A mother has divided parents on the forum Netmums after admitting that she gives her three-year-old baths in Dettol.
The mum aid that she frequently bathes in the disinfectant – which this month was reported to kill the coronavirus, though experts warn it may not work on the Wuhan strain – because she “loves the smell”.
Now, she’s introduced her daughter to the worrying practice.
She said: “My partner thought I was weird when I said I loved Dettol baths! He's never heard of it or had one! Anyone else?
“I am now giving my 3-year-old her first Dettol bath and soon I will be. Can't wait! Lol love the smell!”
Other mums agreed with her, claiming that they had been adding the disinfectant to their bath water for years.
One comment on the thread stated: “You're not the only one lol, I loooove them! Smell so clean and hygienic!”
Another added: “I do this with my youngest son and he loves the smell of his special baths.”
A third said: “I haven't for ages but I especially did when I was pregnant. I love the smell of it. Should have put Dettol in my bath now.”
However, a large number of other posters criticised her post, saying they were concerned about bathing in the strong product.
One said: “I thought this was a step too far…children are meant to get dirty to build up their immune system.”
Another added: “Dettol in the bath, goodness no wonder there are now so many allergies around when people think they need to bathe in disinfectant. Yuck.”
A third exclaimed: “Dettol baths are a terrible idea! We have bacteria on our bodies for a reason!”
However, despite the understandable concerns Dettol themselves have claimed it is very safe to bathe in the product so long as it is suitably diluted.
Dr Louw, pathologist at the National Health Laboratory Service(NHLS) features on the brands website where he encourages the use of Dettol when washing.
She stated: “Using a Disinfectant Liquid as part of your daily hygiene routine is important.
“When skin is clean and moisturised, it improves overall hygiene”.
Dettol said: “Dettol Disinfectant Liquid has added Aloe Vera, which is gentle on skin and kills 100 illness causing germs when diluted in bath water.”