AUSTIN — It’s not uncommon for someone to use a bathroom floor cleaning product that has a negative effect on their health, a group of experts said Tuesday.
But in some cases, people may actually be using cleaner alternatives to scrubbing and wiping.
Experts at the University of Texas Medical Branch of Research in Houston said it’s common for people to try cleaning the floors of their homes by hand, which is often messy and difficult to clean.
But, in recent years, there has been an increasing amount of research showing the benefits of cleaning the floor of a home, said Dr. James P. Johnson, a professor of health and medical policy at the university.
“I don’t think anyone really thinks about the effects that these products are having on the health of people,” he said.
“It’s not like they are cleaning a body, it’s like they’re cleansing the body of potentially potentially harmful chemicals.”
Johnson said he’s seen a trend among people to use cleaners that have a lot of dust and water in them, or a lot more residue, than cleaning products with a less concentrated cleaning solution.
The experts say people often are not aware of the health risks of using cleaners that contain more dust and dirt.
Johnson said the more people are using cleaner products, the more likely they are to find that they are not getting the full benefits.
“A lot of the time people aren’t aware of these potential health risks,” Johnson said.
Some experts are concerned that many of the cleaners on the market may contain chemicals that are known to cause cancer, asthma, allergies and other health problems.
“These chemicals are used to clean surfaces, but they also have the potential to damage people’s skin,” Johnson added.
“When people have this sort of contaminated product on their home floor, it can create a really significant problem.”