Why You Should Never Use Antibacterial Soap
September 30, 2016
Yesterday we told you about how you should never eat hot dogs, which seems semi-obvious, right? But here’s a shocker: washing your hands with antibacterial soap is just as bad! Yes, it’s true–that’s one thing you should NEVER do when washing your hands. Antibacterial soap has recently been banned by the FDA.
The FDA ruled this month that companies must remove harmful ingredients from antibacterial soaps–over 2,000 of them that are currently on the market!–within a year. The FDA found that ingredients in the soap, including triclosan and triclocarban, have been proven to do more harm then good.
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
“In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
Yikes! So, what does that mean for you? First, of all, you should stop buying and using hand soaps that have “Antibacterial” in the name or on the packaging. They will still be available on shelves until August 2017, but now that we know they are harmful, why use them? Instead, opt for just plain soap and water, or hand soap that is NOT antibacterial. Here are some of our favorite hand soaps that smell amazing, including my personal favorite Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap Lavender ($3.99).