Rethinking the safety of antibacterial soap
Triclosan (and its companion triclocarban) in soap is environmentally damaging, toxic to young people, and no more effective than regular soap
Are you using antibacterial soap at home or in your workplace? You might want to rethink that.
It asked the question, "Is it safe?" It didn't give a conclusive answer, but it suggested: "no".
It referenced work done by Edward J. Markey, an American member of the House of Representatives (Democrat) who has been trying to institute a ban on triclosan in products that come into contact with food or that are marketed to children. His concerns? Triclosan -- and its companion product triclocarban -- are environmentally damaging (see: Bioaccumulation and processing of antibacterial ingredient TCC in fish, and Rising levels of dioxins from common soap ingredient in Mississippi River), plus their pervasiveness may be creating more superbugs (Myth of a germ-free world: A closer look at antimicrobial products).
In addition, while triclosan may have a very legitimate role to play in hopsital disinfections, the amount of triclosan in consumer products neither removes additional bacteria from the hands while washing, nor is it any more effective in preventing infectious illness than plain soap.
Here are a few more reasons that you might want to reach for a natural soap instead (like black soap or any number of hand-crafted soaps from natural ingredients):
So, get yourself a nice bar or bottle of natural soap -- perhaps with antibacterial essential oils -- and wash your hands a little bit longer (they tell children to wash for as long as it takes them to sing one verse of Happy Birthday). You'll find it's less drying to the skin as well!
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