My eye was caught by this headline the other day:
Cleaning sprays ‘as harmful to your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day’.
To quote: ‘Using everyday cleaning sprays can be as harmful to a woman’s lungs as smoking 20 a day, research has shown.
And a separate study found household products may account for half of air pollution in cities.
The first study, in Norway, found lung capacity fell 4.3mls a year faster in women who cleaned at home and 7.1mls a year faster if they worked as cleaners. Asthma was also more prevalent.
Prof Dr Cecile Svanes, of the University of Bergen says that cleaning chemicals are very likely cause rather substantial damage to the lungs.
“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,” said Øistein Svanes , a doctoral student who led the study, as quoted in The Independent.
What about our dogs?
From Spruce.com: ‘There are many chemicals and caustic substances in and around most homes. These chemicals may be toxic to your dog. Most humans know better than to come into contact with the most dangerous chemicals. However, just like parents must protect their children from household toxins, so must we dog owners protect our dogs.
Many chemicals can be harmful to dogs if they are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with the skin.
In some cases, chemicals can enter the bloodstream and affect major organs. Certain chemicals may be considered safe for humans but can still harm dogs.
Be very mindful of the products you are using in your yard and home. Try to switch to products that are known to be safe for pets. If you treat your yard with chemicals, be sure your dog does not have access to the yard until it is dry (and that the chemical it is safe once dry). The same applies with carpet cleaners and cleaners used on other surfaces where your dog may walk’.
Then there are air fresheners.
I looked into whether air fresheners may be harming our dogs in one of my Paws a while ago.
It sounds to me like a very good argument for less housework ! (I actually use white vinegar, have done for years, and wax polish from a tin).