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6 Ways Antibacterial Soap Does More Harm than Good

We’ve all reached for the soap labeled ‘antibacterial’ over the boring, normal-looking one thinking we were doing ourselves and our families the service of cleaner hands and reduced risk of sickness. Oops! It turns out our good intentions weren’t really doing that much good. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons antibacterial soap is better left on the store shelves:

  1. It directly contributes to antibacterial resistance. One of the most threatening global medical concerns of our time is that germs are starting to develop resistance against antibiotics and antibacterial products. This leads to more deaths from infections that can no longer be stopped by modern medicine.
  2. Its active ingredient is an endocrine disruptor. The majority of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers contain the chemical triclosan which, according to studies, can actually get into the bloodstream and interfere with the thyroid hormone. This can potentially contribute to such issues as infertility, obesity or even cancer.
  3. It has been linked to higher risk of childhood allergies. Research suggests that children exposed to triclosan may develop immune system problems such as peanut or hay fever allergies due to reduced bacteria exposure.
  4. Triclosan + chlorinated water = danger! When chlorinated water mixes with triclosan it forms chloroform. The EPA has deemed chloroform as a potential carcinogenic substance. So, if you’re washing your hands with soap containing triclosan in chlorine-treated water, small amounts of chloroform could be compounding.
  5. It is simply no more effective than regular soap. Over 4 decades of FDA research and numerous studies prove regular soap to be just as effective as antibacterial soap when it comes to the prevention of infection and illness.

So, all in all, why use a product that may cause unwanted and potentially dangerous issues? Perhaps we should get back to the basics: good old fashioned boring soap and water will more than do the trick! Thanks for visiting DocChat! We hope you check back again soon.