How to Cleanse the Air of a Toxic Home

Clean Toxic Home BuildingThe common complaint is that a person feels worse, or sick, at home or office that doesn't happen when they are away from the troubled building.  The problem is that these odd illnesses are extremely hard to diagnose, even if you talk to your doctor or chiropractor.  But, if it is common that you feel worse in one location and not elsewhere, then it is likely that you are struggling with a toxic or semi-toxic home or workplace.

A few common tips are to routinely change the furnace filter, use a HEPA vacuum that you empty each week, and put a few Boston ferns in different rooms.  But, these are modest efforts to turn the corner on years of accumulated toxins.  Also, switch to a plant-based cleaning product, like EOS products instead of your normal cleaning products.

Building materials, carpet, paint, glue, solvents, and furniture offgas a VOC called formaldehyde, which is a big part of poor indoor air quality.  Those fragrances, plugins, candles, and incense may be another pollution source; regardless of a pleasant smell.  

Bleach is a good example of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).  Once you open the bottle, there is a strong smell.  That means that the product is evaporating (volatilizing) as the liquid goes from liquid to gas.  But, does that gas ever leave the building?  No!  All these chemical fumes eventually crystallize in some form and mix with the dust hiding in every corner and surface of the building.

A professional IAQ person can measure for various IAQ aspects to determine the overall health of the building.  In some cases, the readings are very good; but in 30% of the cases, the results may reveal why vulnerable people are struggling with hard-to-diagnose health issues.