Cleaning is essential and can oftentimes make you feel better and refreshed.
However, household and cleaning products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that seep into your respiratory system and can contribute to chronic respiratory problems.
According to the American Lung Association, past studies link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory issues. Even natural fragrances such as citrus can react to produce dangerous indoor pollutants.
While you're cleaning, poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma.
What are the seven chemicals that you should be looking out for while purchasing your cleaning products?
Alexander R. Marmureanu, MD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss the seven chemicals that are linked to lung cancer
Products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include:
- Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
- Air fresheners
- Chlorine bleach
- Detergent and dish washing liquid
- Dry cleaning chemicals
- Rug and upholstery cleaners
- Furniture and floor polish
- Oven cleaners