Chemicals in household products contain different cleaning agents that can be harmful to the body, especially in the lungs where Gasses may also affect the respiratory system.’
Chemicals in household products often gets the risks on the side.
In a study by a team of Norwegian researchers, they saw that people who are in regular contact with cleaning agents and detergent are more likely to face the risk of getting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
The condition also includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Using data from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey, they were able to analyze data of over 5000 women over a 20-year period.
They found that those who work as cleaning assistants have an increased risk of cardiopulmonary problems. The same goes with those you perform the cleaning themselves, with no less than 14 percent.
High concentrations of cleaning and detergent agents that are incorporated into these cleaning agents. Inhaling some of these vapours may cause you to start having symptoms.
A powerful chemical that is also called a quaternary ammonium compound and is often used to disinfect households, hard surfaces and floors.
Chlorine based agents
Also known as sodium hypochlorite. It is commonly used as an active ingredient for bleach.
Scent agents that are powerful enough and lets off vapour that may be harmful to the respiratory tract and lungs.
These are common active ingredients found in liquid hand wash, clothes and dishwashing detergents
According to the Healthy Lungs For Life Campaign, around 25000 people in the United Kingdom die every year due to COPD. These are often characterized by damage to the walls of tiny air sacs in the lungs for those with emphysema.
For those with chronic bronchitis, it is often characterized by inflamed airways that have thickened and clogged with thick mucus.
Experts advise to always use a mask or a covering for the nose and mouth to protect it from vapours of these substances from entering the body.
Goggles are also advised to be worn during cleaning to also avoid getting the eyes contaminated with the substances and its vapours, along with gloves for the hands to avoid skin contact.