Household sprays 'linked to one in seven cases of asthma'

  1. Using cleaning sprays and air fresheners while doing housework could account for up to one in seven cases of asthma in adults, a study has found.
    The modern penchant for using labour-saving cleaning sprays and air fresheners has been found to raise significantly the risk of symptoms.
    Just spraying a cleaner once a week can trigger an attack, according to the research. The risk rose the more that the sprays were used.
    "Frequent use of household cleaning sprays may be an important risk factor for adult asthma," said Jan-Paul Zock, of the Municipal Institute of Medical Research, in Barcelona.
    Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle2648666.ece accessed today.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   leslymill
    I work in retail atm. I sprayed a squirt of non-aerosol cleaner on the counter and was wiping away. My co-worker ran to the back office was sent home with asthma from it. Sigh......it was a mild ammonia based cleaner.
    Easy off is not easy on even the toughest houseworkers. OPEN ALL THE WINDOWS take the pets and kids and go play outside.
    Last edit by leslymill on Oct 13, '07 : Reason: phooie sentence structure
  4. by   RNfaster
    Common household cleansers are excessively strong and/or fragranced. One of the absolute best household cleansers that is not irritating is ECOS Orange Cleaner. I use it in the kitchen, bathroom, and all around the house. It is great on mirrors, counters, stoves, microwaves, and even on carpets (with a bit of carbonated water).
    http://www.ecos.com/pages/orange.html

    I also use other earth- and living-being-friendly products by ECOS and other makers, e.g., ECOVER (good toilet bowl cleaner), and Seventh Generation. It makes a huge difference in my asthma. About once a month, I supplement the aforementioned cleansers with Comet and/or bleach (asthma irritants, but good for killing molds) --and I allow for adequate ventilation.
  5. by   RN BSN 2009
    Very interesting article, Thanks for sharing!
  6. by   leslymill
    I agree
    Orange cleaner and bleach are my main cleaners.
    I do like Spic and Span for the floors though.
    If you have children, Bacteriacidal Wipes are nice ( you find them at the supermarket entrance nowadays). Just make sure they dry thoroughly before you put food on thearea you use them on.
  7. by   Katnip
    I use vinegar and water for almost everything except my quartz counter tops. For that I use Method's Go Naked surface cleaner. It's a neutral cleaner with no added fragrances. Works well. For wood cabinets I use a damp cloth, and dusting I use those Swiffer type static dusters.
  8. by   lvnandmomx3
    I have asthma and house hold cleaners do bother me. I just about gave my MIL a heart attcak when I was 8 mo pregnant. I was in the living room and had no idea she sprayed easy off the fumes overtook me. She was not aware that something like house hold cleaners could cause an attack that bad. I'm diagnosed with allergy enduced asthma, and a list of things cause me to have asthma attacks.
  9. by   leslymill
    Easy Off gives ME bronchospasms and I don't have asthma.
  10. by   cmo421
    I have been using baking soda combined with viniger for most big things for awhile. They are green and also septic system friendly. Cleans like a charm!. Cinnaminn oil is great for scenting,can be heated also.
  11. by   TxMama
    Quote from cyberkat
    I use vinegar and water for almost everything except my quartz counter tops. For that I use Method's Go Naked surface cleaner. It's a neutral cleaner with no added fragrances. Works well. For wood cabinets I use a damp cloth, and dusting I use those Swiffer type static dusters.
    Me too Cyberkat! I use vinegar and water for mopping, counters, mirrors (wipe w/ newspaper), etc. If I need a little more I use Simple Green. For toilets I use baking soda and water w/ a splash of vinegar. I can't believe all the products I used to use before turning all-natural. The health of our family (and our pocket-books) are much better off!
  12. by   LPNbrea
    I am glad I read this Thread. At the Nursing Facility where I work main. dept was stripping the floors in the patients room. Across from the nurses station..I began to cough, running nose and eyes and my throat begin to burn. Now 4 days later I have missed 2 days of work with Sinus infection and horrible cough. Do you think maybe the stripping of the wax caused my condition? Help!
  13. by   fat cat
    LPNbrea

    I have worked with several nurses who have experienced identical reactions in the workplace to cleaning products. As for me the last time I worked in a facility while the floor was being stripped , my eyes burned and the smell so obnoxious I wanted to run outside but could'nt. Because this floor cleaning process can take hours to complete, and recognizing your obvious reaction to it, you should
    do everything possible to avoid this again. I think that you should absolutely have filed an incident report and kept a copy of it and that workers comp should have paid for your losses. You are almost assured a repeat episode of this event if you are not very cautious. I believe that you should have your physician make a satement ( and make duplicate copies to file for future use as needed) to the nature of health related hazzard that this connection has for you. Then request that your employer work with you to schedule your assignment around these time frames for such housekeeping projects. Remember you could easily progress to an asthma attack with lung injury that cannot be corrected to your previous existing function. I don't know how helpful donning a mask would be in emergency but I would sure keep one available - just a thought I considered. I want you to read an excellent article ADULT ONSET ASTHMA by Susan K Smith , MS, BS, RN, CNA I read in Advance for Nurses publication September 11 2006 issue. I think you should have no trouble locating this on line to read @ www.advanceweb/nurses Click on the red apple on home page and go to course listings and see if it is still available. Hope you never experience this again but it sounds as if you may be high risk for it so you certainly want to consider added precautions as you do not want to advance to an asthmatic episode.
  14. by   Josh L.Ac.
    I read or heard somewhere in an article by "the lunatic left fringe" that the chemical companies lobbied for almost a century to get the laws in this country to require the burden of proof be on the side of the public when it comes to chemical reactions after the company submits a little bit of data demonstrating safety of their chemical product.



    So when in doubt, avoid the chemicals. Duh.



    Oh, and quit smoking around your damn kids.

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