Researchers have found that deterioration in lung function of women working as cleaners or regularly using cleaning products was the same as smoking 20 cigarettes a day over 10 to 20 years.
The study was published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the study examined data from more than 6,200 participants, analysing their health over a period of 20 years.
It is suspected that inhaling cleaning chemicals causes irritation of the mucous membranes of the airways and therefore damaging the airways permanently. These products are full of chemicals designed to strip dirt and grime off surfaces, so it’s likely they are way too harsh for our lungs.
I only use Natural Cleaners in our home that I either make them myself using essential oils and other various natural ingredients found in my home. Or when I don't have time to make my own I will purchase natural cleaners.
Here's a simple Natural Spray cleaner you can make out of essential oils water and vinegar.
Natural Home Cleaning Spray -
2 cups of Distilled or Filtered Water
1/2 a cup of white vinegar
10 drops of lemon essential oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil (if have young children or if you are pregnant/breastfeeding replace with Orange Oil)