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5 Common Household Products That Pollute Your Home’s Air

When people think of polluted air, they usually think of the air outside. However, the air inside your home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. Poor indoor air quality can cause several health problems, including asthma, heart disease, and lung cancer. The risks are higher for young children and senior citizens. These common household products may contribute to indoor air pollution.

Cleaning Products

You may love the fresh scent after your home is newly cleaned, but many cleaning supplies contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Chlorine bleach, carpet cleaners, detergent, and oven cleaners all contain VOCs. Use unscented cleaning products, or switch to natural products like vinegar, baking soda, and water.

Aerosol Sprays

Aerosol products such as hairspray contain VOCs. They contribute to outdoor pollution as well as poor indoor air quality. Improve your indoor air by avoiding aerosol products as much as possible.


Paint is another common product that can give off VOCs. If you’ve recently completed a painting job, dispose of the paint cans as soon as possible. Improve your indoor air quality by choosing paint with low VOC levels.

Scented Candles

While candles smell very pleasant, they can contribute to indoor air pollution. A scented candle produces soot as well as formaldehyde and VOCs. For people with asthma, a scented candle can trigger an asthma attack. Use soy or beeswax candles if you enjoy lighting candles around your home.  

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners do not purify the air in your home; they simply mask odors. Air fresheners contain hundreds of chemicals. They can potentially trigger migraine headaches as well as asthma attacks and other breathing problems. Instead of relying on air fresheners, open a window or create your own potpourri.   

Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning offers a range of solutions to improve your indoor air quality. Contact us to learn more.