Study finds household dust laced with chemicals

Study finds household dust laced with chemicals

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Are you looking to do some end of summer cleaning? A dangerous discovery could be invading your home right now.

A first of its kind new study reveals the dust inside your home may be laced with dangerous chemicals.

Researchers from George Washington University tested dust samples from homes in 14 states and found 90 perfect of the samples contained potentially deadly chemicals. These toxins were found on things we use every day, from furniture to cleaning supplies, food packaging and even baby products.

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Doctors say these chemicals can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin, and are linked to cancer, and developmental and reproductive problems.

According to an article posted in the Washington Post, experts worry about many different chemicals. TCEP is near the top of the list. It's a flame retardant added to couches, baby products, and electronics. Also PFOA and PFOS. These chemicals are found in cell phones, pizza boxes and many non-stick, waterproof and stain-resistant products.

When cleaning experts recommend vacuuming with a HEPA filter, wet mopping, and using a damp cloth when dusting. These are all ways to reduce your exposure to dust.

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