If anything, the pandemic has fixated sanitization and disinfection as the core terms for us. The moment we put our guard down, the situation manifests itself in deadlier forms and variants giving us a shock treatment. However, if staying cautious is the key, then is ordering a hand sanitizer and booking a home disinfection service enough?
Home Disinfection Process
Ever wondered why we are asked to move out of the rooms or why people handling the process wear strong face and body gears while performing the disinfection process? Even more, why we get a strong nauseated feeling or headaches or coughs when we get exposed to the fumigation process, if also for a fraction of seconds?
Maybe we are strong bodied and inhaling certain amounts of chemicals is nothing for us! There are several ‘sensitive’ souls who may see immediate or long-term impacts of such inhalations. I hope you caught my sarcasm in the first sentence. Our immunity should be strong, but our intention should never be to challenge our immune system and critical organs by exposing them to harsh chemicals and fumigants.
Even much before the pandemic, a few health concerns regarding the entire disinfection process were highlighted by doctors and health experts. Anyday, inhalation (through nose, eyes, mouth, skin, etc.) of fumigants is the most vulnerable and riskiest health hazard.
Common Side Effects
Some of the common problems that can result from the exposure (or excessive exposure in some cases) to sanitizers, disinfectants, and home disinfection process through professional fumigation services include:
- Impacts the Skin
Yo Baby! Your skin is sensitive!
Our skin makes for an incredible cover protecting our bodies from everything external, and shouting out loud to anything coming our way, “you need to go through me!” It, indeed, does a tough job shielding us, and since everything comes with a price, it faces tough challenges.
Exposure to disinfectants fumigated in the air can lead to cracked and dry skin, as the chemicals strip off the oils and their natural lubrication effects. Besides external defacement, it may also damage skin cells and lead to skin irritation.
- Hinders the Respiratory System
Anything harmful (even if in microscopic amounts) that enters our body through nose or mouth can immediately lead to cough, nausea, or temporary breathlessness. In the long-term, the chemicals can interfere with the functioning of our lungs, thus causing respiratory issues. Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) are some acute respiratory conditions that result from exposure to certain disinfectants, specifically bleach spray. The experience of breathing problems or lightheadedness indicate the use of corrosive chemicals.
- Irritates the Eye
Excessive exposure, especially to chlorine-based disinfectants can result in irritation in the eyes. In extreme cases, the irritation can cause damage to specific eye tissues or vision impairment.
- Effects the Central Nervous System
Nausea, vomiting sensation, dizziness, and headache are some of the indicatives of how a disinfectant can disrupt your central nervous system.
- Weakens the Immunity
Ironical as it may sound, greater exposure to a clean environment can lead to a weaker immunity. The body radically goes against and becomes sensitive to any undesirable external exposure. So while you are aiming to promote a hygienic environment through the disinfection process, you are also weakening your immunity through allergies and other impacts resulting from harsh chemicals.
- Increases the risk
The risk of infections! Triclosan, the active ingredient in many sanitizers and disinfectants, results in the development of anti-resistant microorganisms. In simple words, you are made vulnerable to a greater risk of infections, as the pathogens develop a resistance to antibiotics.
- Harms the Critical Organs
What do you consider as your critical organs? If the liver, kidneys, and heart make to that list, then your home disinfection process might be harming something that’s critical for you (& your existence). The disinfectants, mainly those containing ethanolamine, can damage the liver and kidneys. The disinfectants with high amounts of butane (which is a highly flammable material) can directly affect your heart resulting in cardiac issues.
Disinfection is as important as considering these factors. There is no point in doing one good, and putting ten others in harm’s way!
Looking around and weighing your options can lead you to the right product. Choosing something with minimal or no chemicals, that is non-corrosive and non-flammable, and that values the environment can do wonders! It is very much possible to self-disinfect your home with this product by ordering the right amount online. As a result, your family members and kids can now very much be present during the disinfection process and you need not cover your plants or furniture while you become the disinfection hero.
Eliminate the risk factor and choose your safety!
Avani Raj Arora