TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a home is on average 2-5 times more polluted than the outdoor air. In some extreme cases, a hundred times more contaminated, largely due to household cleaners and pesticides.
Many organizations have conducted hundreds of studies to evaluate how most household names cleaners and disinfectants, contribute directly to different types of deteriorating health conditions, like lung cancer.
Toxic chemicals and synthetic ingredients found in cleaning agents contribute to nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to the U.S. Poison Control Center every year.
Organizations like Organic Consumer explain how the chemicals in cleaner foams, bleach, and disinfectants used to make germ-free products contribute to airborne contaminants, poisonous if ingested and toxic if inhaled or touched.
The American Lung Association describes, how many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other respiratory health-related complications.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), claims that some of the ingredients found in many disinfectant agents have been identified and attributed directly to airborne contaminants, like bacteria, molds, pollen, and other diverse types of airborne pollutants that circulate through the ventilation system of a home.
In conclusion, all of these environmental and health-conscious organizations are in consensus that most household cleaning products are a key source of indoor pollution and one of the most insidious threats to human health.
Traditional cleaning products contaminate the air with a mix of carcinogens, hormone disrupters, neurotic solvent, mood altering chemicals and reproductive toxins.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MOLDS
There are over 100,000 different types of molds on this earth. Some types of molds are more harmful than others and by knowing which mold species are hazardous to our environment and our health, we can start reducing exposure to them.
Allergenic molds affect people who have certain types of respiratory complications such as allergies or asthma. About 20%-30% of the population is susceptible to mold and/or other allergens, which can lead to reactions like allergic rhinitis.
Pathogenic molds can cause certain infections or diseases. Most healthy individuals, with their immune systems in good shape, can regularly fight off pathogens. Pathogenic molds most commonly affect infants, the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems.
Toxic molds produce mycotoxins - poisonous chemicals that are dangerous to humans. Some of the deadliest chemicals on the planet are mycotoxins. They’re found both on mold and on mold spores. People can get exposed to mycotoxins via ingestion, dermal exposure (skin contact) and inhalation. This can lead to temporary irritation or even long-term illness depending on the individual.
The EPA recommends hiring a professional HVAC cleaning professional if you suspect you may have a mold problem inside your HVAC system. The mold removal process is intensive and specific procedures need to be followed to ensure that safe, effective mold removal is accomplished.
A professional company will prevent the mold from returning in the future, while at the same time protecting you and your family from the many health issues that mold can cause.
Pet Dander are dry skin cell from pets. They are tiny skin particles that are cast off by animals, most common in animals with fur or feathers.
The particles are incredibly small and light. They float into the air, where they can be inhaled by humans and settle into the membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth and eventually make their way into the lungs. This phase causes blood vessels to expand and trigger an allergic reaction.
Pet dander and other pet allergens may linger in the air for a longer time than other allergens. This is because they are microscopic and jagged in shape, making it easy for them to become airborne and stick to furniture, bedding and fabrics.
Reactions to dander are more than just nasal irritation. The allergies really start in the immune system. A healthy immune system seeks out foreign bodies and works to get rid of them. When you have pet allergies, you have a hypersensitive immune system.
It’s a common myth that only cats or dogs produce pet dander- animals like birds, hamsters, rabbits, and guinea pigs shed it too.