Many Americans are all into the rage about antibacterial hand soap. I remember a time a few years ago when I wouldn’t buy hand soap unless it was antibacterial. Otherwise there would be no point. Right?
WRONG. Antibacterial soap is actually worse than soap without the antibacterial agents. This is because antibacterial soap is possibly increasing the development of resistant strains of bacteria.
The main ingredient in antibacterial soap causing this is Triclosan. It is also used in deodorants, shaving creams, and mouth washes. Many of us know that different strains of bacterial have developed resistance to antibiotics such as penicillin. Sine Triclocan works much like an antibiotic, the fear is it’s over use in so many products is creating these problems much like the over use of antibiotics is creating problems with new strains of resistant bacteria. Triclosan safety is currently being reviewed by the FDA. Either way, it is a good idea to stay away from house hold items containing Triclosan.
There is no Triclosan in hand sanitizer so we don’t have to be worried there. The problem is alcohol in Hand Sanitizer is so strong it kills ALL bacteria on our hands. We actually have natural good bacteria all over our bodies. These are called our normal flora. They live on our skin and one of our first defenses against harmful bacteria. In general, it is okay to use hand sanitizer, but not too frequently, or it’s purpose is defeated.
What is the best solution?
Health experts still agree it is a good idea to wash your hands frequently, especially before eating. The things to watch out for are soaps containing Triclosan, and excessive use of hand sanitizer. Otherwise, wash to your liking!
Have Healthy,Clean Hands,