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Housework May Not Give You a Clean Bill of Health

Are you looking for an excuse to not do your housework? Well, a new study says that it may be hazardous to your health.

According to the study, cleaning as little as once a week with common cleaning sprays and air fresheners could raise the risk of asthma in adults. Other studies have linked these products with increased asthma rates among cleaning professionals, but now it’s implied that it can put others at risk.

Weekly exposure to such cleaning materials could account for as many as one in seven adult asthma cases, the researchers wrote in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

“Frequent use of household cleaning sprays may be an important risk factor for adult asthma,” says Jan-Paul Zock, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, who led the study.

The most unfortunate part of the study was a lack of an alternative. Here’s the depressing catch-22: You keep a clean house, you may become asthmatic. You don’t clean enough, then the dust will get you.

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2 Responses to “Housework May Not Give You a Clean Bill of Health”


Housework Can Be a Workout
Nov 6th, 2010
12:57 pm

[...] 2. Scrubbing floors or the bathroom. If you’ve ever cleaned a floor or bathroom by hand, you know how hard of work it can be. Half an hour of scrubbing burns 130 calories an hour, and is one heck of an all around upper-body endurance exercise. If you’d like to up the calorie burn here, don’t stay on your hands and knees while scrubbing. Instead take every opportunity you can to stand up and squat — with proper form of course! And, remember, use non-toxic cleaning products! [...]


Single Moms at Greater Risk for Being Overweight and Unhealthy
Jun 10th, 2011
11:54 am

[...] Cleaning. No, really. No one likes cleaning, but if you’ve walked into the kitchen to grab an ice cream bar, grab a scrub brush instead. You can work off some of that steam and see a gleaming house as a bonus. [...]