A new study has warned that household cleaning products can release hundreds of highly hazardous chemicals into our health.
It is revealed that disinfectants, stain removers. and air fresheners produce harmful vapors called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can lead to irritation of the eyes, nose. and throat when inhaled.
They can also cause respiratory problems, nausea. damage to the nervous system and other organs, and even cancer.
Researchers tested 30 different cleaning products. including some marketed as environmentally friendly and odorless.
Some were sprays and wipes. while others were foaming powders.
Experts say these products can cause health issues such as respiratory system damage. increased cancer risk, growth disturbances. and fertility problems. The most hazardous components were found to be butoxyethanol, isopropanol. toluene, and chloroform.
These ingredients are commonly found in multi-purpose surface cleaners. glass cleaners, and floor cleaners. and have been linked to skin allergies. drowsiness, genetic defects, organ damage, and cancer.
The authors noted that the volatile organic compounds present in cleaning products affect indoor and outdoor air quality alike. but indoor pollution is two to five times higher.
They added that some products emit volatile organic compounds for days. weeks, or even months.
Research shows that people working in the cleaning industry have a 50% higher risk of developing asthma .and a 43% higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). while women working in this field also face an increased risk of lung cancer.
Children’s health may also be at risk. as some studies have found that high usage of certain indoor cleaners during pregnancy. and during breastfeeding is associated with an increased risk of childhood asthma.