Your Exposure to Formaldehyde is not Limited to Floors

If you have furniture composed of pressed wood, or if it has been sealed, you have formaldehyde in your furniture. Formaldehyde is everywhere, not only in furniture, but also flame retardants, carpet adhesive, paints, craft supplies.

Check out this list of products that contain Formaldehyde

The List

The Household Products database at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has over 15,000 consumer brands that can be searched by categories such as auto products, inside the home, pesticides, landscape/yard, even personal care. You can search for Formaldehyde by itself, or in combination Formaldehyde-Melamine-Sodium bisulfite copolymer or Formaldehyde-phenol-triethylenetetramine copolymer.

This is not a comprehensive list. There are many more products than these which also contain Formaldehyde.

Bear in mind that if you have owned something for a long time, it has been off-gassing (i.e. giving off gas) for years. It may be neutral; it may still be giving off gas, but less than it did when it was new.

Since the Environmental Protection Agency never established a limit for indoor formaldehyde levels, it is still being added to new products.

Since the effects of Formaldehyde are cumulative. "Plenty of evidence in the mainstream scientific literature since 1973 shows that as much as 30% of the formaldehyde is retained in the body as toxic, cumulative adducts to the DNA, RNA, and proteins in all cells and tissues, leading to pointed reports by informed doctors and experts. Clearly, there are no safe levels for chronic, low-level formaldehyde exposure. If just 10% of the methanol from six cans of diet soda is retained in the body as toxic products of formaldehyde and formic acid, that is sixty times the EPA limit for allowable formaldehyde from daily drinking water."

How much Formaldehyde is in your home depends on what furniture you have, what products you have and how air tight or ventilated it is. Humidity and ventilation via central heating and cooling also is a factor..

Older homes may not be able to clear the gas as well, because their heating systems aren't as efficient.

There is no way to simply guess about your Formaldehyde exposure. Since it is carcinogenic, it makes sense to have your home tested.

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