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What are VOC's?

Volatile organic compounds, sometimes referred to as VOCs, are organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases. They contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and many more. VOC's are released by fuels such as gasoline, burning wood, and coal. They are also released from solvents, paint thinners, and glues. When combined with nitrogen oxides, react to form ground level ozone or "smog", which contributes to climate change.

Causes and Effects

What causes VOC's? Many fossil fuels create VOC's and air pollution. Fuels like coal, wood, gas, etc. Other things such as household products consist of paint, various cleaners and other hobby supplies. It can effect you in many different ways. These effects can range from a subtle headache to damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Other effects consist of nausea, eye irritation, dizziness and loss of coordination.
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Preventions and Solutions

You can prevent VOC's by using more natural cleaners. A natural choice may be something as simple as vinegar and lemon. Lemon has a high acidity level that can easily tackle dirt and grime. You can prevent VOC exposure by putting paints and "smelly" products in a shed or somewhere you can not be exposed to it for long periods of time. You can also open a window or turn on a fan if your using a cleaning product high in chemicals.