Researchers studying benefits of cleaning after wildfire smoke

PORTLAND, Ore.– A Portland State University researcher is studying how household cleaners can clean up wildfire smoke.

Associate Professor Elliott Gall said wildfire smoke can stay on surfaces and clothes for days or weeks.

But his research shows that common household cleaners are effective at removing meaningful amounts of wildfire smoke toxins.

Those toxins can have health effects such as respiratory issues and are also known to cause cancer.

Gall said, “there’s a number of things that people can do thinking about the ways that your body might be exposed, and one of them might be washing fabrics you come into close contact with following a wildfire smoke event.”

Gall said he wants to continue researching how long wildfire smoke compounds stay on surfaces.

He is also researching ways to make affordable air filters for those who don’t have access, or can’t afford one.

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Former NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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