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For most of us, washing our hands is something we do automatically to promote good health and prevent the spread of germs. So far, so good. The problem comes in when we make the mistake of thinking we should use antibacterial soap to do a better job. Let’s face it, antibacterial soap must be better than plain soap, right?

Wrong. Like many products created by modern science to “fix” problems, antibacterial products miss the mark. We use these products to wash our hands, kitchen countertops, and other areas of the home. Seems smart to keep everything clean. So, what’s the problem? The problem is these products can make you sick as a dog. Or worse.

Here's why you should avoid antibacterial soaps and other antibacterial products like the plague. To keep you and your family healthy you’ll want to learn how to start using better and safer ways to clean your hands and your home. Read on and I’ll show you how.

The Cure is Worse Than the Disease

Antibacterial soaps encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. They also contain ingredients such as triclosan, shown to have a connection to a range of damaging health problems. Triclosan is a man-made ingredient added to many consumer products. Your soap, shampoo, deodorant, and even toothpaste may list this substance as an ingredient.

In 2014 the University of California Davis did a study on triclosan. They found that triclosan weakens muscle function, including heart muscle. After they exposed mice to a dose of triclosan, their heart muscle function dropped a shocking 25 percent. Not only that, but their grip strength diminished by 18 percent compared to pre-test levels. Although humans have not been tested yet, scientists predict the same findings will likely apply.  

The University of Victoria in Canada did another study. They found that exposing tadpoles to triclosan caused leg deformities and stunted growth. And the big soap companies want you to wash your hands with this chemical?

I could recite the results of multiple studies, but here’s the real clincher. Triclosan, used in almost all antibacterial soaps and other antibacterial products, was first developed as a pesticide. That’s right. In 1969 it was registered with the EPA as a pesticide, and it still is. No wonder the geniuses at the FDA thought it would kill germs.

Still feel like washing your hands or brushing your teeth with this stuff? The problem is that triclosan is found nearly everywhere throughout the home. It may be in your soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant. But it’s also found in plastic dish strainers, cutting boards, cosmetics, sponges, garbage bags, and even toys.

Don’t Let Regulatory Inaction Sway You

This is serious business and can affect the health of you and your family. It’s so dangerous that many countries have closely regulated the use of triclosan. But, unfortunately, the US has not. Nearly 40 years ago the FDA said it didn’t have enough evidence to make a ruling on triclosan’s safety.

The situation is so grave that the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2010 sued the FDA over its inaction on the issue. In fact, Minnesota recently passed laws banning products containing triclosan from being sold in the state. Unfortunately the ban doesn’t start until 2017.

Recently the FDA announced it would address the issue in 2016. Sure, take your time. That’s at least 38 years after it was aware of problems with triclosan. But just because the FDA has been too lazy to do anything about this serious health threat is no reason why you shouldn’t.  

Check the Label Before You Buy

It's easy to stop buying and using products that contain triclosan. Just read labels the next time you buy home and personal care products. If a product says “antibacterial” anywhere on its packaging there is an excellent chance it will contain triclosan. Make a special point to check the toothpaste box next time you buy. Even though it may not say “antibacterial” on the box, it may have triclosan listed in the ingredients. You definitely don’t want to be brushing your teeth with this stuff. In short, anytime you see the words “antibacterial” or triclosan you should consider them a warning label.

How to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is a great way to help avoid infections and disease-spreading germs. It’s one of the most important ways to protect yourself from becoming sick. Be sure to wash your hands after you use the bathroom, before you eat, and after you’ve been out in public.

Science confirms that you do NOT need antibacterial soap to protect yourself when washing your hands. Even the FDA admits that it’s not necessary. Having said that, it’s important to note that hand washing should be done correctly to fight germs. Just dipping your hands under the faucet or giving them a quick once-over with soap will not wash away the germs. One recent study confirmed that only five percent of people know how to wash their hands in a germ-fighting way. To ensure you remove germs when washing your hands, be sure to take these steps:

  • Use running, warm water (not a basin filled with water), and hand soap (not antibacterial soaps).
  • Get a good lather worked up, and be sure to go up to the wrists, between the fingers, and hit the backs of the hands. Be sure to scrub for at least 15-20 seconds (most of us only wash for around 5-8 seconds).
  • Rinse your hands off completely, again under running water.

Your skin is the main barrier against bacteria and other germs. Don’t get carried away with hand washing to the point that you’re drying out your skin, which can actually raise the chances of getting sick. Dry, cracked skin provides the gateway for germs to enter your body.


Sometimes science creates monsters. That's what happened with disinfectant soaps and other disinfectant products containing triclosan. The FDA has failed to take any action even though it has known about these problems for at least the past 38 years.

So, because you can’t leave it up to the government to protect you from this poison, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands. 

Make a few simple changes in the soaps and other products you use around the house, and protect yourself and your family in the process. Just remember to check the labels before you buy. 

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