Quats, short for quaternary ammonium compounds, are ingredients often found in cleaning products. They are commonly added to disinfectants and antibacterials for their germ-killing power.
But they can trigger or worsen breathing problems in people with asthma, and skin problems in people who have conditions like eczema. People often don’t even realise how toxic these products are until someone in the home becomes very unwell, like in Sinead’s case, when her baby ended up with severe rashes leading to hospitalisation.
If someone in your household has any of these problems, keep an eye out for these active ingredients:
- Benzalkonium chloride
- Benzethonium chloride
- Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides (C12-16)
- Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride (C14 60%, C16 30%, C12 5%, C18 5%)
- Alkyl dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (C12-14)
- Alkyl dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides (C12-18)
- Didecyldimethylammonium chloride
- Dioctyldimethylammonium chloride
It is worth trying to cut products with these ingredients out of your home cleaning routine to see if your condition improves. For a list of 10 products to avoid for sensitive skin, click here.
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