So that’s why men avoid housework!

The Independent reports:

Regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on lung health comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes every day, according to a new study.

The research followed more than 6,000 people over a 20 year period and found women in particular suffered significant health problems after long-term use of these products.

Lung function decline in women working as cleaners or regularly using cleaning products at home was comparable to smoking 20 cigarettes a day over 10 to 20 years.

The scientists who carried out the study advised that such products should be avoided and can normally be replaced with simple microfibre cloths and water.

. . .

The study did not find any harmful effects comparable to those seen in women in the men they studied.

However, the scientists noted their work did have some limitations, and the number of men exposed to cleaning products on the scale of women in the study was small.

There’s more at the link.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.

I’m sure many (most?) women will immediately claim that the reason fewer men than women suffer from this problem is because men don’t do enough of the household cleaning and maintenance.  I daresay they’re right . . . but, on the other hand, if you test men and women for impaired lung function after the use of automotive fuels and lubricants and gun cleaning solvents, I daresay we’d score a lot worse than most of the fairer sex!



  1. I've worked around solvents and diesel fuel most of my adult life. Glad you made that point. BTW, I enjoyed your book about your time in the Prisons. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks!

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