Is cleaning as bad as smoking?

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According to an article from Lisa Mandell of published on 18th July 2018, cleaning your house could be as dangerous as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

A new study of some 6,000 people in Norway over a 20 year period, suggests that people who cleaned their home once a week showed similar lung damage as would be the case for a person who smoked 20 cigarettes per day.

The issue is related to the use of bleach & ammonia combined & the use of strong levels of synthetic fragrances in cleaning chemicals.

Whilst there is no specific materials identified in the study, the article quotes Bill Carroll, from Indiana university says "It’s important to use any cleaning material—particularly bleach or ammonia—with appropriate ventilation, and never ever ever mixed together."

And the article goes on to quote Janet Newman who says: "If products containing bleach and ammonia are combined, it creates chloramine gas, and these toxic fumes can be fatal. Inhalation without adequate ventilation can be corrosive to the lungs and can cause respiratory failure."

The article also points out that fragrances contained in some cleaning products such as dish soap, laundry detergent, carpet cleaner, dryer sheets, and air fresheners can be dangerous neurotoxins & even possibly carcinogenic.

One of the most dangerous common fragrance ingredients is styrene: "Styrene has been deemed 'reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen' by the National Toxicology Program. It has also been known to be toxic to the liver and central nervous system." says Newman. She goes on to say: "Other substances to watch out for include benzophenone (an endocrine disruptor that is linked to liver tumors) and acetaldehyde, another chemical that has been deemed potentially carcinogenic to humans."

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