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If you’re a fan of using bleach and other disinfectants to clean with, it might be an astute move to reconsider how often — if at all — you use them. According to The Guardian, new research shows that everyday use of bleach and disinfectants containing something known as quaternary ammoniums (quats) can up your risk of asthma and life-threatening chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For example, nurses in the study who used disinfectants at least once week had a 22 to 32 percent increased risk of developing COPD.

For decades, antibacterial products were promoted as being the best way to keep germs at bay, but study after study shows that not only are they NOT the way to keep things clean, but they harm both you and the environment. Antibacterial disinfectants are also contributing to antibiotic resistance. What’s worse is that when compared to plain soap, studies showed that antibacterial soap was no more effective than regular soap in preventing colds, sore throats or diarrheal diseases.

But what if you have a cut or injury that you feel needs disinfecting? Before you reach for hydrogen peroxide, be aware that it should never be used on open wounds, as it disrupts healthy tissue and prolongs healing. It’s true that hydrogen peroxide is an excellent antibacterial agent, but again, water and mild soap — without tricolsan or fragrances — is all you need to clean minor wounds.

Other tips to speed healing include using raw, organic honey — preferably Manuka, which has been found more effective than antibiotics for many types of wounds. Virgin coconut oil helps to keep your skin moist and promotes wound healing. If the wound won’t stop bleeding or is very large or deep, is caused by an animal or human bite, or has injured a bone or artery, you need to see your doctor or visit an emergency care facility.

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