Spray-cleaners increase risk of asthma studies show
When cleaning their houses with popular spray products, asthma sufferers may not realize that instead of creating a healthy living environment, they are exposing themselves to a host of triggers.
Recent studies conducted by the American Lung Association that were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine suggest that using spray cleaners exposes people to a 30 to 50 percent chance of developing asthma.
Doctors and professionals suggest asthma and allergy sufferers take a different approach to home care that avoids using popular chemical cleaners.
Author Mel Walsh told the Huffington Post there are ways to substitute spray cleaners for pretty much everything in a home using vinegar and baking soda.
Cleaning glass like table tops or mirrors simply requires a mixture of vinegar, water and some elbow grease. Porcelain tiles, faucets and almost anything in the bathroom can be scrubbed clean by mixing baking soda and water, scrubbing, then thoroughly rinsing to prevent any film.
Even the chemicals in drain cleaners can waft in the air and trigger airway constriction, according to reports. An effective substitute that Walsh recommends is using vinegar and baking soda combined with a kettle of boiling water to unclog backed up drains.
Walsh also recommends that boiling cinnamon sticks is just as effective an air freshener as scented sprays for the house. To combat dingy houses, she also recommends good ventilation.
Using HEPA air filters and vacuums significantly lessen the need for chemical-based sprays because they keep dust and other allergens out of the air and off of surfaces. Even for people without asthma, reducing the use of these sprays lowers the risk of developing the disease for everyone in their household.