Using disinfectant cleaning products regularly, such as bleach has been linked to an increased risk of developing fatal lung conditions.
A study by Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research found that using the products just once a week could increase a person’s chance of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by nearly a third.
The study included more than 55,000 nurses in the US and looked at specific disinfectants, including bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol.
All of these were associated with an increased risk of COPD of between 24 per cent to 32 per cent in the study.
Previous studies have linked exposure to disinfectants with breathing problems such as asthma, but it is believed this is the first piece of research to identify a link between disinfectants and lung conditions.
Further research is needed to clarify the impact of disinfectant use in the home.