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Cleaning products in Gainesville contain toxic chemicals. Doctor Explains

Nov 10, 2023Nov 10, 2023

After reading this article you should try to balance cleanliness with safety. Try opting for safer cleaning methods like soap and water whenever possible. Also, read the labels to know what kind of strong chemicals are being used in your cleaning products.

Key Findings

A review of studies, recently published, shows that quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are used in a lot of antimicrobial solutions commonly found in our cleaning solutions. The issue here is that a lot of these chemicals have not been screened for potential health hazards.

Another issue stemming from the heavy use of QAC-containing chemical solutions is the risk of antimicrobial resistance, which can lead to "superbugs." These are infections that are resistant to currently available antibiotics. Currently, these 'superbugs' contribute to millions of deaths across the world.

The researchers noted that individuals, schools, and workplaces should reconsider their cleaning practices. They recommend opting for safer cleaners & disinfectants. Regular cleaning with soap or detergent can remove most types of harmful germs from surfaces.

Did you know: Disinfectant use should be limited and protective measures such as gloves, eyeglasses or safety glasses, and proper ventilation should always be employed.

Did you know that almost 18136.0 peopled died in Georgia from some form of Cancer in 2021?

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Know this: "Look, no doubt about it, it's important to practice good hygiene with safe and natural methods. Regular hand washing with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds is your first line of defense against germs. Instead of relying heavily on chemical disinfectants, consider natural alternatives like vinegar or baking soda for cleaning surfaces. Always remember, the key to a healthy environment isn't just cleanliness, but it's also the mindful use of cleaning products." Dr. Puja Uppal, Family Medicine.

Next steps: Know that some of the chemical disinfectants can exacerbate and even contribute to your skin dermatitis. If you experience any type of allergic reaction, stop using that product immediately.

Living in Gainesville, the following cancer and health facts impact your well-being directly!

Chemical use: Moderation is Key.

What they're saying:

"Regulate QACs consistently across different uses and agencies and consider exposure from multiple sources when evaluating allowable concentrations, formulations, and conditions of use.

Require full disclosure of the exact QACs used in all products, their functions (including for non-antimicrobial use such as material preservation or odor control), and production volumes. Achieving full transparency from manufacturers will likely require legislative or regulatory changes and collaboration across all relevant government agencies." (Primary Source)

"In the meantime, my colleagues and I recommend that individuals, schools and workplaces take a close look at their cleaning practices to see where disinfectants can be replaced with safe cleaners or safer disinfectants.

Cleaning with soap or detergent removes most types of harmful germs like COVID-19 from surfaces. While disinfection can help kill any remaining microbes, it should be limited to situations where people have been actively ill, such as vomit on a surface, and during certain disease outbreaks." (The Conversation)


The Journal Environmental Science & Technology published the findings: Association of the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: A Chemical Class of Emerging Concern (Read it Here)

Indoor Air Pollution Facts & Stats for Gainesville: (World Health Organization)

Household air pollution was responsible for an estimated 3.2 million deaths per year in 2020, including over 237 000 deaths of children under the age of 5.

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