Are Clorox Wipes on your Back to School list?

It’s that time again – Back to School – and I’ve been asked by my child’s teacher to donate items necessary for the classroom. I have no issue with this except that one of the items on the list is Clorox Wipes. I realize that disinfecting is quite important in a school classroom as germs can cause illness, but I am concerned about using highly toxic chemicals where children spend 6 hours of their day. So this year my kids’ teachers are going to get a donation of Sol-U-Guard Botanical Disinfectant, the only EPA-approved natural disinfectant to kill 99.9% of common germs, viruses and bacteria including E. coli, staph, H1N1 and rotavirus. It uses the natural power of thyme and contains no chlorine bleach or harsh fumes.

Why is this important? Disinfectants are usually phenol- or cresol-based and deactivate sensory nerve endings. They attack the liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, and the central nervous system (CNS) and it takes over a year to eliminate the unhealthy effects of spraying 2 ounces, even with heavy cross ventilation.  Bleach, also commonly used as a disinfectant, is the number one chemical involved in household poisoning.  Hypochlorite (bleach) was the source of 54,433 poisonings in 2005.  Bleach may cause reproductive, endocrine, and immune system disorders.

If you think I am being dramatic try this simple test at home. Ask your children to write their names on a piece of paper. Then wipe down the table where they are sitting with a Clorox wipe. After it is dry, put the paper back and ask them to write their names again and see what happens.  After performing this at-home test, some moms reported their children wrote messier, too small to read, or even backwards, just as a result of inhaling the bleach fumes.  So in my opinion, Clorox wipes should be avoided at all costs. Fortunately Sol-U-Guard only costs $9.99 and it’s concentrated formula will make two spray bottles worth. It can be used with a paper towel to wipe surfaces. If you prefer the convenience of pre-moistened wipes, ask me about Tough & Tender wipes from the same eco-friendly manufacturer. With a safer alternative, I don’t see why anyone would want to use Clorox wipes except for lack of awareness. But that’s what I am here for.

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