Tip of the Month: Watch Out for Disinfectant Wipes!

written by Alex Scranton
Director of Science & Research, Women’s Voices for the Earth

Excerpted with permission of the author.

image of a wipes label instructing users to wash hands after useDisinfectant chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds “quats”, commonly found in wipes are especially problematic. These chemicals are skin irritants, can irritate your lungs, and have been linked to asthma and reproductive harm. The overuse of quats can also lead to the promotion of antibacterial-resistant bacteria (“superbugs”), which is bad news for everyone…All pre-moistened wipes must include some form of chemical preservative to prevent bacteria growth in the package. Many preservatives used in wipes include parabens, formaldehyde releasers and MI/MCI which have also been associated with adverse health effects.

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