Are we helping or hurting when we use disinfectant wipes?
I read this article today that reinforced what I already suspected about the disinfectant wipes you can purchase at the store. Author Elizabeth Conway states, "Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admits that there is no evidence that cleaning with disinfectants is any better at preventing illness than cleaning with regular soap and water." She goes on to say that " Disinfectant 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." There's a reason the labels on most of these wipes recommend washing hands immediately after use..... She gives some suggestions on what to both look out for and what are safe options. I prefer to make my own. They are certainly safer, but also much less expensive than disinfectant wipes, very effective, and smell great. In fact there are even health BENEFITS from what I use. Here is the recipe I talked about in my webinar today:
I recycled a container for my wipes, but you could use any airtight container that's a good size. I even put a few in a ziplock bag when traveling
1 cup water
1 cup witch hazel
2 tablespoons On Guard cleaner concentrate
1/2 roll premium paper towels (I use a bread knife to slice the roll in half.
Place the half roll in the air tight container, mix the liquid ingredients together and pour over paper towels. Put lid on. I flip it upside down after ten minutes. The paper tube should come out easily after the liquid is absorbed and then take wipes from the center Costs less than $2 to make!