I find it amusing to come across numerous products labelling themselves as Herbal Disinfectants. I assume these products are made for consumers who are concerned about ‘toxic chemicals’. Why am I amused ? Because someone who uses ‘herbal disinfectants’ is not worried about exposure to antibacterials — whether they are natural or synthetic chemicals.

Consumers have high exposure to Antibacterials from hand sanitizers, sprays & cleaning liquids. In addition to human contact through skin & inhalation, the antibacterials pose further danger by entering the water system and affect the aquatic environment. While natural antibacterials may be safer to the environment compared to those based on triclosan, many of these disinfectants are no more effective than plain soap & water.

The abuse of antibacterial ingredients is causing immense harm and ignores the vital functions that bacteria and viruses perform. It’s time for us to make friends with microorganisms.

I find it amusing to come across numerous products labeling themselves as Herbal Disinfectants. I assume these products are made for consumers who are concerned about ‘toxic chemicals’. Why am I amused? Because someone who uses ‘herbal disinfectants’ is not worried about exposure to antibacterials — whether they are natural or synthetic chemicals.

Consumers have high exposure to Antibacterials from hand sanitizers, sprays & cleaning liquids. In addition to human contact through skin & inhalation, the antibacterials pose a further danger by entering the water system and affect the aquatic environment. While natural antibacterials may be safer to the environment compared to those based on triclosan, many of these disinfectants are no more effective than plain soap & water.

The abuse of antibacterial ingredients is causing immense harm and ignores the vital functions that bacteria and viruses perform. It’s time for us to make friends with microorganisms.

Odo-Rite is a freshener spray based on a non-pathogenic bacterial culture to tackle biological odors such as those found in toilets, from kitchen waste or locker rooms. Now breathe easy and inhale the freshness of Odo-Rite.

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