the obsessively clean, beware. Those cleaning chemicals
you spray all over to get your house spick-and-span may
be hurting your lungs.
Clayton Cowl, a Mayo Clinic lung specialist and
toxicologist says cleaning chemicals are a risk, but one
that can be managed.
I think we all know that there are a lot of different
chemicals that we potentially are exposed to at
home," Cowl says.
to research, people who are frequently exposed to
cleaning chemicals over extended periods of time have
shown decreased lung function.
says itís something to keep in mind, but most people
probably arenít inhaling these chemicals often enough
to really cause harm.
think the message here is that (with) everything we have
in our closet, weíre (not) immediately going to
disintegrate from them," Cowl says.
he says those who clean professionally or are exposed to
cleaning chemicals repeatedly and frequently should take
steps to limit their exposure.
think using products that are less toxic ó that may be
more environmentally friendly Ė and also, just when
youíre applying those products, doing it with the
adequate amount of ventilation around. (Those) are all
things that you can do Ö to minimize the long-term
risk," Cowl says.
if you want to breathe easy in a squeaky clean home,
turn on a fan or open a window while you clean. Donít
mix products. And select cleaners with less irritating