Why you should stop using anti-bacterial soap.

Posted by Tiffany Meek on 20th May 2017


 Do you have anti-bacterial liquid soap?

This is a question we get at The Soap Shack quite a bit. Our answer is always no of course. Our main goal and mission at The Soap Shack is to make a product that has no harsh chemicals and offers a more natural safer alternative than the commercial option already out there.

We know anti bacterial soap is not the best healthy option so we choose to not make any anti-bacterial products.

You might ask why is anti-bacterial soap not good?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.

Many liquid soaps labeled antibacterial contain triclosan, an ingredient of concern to many environmental, academic and regulatory groups. Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters the way some hormones work in the body and raises potential concerns for the effects of use in humans. We don’t yet know how triclosan affects humans and more research is needed.

There no data demonstrating that these drugs provide additional protection from diseases and infections. Using these products might give people a false sense of security, If you use these products because you think they protect you more than soap and water, that is not correct. If you use them because of how they feel, there are many other products that have similar formulations but won’t expose your family to unnecessary chemicals. And some manufacturers have begun to revise these products to removeing these ingredients.

Triclosan has been added to many consumer products—including clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys—to prevent bacterial contamination. Because of that, people’s long-term exposure to triclosan is higher than previously thought, raising concerns about the potential risks associated with the use of this ingredient over a lifetime.
In addition, laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Some data shows this resistance may have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments, such as antibiotics.

So what should you do? Wash your hands with plain soap and water. Washing your hands with plain soap and water is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community

Sources for this article. FDA, & CDC