Benzoic acid is also excreted by the bronchi and tends to disinfect and stimulate the bronchial mucous membrane.
The drug is excreted partly by the bronchi - which it tends to disinfect - and partly in the urine, which it causes to smell of violets.
It was first used in France in 1909 to disinfect the water system and is now used in hospitals, commercial establishments, and private homes.
Similar formulas are used to disinfect water for human consumption, commonly found in water purifying kits sold for use by hikers and campers.
Although some homeowners may be concerned that the cleaning and disinfect power of their cleaning products would be diminished, green cleaning products are often just as good as their toxin laden counterparts.