Pollution from household cleaning products including air fresheners and scented candles are putting lives at risk, experts have warned.

Seemingly innocent household items, like perfume or hairspray are now causing major health problems.

Indoor air pollution such as toxins from cookers, boilers, and open fires alone may have caused 99,000 deaths in a year across Europe.

The everyday products have been found to carry harmful particles that can contribute to breathing problems, stress on the heart and cancer, according to a report by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The people of Nottingham shared their concern over the chemicals in household products

The study suggests air pollution is contributing to over 40,000 deaths in the UK every year.

Pollution can even cause damage to unborn babies in the womb, including its lung and kidney development.

Alkylphenols are the chemicals in question. These are used in the production of many cleaning supplies, hair products and scented items.

Dyes in cleaning products are often unlabelled. These dyes included several different chemicals some of which are cancerous.

Some alternatives include: soap, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice. These products are cheap and easily available at a range of supermarkets. We also suggest locking away harmful cleaners like bleach, to ensure safety for children around the house.

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NHS Cleaning Products

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