Breakfast Toast = Indoor Air Pollution…??

does toasting leads to indoor air pollution

Very Shocking & Interesting Topic huh…But Unfortunately, it is TRUE.

A Study done by The University of Colorado Boulder shows that cooking, cleaning, and other routine household activities generate a significant amount of Volatile & Particulate chemicals inside of an average home, leading to very poor levels of Indoor Air Quality.

During the study, it was also noticed that the airborne chemicals that originate inside a house don’t stay there. Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) from products like shampoo, perfume & cleaning solutions eventually escape outside and contribute to ozone depletion and fine particles making up an even greater source of global atmospheric air pollution than cars & trucks do.

What Experts have to Say…

On the topic of the relationship between household activities and air Pollution, draw focus at 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

“We have never considered homes as an important source of outdoor air pollution & We believe it is the right moment to start exploring that” said by Marina Vance an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado University Boulder.

Use of gas burner is linked to increase in indoor air pollution

Professor Vance also added, “We want to know how basic activities like cooking and cleaning changes the chemistry of house.

2 Months Experiment…    

In 2018 Vance co-led the collaborative HOMEChem field campaign of 2 months. In which they used advanced sensors and cameras to monitor the Indoor air quality of a 1200 square feet home where they performed daily routine activities done on regular household including cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner, on Texas University Campus.

To her team’s surprise, the measured indoor concentrations in the house were so high, that the sensitive instruments needed to be recalibrated almost immediately. She also noticed that a simple act of making Toast raised the particle levels higher than expected.

Our Psychology Towards Air Pollution.

joost de Gouw a scholar at Colorado university said, “We have a default picture in our head about air pollution in which Automotive and Big Factories play the major role, But we ignore the contribution of Household Activities in Air Pollution.
It wasn’t clear whether or not these Household Activities like Cooking, cleaning & household Products were contributing towards Air Pollution in a meaningful way, but that’s not the situation anymore.

Household cleaning products contribute in air pollution

What We Should Do About It….??

Moving Forward, we need to refocus our research efforts on these sources & give them the same attention as we give it to the fossil fuels and It is time when we update the picture of pollution in our mind, It should include a HOUSE too…!!!

Household should be included as a contributor to air pollution





6 thoughts on “Breakfast Toast = Indoor Air Pollution…??”

  1. Interesting. I never thought about the impact of cooking on air quality. I have stopped using cleaning chemicals in favor of microfiber cleaning cloths and have cut back on the number of personal care products I use but it looks like there are even more changes that I can make to help create a healthy environment.

    1. Sorry, Theresa for the Delay…!!

      Definitely, You can do several things to improve your Indoor Air Quality and it is not that hard to do as many people think. Stay tuned for more articles like this. Thanks for reading my Post. If you have any question or need any advice related to Healthy Indoor Breathing, I’m here to help you…!!

      Vikrant B.

  2. This is interesting, I was waiting to see what a regular electric oven produces for a small meal, but if it’s off the charts for a Thanksgiving meal then I’m sure my 3 meals during the week and deserts on the weekends are not helping at all. I’m also thinking about BBQ’s just imagine that as well especially on the 4th of July. That is a lot of polluting going on for every single household. What kind of chemicals do you recommend for everyday household cleaning?

    1. I’m glad that you are serious about making your home a toxin-free zone, and I hope that others might get inspired by you.

      There are several great products which you can buy and start using them without any worries. As Manufactures of these cleaning products don’t have to print every ingredient in their product, it is very difficult to find safe products in this huge market. What you can do is check for the Labels on the products which indicates safe use and are approved by EPA. Below is a list of some products which you should consider buying,

      1) For Dishwasher :- Seventh Generations Automatic Dishwasher Detergent.

      2) Cleaning Dishes by hand :- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap.

      3) Laundary :- Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent.

      4) Fabric Softner :- 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar in final rinse in the washing machine.

      5) Bleach/Whitener :-Seventh Generations Chlorine free Bleach. or Borax.

      6) Toile & Bathroom Cleaners :-
      Seventh Generations Natural Toilet bowl Cleaner.
      Seventh Generations Natural Tub & Tile Cleaner.
      White Vinegar & water to get rid of hard water buildup.
      Sol. of Borax & Water will work for Toilet bowl cleaning.

      7) Floor Cleaners :- Better Life Simply Floored.

      8) Glass & Window Cleaners :- Natural All Purpose Organic Cleaner.

      The Above list is prepared solely on my knowledge, experience, and judgment, If you want, you can do research of your own.

      I hope this gives you an idea of what to look for and a starting point. If you need more help I’m happy to help. Stay safe & Happy Breathing..!!

      Vikrant B.

  3. Thank you Vikrant B.
    I always get annoyed and feel my time wasted when I see articles that give little advice. My mind still wants to understand the reason why and how things work before I can take any information.
    I like how you have explained that the airborne chemicals that originate inside a house do not stay there. That escape outside and contribute to ozone depletion and fine particles making up an even more significant source of global atmospheric air pollution than cars and trucks do.
    Thank you for sharing with us this helpful information.

    1. Thanks, Tina for Stopping by and I’m glad that you find my article helpful & Informative.
      Do share this post with your Loved ones so they may get the benefit of it and Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any, I’m happy to help..!!

      Vikrant B.

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