Antibacterial Soaps Are Bad For You and Bad For The Environment
Why Antibacterial Soaps are Bad For You and For Our World

Do you find yourself reaching for a liquid soap or counter top cleanser with the words "Antibacterial" on them?

If so you may want to reconsider! Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has said that "Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water, In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.

Findings have now concluded that all those chemicals we put in our soaps have absolutely no greater value than using regular old fashioned soap and water!

In 2013 the FDA ruled that the manufacturers of antibacterial soaps and handwashes had to show that their products did a better job of killing bacteria than regular soap and water. Not one of the manufactures came forth with their findings. Due to this the FDA in September 2016 banned over 17 different chemical ingredients used as antibacterials in soap. Sound fantastic, right? Well it only banned them in Hand and Body Washes. Bummer! These 17 ingredients including Triclosan and Triclocarban are still used in products ranging from cosmetics, soaps, toys, mattresses and anything else that would like the label "Antibacterial" attached to it.

The sad thing is that not all bacteria are bad for us. We actually need some bacteria on our skin and body which are beneficial to our daily survival. They combat both bacteria and viruses that are detrimental to us, "Germs". It is even believed that Antibacterial agents may be causing Germs to become more resistant to these chemicals, creating so called "Super Bugs". To combat this the chemical manufacturers create continually stronger and stronger chemicals to kill them. The harsher the chemicals get the worse it becomes for our environment when we wash them down the drain. A report by the CDC in 2004 found that over 3/4 of all adults and children had detectable levels of Triclosan in their bodies!!!! Another study found in "Environmental Health Perspectives" that over 74.6% of urine sample taken in theirs study and 97% of breast milk samples from women, contained detectable levels of Triclosan. What goes down the drain comes back to haunt us later!

In other words we are poisoning ourselves in our determination to be rid of germs when using regular old soap and water does a better job than anti-bacterial chemicals!

Here at Whidbey Island Natural we guarantee our soaps, liquid soaps and shampoos will never contain ANY antibacterial chemicals! Lets save ourselves and our natural environment by using regular old fashioned soap and water