Why Antibacterial Soaps are banned and Natural Alternative Remedies

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Why Antibacterial Soaps are banned and Natural Alternative Remedies


If you read the news recently, you would know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the sales of antibacterial soaps. The reason, they say, is because it is not better and cleaner than the regular soap. And it can even be more dangerous to our health in a long term.



The first thing I want to say about the news is “About time!”  I have always doubted about the actual benefits of these products as well as concerning about their long-term impact on our health.

The marketing of antibacterial soaps reminds me of the marketing of smoking and cigarettes in the 80s. During that time, they were favorably advertised on the market and television even without warning anyone about the severe impacts of smoking on our health. Now everyone knows how terrible smoking is. I am so thrilled to know that the time of false advertising of antibacterial soap is now coming to an end.

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Why antibacterial soaps deserve to be banned

  1. What exactly are antibacterial soaps?

Antibacterial soaps, or antimicrobial and antiseptic soaps, are over-the-counter antiseptic wash products which contain 1 or more specific active ingredients which cannot be found in regular soap.

There are 19 ingredients which are on the list to be banned.

The most common active ingredients used in various brands of soaps are triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps).

  1. Why are they banned?

The first reason that antibacterial soaps are banned from marketing on the market is that they are not as effective as they are advertised. In fact, there is no scientific evidence to support their effectiveness against germs and bacteria.

The second reason is scarier. Not only that antibacterial soaps are worthless, they are even harmful. Scientists have proved that 19 active ingredients found in common antibacterial soaps can cause bacterial resistance and affect the normal balance of the hormone level in our body.

The most common ingredient, triclosan, also creates resistance against various medical treatments such as antibiotics.

Furthermore, using antibacterial soaps may give you a sense of security. You might think that if you use these products, you are protected from germs and bacteria, which is not true.

Lastly, with all the toxins and chemical involved in the production of antibacterial soaps, they cause significant damage to the environment,

Notes: Besides banning antibacterial soaps which have at least 1 ingredient on the list, any wash product which contains benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol (PCMX) is still under the test of the FDA for further data to be collected before they come to the final decision.

Only antibacterial soaps and hand washes are banned. Other products that contain triclosan such as toothpaste, hand wipes, and sanitizers are currently under reviewing.

If you are using antibacterial soaps for a long time, it is now the right moment to change to alternative methods, which are proven to be safer and much more effective.

Normally, washing your hands regularly with warm water is enough to kill off most of the germs. You just need to make sure you know how to wash your hand properly. You need to rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds under running water and rinse thoroughly.

Safe and effective ways to have extra protection

Natural Wash Products

You don’t need to look for a product with harmful chemicals to clean your hands. There are plenty of products which contain natural ingredients.

Biologika Hand and Body Wash is one of the best choices, which is packed with antioxidant and nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, lavender oil and sweet almond oil. You can also try Herbon Liquid Soap which contains botanical oils and herbal extracts with no harmful elements.banned

For a luxurious feel, try Bondi Wash Hand Wash which contains ingredients like sunflower oil and aloe Vera oil.


If you prefer a spray option you can try Dr Bronner’s Hand Sanitising Spray which contains organic and natural ingredients like lavender oil.


Alternatively, you can make your own foaming hand soap with distilled water, liquid castile soap, olive oil and other essential oils that you like.  You can follow one of the best recipes here.

  1. Essential Oils

Essential oils come are extract and derived from various parts of many flowers and plants. There are some common essential oils which are rich in antibacterial, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties which can do wonder to your hands and your overall health.

Some essential oils such as thyme oil and rosemary oil contain more strong and powerful antibacterial elements than regular soaps and cleansers.

Citrus oils such as orange, lemon, mandarin, lemongrass and lime oil are rich in antibacterial properties and antiviral properties which can help you to clean your hands well.

You can apply 1 or 2 drops of 1 specific type of oil whenever you wash your hands with regular soap and water.

Furthermore, you can add 10 to 15 drops to your bathwater each time to take your bath. These essential oils help you to clean off dirt and germs well while giving you a calming and relaxing effect.

Here are some insights about the recent news of the ban of the antibacterial products. They are harmful to our body and to the environment with no clear and proven benefits whatsoever.

I think it is about time we seek to other natural, more environment-friendly alternatives which can still be effective against bacteria.  I hope that my article would be able to provide some general information for you to finally change to the healthier options.

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