SO WHAT CHEMICAL NASTIES WILL WE FIND IN OUR HOMES?
BENZENE This chemical is used to make plastics, dyes, detergents, some medications and pesticides. It can irritate eyes and increase heart rates. TRICHLOROETHYLENE Trichloroethylene is often found in cleaning products that target grease. It can cause dizziness, headaches and nausea. FORMALDEHYDE Formaldehyde can be found in wallpaper, paints, varnishes and floor finishes. It can irritate the nose and mouth and large doses can cause lung issues. AMMONIA Ammonia is another one that’s found in cleaning products. It can irritate throats and eyes and be responsible for causing coughs. XYLENE Xylene is normally used as a solvent and can be found in cleaning materials and varnishes. It irritates the nose and throat and can cause dizziness. In more extreme cases it’s been linked to liver and kidney problems.