Is Anti-Bacterial Really Better?
You've likely seen cleaners and hand soaps that boast the title "Anti-Bacterial" on their labels. But does that really matter?
The answer is NO. Major cleaning product corporations have relied on this marketing phrase for more than 20 years. They understand that fear sells products and often include the label "Anti-Bacterial" as a fear tactic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Medical Association (AMA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released statements in 2013, stating that washing with antibacterial soaps is no better than regular soap, and frequent use of antibacterial ingredients will promote bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
Remember, items you clean with, wash with and breathe in can and will penetrate your skin and enter your blood stream. All of the so called “Anti-bacterial” products rely on an ingredient called Triclosan, a common antibacterial, antifungal agent found in many consumer products like toothpaste, body soaps, detergents, toys, and hand soaps.
Did you know Triclosan has a negative impact on our fragile aquatic ecosystems? How would you feel if you knew people unknowingly used this ingredient in products every day? Triclosan can have a damaging affect your endocrine system and there are organization’s making great strides in the fight to remove this health damaging ingredient from American products.
The FDA banned Triclosan from all medical care products. However, the FDA has not yet banned this ingredient from consumer use. As of 2017, the FDA has also deferred a ban ruling on Benzalkonium Chloride, Benzethonium Chloride and Chloroxylenol (PCMX), which are just as toxic and used to this day in commercial products.
Here is a detailed list of products that still use Triclosan to date. The list is extensive, including cosmetics, kitchenware, and school supplies.
Why have we offered this information? Plainly stated, we care about what you use in your home and how it will affect you in the long run. Green and environmentally friendly cleaning products never contain dangerous ingredients, PERIOD.