7 Common VOCs in Your Home

Although VOCs are found in building products, you’d be surprised by the other sources that can impact the indoor air quality of your home.

Acetone is found in nail polish remover and furniture polish. Choose acetone-free nail polish remover (which is also healthier for your nails) and use furniture polish that is water-based.

Benzene is found in tobacco smoke, stored fuels (like gasoline) and paint supplies. There are many benzene-free paints on the market today.

Butanal is created from the emissions of barbeques, burning candles, stoves and cigarettes. Always use barbeques and butanal-burning stoves outside and choose beeswax or soy-based candles.

Ethanol is found in glass cleaners and washer and dishwasher detergents. Look for products that don’t contain ethanol, or after use, open a few windows so you can filtrate the air.

In addition to building products, formaldehyde can also be found in some drapes, fabrics and molded plastics.

Terpenes are often found in fragrant products like perfumes and soap. Today, there are many natural-based options that still smell wonderful!

Toluene is found in paint, but there are many low-VOC options from which to choose.