While soap itself has not been banned, (so yes, keep washing your hands often and well), a relatively big event in the antibacterial world did occur in September and with very little fanfare, if any at all.
A key ingredient in antibacterial hand soap was banned as of Sept. 6. The use of Triclosan, along with 18 other ingredients commonly found in antibacterial hand soaps, was ruled against by U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept 2.
Lately, it’s been proven true what Grandma always said, “Let the kids play in dirt.” Constantly washing our hands and those of our children with antibacterial soaps has led us down a path featuring resistant strains of bacteria and more sickness instead of less. Add to that the possible longterm effects on the environment due to those antibacterial soldiers getting into our water supply.
Data has shown that plain soap and water (when used correctly, i.e. full immersion in soap and water and scrubbing both sides of hands and in between fingers for at least 20 seconds) is sufficient to adequately clean our hands. So the need for those high-powered ingredients has been deemed largely unnessary.
Major antibacterial soap manufacturers had already phased out Triclosan prior to the September ban, replacing it with three ingredients the FDA still allows: benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium choloride and chloroxylenol.
The ban does not apply to healthcare and food service facilities nor to hand sanitizers.
Those 18 or so antibacterial ingredients are not found in cleaning products with which floors are cleaned so this ban has made little to no waves in the janitorial industry besides maybe having to switch out soap in hand dispensers. However the ban does shine a light on safe cleaning products and practices.
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