22 Sep '11, 6pm

DON'T WIPE OUT: The hidden hazards of antibacterial wipes #antibacterial #health

DON'T WIPE OUT: The hidden hazards of antibacterial wipes #antibacterial #health

« Getting sick on pesticides Big Ag can't live without | Main | Fracking Jobs? N.Y. Residents Need not Apply » Don't wipe out: The hidden hazards of antibacterial wipes September 21, 2011 By Rebecca Sutton, PhD, EWG Senior Scientist Grocery stores dispense them for wiping down carts, gyms, for spiffing up exercise equipment. Some schools hand them out so kids can scrub their desks and ask parents for wipes as back-to-school supplies. Antibacterial cleaning wipes are everywhere, but are they harmless? Unfortunately, for most popular versions, that's not the case. Why worry? In a word: Quats The most common antibacterial agents in cleaning wipes are called "quats" (short for quaternary ammonium compounds) and include such chemical mouthfuls as alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride and benzalkonium chloride. Of course, difficult pronunciation does not necessarily equal dang...

Full article: http://www.enviroblog.org/2011/09/dont-wipe-out-the-hidde...

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