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Sanitization: have you gone too far?

Basma Saleh

Sanitization: have you gone too far?





Yes, these are critical times and you want to keep your environment as clean and safe as possible, but overdoing it can cause more harm than good.


Regular use of house cleaning products is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day, one study found. The research followed more than 6,000 people over a 20 year period and found women in particular suffered significant health problems after long-term use of these products. 


Another study found that those who clean with bleach (Clorox) only once a week have a 32% higher chance of developing COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder).


Other side effects of inhaling the fumes coming out of house cleaning chemicals include stinging in nose and eyes, lightheadedness, and coughing.


Bottomline, you don't want to cause yourself lifelong health problems only to avoid coronavirus infection.


What does the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) say?

A solution containing at least 60% alcohol would do the trick and deem your place safe. So, why not create your own homemade sanitizer by mixing the correct amounts of alcohol and aloe vera gel? Adding a few drops of essential oils that are known for their disinfecting capabilities such as tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon would be an added advantage.


However, remember not to overdo it as the billions of bacteria that live on your skin are there for a good reason! They thrive on your skin to help fight disease-causing microbes (1).


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