The Truth Behind Anti-bacterial Soaps
Day 6 of #31DaysofCleanLiving we learn from our friends at CityMaidGreen, the shocking truths behind a product that most Americans use several times a day to clean your hands “Anti-bacterial soap”. I hope this article opens up your eyes and really think about what you could be exposing your body to every day. Let’s Go GREEN in 2016!
Most consumers assume that by using an antibacterial soap product, they are protecting themselves and their families from illness. After all, we use anti-bacterial wipes, soaps, hand gels, sprays and countless other products believing we are killing bacteria and viruses and thus inhibiting their spread and effect. But what are we really killing?
In 2013, the FDA announced a bold new position on antibacterial soap: Manufacturers have to show that it’s both safe and more effective than simply washing with conventional soap and water or they have to take it off the shelves in the next few years. About 75% of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30% of bars use a chemical called triclosan as an active antibacterial ingredient. The drug which was originally used solely in hospitals was adopted by manufacturers of soaps and other home products during the 1990’s and eventually grew into an mega industry worth an estimated $1 billion. But triclosan’s use in home over the counter products was never fully evaluated by the FDA and after decades of use, researchers are now finding that the costs outweigh the benefits and here’s why:
Antibacterial Soaps can create antibiotic resistant bacteria
Heavy use of antibiotics can cause resistance when a small subset of a bacteria population with a random mutation allows it to survive exposure to the chemical. With frequent use this subset proliferates and when this happens on a broad scale, it essentially renders that chemical useless against the strain of bacteria.
The soaps act as endocrine (hormonal) distruptors
Studies have shown that triclosan interferes with the body’s regulation of the thyroid hormone because it resembles the hormone closely enough to bind to it. In plain language, it could lead to problems such as infertility, early puberty, obesity and cancer because it doesn’t allow the thyroid to function properly.
The soap could lead to additional health problems
Children with frequent and prolonged exposure to triclosan have a higher chance of developing allergies. Studies have concluded that this could be a result of reduced exposure to bacteria which is necessary for proper immune system functioning and development.
Don’t think that this really affects you all that much? In a 2008 survey, 75% of people tested were found to have triclosan in their urine. At City Maid Green, we only use what Mother Nature intended to wash away germs- plants and water. Our hand soaps cleanse and protect you from harmful bacteria with the power of essential oils.
This article is reprinted from the CityMaidGreen Clean Blog with permission from CityMaidGreen.