Although we don't spend much time in them, our bathrooms contain many toxic substances that can spread to the rest of the home: furniture, paint, perfumes and cosmetics, household products, etc. Bathrooms are indeed confined and humid rooms, in which pollutants accumulate in greater concentration than in other living areas.
YOOTEST proposes an "ALL-IN-ONE" analysis pack to carry out a complete assessment of the indoor air quality in your bathroom.”
Among indoor air pollutants, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), present in high concentrations in bathrooms, are of particular health concern. These pollutants are present in the air we breathe in the form of gases.
The main sources of VOCs in bathrooms are:
- Wood panels in bathroom furniture, which contain formaldehyde used in the manufacture of reconstituted wood.
- Paints used in bathrooms, which must be moisture resistant, contain significant amounts of organic solvents, including several priority VOCs such as toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes.
- Products used for gaskets contain many toxic products, including Volatile Organic Compounds.
- Perfumes, generally stored and used in the bathroom, contain alcohols and VOCs that are potentially irritating to the respiratory tract, including limonene (lemon scent).
- Cosmetic products (creams, shampoo, shower gel, etc.), stored and used in bathrooms, generally contain a very large number of chemicals including perfumes, such as limonene (lemon scent).
- Household products contain carcinogenic formaldehyde, glycol ethers and perfumes such as limonene and alpha-pinene (pine scent).
Plastics are strongly present in bathrooms: furniture surfaces, shower gel and shampoo bottles, polycarbonate shower walls, plastic children's toys. Heat and humidity contribute to the degradation of these plastics and the diffusion of chemical molecules of plasticizers into the indoor environment. These molecules are considered endocrine disruptors.
The bathroom is a confined and humid place favourable to the development of mould.”
After a shower or bath, the air is warm and contains a large amount of water vapors. The water condenses on the walls and these conditions are ideal for mould growth. These microscopic fungi produce allergenic proteins and mycotoxins that are very dangerous for humans. Mold contamination of the indoor environment of bathrooms is common.
To make a complete assessment of the air pollution and the indoor environment of your room, you can order the YOOTEST Bathroom Pack in our shop.
This kit is composed of all the analytical tests necessary to measure the pollutants in this presentation:
- YOOTEST Indoor Air Test
- YOOTEST Test Plasticizers
- YOOTEST Mould Test