According to a new study, various cleaning products and sprays have such a profound impact on your lungs, that it's comparable to smoking a pack of cigarettes -- every day.
Research from a University in Norway followed 6,000 people over a 20-year period. Researchers say they found a decline in lung function in women who worked as cleaners, or regularly used cleaning products at home. The damage was comparable to a person smoking 20 cigarettes-a-day over a 10 to 20 year period.
The study says the various cleaning chemicals attack mucous membranes that line the airways.
In the study, the effects were more profound in women than men, but researchers say the research group was mostly made up of women.
Moving forward, researchers recommend using water and microfiber clothes to clean when possible, instead of using chemicals.
The study was done by Noway's University at Bergen.