Living in a clean house may be good for your health, but actually cleaning your home to get it to that condition may be bad for you.
According to new research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, women showed greater declines in lung function if they’ve worked as cleaners or use certain products — notably cleaning sprays — over time.
Women who didn’t clean didn’t experience the same rate of lung disease, the researchers said.
Scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway analyzed data from 6,235 participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. The participants, whose average age was 34 when they enrolled, were followed for more than 20 years.