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Maintaining good indoor air quality in your Moncks Corner, South Carolina, home should be a top priority. Poor indoor air quality can be linked to some of the household cleaners you use every day. Here are some household products you need to give the boot to improve the IAQ in your home.

1. Laundry Detergents

Many laundry detergents, even some of the ones that claim to be natural, contain a number of harmful carcinogens and other toxic ingredients. When constantly used, these chemicals expose your family to cancer-causing agents, as well as substances that can disrupt your hormones. One way to test for the levels of toxicity in your laundry detergent is to pay attention to the smell that it leaves on your clothes and linens. While the smell can be refreshing, the stronger the smell, the more harmful the chemicals likely are. Replace these detergents with nontoxic laundry soap.

2. Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are a great way to fight static electricity and leave your clothes soft and smelling fresh, but they can come with a significant cost to your health. Many popular dryer sheets contain a number of volatile air compounds, such as acetone and ethanol. They have been linked to nervous system conditions and cancer. You can help keep your clothes and bedding fresh by using a number of gentle products such as baking soda and wool dryer balls.

3. Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are one of the most toxic things you can release in your home. Whether you use mists, aerosols, plug-ins, or other products, you’re likely releasing hormone-disrupting phthalates that can result in birth defects, allergies, asthma, and even infertility. Instead, fill your favorite spray bottle with some water and 20 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oil to keep your home smelling fresh all day long.

Improve your IAQ by ditching the toxic products above. Need some more IAQ tips? Contact Coastal Air Solutions at (843) 868-5745. One of our service technicians will help you find healthy ways to improve the air quality in your home.

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