Did You Know that Exposure to Some Cleaning Products is like Smoking 20 Cigarettes a Day?

A recent study revealed that regular, long-term exposure to spray cleaners increases a woman’s risk of lung damage similar to that of smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes a day.

At EH Clean we always use planet-friendly cleaning products to avoid having toxic substances in your home. This blog reinforced our belief that toxic cleaners can lead to serious health problems and that's why we're happy to share this with you. 

The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, investigated home cleaning products, including sprays and other cleaners. Although the study didn’t look at products’ impacts on lung cancer risk, it did aim to find out how cleaners damage the lungs and impair function.

In the first-of-its-kind study on home cleaning products, Norwegian researchers turned up some important findings. Here are the key takeaways: 

The study looked at 6,000 women over a 20-year span.

It investigated the long-term impact of cleaners on respiratory health, including lung function decline and airway obstruction.

Scientists looked at both people cleaning at home and people who cleaned as a profession.

  • Cleaning as little as once a week from home over 20-years initiated significant lung damage.
  • People cleaning professionally for a job experienced lung damage on par with smoking 20 cigarettes daily for 10 to 20 years.
  • The researchers hypothesize that cleaning products’ irritating ingredients cause damage through different avenues, including:
  • Triggering immune system dysfunction
  • Setting off inflammation in mucous membranes
  • Damage to the airways on the cell, structural and tissue level

Environmental Working Group’s science review of the study provides some recommendations: 

  • Save money and your lungs by simply using fewer cleaning products. Store-bought cleaner manufacturers aren’t required to disclose all ingredients, so there’s no way of really knowing what’s in a specific mixture…and how it’ll affect your health in the short- and long-term.
  • Avoid spray cleaners when possible. If you must use them, spray onto a cloth first to reduce the number of tiny droplets you breathe in.
  • Use microfiber cloths or microfiber cloths and water to do your dusting.

At EH Clean, our motto is "We don't cut corners, we clean them!" By stressing a quality, tailor-made cleaning service for all of our clients who demand the best, we have been able to build a strong and thriving business. We are owner operated and during the past 20 years we have gained a vast amount of knowledge, understanding and experience within all aspects of cleaning and it shows in our work. 

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04/09/2018

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