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FDA Bans Certain Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps

FDA Bans Certain Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps

Did you know that recently the FDA banned marketing of certain antibacterial soaps that contained chemicals such as triclosan and triclocarban? This is because they have not been proven safe and effective.

In September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an announcement that manufacturers of antibacterial soaps containing at least one of 19 specific active ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban, will no longer be allowed to market those products. There hasn’t been any scientific evidence to prove that these chemicals are more effective than plain soap and water or even safe.

That’s right – the ingredients in your antibacterial soaps might not even be good for you. They haven’t been proven safe for daily use over a long period of time. In fact, studies are now showing that these ingredients can actually hurt you by making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Most manufacturers have already starte

FDA Bans Certain Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps

d removing these ingredients from their products. Even if they still have them, they are no longer able to market them under the FDA’s rule. This rule only applies to antibacterial soaps and body washes, not hand sanitizers, hand wipes or soaps uses in hospitals or nursing homes. Currently, about 40% of hand soaps contain these chemicals. About 93% that market being antibacterial or antimicrobial contain triclosan, which has been shown to become resistant to bacteria instead of kill it, like it was originally marketed.

Additionally, other studies have shown that these chemicals can disrupt your hormones (especially in women), trigger allergies and even cause cancer.

The best way to avoid illnesses is to use good old soap and warm water. Wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom and before eating. Remember, there is no scientific evidence that antibacterial soaps kill germs better than regular soap and water.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing