What You Need to Know
Disinfectant cleaners seem to be an easy solution for wiping up messes in the kitchen, the bathroom and even in the classroom. In fact, disinfectant wipes have been on students’ school supplies lists for some time now.
However, as new research emerges, it seems that these disinfectant solutions aren’t as innocent as they appear. WCVB news reported that a Massachusetts agency urged elementary schools to refrain from using cleaning wipes in the classrooms for fear that children are being exposed to harsh chemicals.
If you’re unsure whether it’s time to ditch your cleaning wipes, check out these three reasons to consider limiting the use of disinfectants in your home.
The next time you’re reaching for a cleaning wipe after cooking dinner for your family, give these facts a second thought and decide if a disinfectant is really needed. But how can you avoid too much contact with harsh chemicals? Here are a few options.
- Choose safe cleaning alternatives. High-quality microfiber cleaning cloths are a great alternative since all you need is water to lift up dirt, bacteria, grime and stains from surfaces.
- Use disinfectants only when necessary and be sure to follow proper instructions, as most cleaners don’t disinfect with a single wipe. Some cleaners instruct users to soak the cleaning surface with a wipe for 4 – 10 minutes in order to be effective.
- Always follow safety instructions when it’s necessary to use wipes, and make sure never to flush them after you’ve finished using them.
- If you have little ones helping clean up messes, make sure that they do not handle any disinfecting cleaner that contains a warning label.
- WCVB Boston: Massachusetts school kids can’t use cleaning wipes
- Healthy Child Healthy World: The Trouble with Disinfecting Wipes
- Women’s Voices for the Earth: Tip of the Month: Watch Out for Disinfectant Wipes!
- Smart Kelan Blog: The Top 12 Cancer-Causing products in the Average Home
- Movement Blog: Wet Wipes: Seeking a Safer Alternative