Cleaning The House Can Be As Bad For You As Smoking

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Cleaning The House Can Be As Bad For You As Smoking

Written by: Kat Gal

Did you know that cleaning your home can harm your health? It turns out that it can be just as bad as smoking.

The Chemicals In Cleaning Products Can Hurt Your Lungs And Lead To Asthma, Allergies And Skin Problems

According to new research, women who used cleaning sprays regularly for 20 years experienced lung decline equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 20 years.

Inhaling chemicals in cleaning products not only can lead to substantial lung damage, but can also increase your risk of asthma by 43%. They can also lead to eczema and other skin problems.

Cleaning products were designed to clean floors. Unfortunately, you are the one cleaning and breathing in all the harmful chemical compounds.

Dr. Samantha Walker, director of policy and research at Asthma UK, is deeply concerned by the toxic harm these chemicals can cause, leading to inflamed airways and asthma attacks. She is suggesting that people clean in well-ventilated rooms, avoid scented products and sprays and use liquid or solid cleaning products instead.

Switch To Natural Cleaning Products Instead

An even better suggestion is dropping chemical-filled cleaning products altoether. Genesis Biosciences in Cardiff, UK is currently carrying out research to supply natural and safe products that provide equal alternatives to traditional methods that don’t lead to health issues. They believe that the future is in natural methods. Natural methods are less irritating to your skin, eyes and membranes and have less chance of causing allergies, asthma attacks and lung problems.

Natural cleaning products are not only better for your health, but the environment as well.

You can find natural cleaning products at health food stores, farmer’s markets, online and at local artisan shops. You can even make your own!

Try this homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz spray bottle
  • ½ tsp tea tree oil
  • 3 tbsp Castile soap
  • Water
  • Funnel

Directions: Fill your spray bottle with water near the top. Add the Castile soap and the tea tree oil. You may add other essential oils like lavender or lemon as well. Shake well and use it as you would use commercial products. Skip the paper towels and wipe with a reusable damp cloth.

Once you start using natural cleaning products, you will never want to go back. They work just as well and smell even better, thanks to all the fantastic essential oils.

Do you make your own natural cleaning products or buy them? Do you have a recipe for an amazing homemade cleaning product? Share below. We would love to hear your tips and stories. Let’s keep our house clean while keeping our health and protecting our environment.

And remember, we’re in this together.

Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Professional Holistic Health Writer at Kat Gal Holistic Health Writer
Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at katgalwriter@gmail.com.
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