News: The impact of cleaning chemicals on lung health

Paula Spinks-chamberlain

 

 

One of Gyre and Gymble’s goals is to support people to chemically declutter their homes. Replacing cleaning cupboard clutter and harsh unnecessary  chemicals with a few simple, safe and natural products to clean.  

Studies show that cleaning chemicals are mostly used by women both in a professional cleaner capacity, and in the day to day cleaning of domestic homes.

Research suggests reduced lung function is common amongst people who use harsh cleaning chemicals over a long period of time. 

Many of the chemicals we use to clean have been tested by safety standard bodies globally, however they are tested on their own and not in combination with other chemicals. Therefore when mixed can create harmful fumes.  

Historically many things have caused inadvertent harm in the domestic environment such as lead pipes or the use the very fashionable green wallpaper used by many victorian homes.  This wallpaper was made from arsenic and caused many unintentional deaths. The problems with lead in pipes are well known now but caused untold damage while they were still in use.

Who would have thought that the home environment could be so dangerous? This extract from the full article linked below sums up the main conclusions very clearly.  

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it true that frequently working with cleaning products can hurt your lungs? Are there certain kinds of products that should be avoided?

ANSWER: A recent international study found that women who use cleaning products regularly, particularly those who work as professional cleaners, may have a more rapid decline in lung function over time than women who do not use those products regularly. Although the study did not examine specific products, it is a good idea to choose cleaners that have low levels of potentially toxic chemicals, or alternative products — such as white vinegar, baking soda or washing soda, whenever possible. You also should keep the area you’re cleaning well-ventilated and never mix cleaning products.

Reference: Mayo Clinic  - Q and A: Cleaning products and lung health

 

 

 



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