Science Says Men Should Be The Ones Cleaning The House
Feb 19, 2018, 00:50
According to the study, conducted by researchers at the University of Bergen in western Norway, women who use cleaning agents regularly at home have reduced lung capacity over a long period of time in contrast to those who do not clean regularly. However, they added that it is possible that women are simply more vulnerable to the chemicals' effects.
During the research, 6,235 men and women were observed for 20 years from the time they were around 34.
The scientists advised avoiding the products, and instead using microfiber cloths and water. Sadly, evidence has surfaced in recent years of the link between asthma risks among professional and home cleaners and the use of such chemical cleaning tools. From their forced vital capacity, home cleaners lost an extra 4.3 milliliters a year and occupational cleaners lost an additional 7.1 milliliters a year.
The researchers tracked the health of 6,000 adults over a 20 year period, looking at data from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey.
The drop in lung function in both groups was comparable to smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes for between 10-20 years, the Daily Mail reports.
Women who cleaned at home or as work were also more likely to have asthma than those who did not clean.
The researchers say it is likely the chemicals irritate the lining of the airways, leading to long-term changes in the way they work.
Due to their findings, researchers see the need to focus on preventing the harmful effects of exposure to chemical cleaning products.
The authors speculate that the decline in lung function is attributable to the irritation that most cleaning chemicals cause on the mucous.
The study participants were asked several questions - whether they themselves cleaned their house, or worked as professional cleaners, how often they use liquid cleaning products and sprays.
The men who cleaned, in the meantime, did not experience greater decline in the exhale tests than those who did not clean.
A new study suggests household cleaning products might do as much damage to women's lungs as smoking cigarettes.
The women - but not the men - who clean their homes or workplaces showed decreased lung function in exhalation tests, according to the paper in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
He added that public health officials should strictly regulate cleaning products and encourage producers to develop cleaning agents that can not be inhaled.
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