Spring Cleaning? Watch Out For VOCs!

Spring Cleaning? Watch Out For VOCs!

There is something deeply symbolic about the annual ritual of spring cleaning. Dusting and wiping away layers of accumulated grime, getting under the furniture, cleaning the oven and the back of the fridge — spring cleaning involves deep cleaning even those spaces that aren’t always given priority during regular tidying sessions.

Can Cleaning Be Harmful To Your Health?

Cleaning is necessary to maintain healthy living and working environments. Ironically, though, many of the everyday products we rely on to keep our homes and offices clean, while beneficial on the surface emit VOCs, a type of substance that can cause bodily harm. But what exactly does the term mean?

What Are VOCs?

The acronym VOC stands for volatile organic compound. These are compounds that are easily released into the air when they are being used. Not all VOCs are bad, but many of those in household paints and cleaners are not only bad for the environment but unhealthy to breathe.

VOCs & Cleaning Supplies

Many cleaners that we use daily and during our spring cleaning sessions can contain VOCs, creating invisible indoor air pollution and slowly making us sick without our realizing it.

  • Toilet Cleaners
  • Furniture Polish
  • Glass Cleaners
  • Laundry & Dishwashing Detergents
  • Air Fresheners
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Disinfectants

Avoiding VOCs While Keeping Clean

The EPA offers some helpful advice on how to identify greener cleaning products while also warning consumers to not just rely on product advertising claims such as “eco-safe,” “green,” and “environmentally friendly.” The EPA manages a program called “Safer Choice” to certify products that contain safer, less volatile ingredients. There is also an EPA label, “Design for the Environment,” aka “DfE,” which identifies greener antimicrobial disinfectant and sanitizing products.

 Air Quality Testing In San Jose, CA

Benchmark Environmental Engineering offers air quality testing to identify VOCs in your home or at your business. We can also make recommendations so that you can alleviate the situation and ensure a healthful indoor environment for your loved ones or staff. Contact us today for more information or to arrange a consultation.