Can cleaning products adversely affect the quality of the air in our homes?
According to the Department of Health Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants: “there is no evidence to suggest that current UK domestic exposures to VOCs, either as individual chemicals or as a total, pose a risk to health. The Institute for Environmental Health has reported that: “the majority of individual VOCs that make up the spectrum of VOCs in the air of UK homes have no reported health effects, even at levels orders of magnitude higher than those found in homes”. Several studies – such as the ALSPAC study – have been regularly reported in the media as showing that Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) may cause a range of symptoms or illnesses and these self-reported symptoms have been erroneously linked to household cleaning products when in fact no such causal link has been proven. In none of the peer-reviewed reports of these studies do the authors claim that they have shown use of cleaning products causes these effects. Furthermore, some of the reports are based on m