Toxic Dust From Your Electronics? How To Clean Better

Toxic Dust From Your Electronics? How To Clean Better

Abby Stone
Jul 20, 2011

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What if there were a quick and easy way to cut down on the toxins in your home that didn't require any special equipment? We learned about this tip to get rid of a common toxin we didn't even know about!

Brominated flame retardants are still found in many of the electronic devices, including laptops and computers, that make our lives easier and more pleasurable. The good news is that they keep these devices from bursting into flames. The bad news? They can migrate out of their casing and mix with the dust in your home. Try these simple tips for healthier cleaning:

1 Wipe furniture with a wet cotton or microfiber cloth. Stick with water and skip synthetic sprays.
2 Dust your electronic equipment frequently.
3 Vacuum frequently with a HEPA filter vacuum.

More reading on bromated flame retardants in household dust:

Toxic Fire Retardants in Household Dust
Brominated Flame Retardants in Dust on Computers [PDF]
First measure of flame retardants in dust from U.K. daycares shows surprisingly high levels.
Alternate and New Brominated Flame Retardants Detected in U.S. House Dust

(Image: CrunchGear via Unplggd. Originally published 2010-08-30)

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