The argument that pesticides aren’t safe because they are toxic is one we hear quite often, which is why we want to discuss some of the ‘other’ things that can make your home toxic.
What do air fresheners, paint, carpet, and plastic wrap have in common?
They are all products that we use to make our lives better, but not without a price. These products are all sources of toxins that build up in our homes. Toxins are pollutants absorbed through our hair, skin and nose causing illnesses for some who are sensitive to them.
Do you have carpet in your home? If so, did you know that carpets are far more toxic than any pesticide used to control pests? For new carpets there are ‘volatile organic compounds’ VOC’s. These include toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, acetone and a host of other chemicals, some of which have already made the EPA’s list of Extremely Hazardous Substances. Known carcinogens such as p-Dichlorobenzene are in new carpets, as are chemicals that produce fetal abnormalities in test animals. These chemicals also cause hallucinations, nerve damage and respiratory illness in humans. Now imagine your children rolling around on those carpets, breathing in the fibers.