Scary toxic chemicals are found right in your home

We know dust is definitely not good for our health. Not only do dust particles gross us out, but it makes us sneeze, cough and wish for a Swiffer.

But did you know dust is actually much more dangerous than that?

Recent research from George Washington University found that nearly 50 toxic chemicals are found in the dust in your home, and everyone else's home too. The study indicated nearly 90% of homes in the United States have at least 10 types of different chemicals.

"Some chemicals were in virtually every dust sample," said Dr. Ami Zota, one of the researchers, to CNN. The dust's chemicals normally come from vinyl items, like baby products and makeup. Though the amount of chemicals emitted are small, they still add up, which makes them very dangerous.

The researchers categorized their results by the types of chemicals, the health impact it might have, and which household products contain they're found in.

The main area of concern for the researchers is the impact of the chemicals on child development. "There's a strong argument to reduce exposure to children whose brains are changing and bodies are developing, " Dr. Asa Bradman explained.

While more research needs to be done to determine how to effectively prevent the exposure of these chemicals, doctors say that parents could start with a simple move: hand-washing.

Scroll through below to see how smoking affects those in the home:

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Dangers of Secondhand smoke

Severe asthma attacks and respiratory infections in infants and young children

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Heart disease in adults.

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Lung cancer in adults. 

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Sudden infant death syndrome has been attributed to secondhand smoke.

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Increased risk of a heart attack.

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