If you’ve spent any amount of time looking into living green, then you’ve heard the term volatile organic compounds.

These VOC’s are gasses that are emitted from things like paints, cleaners, furniture, certain shelving and adhesives.

VOC’s can cause some pretty bad health issues and, unfortunately, these pollutants tend to be 2 to 5 times higher inside your home than outside.

If you have to use some of these things around the house, be sure you have plenty of fresh air circulating in the room and read the instructions carefully on how to use them.

Better yet, when it comes to adhesives, paints and cleaners, look for labels that show “low” or “zero” VOC’s.

Some countertops and furniture are also available with virtually no VOC’s.

You’ll usually pay a little more for these things, but it’s just a minor inconvenience for a major step toward greener living.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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