News ID: 255763
Published: 0721 GMT July 14, 2019

Commercial cleaning products could be harming your health

Commercial cleaning products could be harming your health
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Think the bad rap chemical cleaning products get is undeserved, or simply scaremongering?

You might want to rethink: There is mounting evidence that using strong, chemical-laden cleaning products is in fact harmful to your health. More than half of us are aware of the potential risks of cleaning products, and nearly a quarter (21 percent) prefer using clothes and scourers in order to avoid chemicals altogether, realhomes.com wrote.

There is a well-established link between the use of strong chemical cleaning products and cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) — which includes bronchitis and emphysema — among professional cleaners.

A study of 5,000 health records by the European Community Respiratory Survey found that occupational cleaners had 17 percent greater loss of lung function than average, and those involved in cleaning at home had a 14 percent greater loss of lung function over 20 years.

Family GP, Dr. Gill Jenkins said, “The prevalence of asthma sky-rocketed from the 1950s up to the 1990s, with, depending on the statistics you look at, a two- or three-fold increase in the number of people affected. And while it is true that correlation does not necessarily mean causation, it is telling that sales of household cleaners soared over the same period.”

The solutions? Bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, and lemon are all effective and natural cleaning agents that have multiple uses in the home; or try using an e-cloth, which cleans and removes bacteria (proven by proper lab tests), and requires only water.

   
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