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Does Cleaning Directly Affect The Health of Homeowners?

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Started: 2/4/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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This debate is going to explore the facts around how cleaning affects the health of the homeowners.

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My position is Pro. Working for more than 10 years in the Geelong home cleaning sector, I've encountered numerous cases where badly maintained homes have been the cause for mild to severe health issues in homeowners. Dust-infused upholstery and heavily soiled carpets are known to cause allergies and breathing difficulties in sensitive patients. Damaged air conditioning and heating systems which have received no previous inspection and maintenance are a well-known factor for the development of respiratory difficulties in both young and elder patients.
The removal of one or more of the factors that cause these health issues almost immediately leads to improvement. We've had clients with severe skin irritations and breathing problems who upon one or more home cleaning sessions have confirmed a sensible amelioration of their overall health. Cleaning is directly connected to these health issues and a good home hygiene can be excellent prevention for further issues.



Thank for putting up this debate so we could have a 'mild discussion' about it

First of all, cleaning chemicals and other materials used by the cleaning industry are often harsh and abrasive towards the skin. In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home. The gradual build-up of aerosols, liquids and other chemicals may then lead to overexposure or more long-term chronic effects. These chemicals can also make other dangerous compounds such as chlorine gas (from bleach), chloroform (from acetone) and many others. Some of these compounds disrupt the biological functioning of our bodies-like hormone disruptors. Furthermore, some cleaners may even contain neurotoxin and carcinogenic compounds such as Butyl cellosolve and 1,4-dioxane. Many of the manufactures" merely label these as 'fragrances' or 'cleaning mixture' on their product labels.

Many supposedly 'natural' cleaners like vinegar and citric acid from lemons also cause harm if you are not careful. Vinegar reacts with copper to form copper acetate which is toxic to humans as well as the environment. Many household chemicals could also be accidently ingested by a child or spilled which may prove a major health hazard- an infant who drank household disinfectant formed crystals in his brain from propylene glycol.

Sources: EPA, Poison Hotline, Personal Knowledge
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elinorgilmore forfeited this round.


XD you forfeited!
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Posted by ChemK 2 years ago
ok @elinorglimore i thought you intentianally forefeited. Thank You for this discussion
Posted by elinorgilmore 2 years ago
Hey @ChemK, I don't know how this happened. I didn't intend to fortify the round and I thought I have enough time to answer. Maybe we can continue this discussion on another debate. Your position was very strong and I am really excited to further discuss this topic with you.
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