Soap manufacturers have been ordered to remove 19 questionable chemicals from their products including body washes, hand soaps and dish soaps. The FDA finally reached the conclusion that some of us had already reached many years ago, and that is that plain soap works just as well without the risks that these chemical pesticides pose to us and our ecosystem.
We kind of got all bug phobic when soap makers started adding antibacterials like triclosan and fluorosan to soap. Millions have been hoodwinked into slathering these bizarre chemicals onto our ski—and our children’s skin—driven by the misguided notion that using antibacterial products was somehow better for our health.
But the truth is those antibacterial chemicals have likely been doing far more harm than good. For example, fluorosan has a fluorinated and brominated backbone, and fluorine and bromine compounds are known to interfere with thyroid hormone production.
The truth about triclosan
And triclosan—which is used in 93 percent of antibacterial soap products, as well as cutting boards, dish soaps, deodorants, yoga mats and even lip stains—may reduce testosterone levels, behave like estrogen in your body (raising it), impact your ability to conceive and disrupts many human hormones.
Soap labels have implied for years that having triclosan in them instantly kills germs before they can get inside you and make you sick or spread infection. And while triclosan does crack open the cell walls of bacteria rendering them inactive, the truth is the pesticide doesn’t work fast.
In fact, it takes hours to kill the bugs. And in the meantime triclosan—and other antiseptics and pesticides—go right through your skin, and even show up later in your urine and breast milk. And the chemical doesn’t touch viral bugs either.
Billion spent to brainwash us to use antibacterial products
Soap makers have to clean up their act within one year and I for one don’t feel a bit sorry for them. These companies have spent billions of advertising dollars brainwashing us to believe that their chemical-filled products are necessary to kill germs, fend off the flu or get you really clean.
I never bought it though. And years ago I began warning folks not to buy it either.
What was wrong with plain soap? Nothing. Like we were all somehow dirtier before they dumped triclosan, hexachlorophene and methylbenzethonium chloride into their products.
The FDA took 38 years to reach a decision
When researchers pitted antibacterial soap against regular soap against 20 different strains of bacteria the soap performed just as well. So after more than three decades (the investigation was started in 1978!) the FDA is FINALLY putting their foot down.
I suppose better late than never. But hey, FDA, maybe you can go a little faster next time? And how about focusing on glyphosate now?
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