Cleaning products, living with a smoker, and PETS are bad for our health and can cause heart disease and stroke

MILLIONS of adults regularly experience symptoms associated with poor air quality.

Using cleaning products, living with a smoker, and even owning a pet are bad for our health.

Millions of adults regularly experience symptoms associated with poor air quality


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A study of 2,000 adults found that 35 percent are concerned about how the air quality in their home might affect their physical well-being.

Of these, 32 percent sneezed at home or suffered from an allergic reaction, while 26 percent suffered from persistent fatigue.

But 46 percent of adults admitted they had no idea what air pollution was, while 62 percent said it only occurs outside the home.

dr Ranj Singh, who works with Breville, which commissioned the research to launch its 360° air purifier range, said: “Indoor air pollution is a hidden hazard, even if you don’t have any existing breathing problems, so it’s important to that we continue to educate ourselves about the causes.

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“Unlike outdoor air pollution, which is directly linked to vehicle emissions and industrial by-products, simple daily tasks and our habits can contribute to indoor air pollution, which can also be dangerous.

“Anything from smoking indoors to wood-burning stoves to using cleaning products can increase your risk.

“Indoor air pollution exacerbates the symptoms of asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis.

“It has also been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

“We cannot completely eliminate indoor air pollution, but we can take steps to reduce it, including using household air purifiers.”

The study also found that more than one in four adults smokes or vapes indoors, while one in six has damp or mold around their home.

Others regularly use bleach (32 percent) and own a furry pet (28 percent)—all things Dr. Ranj believes they contribute to indoor air pollution.

It also found that 53 percent suffered from hay fever, which included itchy eyes (55 percent), sneezing (54 percent), and runny and stuffy noses (52 percent).

And a fifth even moved away in search of better air.

But 75 percent of pet owners would rather suffer allergy symptoms than give up their furry friend.

While 24 percent of respondents, according to OnePoll, would choose poor air quality over making any changes to their current lifestyle.

dr Ranj Singh added, “Research shows that even though it is effective in eliminating indoor air pollution, reducing animal and pollen allergens, filtering out harmful germs and removing unpleasant odors from the home environment, very few adults own an air purifier.”


  1. Ventilate rooms well: The first and least expensive tip is to make sure your rooms are well ventilated. Open your windows several times a day to let in fresh air, which is especially important when cooking.
  2. Get the Hoover out: Regular vacuum cleaning may seem obvious, but it is particularly important for carpet allergy sufferers. This helps remove polluting particles and pet hair that contribute to indoor pollution.
  3. Go green: Swap out your cleaning products for eco-friendly and non-toxic options. Bleach and harsh chemicals can be effective on stains and grease, but they negatively impact the air you breathe and pollute our water supply when they wash down the sink.
  4. Say goodbye to smoking: Keep your home smoke free – and I’m not just talking about cigarettes. Incense, wood stoves, etc. all emit carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the air which further pollutes the air we breathe.
  5. expel moisture: Make sure there are no leaks in your home, as this can lead to a build-up of mold and mildew that can make wheezing, coughing, and asthma symptoms worse. Check your home for signs of mold or mildew and make sure your bathroom has adequate ventilation to prevent moisture, which also causes mold.
  6. Clean the air: One of the most effective ways to improve indoor air quality is to use an air purifier. Cleaning products, living with a smoker, and PETS are bad for our health and can cause heart disease and stroke

Sarah Y. Kim

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