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“Cleaning surfaces with hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants has the potential to pollute the air and pose a health risk, according to research led by University of Saskatchewan (USask).

The research team found that mopping a floor with a commercially available hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectant raised the level of airborne hydrogen peroxide to more than 600 parts per billion–about 60 per cent of the maximum level permitted for exposure over eight hours, and 600 times the level naturally occurring in the air. The results were just published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Too much exposure to hydrogen peroxide could lead to respiratory, skin, and eye irritation, according to the U.S. Centres for Disease Control.”

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Since the pandemic, there have been extreme shortages of sanitation products. These days, it’s still difficult to find a container of cleaning wipes. While some types of wipes primarily have ammonium chloride as the active ingredient, many use hydrogen peroxide. Regardless, excessive exposure to any disinfectant chemical should be avoided.

One way to drastically improve air quality without sacrificing your sanitation requirements is to install an air cleaner. For instance, the Trane CleanEffects™ air filtration system. Call us at (317) 247-7663 or visit our air cleaner page to learn more about this system.