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What Are VOCs And How Can You Avoid Them?

by Yolantha Morrigan |

Knowing this could actually save your life.

Volatile Organic Compounds. These are the little culprits that, when combined with nitrogen oxides in the air, form the smog that clouds our cities. Short-term exposure to various VOCs may cause symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and loss of coordination. None of these sound like much fun! 

But I’m not done with the scary stuff yet. Long term, they can cause damage to the vital organs and nervous system, and even cancer. So where do these offending compounds come from, and how can they be avoided?

Unfortunately, the truth is that VOCs are omnipresent in modern life, particularly if you live in a highly populated area. VOCs are found in exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and emissions from burning fuel. Upon inhalation, they can cause serious respiratory issues. They can also be absorbed through the skin. Many traditional household cleaning products, for example, contain VOCs as well as other cancer causing ingredients.

But finally, here’s some good news! Even if you’re not ready to pack up and head for the green hills of Lancashire just yet, there are measures you can take to limit your exposure to these dangerous compounds. The first step is switching to non toxic cleaning products in your home. 

When the chemicals in household cleaning products are released into the air, they can contribute to respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches. Accidentally combining bleach, or any bleach containing product with a cleaner containing ammonia can create highly toxic gases that lead to chronic breathing problems.  

Chemical residues can also build up on surfaces over time. Immediately after use, detergent molecules remain chemically unchanged and can remain indefinitely on surfaces. This residue can then be absorbed into the skin through contact, or can become airborne and inhaled.

So if you want to limit your family’s exposure to VOCs and eliminate the possibility of any chemical related mishaps in the home, one of the most important decisions you can make is to bin those petroleum based chemical cleaners and never look back.

Thanks to Sunny Bhasin and the team at reNEW Technologies, taking this step is now easier than ever. After losing his sister to breast cancer, the CYCLE founder developed the world’s first range of recycled, non-toxic cleaning products. To help fund ongoing support to sufferers of this debilitating disease, Sunny has pledged 1% of all proceeds from CYCLE’s sales to cancer support 

CYCLE is also supporting Stephanie Arnold’s run in Race for Life, by donating five starter kits to the event raffle. Race for Life raises money for Cancer Research UK and their lifesaving work funding medical care and providing vital information to the public. Their team also develops evidence-based policies to inform Government decisions related to cancer and research. And since 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, these policies are relevant to each and every one of us. 

“I first started doing the Race for Life with a group of colleagues. I just love the buzz when you come over the finishing line. It’s something I wouldn’t normally do, so I feel as though it’s taking me out of my comfort zone. I love it and it’s for such a good cause!” says Stephanie. 

So when you switch to a natural organic cleaning product such as CYCLE, not only will you enjoy cleaner air and chemical free surfaces in your home, but you’ll be supporting vitally important cancer research too!