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Why You Should Stop Using Raid Spray Immediately
By MEREDITH EASTWOOD
Your first instinct may be to reach for a pesticide spray like Raid when your house is overrun with cockroaches or ants, or you may use Raid frequently to keep pests out of your home. But how safe is this spray for you and your family or any pets you may have, and is the efficiency of this product worth the potential risks and side effects?
Because of chemicals like cypermethrin and prallethrin which are used in Raid, breathing in these toxic fumes can cause serious problems to your lungs and airway, resulting in coughing, nausea, and wheezing. Your pets don't fare much better either; they can develop all the same health problems as we can from inhaling Raid, but they can tolerate even less.
Don't worry, Healthline has a homemade, all-natural, non-toxic spray recipe that calls for citronella essential oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender essential oil, 2 ounces of distilled water, and 2 ounces of white vinegar. Combine the vinegar, water, and 10 to 20 drops of each oil, then vigorously mix.