Disinfectants, while essential for protecting public health, also are hazardous by nature. Most common disinfectants can cause asthma, are corrosive to eyes and skin, and pose hazards to aquatic life. Some are even known carcinogens or can cause reproductive harm.
To complicate matters, purchasers cannot tell whether the products really work, since the targets are microscopic organisms. Plus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has historically prohibited disinfectant manuf