Ammonium quaternary compounds, or “quats,” are found in lots of disinfecting products and other cleaners. Quats are powerful skin irritants that can also irritate the lungs, and have been linked to asthma, fertility issues, and reproductive harm. These are NOT chemicals that babies, children, women, pets, or anyone should be exposed to.
We don’t need quats, or disinfectants in general, to clean our homes and keep our families healthy. In fact the overuse of quats can promote antibacterial-resistant bacteria (“superbugs”). And using antibacterial cleaners at home has never been proven to be more effective than plain old soap and water. Meanwhile the harm chemicals like quats are doing to our health and the environment is real.