in case you needed a legitimate excuse to be messy,
thereís a new study that says cleaning may actually be
bad for your health.
at the University of Bergen in Norway found that regular
use of cleaning sprays contributed to a greater decline
in lung function compared to those who did not clean.
study, published in the American Thoracic Societyís
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care
Medicine, focused on women who work as cleaners or
regularly use cleaning sprays.
20-year research project that involved more than 6,000
participants, concluded that the women who worked as
cleaners had the comparable lung function of someone who
smoked for about "20 pack-years." Scientists
define one pack year as being the equivalent of 20
cigarettes smoked daily for one year.
level of lung impairment was surprising at first,"
said lead study author ōistein Svanes, a doctoral
student at the Department for Clinical Science.
"However, when you think of inhaling small
particles from cleaning agents that are meant for
cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe it is not
so surprising after all."
speculate that the decline in lung function is
attributed to the irritation most cleaning chemicals
cause on the mucous membranes lining the airways.
Svanes doesnít recommend we just give up cleaning to
protect our health. His suggestion is to develop
cleaning products that canít be inhaled, or use
simpler cleaning methods.
cloths and water," he said, "are more than
enough for most purposes."