Dust. According to a study by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, it might be more toxic than we realize. In addition to lint, pollen, dander, and dead skin cells (!), the study found 45 potentially toxic chemicals present in dust.
Meaning... dust can do more than just make you and your family sneeze.
According to the study, a full 90 percent of dust samples taken from homes in 14 states contain toxic chemicals, including one that’s known to cause cancer. Authors of the study said they found the results "scary."
Lead study author Ami Zota, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health, reported to George Washington's GW Today, “The findings suggest that people, and especially children, are exposed on a daily basis to multiple chemicals in dust that are linked to serious health problems."
Co-author Veena Singla, staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, added, “The number and levels of toxic and untested chemicals that are likely in every one of our living rooms was shocking to me. Harmful chemicals used in everyday products and building materials result in widespread contamination of our homes."
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