Oh No! Your cat or dog peed on your carpet. You reach for a popular pet stain remover. It contains enzymes. No problem. Right?
While enzyme products tend to work, you want to be careful using them. Repeatedly inhaling enzymes could cause allergies, flu like symptoms or even worse.
Dask Corporation (one of several manufacturers of enzymes in the US) advises against spraying them into the air. Someone who is highly allergic to enzymes, (this is rare) could suffer from anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock is a severe reaction to an allergen that can cause the throat to constrict so the person cannot breathe and they asphyxiate.
Who’s at risk to become allergic
Interestingly those who are already allergic have a better chance of developing an allergy to enzymes. Those who smoke are also more susceptible according to Risk Assessment Guidance for Enzyme-Containing Products handbook by The Soap and Detergent Association.
What connection do they all have?
When a cat vomits that mess contains fat, proteins and starches. How best to remove all those different elements? Enzymes seem to be a popular choice because enzymes break down the rate of chemical reactions. So, when you use a pet stain remover with enzymes, the enzymes digest the fats, proteins and starches until they are gone.
Say hello to safety
So, if you’re stuck on using an enzyme based cleaning product here’s what you need to know:
- Never spray enzyme-containing products into the air
- Pour them onto a surface
- Use in a well ventilated room. Open doors and windows
- Major route is inhalation, although sometimes skin irritation can occur
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