We all know that smoking is bad for your health, but a new study out of Norway found that women who regularly clean with spray cleaners, both at home and professionally, are damaging their lungs as much as if they smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 10 or 20 years.
Turns out, breathing in small particles of those chemicals in cleaners day after day is really bad for you. Women who clean daily are subject to higher rates of asthma and have a more rapid decline in lung function with age. The study did not find similar results for men, however.
Researchers say it is safer to simply use liquid cleansers and avoid the spray, but they go on to stress, "These chemicals are usually unnecessary; microfiber cloths and water are more than enough for most purposes." (Newser)