After years of raising concerns from public health experts, the FDA finally banned 19 chemicals contained in antibacterial soaps and gave companies one year to remove these chemicals from their products. The FDA based its decision "on data that shows these chemicals do more health harm in the long term than good. 40% of antibacterial liquid and bar soaps contain these chemicals. Studies show that the banned chemicals, including triclosan and tricloraban - the most popular chemicals used in antibacterial soaps- might be linked to hormone disruption and bacteria resistance.
What are the alternatives?
The three natural anti-microbial below are effective and affordable for the whole family; they do not contain triclosan or tricloraban. I consider them as the basics for anti-microbial soaps.
1. Dr. Bronner's Organic Fair Trade Shikakai Hand Soap. Organic Anti-Microbial Soap. Shop here.
2. Clean Well - Antibacterial Foaming Soap Orange Vanilla. Shop here.
3.Vi-Tae -Certified Organic ANTIBACTERIAL Soap. Shop here.