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Why you should probably stop using antibacterial soap

Good hygiene is essential but just in case you needed any more convincing about the dangers of using antibacterial soap then this article by Joseph Stromberg is a great guide to understanding why they’re not great for our health or for our environment and what the best alternatives are.

Here is a quick outline of the five reasons but I recommend reading the full article below.

  1. Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than conventional soap and water.
  2. They have the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  3. The soaps could act as endocrine disruptors.
  4. The soaps might lead to other health problems, too.
  5. Antibacterial soaps are bad for the environment.

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    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day.
    It will always be useful to read articles from other writers
    and use something from other websites.
    By seo service jacksonville nc on Fri July 04, 2014
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    Most important reason for not using antibacterial soap should be "triclosan". I always prefer to go for a soap that is triclosan free and is made up of natural ingredients. smile
    By Evie Dawson on Fri May 30, 2014
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    Hi Brian,

    I started using coconut oil about a year ago. It's fabulous! I mix it myself with some baking soda & peppermint oil - I would never go back to commercial deodorants again - and it works! Also no more "white" stains on black clothing.
    By Darlene on Mon February 17, 2014
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    Hi Ann, but a bar of "normal" soap and may be a small nail brush will do the job too. As Jacqui said, a home should be clean but not sterile....
    By Martina S on Thu February 13, 2014
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    I still use a hand sanitiser after using the trollys at the supermarket as I don't know what bugs they could have on them
    By Ann B on Thu February 13, 2014
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    I haven't - will see if I can find something here in America. (My tea tree as a natural disinfectant didn't work.) Thanks!

    Stinky Yank smile
    By Brian N on Wed January 22, 2014
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    Hey Brian, have you ever tried using coconut oil for a deodorant? Apparently that works for a lot of people smile
    By Melanie Rands on Wed January 22, 2014
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    I hate to say it, but I've actually taken to using antibacterial soaps a few times a week as of late because - to be blunt - it's the only thing that keeps me from being smelly at the end of the day. I don't use anti-perspirant (egad!) and deodorants just don't seem to do it for me. I'm not sure if my body chemistry is changing as I get older - this wasn't ever an issue for me.

    Boy, I'm glad the Internet is mostly anonymous! smile
    By Brian N on Wed January 22, 2014
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    I think anti-bacterial soaps and sanitisers are madness, especially in home situations. Homes should be clean - but not sterile. Children should be growing up in natural environments, as natural as possible, so that their bodies are exposed to good and bad bacteria etc. Humans need to realise that we are a part of Nature, no more "special" than anything in our environment.
    By Jacqui Knight on Wed January 22, 2014
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    I have changed to cold water washing. I guess the only negative is it takes slightly longer to wash the suds off. Still, I feel good about saving the power
    By malcolm rands on Wed January 22, 2014

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