Volatile organic compounds, found in paint, caulk, cleaning supplies, carpet and wood, can be damaging to your health.
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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in paint, caulk, cleaning supplies, carpet, wood, even items from the grocery store -- and they can be damaging to your health. You can't entirely eliminate these compounds from your daily life, but you can minimize the amount.
Volatile organic compounds are gases released as materials age and degrade over time. There are hundreds of VOCs -- from formaldehyde and ethanol to vinyl, adhesives and varnishes. Even felt-tip pens are a source. The smell in a new car is perhaps one of the most noticeable examples of VOCs, as the interior plastics emit gases.
VOCs can cause allergic reactions such as asthma, headaches, upper respiratory infections, rashesm even cancer.
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