definitely make a big difference,” Schuer added.
People living in areas that are currently affected by the haze of smog can also take action to help.
“There are several steps that you can take to help,” she advised.
“First of all, you can go outside, get a few minutes of sun, get outside and breathe,” she suggested.
“Then, you need to wear an indoor respirator.”
Schuler also said that it is important to take steps to protect yourself from allergens.
“Don’t wear an inhalator if you have asthma,” she urged.
“Wear an outdoor respirator if the asthma is severe or you have any other allergies.”
Some states are trying to regulate the use of the chemicals that have been linked to air pollution.
California is taking the lead on this.
The state is in the process of banning the use and manufacturing of some PFO and PFO A products.
California has also established guidelines for how the state should regulate the chemicals, including the use for household purposes,