Women Who Use Spray Cleaners May as Well Smoke Pack a Day

Women who clean at home or work face increased lung function decline

The underlying reason, they speculate, is the inhalation of minute traces of the toxic cleaning agents over a long period of time, irritating the mucous membranes, causing major changes in the airways and breathing.

Women who cleaned at home or as work were also more likely to have asthma than those who did not clean.

The study was conducted to find what effects do the cleaning products chemicals have on the long-run.

The academics found there was no difference in long-term lung function between men who said they regularly cleaned and those who did not.

The results showed that women who cleaned their house as little as once a week or as professional cleaners, they had an "accelerated" decline in lung capacity.

No effect was found on the lungs of men who did the cleaning - either professionally, or just as part of their domestic chores. The authors believe this group of women "constitute a selected socioeconomic group".

"This study further confirms that air pollution can come from a range of sources, including from paints, adhesives and cleaning products we use indoors". The participants were at average age of 34 when they enrolled in the study, Newsweek reports.

Study limitations include the fact that the study population included very few women who did not clean at home or work.

The men who cleaned, in the meantime, did not experience greater decline in the exhale tests than those who did not clean. You will not need a lot of chemicals after all, when cleaning.

New research has found that the use of cleaning sprays can cause significant damage to women's lungs - but the same effect doesn't appear to apply to men.

He added that public health officials should strictly regulate cleaning products and encourage producers to develop cleaning agents that can not be inhaled.

According to the study, inhaling cleaning products' chemicals raises asthma risk up to 43 per cent in that time.

Prof Oistein Svanes added that cleaning chemicals are "usually unnecessary" to use, saying that a good old microfibre cloth and water are 'more than enough for most purposes'. "The small particles can travel deep into the lungs and cause infections, and ageing of the lungs", Svanes explains.

"This could include using solid or liquid cleaning products instead of sprays, avoiding scented products and ensuring the area where they clean is well-ventilated".

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