You don’t have to reach out for that antibacterial soap or hand wash, the latest development regarding antibacterial soaps by FDA suggest that antibacterial soaps generally provide no benefit over a regular soap when it comes to antimicrobial properties. Ingredients like triclosan and triclocarban, plus other 17 ingredients are being deemed unsafe over prolonged usage.
These ingredients are used in such soaps to supposedly provide antimicrobial properties. The environmental working group EWG already declared triclosan ingredient to be unsafe, it can be toxic if passed into the blood stream and can effect liver and thyroid.
The latest ruling by FDA cements the concerns of EWG over use of triclosan and many other supposedly antimicrobial ingredients in antibacterial soaps. All these soaps will have to be removed from the shops and super markets by the end of this year. Several studies in this regard indicate that washing hands with plain water and regular soap is good enough, and you do not need to use an antibacterial product; soap, hand sanitizer or wipes with triclosan and alcohol.
The severe drying effect of these products is a matter of concern, as well. Over long-term use these ingredients can disrupt many hormones in the body.
Triclosan is used in over 40% of soaps, but this ingredient is found in many other cleaners and products, as well, so always read the label. Certain mouth washes may also contain this ingredient. Research suggests that long-term use of antibacterial products does more harm than good, there is evidence that wide spread use of antimicrobial products has created resistant bacterial strains.
Therefore, be mindful of what you and your family are using everyday on their hands, use a regular soap and running water to remove bacteria and if you do need an antiseptic, spray the space with vinegar and water, vinegar is a natural antimicrobial. Soaps made of organic herbs and essential oils are naturally antimicrobial.