While we might think that we are safe from these harmful toxins and air pollution in our homes, this is actually not the case. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks and indoor air can be anywhere from two to five times more toxic than outdoor air. Considering the average American spends as much as 90 percent of their time indoors, this can have serious implications. Indoor air pollution comes from a combination of outdoor pollutants that get in through building ventilation, particulate matter that is inevitably trapped in those airways, as well as all the chemical products we use in our homes that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

These pollutants can trigger a host of health problems, particularly for children, the elderly, as well as those with lung disease or asthma. But, it can also affect people outside of those demographics, causing allergy-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, headaches, and eye and throat irritation. The accumulation of pollutants in the body can lead to serious long-term health issues, such as respiratory disease and cancer.

Scary? Yes. But there are ways that we can improve air quality in our homes. First, there are house plants that naturally improve air quality in our homes. Or, there are several products that can help keep indoor air clean. Here are a few options: