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Your Disinfectant May Actually Do More Harm Than Good—Here’s Why

Updated: Aug 18



If your pandemic routine involves copious amounts of cleaning and disinfecting, you’re not alone. While it’s a good habit to maintain proper hygiene, one needs to be cautious when it comes to the products that we use in our everyday lives. Improper usage of cleaning and disinfectant agents can be dangerous – and potentially lethal. Here’s why:


The harmful effects of toxic disinfectants


There’s the good, and the bad. While disinfectants are known to fight off bacteria and germs, some of these products may contain toxic chemicals such as alcohol, bleach, as well as quaternary ammonium compounds – a group of potent chemicals that are used as active ingredients to kill bacteria, viruses and mold. Although many uses of quats have been regulated and evaluated for safety according to the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA), such chemicals can be harmful to one’s health when used in risky ways.


Bleach, for instance, can cause respiratory issues such as coughing or shortness of breath, and even trigger an asthma attack. In some cases, it can even lead to accidental poisoning due to toxic exposure. In 2018 alone, it was reported that there were more than 500 cases of poisoning that resulted from household cleaning solutions like hand sanitisers and bleach. Additional precautions need to be taken to avoid hazardous effects and ensure safety.


A safety threat to young children


What’s more worrying is that most of these cases typically occur among children under 12, which is a particularly vulnerable age group in the household. A child can find themselves in potentially dangerous situations if they were to accidentally open a bottle of toxic disinfectant, or unknowingly reach out for poisonous substances. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that all products used around children – including disinfectants – are completely harmless and safe to use.


How to evaluate the safety of disinfectants


What makes for a safe disinfectant? Here are some of the factors to consider.


Firstly, a safe disinfectant should be able to protect us from all types of germs including bacteria, viruses, fungus and spores. Avoid disinfectants containing harsh chemicals that may cause damage to your health. As a general rule of thumb, look out for warning symbols on the label; toxic substances tend to come with safety instructions that will warn you of any adverse effects so be sure to use them as directed by the manufacturer.


It’s also recommended to do thorough research on the product to make sure that its health claims are backed up with proper certification and extensive testing. You should also take into account the company’s history and brand reputation for better credibility.


Another key point to take note of is that not all disinfectant products are made equal. Besides surface disinfection, aerial disinfection is just as important – if not more. Not to be confused with air purifiers which filter out airborne particles that are visible such as dust, pollen and smoke, aerial disinfection machines like BioCair are able to eliminate all sorts of pathogens in the air. While air purifiers are capable of removing particles from the air, it’s not equipped to target airborne germs and bacteria. This is why you should always validate claims made by air purifiers if they state otherwise!


The importance of safety in BioCair


The good news is that BioCair products tick all of these boxes. Non-toxic and alcohol-free, our range of disinfectants is 99.999% effective in killing off both airborne and surface germs. No harmful toxins are involved—which means it’s proven safe for inhalation, and there will be zero adverse effects to the body even if accidentally ingested.


Backed up by years of robust research and reputable certifications, all our products are manufactured in Singapore under the strictest quality standards, and went through quality safety tests to ensure efficacy. Read more about our pledge to safe care here.


Here’s how BioCair ensures safety and quality in our products, at one glance.



Remember, disinfection and safety go hand-in-hand. Ensuring that the products you choose are good, safe and toxin-free will go a long way in protecting your overall health. Your kids will thank you for this as well!