A new study has indicated that using cleaning sprays can be as harmful to lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.
The research, conducted by the University Of Bergen found that use of the products is particularly dangerous to women. Those who cleaned regularly at home saw lung capacity fall 4.3mls a year faster than usual while those who worked as cleaners saw theirs fall 7.1mls a year faster. Men involved in the study did not show a decline.
Prof Dr Cecile Svanes, of the University of Bergen, said:
“Cleaning chemicals very likely cause rather substantial damage to your lungs. Sprays are usually unnecessary as a wet microfibre cloth is enough."