We’re exposed to many harmful chemicals, including some that have never been tested. And we regulate as if there are safe levels.
How to reduce dust at home
Household dust is now recognized as one of the most significant sources of childhood exposure to toxic substances. Studies show that dust is a chemical soup with low levels of flame retardants, phthalates, pesticides and metals like lead, mercury and arsenic. (Higher levels are often found in dryer lint and vacuum cleaner bags.)
Consumer products are the likely source of polybrominated diphenyl ether flame retardants building up in people and animals.
Your couch, curtains, TV and other electronics are shedding toxic PBDEs every day. You’re exposed by inhaling or ingesting them. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, adverse effects on the developing brain, and immune and reproductive problems. They’re also persistent and bioaccumulative, so they build up in the environment and our bodies (and in animals like polar bears and orcas).
Shoes also track contaminated dirt - lead, garden and lawn pesticides - into your home.
Get a natural fibre doormat. Wipe shoes on the mat and take them off when you come in. Leave them at the door instead of storing in a bedroom closet.