Since VOCs are all around us, especially indoors, it can be nearly impossible to avoid them altogether. However, you can take steps to reduce them in your environment.
Many VOCs are found in building and home materials. They can be in paint, adhesives, carpets and wood products. There are low- VOC products available today for use in construction and renovation. When choosing products, transparency is important. You can look for products with Health Product Declarations and/or Declare labels which provide you with more information.
You can also be selective about the cleaning products you bring into your home. Many low VOC options are easily available and they are often also more environmentally friendly, too. You can make a positive change simply by choosing an unscented or fragrance free version of your favorite products. Personal care products can be culprits as well. Even perfumes and deodorants can add to the VOCs in your environment.
Another way to lower your exposure is to buy only what you need. This will eliminate having leftover products to store. If you do have extra paint, or other products with chemicals think about where you can store them safely. It is better to keep them in a garage or shed than in your basement, if possible.
And finally, good ventilation and fresh air can go a long way to improving your air quality. Even adding houseplants can make an impact. While VOCs are all around us, you can make a difference in your surroundings with just a few changes.