Scientists have found an array of hazardous chemicals inside everyday household dust, putting the health of families at serious risk. The toxic cocktail accumulates over time from a variety of household products, including cleaners, electronics, furniture, and flooring. Families are warned that infants are more at risk, as they tend to crawl on the floor and frequently touch their mouths.

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An analysis of 26 studies and one unpublished set of data reviewed findings covering a range of indoor settings, including homes, gymnasiums, and schools. They discovered a disturbing trend of at least 45 different chemicals present in dust, 10 of which were found in at least 90 percent of the samples taken.

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Known carcinogen TDCIPP, a flame retardant found in furniture foam, carpet padding, and some baby products, was at the top of the list. Another flame retardant present, TPHP, has been linked to adverse effects on reproductive and nervous systems. Phthalates, an ingredient in vinyl flooring as well as food and personal care packaging that can interfere with hormones and infant development were also found in abundance.

“It is really important for companies and regulators to get the message that people care about this and want and need safer products for their families,” expressed study co-author Veena Singla to The Guardian. She noted that consumer demands will help with future risks, but many of the products contaminating homes do not get replaced often, such as flooring. By frequently vacuuming, dusting with a wet cloth, and washing hands before meals, families can reduce their risk of ingesting or inhaling these toxic elements.

Via The Guardian

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