Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are in vapors that come from many everyday household products, such as cleaners, paints, and air fresheners. Chronic exposure to VOCs has been linked to a broad spectrum of health problems, from headaches to asthma and cancer.

The effect of VOCs on your health depends on a number of variables, including how many hours you spend at home, your storage habits, and ventilation patterns in your living space. But VOCs are so widespread, you can’t get rid of them entirely. To reduce your VOC exposure, buy low-VOC products and increase ventilation when you use them.

On the following pages (click next or the page numbers below), you’ll find 6 practical and easily habit-forming tips for reducing your VOC exposure.