We have all heard the dangers of kids ingesting hand sanitizers. There have also been reports comparing the effects of antibacterial soaps to using a regular bar of soap to clean your hands. Those reports have said if you wash your hands properly for 20 seconds, you get the same effects as the antibacterial soaps.
Unfortunately, antibacterial soaps can contain Triclosan. Triclosan was created in the 70’s for hospitals to sanitize medical equipment but is now showing up in soaps, cosmetics, first aid items, kitchenware, cutting boards, toys and even clothing. It is sometimes marketed as Microban.
Triclosan has been linked to a variety of health effects from weakened immune systems, uncontrolled cell growth and an increased chance of asthma and allergies in children. Research has found that Triclosan can accumulate in the body so reducing your exposure is a good idea.
To avoid the use of Triclosan and other possible chemicals, be sure to read your labels. Going back to the “old-fashioned” bar of soap is one way. Retraining yourself and your family members to wash your hands often especially when someone in the house is sick is a great idea. Finally, purchasing a natural antibacterial soap is something to consider if you feel you need something a little more than bar soap. Look for soaps using thyme essential oil, fennel extract and other essential plant oils.
To read more on Triclosan, read the article, Dangers of Triclosan on the MightyNest.com.