We’re calling on Clorox, a leading manufacturer of disinfectant wipes and sprays, to put your health first and #quitquats. Join us!
Here’s a simple script you can use when calling Clorox:
“Hello. My name is ______, and I am concerned about harmful quats found in Clorox disinfecting products. I am calling to ask Clorox to eliminate quats and put public health first. Chemicals linked to asthma, fertility issues, reproductive harm and the spread of "superbugs" are not chemicals that belong in our homes or in public spaces like our schools, office buildings, gyms and grocery stores."
Ammonium quaternary compounds, or “quats,” are found in lots of disinfecting products and other cleaners. Quats are registered as pesticides with the EPA -- they are powerful skin irritants that can also irritate the lungs, and have been linked to asthma, fertility issues, and reproductive harm. These are NOT chemicals that babies, children, women, pets, or anyone should be exposed to.
We don’t need quats, or disinfectants in general, to clean our homes and keep our families healthy. In fact the overuse of quats can promote antibacterial-resistant bacteria (“superbugs”). And using antibacterial cleaners at home has never been proven to be more effective than plain old soap and water. Meanwhile the harm chemicals like quats are doing to our health and the environment is real.
So why does Clorox still use quats?
It’s time for the cleaning product giant to quit the quats! But we’re also thinking long-term, we’re not interested in playing chemical whack-a-mole. Clorox needs to have stronger safety criteria for all their products, so that harmful chemicals like quats don’t end up in products, in our homes, and in our little ones. Our Health First Roadmap lays out a path for companies to improve how they evaluate and select safer chemicals.
Get the facts on quats - click here