How Can I Limit Formaldehyde Exposure in My Home?

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Formaldehyde is one of those chemicals you may remember back from chemistry class in high school. It is something that is a fairly nasty chemical we know is a human carcinogen. But it does show up in products in our lives and in our homes. One of the most common ways that we get exposed is in furniture create that a particle board or composite.

It's one of the residents that can be used for [xx] residents that are going to be used to hold those things together. They're not necessary but many have it, one of the ways you can tell if it's there or not, the underLiders laboratory, that little circle with a UL they also have a green guard certification looking for safety, and anything GREENGUARD certified does not use formaldehyde.

There's alternatives available for all of our furniture. But the other place that it lurks, people aren't aware of is in a lot of clothing. It's not regulated by amounts in clothing and it's used to make things wrinkle free or stain free. Formaldehyde resin is sort of cooked into the cloth into a natural fiber, and it can be inhaled if it starts to off-gas, which it does particularly when it's warm or when it's stressed.

So, ways you can avoid that, avoid wrinkle free or stain-free clothing unless you know what it's made of, or if you do have it, after it's been washed a couple of times, the levels do go down that you're likely to inhale or get skin irritation from. But the flipside, after it's been washed too many times, when it starts to wear out, it gets released again, so don't keep your clothes too long, and wash them a couple of times, let them air out, before you use them.