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A World without Antibacterial Soap

By Sara Butler

You may have heard the Food and Drug Administration finally banned antibacterial soap – more importantly, the main ingredient in the soap called triclosan. Here’s what you need to know about this chemical and what you can use instead to keep your home clean and your body healthy!

The Problem with Triclosan

There are several reasons why this substance has finally been banned, but the biggest problems with it include:

  • Allergies – Triclosan alters the flora that lives in the stomach and on the skin, and that has led many people to develop allergies and sensitivities.
  • Hormones imbalances – The levels of testosterone and thyroid hormone levels were found to be changed in users as well as a disruption of estrogen receptors.
  • Cancer – When broken down in the body, triclosan can be turned into dioxins, which have been linked to cancers.

Where You Find Triclosan

This chemical is in a variety of products, so make sure you check the ingredients on these products to make sure you’re safe:

  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Mouthwash
  • First aid products
  • Cosmetics
  • Kitchen products
  • Deodorants
  • Clothes
  • School and office products

It’s also listed as microban, lexo, biofresh, irgasan, ster-zac or cloxifenolum on ingredient labels.

What You Can Use Instead

One of the best things you can do to ensure the safety and health of your family is to make your own cleaning products! It’s not hard, often much cheaper than buying ready-made products, and you know exactly what’s in them! Use these products to clean your home:

  • White vinegar – Would you believe this stuff has been around for 10,000 years? It’s affordable and is a great way to deodorize – that strong vinegar smell goes away when it dries. It’s also a great insect repellent in the home.
  • Lemons – Lemons aren’t just great additions to tea, they’re also high in alkaline which helps to disinfect and clean surfaces. Plus, they smell awesome!
  • Baking soda – Another natural alkaline substance, it’s a natural odor eliminator and can be used to neutralize bases and acids. It can also be used as an abrasive tool to scrub surfaces in your home.
  • Essential oils – These are produced directly from raw plant materials such as wood, root, seeds, peels, bark or flowers. They’re great antioxidants and also can be used as antimicrobial disinfectants. They smell nice, too.

You can keep your home clean naturally, without exposing you and your family to man-made chemicals. So, throw out those antibacterial products full of stuff you can’t spell and go natural!

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