Did you know that
- You are unwittingly polluting the environment, damaging aquatic life for a very long time by using the most common domestic and commercial disinfectants?
- Such disinfectants cause mutation to organisms and facilitate microbial and antibiotic resistance?
- You are putting yourself and your loved ones at risk of illness and/or potentially death by eroding our antibiotic armoury?
If you look under your sink and it looks like this the answer is probably yes!
Most of these products contain Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats) and their typical ingredients are benzalkonium chloride (BACs) and didecyldimethylammonium chloride.
According to Tandukar, et al. (2013:1), our findings indicate that that exposure of a microbial community to BACs’ results in increased antibiotic resistance, which has important implications for both human and environmental health.
All strains of bacteria can adapt and resist the chemicals designed to kill it and BACs can allow antibiotic resistance, which is problematic on so many levels.
While studies surrounding BACs exposure and antibiotic resistance are still ongoing, theories suggest that overuse of quat products can aid antibiotic resistance by creating super-bugs and can lead to skin irritation, breathing and fertility problems.
The continuous use of such biocides and their continued release into the environment leads to the emergence of tolerant, resistant and cross-resistant microbial strains (Pereira, B. 2019)
However, UDF Healthcare’s MedibLU UDF (Unique Disinfection Formula) is a safer, cleaner and greener antibacterial and antiviral disinfectant. It contains no substance of concern, requires no hazard warnings on the label, and is favourable to the environment, human and animal health.
UDF products are made up of food additives including tartaric and lactic acids, lavender oil and peppermint oil. As a result of its unique method of killing, UDF products can kill 99.999% of all bacteria in one minute, viruses in 2 minutes including Coronavirus, Monkeypox and the nastiest non-enveloped viruses such as Norovirus, Adenovirus and Poliovirus with up to 24-hour protection whilst preventing mutation and the resultant antibiotic resistance.
The recent outbreak of Monkeypox is spread through touch, skin to skin and/or through ingesting contaminated foodstuff. This is different to Coronavirus, which is more likely spread through droplets and passed from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
Monkey pox is relatively easy to destroy outside the body with good hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection procedures, allowing for it be safely removed from contaminated surfaces.
“Not only is MedibLU safe and ‘green’, being based on organic acids and essential oils, but it will kill Monkeypox in a minute or less”, said John Toft, the Chemist at UDF Healthcare.
James Lyon, MD of UDF Healthcare added: “UDF continues to fight against antibiotic resistance and harmful chemicals so that all products are safe for commercial and family use, and of course for our beloved pets and environment.”
So it’s time to check the labels under your sink!
Pereira, B. (2019) ‘Benzalkonium Chlorides: Uses, Regulatory Status, and Microbial
Resistance’ in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, v85, no.13, pp8, 10, 11.Tandukar, M. et al. (2013) ‘Long-tern exposure to benzalkonium chloride disinfectants
results in change of microbial community structure and increased antimicrobial
resistance’ in Environmental Science & Technology, v47, no.17, pp1.
Womensvoices.org (2018) ‘Disinfectant Overkill: What are “Quats” and why are they a problem?’ at Disinfectant Overkill: What are “Quats” and why are they a problem?
(womensvoices.org) (Accessed 8 June, 2022)