Warning: Antibacterial Soap – Not So Harmless
Antibacterial soap may not be as harmless or as effective as you think. Much of the antibacterial soap now on the market contains a number of chemicals that are unhealthy for human beings and the environment alike.
Triclosan in Antibacterial Soap
Triclosan is a germ-killing chemical that is found in over 75 percent of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes. The use of triclosan in consumer products has become so controversial that last year the FDA announced plans to conduct a study on the chemical in order to determine its detrimental effects, which have already been established by a number of other studies. The FDA’s study of triclosan is long overdue – in 2000, the American Medical Association took an official stance against the use of antimicrobials including triclosan in consumer products. Triclosan can cause hormonal problems as well as fertility problems in humans and has been linked to the early onset of puberty. According to research carried by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, triclosan reacts with chlorine in the water in order to produce chloroform, a known carcinogen. It also can produce toxic chlorinated dioxins in the presence of sunlight.Other than the dangers caused by the presence of triclosan, there are several other things that render antibacterial soap dangerous to your health. Antibacterial soaps can perpetuate the multiplication of drug-resistant bacteria, including E. coli. This means that antibacterial soap is highly effective at exactly what it is intended to prevent: facilitating the growth of bacteria in the human body.
Triclocarban in Antibacterial Soap
Triclocarban (TCC) is a popular antimicrobial that is found in many antibacterial soaps. TCC is linked to cancer and reproductive issues in humans and animals. According to research carried out at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, TCC continues its assault on health even after it goes down the drain. 75 percent of it makes its way into surface water as well as municipal sludge, which is frequently applied to crop fields as fertiliser in the United States. TCC contaminates an estimated 60 percent of streams in the U.S.
Researchers have found that antibacterial soap is not much more effective than regular soap in terms of preventing infections. The fact is that the most common diseases are viral, and therefore cannot be prevented or eliminated with the use of antibacterial products. If you are concerned for the health of you and everyone in your household, it is best to discard any antibacterial hand soap or body washes you have. Antibacterial soap is highly ineffective and very toxic to humans and the environment alike.
Have you been using antibacterial hand soaps? If you have, then maybe it’s time for you to stop and consider an alternative.
There are natural products on the market that are not damaging to your health and the environment, and do an even better job at fighting germs than antibacterial soap is capable of doing. You should look out for natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, Lemon Verbena and Red Clay, which make excellent antibacterial soaps, without the health risks mentioned above.
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