As It Turns Out, Cleaning Your House Is Really Bad for Your Health

Updated 02/27/18
Eco friendly cleaning products: Woman washing her hands

Finding someone who enjoys cleaning is generally a hard task. Unless you’re like Monica Geller (and in all honesty, have you ever met a real-life Monica?), chances are that you’d rather go for a 12-mile run than put on the Marigolds and work your way around your flat with a duster. Yes, this is an accurate description of what I did this weekend because I hate cleaning.

And now we have even more reason to avoid those household chores—or rather, invest in some eco-friendly products. According to a study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, those who regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function than those who don’t clean as often. Who knew household cleaners could be likened to cigarettes? Or that we would finally have a good reason not to clean up after ourselves?

My inner teenager is really happy right now.

The study analysed data from 6235 participants and discovered that the accelerated lung function decline in women who participated in regular cleaning was due to the irritation that cleaning chemicals can cause on the mucous membranes that line our airways.

Now, we’re not saying go out and hire yourself a cleaner—because it’s cleaners who are most susceptible to the fumes of cleaning products, but what you can do is invest in some eco-friendly products. That way, you’re not only decreasing your own chances of lung function decline, but you’re also making a conscious effort to help reduce the air pollution that comes from household cleaners. Keep scrolling to see our top picks of eco-friendly cleaning products that will look equally chic on your kitchen counter.

The Gentle Label Multi-Surface Cleaner $10
Method Washing Up Liquid Pack of 3 $15
Dr. Bronner's Organic Almond Castile Liquid Soap $22

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