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Antibacterial Soaps: Are They Really Healthy?

Antimicrobial soaps: Safe or not safe?
antibacterial soaps :?? Safe or not safe

I love this point of year when the leaves start to change color and the air becomes crisp in the hours of darkness. However, as I relish the stunning colors and smells of this season, a part of me deep sighs when I realized that we again hit this stage of the year when I met someone is often sick in our homes. And around this point year ads antibacterial soaps and hand washes start to hit our television screens. Apparently, we have to buy these hand washing medication to keep ourselves and our family happy and healthy.

I do not like!

Not only are these ads misleading because they are promoting a product that is filled, unhealthy chemicals harsh with the words “ healthy . ”


really do not like!

The question is whether or not these washes hands are really needed in the fight against germs? So let’s dive right in and take a look at what really happens when you clean your hands with an antibacterial soap and how it differs from normal soaps.

Antibacterial soaps Vs normal soaps

antibacterial soaps

according to FDA Administration (Food and Drug) antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soap and water and could be fatal to your health . The 42 years of research by the FDA, along with numerous independent studies have produced no evidence that triclosan present in antibacterial soaps and liquid hand soaps, provide health benefits compared to normal soaps.

besides this, antibacterial soaps have the potential to form antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also called antimicrobial resistance ( This It happens when a microbe develops itself and be more or completely resistant to antimicrobials ). High use of antibiotics cause bacterial resistance, which ends with a random mutation in a small set of the bacterial population that allows you to survive exposure to the chemical. If the same chemical is used more often, which it will kill other bacteria, but allow this subset of resistant bacteria to proliferate or grow. If this happens, This will cause the chemical useless against bacteria .

A chart depicting the deaths due to antimicrobial resistance per year compared to other causes of deaths
A graph depicting the deaths due to antimicrobial resistance per year compared to other causes of death

antimicrobials soaps can act as endocrine disruptors

according to the results of a series of studies conducted in rats, frogs and other various animals, triclosan may interfere with regulating body endocrine . This could be because triclosan is chemically similar to the ductless close enough that binds to its receptor sites. If the same happens with humans as well, then there are chances that can lead to several health problems, including infertility, puberty, obesity and cancer .

These antimicrobial soaps are also associated with other health problems. According to scientists, prolonged exposure to triclosan in children could result in peanut allergies and hay fever . The scientists revealed that this could be due to less exposure to bacteria, since it is necessary for the proper functioning and development of the body’s immune system. In another study, it was found that triclosan can interfere with muscle contractions in human cells which means that the chemical can penetrate the skin and can enter the bloodstream easily.

antibacterial soaps are bad for the Environment

Triclosan is used in soap they go down the drain. According to studies, small amounts of it persists even after the water treatment at sewage plants. The USGS (Geological surveys United States) surveys often have detected the chemical in different streams and water bodies. When it stays for a long time can disrupt the ability of algae to carry out the chemical process .

harmful effects of triclosan
harmful effects of triclosan

So now the question arises …

Why use antibacterial soaps that do not have clear advantages for health and a number of associated health risks?

Studies have together found that normal soap and water is better than no water, wipes and hand rubs alcohol based. So avoid the use of antimicrobial soaps and hand washes chemicals containing these hazardous chemicals. Instead, go for a natural hand washing that is safe and nontoxic.

How to make your own Natural handwashing

I prefer to use a wash natural hands on soap and water, as it is less dirty in the bathroom. It is so easy to make and very cheap! Here’s how you can do it yourself:

hand wash


  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops of essential oil of orange
  • 10 drops of essential oil of cinnamon
  • 5 drops of oil essential clove
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil
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  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicone tube
  2. Use as needed to remove germs from your hands naturally
  • Orange – .. antiseptic and antioxidant natural. It also smells really good
  • Canela -antibacterial, antifungal and astringent
  • Clavo – antibacterial and antimicrobial
  • rosemary – antifungal and antibacterial
  • lavender – antibacterial and antiviral. Good smell! Aloe Vera used and you and your family stay healthy naturally.

    maintain a natural hand wash close and you never have to use hand sanitizers rough and full of unhealthy chemicals.

    be happy.

    Dr. Neha Satoiya, SDE, currently working as a dentist in Radiant Smile Dental and Implant Center.
    Member of the Dental Association of India.



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