Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

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Latest Edit: Iva 2012-05-12 (EDT)

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are one of many toxic environmental chemicals. VOCs are a major contributing factor to ozone, an air pollutant. Because they are commonly used in household products the concentration in the house can be 2 to 5 times that outside.


  • Household:
  • drinking water
  • carpets, paints cleaning fluids, varnishes
  • dry cleaning clothing
  • air fresheners
  • deodorants, cosmetics, hair spray, perfumes

Impact on Health

  • cancer
  • eye and respiratory irritant
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • visual disorders
  • memory impairment.