March 4, 2013 by thesoapalchemist
Did you know that Antibacterials aren’t necessary? Just use soap and water! After recently fielding several questions from customers about antibacterial soap, I thought I would provide some helpful links for those of you who might not be convinced yet, that buying antibacterial products isn’t just unnecessary, but it can be harmful.
Microbes (single celled organisms such as bacteria) are everywhere. And believe it or not, they’re not all bad. In fact, our bodies are just brimming with microbes, and many of them are absolutely necessary for good health. For example, our digestive system depends on bacteria to break down food. Our skin is covered with bacteria that prevents over-inflammation in the case of injury. And, bacteria in our bodies help break down the medications we take, keep pathogenic bacteria in check, and even destroy carcinogenic compounds.
So, why would we want to eradicate all bacteria? That’s exactly what we’re doing when we use antibacterial hand washes, foaming cleansers and household cleaning products. Plain old soap and water is as effective at germ control as antibacterials, and doesn’t harm our environment, contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria, or wipe out beneficial bacteria. Want proof? Read on. 🙂
Questionable Effects of Triclosan
Triclosan is Showing Up in Our Lakes and Waterways:
Antibacterials May Be Harmful to Your Health
Antibacterial Products are No Better at Germ Fighting than Ordinary Soap and Water
Are Antibacterial Products Needed to Keep Your Home Clean?
Ammonia and Vinegar Proven as Effective as Commercial Cleaning Products:
Antibacterial Products Showing Up in Freshwater Lakes
We’re becoming a nation of germaphobes, afraid to touch anything “dirty,” but our germ fighting actions are creating superbugs in the process.
Healthful, Beneficial Bacteria is found all over your body. Don’t kill it! Use plain old soap and water.