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VOCs: what can I do to reduce VOCs?

The steps you can take to lower VOCs in your household

Updated over a week ago

Before worrying too much about reducing your VOC levels, lets take a look at what the levels mean :

Are your levels high enough to take action? Below are a few tips to reduce your levels:

Ventilation: one of the easiest solutions you can do to lower VOC levels is having proper ventilation. While using cleaning products, adhesives, or other VOCs, it's always a good idea to open a window or door to increase ventilation to increase airflow and reduce VOCs.

There are other items that can constantly give off VOCs such as new furniture, carpet, or flooring. Ventilating every now and then is a good idea even when you're not actively using products or doing activities that produce VOCs.

Storage: simply keeping household cleaners, paint, or other materials that give off VOCs should be stored away from your living and working areas. Heavy VOC contributors such as paint or fuel should be stored outside or in a garage.

Moderation: using items that give off perfumes like candles, essential oils, cleaning products, or other VOCs every so often is not a bad thing. However, the heavy use of these products for an extended time can lead to VOC pollution.

VOCs will always be prevalent in your household. However, by making the right choices on storage, ventilation, and frequency of use, you can drastically lower VOCs in the air and improve your indoor air quality.

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