The US health authorities have warned against the use of a new disinfecting spray by Clorix to clean a toilet because it may increase the risk of bacterial infection.
Clorax is a disinfecting fluid used to disinfect toilet paper.
It can be purchased online for $25 a bottle.
It has been used to remove the stench of urine and other waste products.
“The use of Cloroxy wipes in the treatment of urinary tract infections has been shown to result in increased urinary tract infection,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
“We strongly recommend against the topical application of Clotron™ wipes in patients who are experiencing symptoms of urinary infection.”
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July found that Clorux is 100 per cent effective at preventing the spread of bacteria from toilet paper to other parts of the body.
“I’m pretty sure it will not be a problem,” Dr. James R. Smith, an infectious diseases physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City, told the New York Times.
“They are very effective, they are very safe.”
Mr. Smith said he has used Clorozol for more than 10 years and has never seen an outbreak.
“It’s not that people haven’t had it, but they have not had any outbreaks,” he said.
Dr. Smith noted that Clotrons are already in the hands of consumers and the risk is reduced if a customer buys the wipes in bulk.
“A lot of times, the cost is prohibitive, but people still buy it,” he added.
“You have a small number of people who are willing to pay a lot of money for a little protection.”
Health Canada warned about Cloroyl-chlorine disinfectants on Tuesday.
It also said the use is not recommended because it can cause skin irritation and may lead to allergic reactions in some people.
Closet-cleaners, for example, are often used to clean bathrooms.
Clothes dryers, air conditioners, washing machines and other household items are also routinely disinfected.
“Clotron wipes are also known to have a high risk of skin irritations,” the Health Canada statement said.
“For this reason, we recommend against their use.”
The Centers for Diseases Control and the American Association of Public Health Dentists have also cautioned against using Cloruzol disinfectants in the home.
“Wash your hands after using Clotronics wipes, especially after applying them to surfaces such as the mouth and tongue, or on hands or hands-free surfaces such for use with your children,” the CDC said.
Clotrrol has not been approved for use in humans.
Smith and Smith said Clorazol should be avoided because it has been linked to liver and kidney damage.
“That’s not a good sign,” Mr. Jones said.
The Canadian government has recommended that people who have had Cloracne for more time, but have not developed symptoms of the illness, consider a second course of antibiotics.
The FDA also advises against the disinfection of toilets because it does not remove stench.