House cleaning chemicals may cause birth defects - Medical News Today

 "Hrubec and colleagues investigated the effect of a large class of common household chemicals called "quaternary ammonium compounds," or "quats."

Due to their antimicrobial and antistatic properties, these products are routinely used as disinfectants in the form of household cleaning products, laundry detergent, and fabric softener. They are also used as preservatives in personal hygiene products, such as shampoo, conditioner, and eye drops. The study found that neural tube defects (NTDs) increased proportionally with the ambient exposure to the chemicals."

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