A helpful guide to keeping those toxic chemicals out of what should be a safe sanctuary! –
Most people think about pollution as an outdoor problem that they can escape when they go inside, but indoor pollution may be even more dangerous and pervasive. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend around 90 percent of their time inside, where the concentrations of some pollutants can be up to five times higher than what you’d typically be exposed to outside. While this can be an issue in any room, bedrooms can be particularly concerning because we spend so much time there.
The other issue? “A lot of the body’s restorative and healing processes are done while you slumber, so you want to reduce as many toxins and problems that would prevent your body from working in an optimal condition,” says Kimberly Button, a WELL AP who founded the website Get Green Be Well and created The Ultimate Home Detox Guide. “For instance, if your body is constantly responding to allergens while you sleep and trying to protect you from them, it doesn’t allow it a lot of extra resources for maximum repair and recovery during sleeping.” To protect yourself, first, you’ll need to know the risks posed by the following common household products.
When something burns, you breathe in the smoke and particulate matter that it releases. This may be particularly problematic with scented candles, where you’re likely adding VOCs and other chemicals to the mix. “Several toxic chemicals and airborne particles from [scented candles and other fragranced products] have been linked to adverse health effects, such as respiratory issues, migraine headaches, and contact dermatitis,” says McElroy. “Avoiding exposure to these toxins by not using items that emit fragrances is the best solution. Well-ventilated areas will also reduce the exposure: The old-fashioned solution of airing out the room by opening windows does help.”