The Shocking Truth About Indoor Air Pollutants

The Shocking Truth About Indoor Air Pollutants

Most people do not know what the main cause of air pollution is. If you asked, most would think that a factory, or busy road, were the leading causes of air pollution. In fact, most people would be surprised to find that the answer to the question is inside the home. Although your home might not be the most common place where you would find polluted air; the problem comes from the fact that we spend a majority of our day indoors, and this means more exposure to the contaminants that might be in the air.

In today’s day and age, insulation is important, in terms of energy savings. For this reason, a majority of homes are very well insulated. In turn, if there are pollutants in the environment, they are going to stick around for more time. The indoor air we are exposed to is two to five times more polluted than the air we are exposed to outside. Many of the products we use are filled with synthetic ingredients; these gradually exude harmful toxins in the environment we are exposed to. The EPA has even gone as far as saying that indoor air is among the top 5 risks to public health.

Cleaners, air fresheners, and other products we use, have created a toxic home and environment. Some of the most harmful chemicals and contaminants include: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Paints, detergent, and furniture polishes we use, contain these and other harmful chemical blends. Dyes, chlorine, sulfuric acid, are also contaminants which are found in these products and cleaners, which we use on a daily basis in our homes. Even the markers, paints, and supplies our kids use, contain these harsh chemicals.

Carpets, our furniture, and other household items, are more dangerous to our health than we would ever expect; these can make our homes extremely toxic and dangerous places to be. Even new carpeting emits harmful volatile organic compounds, after being installed in the home. Gas and wood stoves emit kerosene, and other harmful gases and chemicals. Building materials, insulation material, and even the play sets for our kids, have been treated with toxic chemicals.

Although most believe the exterior air and pollutants are dangerous, our homes are far more dangerous, and contain more pollutants, than the air we breathe outside each day.


  • Carol Parr

    We’re glad you’re here. We’re Carol and Tony, founders of one of the longest running Healthy Home Blogs in the world, Mitey Fresh Australia. We’ve been on this journey for the last 25 years and are passionate about helping families sift through health hazards and triggers like allergens, mould, water damage, chemicals and EMFs, to get clarity about what’s toxic and what’s not so they can create a healthy and happy home for their family they love. Each month, people visit this blog seeking focus on the health and wellbeing of their loved ones, sustainable and effective practice tips and guides, to help create and manage healthier indoor spaces, improve the built environment that is pleasing to the senses and support healthy living and nature, every day. Starting this blog was to help change people’s lives, one family at a time, and we can’t wait to share how its allowed us to stand next to you and show you how interpreting these synergies between buildings and the environment they are built in will impact upon the health and well-being of those who occupy them. Find out more about Healthy Homes and what this blog can do for you!

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