If you thought that antibacterial soaps are effective and is the best way to protect yourself from germs – you are wrong, they can even cause serious damage to your health.
Ordinary soap and water is equally effective in the elimination of germs as well as antibacterial soaps, and according to a recent study, they are more safe to use than the so called antibacterial soaps.
Hand washing is very important for the prevention of infectious diseases, especially after using the toilet, changing diapers and touching raw foods.
However people should not think that antibacterial soaps are more effective than the ordinary, although their packaging states that they kill 99.9% of all bacteria.
The FDA banned all products that claim to be “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial“, claiming that they are no more effective than the ordinary soap and warm water. The same thing is expected in Europe.
People may think that antibacterial wash has greater effectiveness in removing or spreading of bacteria, but there is not a single scientific evidence for such a claim – explains Jane Woodcock, director of the FDA.
The real truth is that, in long term, antibacterial soaps do more harm than good.
FDA proposed a ban on such products in 2013, and from then until today the manufacturers were left a time to prove the FDA claims wrong, in which they apparently failed.
In the absence of evidence and supplemented by surveys that reveal that some chemicals used in such products – can disrupt the work of hormones in the body, the FDA decided to ban products that contain any of the 19 toxic chemicals.
One of these chemicals is triclosan, which has been developed in 1960 and added to products since 1980. Recent studies suggest that long-term exposure to this chemical can change the microbiome in the human digestive tract, causing various health problems.