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The Dangers of Indoor Air Pollution

We all know about the dangers of air pollution right? On the days where it is considered to be present in high levels, those of us with asthma or other respiratory ailments are advised to stay indoors. On theses days in the city you can even see the pollution, hanging over the horizon as an ugly brown smudge – yuk.[\lead]

Did you know that often the pollution inside your own home can be just as bad, at many times worse, than the air pollution outside? I didn’t.

Australians are spending more and more time indoors, whether at home, at work or even socialising inside a restaurant or venue. It is a generally recognised that we spend approximately 90% or more of our time indoors and with that being the case – it’s a little scary to think that the air we are breathing indoors could be highly toxic to our health.

High levels of indoor air pollution come about due to the combination of the already polluted air from outside entering the home and combining with the pollution generated indoors by common chemicals such as cleaning products, air fresheners, pest control and even personal care products. These chemicals can have a major impact on our health and wellbeing including asthma, allergies and hyperactivity, and even cancer.

Some Facts About Indoor Air Pollution:

>  CSIRO estimates the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia to be as high as $12 billion per year
>  Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental risks to public health in the US.
>  Indoor chemical pollution is recognised as a significant health risk to children by the World Health Organisation
>  Manly ailments such as asthma, allergies, hyperactivity and cancer are linked to common chemicals found in the home.

The solution?

Make sure your home is properly ventilated, open windows and doors often to allow fresh air to flow through. Reduce your home’s chemical load by choosing safer solutions that are made from naturally occurring chemicals, biodegradable and non toxic or as low toxic as possible. There are many safe, simple ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice that can be used for cleaning around the home, or choose eco-friendly, non-hazardous cleaning products such as those from the HealtheClean range.

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