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Aside from tobacco smoke, other potentially harmful substances encountered in the home environment include: 

  • Fumes 
  • Household cleaners 
  • Aerosolized products 
  • Bug sprays 
  • Powders 
  • Fireplace smoke 
  • Dust and dirt 
  • Asbestos 
  • Bacteria 
  • Radon gas 
  • Mold and mildew 

“There is no conclusive evidence showing a direct relationship between the development of specific lung diseases and exposure to any of the common substances found in the home. However, individuals who are sensitive to substances such as cleaning products, soaps, deodorants, and cosmetics may experience respiratory difficulties with exposure. Individuals with Alpha-1 or those with known or suspected allergies may experience difficulty breathing when exposed to pet dander, mold, mildew, pollen, or other airborne particles. Persistent exposure by sensitive individuals to any of these elements may lead to long-term respiratory problems.”

“Avoid all dusty situations, including shaking rugs, vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting. Have someone else do this cleaning if possible. If you must be the one who does the dusting, wear a mask. When cleaning areas where dust and dirt routinely accumulate, use a damp rag or mop to reduce airborne particles. Remember, many household appliances collect dust and other irritants and should be cleaned regularly as well.”

The bottom line is that you want to keep the air you breathe and the things your skin comes into contact with as clean and toxin-free as possible.

What are some things you do to keep your home safe? What are your favourite cleaning tips and tricks?