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Disinfecting surfaces with hydrogen peroxide is a health threat

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News i / Khorasan Razavi According to research from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada (USask), cleaning surfaces with hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants (hydrogen peroxide) pollutes the environment and poses a threat to health.

According to Medical News, a group of researchers found that cleaning surfaces with hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants on the market greatly increases the amount of hydrogen peroxide in the air, which is about 60% of the maximum allowable level to be placed. Exposed to this substance in more than eight hours.

“When you wash surfaces with hydrogen peroxide, you change the quality of your air, which is associated with respiratory diseases such as asthma,” said Tara Kahan, a U.S. chemical researcher and lead researcher on the study.

Excessive exposure to hydrogen peroxide can cause respiratory, skin and eye irritation, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.

Interestingly, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to increased cleaning and demand for a variety of cleaning products, including bleaching options containing hydrogen peroxide.

Kahan’s team consisted of researchers from Syracuse University in the United States, York University in Toronto and York University in the United Kingdom. The test was performed with a vinyl shelf life of one hour. Then they measured the air quality based on the height of the people.

“There is a real danger for people who are exposed to these substances frequently,” Kahan warned.

“The effect of hydrogen peroxide on children and pets that are physically closer to disinfected surfaces is still unknown,” Kahan said.

Several ways to reduce the risks when disinfecting

• Use soap and water instead of disinfectant; Soap and water have been shown to be effective in killing the Covid-19 virus.

Opening a window, turning on a hood, or using a central air conditioning system can dramatically reduce airborne contaminants and is one of the most effective ways to remove particles that can carry the virus.

Do not choose hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants instead of bleach, because Kahan says, “Hydrogen peroxide is still potentially more harmful than bleach.”

The findings are published in the journal Environment Science & Technology.

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