Antibacterial Soap Banned
According to the FDA in the USA, soaps antibacterial soaps, containing triclosan and triclocarban, can make more harm then good.
It ruled last week that antibacterial soaps containing any of 19 named ingredients will be banned by 2017.
The FDA has stated that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that antibacterial soaps kill germs more effectively normal soaps, despite the industry’s claims.
The governing body even goes as far as to say that, these agents can do more harm than good. Understandably, this has led to manufacturers pulling hand soap and body wash products containing triclosan and triclocarban from supermarket shelves (toothpastes will continue to use them, especially triclosan).
Here is a list of the newly banned chemicals:
- Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate)
- Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol)
- Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine
- Poloxamer-iodine complex
- Povidone-iodine 5 to 10 percent
- Undecoylium chloride iodine complex
- Methylbenzethonium chloride
- Phenol (greater than 1.5 percent)
- Phenol (less than 1.5 percent) 16
- Secondary amyltricresols
- Sodium oxychlorosene
- Triple dye
Why Stopping The Use Of Antibacterial Soaps
So what can happen if you continue to use these soaps over a prolonged period of time?
1. Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than conventional soap and water
2. Antibacterial soaps have the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria
3. The soaps could act as endocrine disruptors.
4. The soaps might lead to other health problems
5. Antibacterial soaps are bad for the environment
- Triclosan, can mutate the bacteria, making them resistant to antibiotics.
- Heavy usage of such chemicals will kill most germs, but leave behind the mutated ones to reproduce and wreak havoc, making treatment a lot more difficult.
- High exposure to triclosan can increase a child’s chances of developing allergies
- Triclosan also interrupts the regulation of the thyroid hormone of rats and frogs, which could mean the following problems for humans: infertility, artificially-advanced premature puberty, obesity, and cancer.
- The chemical can remain after treatment in sewage plants, thus disrupting algae’s need to photosysthise. There is also the risk of the chemical being stored within different food chains in seas and vessels of fresh water globally.
We must ask questions regarding the safety of products that we are using.You have the right to buy chemical-free soap and not expose your body to any harmful chemicals.
The Centers for Disease and Prevention in America says that ,washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce germs.
You need to scrub them for the time, rinse and dry. The temperature of the water does not seem to make a difference to getting rid of germs (warmer water may be more irritating to hands).
If you don’t have soap or water to hand, then hand sanitisers are better than nothing. But their alcohol content must be more than 60% to kill germs effectively.
What’s more, sanitizers don’t even work well on dirty hands – they can’t penetrate grime because you need the friction provided by soap.
Soap and water are also better than sanitisers at removing germs such as clostridium difficile (which causes a serious bowel infection). Sanitizers can dry out hands, creating cracks that germs can jump into them.
If so,then why take the risk?