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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Mar 15, 2019

It is important that we begin to understand how our cleaning habits affect our health. With Spring coming, it is a great time to discuss how we can improve our cleaning routine such that we are not causing adverse issues with our health. I share ways of eliminating airborne microbes, chemicals to avoid, and reasons why it is important to declutter your home.


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Show sources:


Reducing Bacteria in Household Sponges by Judy Y. Ikawa, M.S. and Jonathan S. Rossen, M.S.

Microorganisms in Kitchen Sponges by Özlem ERDOĞRUL, Feryal ERBİLİR

Short-term respiratory effects of cleaning
exposures in female domestic cleaners
by M. Medina-Ramón, J. P. Zock, M. Kogevinas, J. Sunyer, X. Basagaña, J. Schwartz, P. S. Burge, V. Moore, J. M. Antó

Women using bleach for home cleaning are at increased risk of non-allergic asthma by Bobette Matulonga, Marta Rava, Valerie Siroux, Alfred Bernard, Orianne Dumas, Isabelle Pin, Jan-Paul Zock, Rachel Nadif, Benedicte Leynaert, Nicole Le Moua

Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals by the American Lung Association

Fragranced consumer products and undisclosed ingredients by Anne C. Steinemann


The influence of air-dispersed essential oils from
lemon (Citrus limon) and silver fir (Abies alba) on
airborne bacteria and fungi in hospital rooms
by Alicia Lanzerstorfer, Melanie Hackl, Matthias Schlömer, Brigitte Rest, Evelyn Deutsch-Grasl & Christof Lanzerstorfer


More about Dr. NiCole R. Keith's study


Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in
Human Visual Cortex
by Stephanie McMains and Sabine Kastner


*Note* I am not an expert in this field. All literature interpretations are from my perspective and do not always reflect the intention of the authors.