I know a lot of my posts have to deal with what you put inside of your body, but what you put on your body matters just as much. The FDA recently came out saying that there is no scientific evidence that “antibacterial soaps” are safe…(cue my smh face and eye roll). This is why I question everything, even when the FDA deems it as “safe”. According to EWG, The FDA banned triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antibacterial ingredients in hand soaps, effective September 2017- check out the rest of the article here.
According to the American Cleaning Institute, 74% of American Households use Antibacterial Soap- and when polled about soap, Mothers of households were the most apt to become “angry” if antibacterial soap was not on the market (See Dr. Mercola’s article here.) Most antibacterial soap companies use fear based marketing suggesting that other soaps are not good enough, you will get sick more often, you will spread more germs unless you use their 99.9% bacteria killing soap… It’s a great marketing slogan because it has worked so well (for their profits…) – but it has lead to a brainwashing of a product that is not healthy or good for your body at all. In fact, existing on your hands right now is GOOD bacteria. The stuff that fights away the bad guys. The .01% of bacteria left on your hand after using an antibacterial soap (in most cases) is the bad stuff. How unfortunate!
Antibiotics are VASTLY overused, not just in soaps that we find in schools, restaurants, houses, etc., but in livestock, in the products we use and the food we eat. No wonder there is a new fear of SUPER BUGS – bacteria so strong, no antibiotic will kill it…yikes.
Yes, you should use soap when you wash your hands, especially when using the bathroom or handling raw meat. A few years ago, I had a hunch that the $1.99 sale of Softsoap at the grocery store meant that stuff was probably not so good for you so I did some research and decided to switch to Mrs. Myers (pictured above) or Seventh Generation. There are several products out there that are safe and effective. I encourage you to check them out! (ask me if you have any questions!)
PLEASE stop using anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, too. My two favorites are from the Honest Company (available online or at Target) and Pure Spirit Potions (available on Etsy!).
If you are interested in making your own soap check out Wellness Mama’s article here about “The slippery slope of Soap.”
Hope this is informative and helps you make decisions that are best for you and your family.
Here’s to a healthy and happy you!