Clean with vinegar instead of bleach or ammonia.

Clean with vinegar instead of bleach or ammonia.

Do you suffer respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing and sinus headaches after you clean your home? Naturopaths have known for decades that cleaning products can cause environmental illness, but now an independent study conducted at the University of Bergen in Norway has confirmed that the Long-term respiratory effects of cleaning can cause lung obstruction and have damaging effects that are the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day for 10-20 years. The study also concluded that individuals most at risk for chronic air obstruction were those who consistently used spray cleaners every day, which of course, also put people who work in the cleaning industry most at risk. Women who tidied their own homes were also shown to be more at risk than those that didn’t.

Disinfectant Sprays May Be the Worst For Your Lungs

According to another study published in September 2017, your lungs’ worst friend is aerosol disinfectant cleaners. The study, called Nurses’ regular use of disinfectants is associated with developing COPD found that frequent exposure to the chemicals in disinfectants resulted in a 22% to 32% risk of developing lung problems.
To avoid this high risk of developing COPD, the study states that nurses should stay away from cleaners that contain bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and ammonium compounds. Of course, this is quite difficult for nurses who regular use disinfectants containing these toxic elements to cleans surfaces and medical instruments every day.

How to Keep Toxic Disinfectants Out of Your Life

Nurses and occupational cleaners may not have much choice but to be exposed to these disinfectants on a daily basis but you either buy or make your own disinfectant cleaning solutions. There are many natural alternatives that you can mix with water to avoid the high toxicity associated with bleach, ammonia. You might try mixing up the following effective cleaning solutions and dispensing them with your own sprayer.

  • One-third vinegar to two-thirds water
  • One third lemon juice to two-thirds water
  • 30 drops of tea tree oil to six cups water
  • 30 drops of citrus oil to six cups water
  • 30 drops of pine oil to six cups water

You can also add a couple of tablespoons of Castile soap to any of the above mixtures to make the cleaner more of a degreasing substance. Commercially, cleaners based on pine, tea tree oil, and citrus peels also perform as effective cleaning agents.

Do you suffer environmental illnesses like chronic fatigue, asthma or allergies? For more information about how to deal with these chronic illnesses or to book a consultation about anti-aging, naturopathic testing, Toronto weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at You can also call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. Send an email to and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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