“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is an adage we grew up hearing often. Indeed, it is quite important to keep ourselves as well as our surroundings clean. God has blessed us with wonderful things and it is our responsibility to look after them with utmost care. Most of us tend to use cleaning sprays to keep the furniture and mirrors in our home sparkling clean.
A new study has revealed that using cleaning sprays impacts the health of our lungs the same way as smoking a pack of cigarettes does. The research was conducted on more than 6,000 people over 20 years. Results showed that women, in particular, suffered from the adverse health effects due to the long-term use of cleaning products. Lung function showed a steep decline and was comparable to smoking nearly 20 cigarettes a day for a period of 10 to 20 years.
Scientists have advised that cleaning products should be replaced with water and microfiber clothes to avoid the negative health effects of cleaning products.
The chemicals in cleaning products were found to worsen the symptoms in people suffering from asthma. These chemicals cause damage to the airway little by little on a daily basis with increasing frequency of use. Participants were tested for lung function by measuring how much air they could forcibly breathe out. The air breathed out was found to be significantly lower in women who used cleaning products regularly. The chemicals can irritate the mucous linings present in our airways resulting in lasting damage.
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