12 Tips to Reduce Exposure to Dangerous Household Chemicals

Use these 12 simple tips to avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals linked to lung cancer.

| May/June 2015

  • Use high-VOC products, such as paint, outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
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1. If you’re doing a project that requires use of a high-VOC product, do it outside or in a well-ventilated area.

2. If you’re having your carpet cleaned, shop for a company that uses no VOCs.

3. Tightly cap VOC-containing products and store in well-ventilated areas. Keep all (including plant essential oils) out of reach of children and pets.

4. Never mix products, unless so directed on the label.



5. Select unscented products. Avoid room fresheners such as plug-ins and car deodorizers. Synthetic fragrances are a significant source of VOC exposure.

6. Rinse mops and sponges well before storing.






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