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Coronavirus and Lysol: Is It Even Safe?

If you’ve been following the news, you may have heard multiple different things about disinfectants, and keeping you and your family safe during these unpredictable times. But how safe is it for you to spray down everything with Lysol? Is it really the safest option to fight against a virus, let alone COVID-19?

Stop your Google searches: I did it all for you.

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My first question when using a chemical of any type, especially around my 7 month old is always “How safe is this really?”

I’ve always been the person who tries to stay away from harsh chemicals, and my usual rule of thumb is if I need to wear heavy duty rubber gloves in order to use it: It’s a no from me. But what about Lysol? We see it virtually everywhere; classrooms, offices, high traffic areas of our workplace, etc. So it’s got to be okay, right?

Lysol claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria, so to the average individual trying to grab a quick and effective cleaning product, this seems like a great option!

However, if you head over to EWG.org (The Environmental Working Group) and search “Lysol Disinfectant Spray” you’ll be shocked to find that its overall rating is an “F” on a grade scale from A-F. This rating is caused by multiple different things, including its HIGH CONCERN for Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity, as well as MODERATE CONCERN for Asthma/Respiratory.

These Worries are brought on from a few of the main ingredients, including:

MIPA-BORATE (F RATING) – Which yields a high concern for developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects.

AMMONIUM HYDROXIDE (F RATING) – Linked to acute aquatic toxicity, and concern for respiratory effects, and damage to vision.

MYRISTALKONIUM SACCHARINATE (D RATING) – Linked to respiratory affects, and developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects.

ETHANOLAMINE (D RATING) – Linked to respiratory effects, general systemic/organ effects, chronic aquatic toxicity, nervous system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, anddevelopmental/endocrine/reproductive effects.

FRAGRANCE (D RATING) – skin irritation/allergies/damage, acute aquatic toxicity, respiratory effects, biodegradation. Also a huge red flag is their Disclosure Concern about non-specific ingredients.

BUTANE (C RATING) – developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, cancer, damage to DNA.

Lastly, there’s PROPANE (C RATING) , MEA-BORATE (C RATING), ETHANOL (A RATING), and WATER (A RATING). (All of this can be found here!)

So, if Lysol’s Disinfectant Spray isn’t safe to breathe, what about the multipurpose wipes? Surely those are okay to use!

Well, yes and no. Depending on what type you’re picking up on your next shopping trip, the ratings vary from an “A” all the way to a “C” you can find out what rating your wipes hold at this link. However I will warn you that the most commonly used wipes that I’ve seen hold a “D” rating. Yikes!

I also am afraid to burst your bubble, but if you’re a Clorox user, your wipes rating is at a “D” and your spray ranging between a “D” and “F”.

Okay Alex, we get it. What is safe then? How else am I supposed to clean?

Don’t get me wrong: I am not a waster. I Personally would either give these products to someone who will use it, or just use them up myself in moderation. Then, once I know I’m not contributing to the over-purchasing of disinfectants while they’re so hard to obtain as is, I would look for a safer, greener option.

Luckily, when you type “Disinfectant” into the EWG search engine, they list 5 pages of wipes and sprays in order from “A” to “F” and of those 5 pages, you’ve already reached “C” by midway down page 1. But fear not! There’s still some safe, green options that they have listed!

Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray holds a “B” rating, Windex Multi-Surface holds a “B”, Lysol Hydrogen Peroxide holds an “A”, and Purell Multi-Surface holds a “B”. Unfortunately they don’t have any information on lesser-known “green” brands like Mrs. Meyers, or the Honest Company, but I’m sure with some Google searches and label-reading you could easily come to your own conclusion on those products as well.

A great resource for the expectant Mother like myself is americanpregnancy.org that helps wash away your worries by letting you know what is and is not safe to do while pregnant. Luckily, they state that a majority of cleaners are safe to use, so although the ratings of some cleaning products are worse than others, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go throw them all out.

Another great, unbiased source for anyone to use at this time is the CDC website. They offer an abundance of tools and resources for you to come up with your own opinion on the topic, as well as insight on how to keep you and your family healthy.

How are keeping safe during this time? Are you keeping tabs on those who need it? Let us know in the comments about how you’re helping others out during this time. I personally made some delicious no-bake cookies to deliver to a few friends of mine, to help them know we’ve almost made it to the light at the end of the tunnel! Not to mention, who doesn’t like cookies?

*** Any medical or safety concerns you may have regarding any of the products listed should always be talked about with a professional, whether that be your physician or OBGYN. I am not a Doctor by any means, and am simply offering my sole opinion on the topic after a few Google searches, so don’t take my word to heart! ***

Until next time,

Alex

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