Category: 
Bust that Dust
Answer: 

Household dust can contain:

• Heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium and especially lead from old paint that has been deteriorating in or around your home or which has been disturbed during renovations

• Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) and other brominated chemicals that have been used as flame retardants in electrical power cords and electronics

• Phthalates (Phthalate esters) from shower curtains or vinyl flooring

• Phenols and Alkylphenol compounds from personal care products

• Pesticides used indoors and outdoors, which can be tracked indoors on shoes, stroller wheels, etc.

• Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), perfluorinated organics (PFO), dioxins, and other endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC) from consumer products, outdoor dust and pollutants

• Organotin compounds from pesticides such as those used to kill dust mites in carpeting