This week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), banned the sale of soaps containing certain antibacterial chemicals, among them the widely used chemicals triclosan and triclocarban. These chemicals were originally only used by surgeons, scrubbing before operations, (as they still are), but their continual use in our everyday personal care products is totally unnecessary and is doing more harm than good.


The market for antibacterial products has ballooned into a $1 billion-a-year industry based on marketing the fear of germs and our obsession with cleanliness. About 40% of soaps — including liquid hand soap and bar soap currently on the market, contain the banned chemicals.

 

Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, made this statement in an agency press release- “Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water, in fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

Studies in animals have shown that triclosan and triclocarban are potent endocrine (hormone) disrupters. They disrupt the normal development of the reproductive system and disrupt thyroid hormone, testosterone, and estrogen regulation. This can create a host of issues including early puberty, poor sperm quality, infertility, obesity, and cancer. Studies have also shown it can lead to impaired learning and memory, exacerbate allergies, and weaken muscle function. The impacts of prolonged exposure during fetal development, infancy, and childhood can be particularly severe, resulting in permanent damage.

 

These chemicals are showing up in breast milk, in urine, in blood, in our newborns, in dust and ultimately contaminating our waterways and our wildlife.

 

They are simply not safe and it’s about time Australia took a stance on this too!

 

Currently, the ruling applies only to consumer hand washes and soaps, but further investigation is underway into hand sanitisers, baby wipes, toothpastes, mouthwashes and laundry detergents. Certainly, a large range of products widely available in Australia, contain triclosan and triclocarban.

 

So, how safe is

YOUR soap,

YOUR toothpaste,

YOUR mouthwash?

 

Given this recent ruling it would be prudent to read the labels and scan your ingredient lists. Surely, it is common sense to make safer choices and to minimise our exposure to as many toxic chemicals as we possibly can. The time to switch to safer is NOW.

 

The good news is, there are lots of safer options available at our fingertips. At Naturally home, we aim to make life easier and healthier by providing a range of safe alternatives. None of our products contain triclosan or triclocarban. 

 

Stay informed. Choose wisely.

 

Small changes – BIG health outcomes!