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Strong odours and toxic chemicals

Products that have strong odours or toxic chemicals can trigger asthma symptoms. Examples include:

  • Cleaning products
  • Paint
  • Paint strippers, turpentine and paint thinners
  • New building products and new furniture
  • Air fresheners
  • Fabric softeners
  • Detergents
  • Bleach
  • Perfumes
  • Dry-cleaned clothing
  • Pesticides

Depending on what triggers your asthma symptoms, the following steps may help:

  • Use scent-free and low-odour products when possible
  • Paint indoors at a time when you can leave the windows open or when the person with asthma is away
  • Buy building products and furniture that do not contain glues that release formaldehyde or other toxic chemicals
  • Air out your dry-cleaned clothing before bringing them into your home
  • Do not use air fresheners, scented fabric softeners, or scented detergents
  • Respect the scent-free policies at your work, school, hospital, etc.

To find out more about improving indoor air quality, read the Asthma and Triggers in the Home Environment fact sheet or visit www.YourHealthyHome.ca.


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