Fabrics are everywhere – and these days, most of the fabric in our lives is synthetic or at least part-synthetic. These complex fabrics often offer a great blend of comfort, easy care, and attractive appearance, but many of them have been treated with formaldehyde, chemical-based dyes, fire retardant, and more.
Washing fabrics well before using them can help. Just be sure to wash your clothing with nontoxic detergents free from added fragrance. Filtering indoor air to remove gases that come from sources such as new carpet, drapes, furniture, and other textiles can help, too. If you get a new car, be aware that much of the “new car smell” that many people find pleasant comes from chemicals found in plastic and fabrics; ventilate your vehicle well and often to reduce your exposure.