Cleaning has been a human activity since the beginning of time. We all clean and disinfect our homes, whether we enjoy them or not, to ensure the health of our families. Traditionally, we were used to disinfecting our houses once or twice a week, but these days, due to the Coronavirus, we have been pushed to do it almost every day.
Unfortunately, the whole world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since early 2020. Millions have been infected with the virus, and over two million have died. As physicians point out every day, people with certain underlying medical conditions are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Pregnant women are part of this group of people, with a higher risk of being infected with the virus because their immune systems work differently during that time. So, using disinfectant during pregnancy is a controversial issue due to its possible side effects.
Is it Safe to Use Disinfectant Solutions During Pregnancy?
As mentioned above, pregnant women are one of the high-risk groups for contracting Covid-19 and must regularly disinfect their houses and anything that may have come in contact with the outside world. For this purpose, most of them use chemical disinfectants such as detergents and bleaches. However, they usually ignore how dangerous such chemicals are to their own health as pregnant women and for the health of their babies.
According to multiple studies, excessive use of disinfectant solutions during pregnancy has an impact on the changes of infants developing asthma and regular wheezing when they are born. It also sensitizes the pulmonary system of the mother and increases their risk of viral infection. So, what can they do in this critical situation?
Some experts recommend the use of common cleaning products, such as toilet bowl cleaner, cleaning wipes, and sprays, which are generally safe for daily cleaning tasks. But are these disinfectants powerful enough to kill the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is easily spread through droplets due to an infected person coughing, sneezing, or exhaling. These particles are hefty when they are released into the air, which is why they also settle quickly on surfaces. So, what is the solution? Well, technology has come to the aid of pregnant women in this situation. Devices like the Nano handheld Atomizer are the latest technology in the cleaning industry, making disinfecting homes and businesses easy, effective, and safe.
Cleaning Products and Disinfectants to Avoid During Pregnancy
Almost every chemical product used in a home could potentially affect a person if used inappropriately and in large quantities. For an unborn baby, the effects could imply future health problems or even congenital conditions if the mother inhales or swallows a chemical product, which would reach the fetus through the placenta. The same could happen after the baby is born, through breastmilk. This is why pregnant women and mothers that are nursing need to be so careful.
The most toxic chemicals to avoid when cleaning during pregnancy are high-level disinfectants like ethylene oxide gas, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, glutaraldehyde, ortho-phthalaldehyde, peracetic acid, and formaldehyde. These are usually found in chemical disinfectants and sterilants. In addition, pregnant women should reduce their exposure to bleach, surface sprays containing quaternary ammonium compound disinfectants, chemicals used for dry cleaning clothing, and oven cleaners.
Inhaling or swallowing these chemicals during pregnancy could potentially increase your chances of having a miscarriage or preterm birth. Therefore, if a future mother absolutely has to use cleaning products, she needs to protect herself by wearing masks, to avoid breathing in the fumes, and gloves, to avoid touching these products.
In the case of women whose job involves using harsh chemicals regularly, our recommendation is to talk to their employer to find a way to reduce their exposure during this period and for the time they plan to breastfeed.
The Safest Disinfectant During Pregnancy
Fogger machines such as the Nano Atomizer or Mini Thermal Fogger, plus our recommended disinfectant solutions, are a safe way to disinfect. All of our disinfectants are all-natural, environmentally friendly, safe for humans, kids, pets, and plants, and still effectively kill 99.99% of germs, bacteria, and viruses. Both the Nano Atomizer and Mini Thermal Fogger produce a dry fog, making them ideal for households and sensitive surfaces. They can be used to disinfect a distance of 1.5-4 meters in a short time and if you are pregnant, it is the best choice for you.
Why is it the Safest Disinfectant During Pregnancy?
Since the Nano spray gun sanitizes all surfaces by spraying dry fog onto surfaces and into the air, everything that could possibly be infected is easily disinfected with it. After only a few minutes, the disinfectant dissolves, without the need for scrubbing, rinsing, or wiping. No PPE is required, but if extra caution is warranted, a simple mask can be worn, so no disinfectant is breathed in.
The Nano spray gun starter kit provides peace of mind and is a non-toxic and user-friendly technology, that is light and great for DIY home and business disinfecting against Covid-19. This is great because using the right products to clean and disinfect surfaces can avoid the risks associated with chemicals, which are miscarriages, preterm birth, birth defects, and future health problems for babies.
We hope this article is helpful to many future mothers. As usual, we are here to answer any questions about our products and how they are safe for everybody to use.