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According to the American Lung Association, “Cleaning is essential to protecting our health in our homes, schools and workplaces. However, household and cleaning products—including soaps, polishes and grooming supplies—often include harmful chemicals. Even products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems.”

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more and more of us are cleaning in ways we did not before, and probably using unfamiliar products. Take time to read the instructions and fine print on every product that comes into your home to ensure  you understand how best to use it.

In order for most disinfectants to work, they must be left on the surface for several minutes.  The directions for use of one popular cleaning wipe state, “Use enough wipes for treated surface to remain visibly wet for 4 minutes. Let surface dry.”  Leaving chemicals  on surfaces for longer periods of time means more exposure to the user.

“VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches,” said the American Lung Association in an article titled “Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals”.  “Studies are underway to assess how these chemicals affect people who have asthma and other respiratory illnesses.1 However, past studies link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses.2,3″

Using a product like CASPR Compact is one way to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in home and work environments. Along with reducing harmful pathogens in the air and on surfaces, CASPR Compact breaks down VOCs and improves your indoor air quality.

To read more about the American Lung Association’s recommendations regarding cleaning supplies and household chemicals, click here.