For years, antibacterial soaps have been touted as the best way to stay healthy from harmful germs and bacteria, but as some had warned, the over-use of antibacterial soaps have proven less effective and more dangerous than standard soap.
Antibacterial soaps include TRICLOSAN, a chemical that has been linked to cancer and may affect thyroid function. It also may be contributing to making bacterial resistant to antibiotics! But the harm doesn’t stop there. When washed down the drain, Triclosan ends up in our water system where it is harmful to aquatic life.
On September 2, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee placed a ban on triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antibacterial ingredients found in antibacterial hand soaps. Their report shows that antibacterial soaps do not fight off bacteria any better than soap and that it’s chemicals are harmful to its users as well as the environment. This ban will take effect by September 2017 but many responsible companies are already eliminating them from their products.
Though these warnings are not new, the FDA’s ban on the products only further highlights the need to end the use of these and other harmful chemicals that are found in products we use every day.
“There’s no data demonstrating that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.” FDA September 2016
Triclosan is also found in other products like dishwashing liquid, deodorants, body wash, acne medication and toothpaste so read labels and stay vigilant about keeping these toxic chemicals out of your home. The FDA has not made recommendations to prevent the sale of other products containing triclosan, just in soaps.
Here is a list of newly banned chemicals from the FDA:
- 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