What is indoor air pollution?
When thinking of air pollution, you might imagine fuel emissions from cars, smog and power plants. But what about the pollution that is happening indoors? The average American spends about 90% of their lives indoors – either in the home, office or other types of buildings, and this indoor air is far more concentrated with pollutants than outdoor air.
For a developed nation like the U.S. the most dangerous indoor air pollutants are tobacco or second hand smoke, radon (a dangerous gas pollutant identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer) and volatile organic compounds or VOCs. These VOCs are emitted as gases and come from a number of sources – furniture, carpet, paint, plastic, perfume, paper, air fresheners and household cleaners – the products numbering in the thousands.
Living things can also create indoor air pollution such as mould, mildew, dust mites and airborne bacteria, causing human health problems that trigger allergies and even infectious diseases.
The best way to combat indoor air pollution is with adequate ventilation, particularly in your bathroom, which can become a breeding ground for mould and mildew as the shower, sink and toilet are in use throughout the day leaving surfaces wet.
If the air pollutants can escape from the inside, you can reduce the risk of inhaling them.
A simple step you can take to remove mould is by cleaning the surfaces with air-friendly cleaning products like baking soda and water. Non-toxic cleaners are simple and easy to make yourself. Vinegar is a great disinfectant that can be used to clean shower curtains, grout, sinks and toilets. Try to keep the areas dry by using the exhaust fan, mopping up, and opening doors and windows.
The bathroom is also a place where you store household cleaning products, cosmetic products and pollute the air with nasty air fresheners, all containing volatile organic compounds. Both the wet areas and chemicals leave the air in your bathroom susceptible to contamination and unwanted allergy triggers.
Protect your air quality by ditching your air freshener. Traditional air freshener sprays contain high levels of phthalates, which are known to be especially harmful to children and are present in sprays which claim to be ‘all-natural’ and ‘unscented’. A chemical named dichlorobenzene, which has been linked to lung damage and is a known carcinogen, can also be found in the majority of air fresheners. It works by blocking the smell receptors in your nose and eliminates your sense of smell.
Give your family and the environment peace of mind by using a bathroom spray like Mask.
Mask Fragrances are 100% paraben and phthalate free. The revolutionary formulation all but eliminates allergic and asthmatic reactions giving you another way to clear your bathroom air.
These simple steps can help your vulnerable bathroom to better air quality and to ensure a healthy environment for you and your family.