3 Harsh Chemicals You Didn’t Know Cause Breathing Problems

Published on: May 24, 2017
Cleaning supplies | AC Southeast®

If you or a loved one suffers from asthma or respiratory problems in Sylacauga, Alabama, you’re aware that VOCs and other chemicals found in cleaning products and household items can exacerbate these health issues. But the list of damaging chemicals is long, and chances are you didn’t realize you’re still using a few things with harmful substances that are damaging your IAQ.

Fertilizer Dust

If you’re a gardener, we have bad news: dust from fertilizer can cause inflammation in the lungs if you breathe in enough of it. Sometimes one exposure is enough to cause a problem; other times, you don’t notice the effects until you’ve been exposed over the long-term. Whether or not you think fertilizer is bothering your lungs, tie a kerchief around your face while you’re putting fertilizer on your flower beds and in your vegetable garden.


The reason chlorine bleach is dangerous is that it creates chlorine gas as it evaporates. When cleaning with bleach, you should wear a mask and skin protection. Further, lots of areas in your home don’t need bleach to get clean. Soap and warm water will do just fine to clean floors, countertops, and bathrooms. Only use bleach when absolutely necessary, and ventilate the area when you’re done so you don’t inhale the fumes.


By now most people are aware that certain household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are bad for the airways. But the items you use to clean your body, like soap and deodorant, also contain chemicals that cause breathing issues. Triclosan is a chemical you’ll find in body wash, deodorant, soap, detergent, and sometimes even tissues. It causes infections that look like colds and hay fever, and sometimes irritates skin.

AC Southeast® has professional HVAC contractors in your area that can answer all your IAQ questions. Use our search feature to find a contractor who can help you pick out air filters, air purifiers, and UV lights to remove lingering debris and particulates from your home’s air.