Some products may release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These gases come from paint, air fresheners, gasoline, tobacco smoke, wood-burning stoves, and a handful of household cleaners and disinfectants. Research shows that some VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat; create difficulty breathing and nausea, and cause harm to the central nervous system and other organs.
Products that can include VOCs and toxic substances include:*
- Aerosol sprays
- Oven and appliance cleaners
- Air fresheners
- Dishwashing liquid and detergent
- Carpet and upholstery cleaners
*This is not a complete list.