Lysol Cleaner: The Disinfectant of Choice?

Is Lysol everything it’s cracked up to be?

It’s not at all uncommon to see Lysol cleaner and Lysol disinfectant around these days, especially with the flu germs circulating. It’s perfectly natural to want to kill germs — especially if you have young children. But is Lysol the way to go, or is it more trouble than it’s worth?

The worries and dangers

The words Lysol and carcinogen link together in the same sentences over the last few years. That’s because consumers increasingly question their disinfectant products, even bleach, which shows up as a link to cancer.

So the question remains, is Lysol carcinogenic? No… but some of its ingredients are questionable.

The ups

Unfortunately, Lysol spray and cleaner isn’t alone in boasting carcinogens among its ingredients. Virtually every germ killing cleaner contains ingredients that you probably don’t want to ingest or bring into contact with your skin.

On the other hand, Lysol rules as an incredibly effective disinfectant. It kills germs quickly and easily and without the slightest hesitation. If you desire something to clean your home and protect your family from those nasty H1N1 germs, Lysol disinfectant definitely does the trick.

The verdict

It all comes down to what you want. Three real alternatives exist:

— Use the Lysol cleaner and ignore the carcinogens (at the risk of your health).

— Find a more environmentally friendly cleaner (that might not kill germs as effectively).

— Use the Lysol while wearing gloves and avoid contact (which still introduces the carcinogens into your home).

Generally speaking, I find the last option the best. Kill the germs but protect yourself. And don’t use Lysol wipes on the countertop unless you rinse it down afterwards (or avoid placing food on it… yeah, right!). Making your own environmentally friendly cleansers is another viable option, but does take some time.

Either way, Lysol cleaner makes a quick and excellent disinfectant for general cleaning purposes. Just use caution when wiping everything down.