Antibacterial soaps are no more effective at preventing illness than good old soap and water, according to the FDA. Yet over 75% of soap products market their antibacterial properties.
Most commercially produced antibacterial soaps contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colors, and a slew of chemicals we can't even pronounce. Antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps often contain triclosan. Triclosan is a toxic chemical that is known to cause cancer. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), manufacturers of a number of triclosan-containing products claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours after use. Consumers are, therefore, exposed to triclosan for much longer than the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or face. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been filing motions to ban triclosan (less commonly known as triclocarban) or limit its use since the 1970s.
It’s bad stuff:
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reported that “endocrine disruptors may cause reduced fertility in women and men, early puberty in girls and increases in cancers of the breast, ovaries and prostate.” When a 2008 study showed that rats exposed to triclocarban had enlarged prostate glands, many companies using the chemicals justified the practice, saying that humans are not exposed to triclocarban in the same dosage as the rats. However, the dosage was equal to that of one shower when lathered up with antibacterial soap. Researchers agree that if the chemicals are proven dangerous, people would be most affected by the chemicals at key hormone points in their lives, such as early childhood, adolescence or pregnancy.
Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with, much the same as sticking something in your mouth. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur. These nasty chemicals and toxins are now finding their way into our eco-system. Every time that lather goes down the drain, those pollutants are going with it. A recent report by the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) revealed that synthetic chemicals from soap, body washes, shampoos and other healthcare products were sneaking through the filters at water purification plants. The list of offenders included phthalates, which are linked to reproductive disorders in both humans and animals, and parabens, a preservative, which links to cancer.
So what is the alternative to these toxins?
The fix is very simple, swap your antibacterial products for some all natural, organic, cold-processed soap. There are several small businesses as ours selling extremely high quality, all natural, organic soap - real soap. Sure, these soap bars generally cost more than the detergent bars you'll find at the store. But the difference is these soap bars are toxin free, actually good for your skin, and are good for the planet.
With handmade soaps you need to read the labels, not all handmade soaps are made the same. You want to find soaps that use only pure, organic oils or fats. If plants are used they should be certified organic. Avoid any bars that use artificial colors or fragrances. These are synthetic chemicals and you don't want them on your skin or going down your drain. If you want a colored or scented soap bar, look for one that uses organic essential oils and natural, organic colorants.
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