Antibacterial Products Causing More Harm Than Good

The over-use of antibacterial products, as well as antibiotics, are believed to be contributing to the ever-rising issue of superbugs, and antibacterial/antibiotic resistance (MRSA), because it takes a full minute of hand washing, or exposure, for the common bacteria fighting ingredient, Triclosan, to effectively kill the bacteria. Triclosan is an ingredient commonly found in products such as antibacterial hand soaps, as well as Colgate Total (to fight gingivitis by killing bacteria), and many other products. Most people wash their hands for roughly 10-15 seconds using anti-bacterial soap, resulting in only strengthening and enabling the bacteria they were trying to kill in the first place. If the product is not used for a full minute, the bacteria stay alive and actually become stronger and more resistant to the natural defense mechanisms that our bodies use to fight off harmful bacteria. You are better off using regular hand soap, which does not contribute to this problem.



Most products use alcohol at roughly 67% which works great and takes about 10-15 seconds to work (67% alcohol is all that is needed since the alcohol at higher concentrations dry out too fast, and the surface must remain wet for at least 10 seconds in order to effectively kill germs). Choose hand sanitizers with isopropyl alcohol, and avoid Triclosan. Colloidal Silver comes in a spray container and is an excellent, all natural choice that kills germs effectively and safely.



If you want an antibacterial product, buy a regular handsoap and add a few drops of essential oil instead such as Lavender, or my favorite, Lemongrass. Most essential oils are antibacterial, as well as anti-fungal. The bacteria on your skin will not grow resistant to the compounds found in the essential oils. Adding a little coconut oil to the mix will also aid in killing bacteria as well as adding in amazing moisture.



A little hydrogen peroxide diluted with water, or swishing some water with a bit of baking soda or even coconut oil (anti-bacterial) in your mouth (spit it out, do not swallow) once in awhile will do the exact same thing as Triclosan. Do so after you floss, but do not do every day. Hydrogen peroxide actually “eats away” at the skin, but also eats away at plaque, so you do not want to overdue it. Baking soda can be abrasive, so again, use sparingly and in moderation and baking soda is best sue as a rinse as opposed to scrubbing away with the toothbrush.

To purchase affordable, natural soaps and essential oils, visit my Wholesome Style Store on Amazon. Click this link for all-natural, concentrated soap (Dr. Bronner’s) which I dilute with water, add some essential oil drops, and use for hands, face, and body. For Essential Oils, click here. For coconut oil, click here. To purchase Colloidal Silver, click here.


Wellness Mama wrote a nice piece on the health problems with antibacterial soap. Click here to read.

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