As safe as many daily household items are, some can pose dangers to our health. From disinfectants to paints and even vacuums, there are limitless objects that can eventually cause lung problems or even life-threatening diseases like cancer.
9. Cleaning Products
Heavy-duty disinfectants like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia can be irritants to people who have lung diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and they can also cause asthma in some people. In some cases, substituting these tough cleaning products with organic, chemical-free products or just simple soap and water can work better or the same as harsh products. Most people assume the germs around their home need to be disinfected with chemical-heavy products, but in reality soap and water can do the trick. To kill specific infections, like the flu virus, be sure to dilute the cleaning solution you are using so that it is not too strong.
Carpets and rugs can trap large amounts of dust, more than hard flooring does. A study based on the National Survey of Lead and Allergens in Housing found that households with more dust reported more wheezing and asthma. When walking past the dust particles, you might not immediately feel their presence, so coughing is unlikely to occur unless your lungs are sensitive due to asthma or COPD. However, if there are children constantly playing on the floor, the accumulated dust could trigger lung problems.