September 7, 2016
You use it before meals and after being outside. You even use it to help get that extra paint off your hands. So, it's no doubt that antibacterial soaps have become a staple in your home.
But, things are about to change. This is due to the Food and Drug Administration's recent move to ban all antibacterial soaps. This comes after extensive research and numerous clinical studies has proven that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soaps. In fact, in some cases that antibacterial effect does not kick on until 9 hours AFTER the hand washing occurred.
Additionally, the by-product of using these soaps can be seen in contaminated water systems. The chemicals are introduced into waste water and storm water systems, allowing them to leech into water tables and local environments. Studies have shown that these antibacterial soaps have lead to hormone manipulation in animals and drug resistance in humans. These are scary facts with the explosive increase in drug resistant bacteria.
This is all not new news for states like Minnesota, which was the first to ban the use of Triclosan in 2014.
So, where does that leave us, the common citizen which has made these soaps a staple? Well, it shouldn't affect us at all. Some good ole scrubbing always did the trick. But, keep an eye out for what other antibacterial products might tag out.