Many people use antibacterial soap because they think that it will keep them, and their children, protected from illness and lingering bacteria. However, it may surprise you to know that antibacterial soap is not actually all it is advertised to be. In fact, you are better off using natural organic based soap and warm water to keep your hands clean and bacteria free. Today we will look at why antibacterial soap is not the best option for keeping your family’s hands clean, as well as the benefits that natural organic based soap has to offer.
Why Use Organic Soap
In our home, we don’t use antibacterial soap in any form and only use our natural and organic based soap. I realize this sounds crazy, but we have researched this and our decision is supported by facts and science. For many, the antibacterial soap that you purchase from the supermarket or pharmacy are too rough on their skin, or their skin doesn’t react well to the chemicals that are found in the soap. This can cause rashes, irritation, itchiness, and soreness – none of which is pleasant to experience!
Even if you are not experiencing these issues using antibacterial soap, the chemicals that are found in it can cause your skin to become incredibly dry over time. This leads to the skin cracking, especially in the winter months. Natural and organic based soap, like ours, is made without these chemicals, and also without any of the pesticides that have been used on the plants in the soap. It’s a great way to moisturize and clean your skin without any nasty chemicals or unpleasant reactions.
Why You Should Stop Using Antibacterial Soap
The *FDA has stated that there is not enough scientific evidence to show that the over the counter antibacterial soaps are better at the prevention of illness than plain soap and water. The benefits of antibacterial soap still have not been proven and seem to create more problems that solutions.
In fact, the FDA recognizes and announced that antibacterial soaps contain certain chemical ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban, that can be harmful. These chemicals have not been deemed safe for daily use over an extended period of time, especially for children!
There is not currently evidence that prove that these chemical ingredients are safe, in fact some manufacturers have already started removing their products from store shelves, that contain these chemicals. Antibacterial soap is being questioned and natural organic based soap, like our Foaming Soap and Bar Soap are excellent alternatives for your families health.
#1 Many are Cruelty-Free
One of the great things about using natural organic based soap is that they are usually cruelty-free. Ours certainly is! This means that none of the ingredients are tested on animals before they are sold to the public. Many are dermatologically tested on people’s skin, checking to make sure that it is suitable for those with sensitive skin.
#2 Gentler on the Skin
Natural organic based foaming soap and bar soap, tend to be much gentler on the skin, very ideal for those who have sensitive skin, and also fantastic for children. Our kids love it! After all, antibacterial soap can dry this skin out, which can be very uncomfortable over time, especially for little ones. Many people love that natural organic based soap helps to naturally moisturize the skin, keeping your skin and hands soft. We have received feedback from people with eczema that our natural and organic based Foaming Soap and Bar Soap have helped. We certainly can’t guarantee that it will help everyone, but it does seem to help some.
#3 No Chemicals or Pesticides
One of the best benefits for you, your children, and your family is that organic soap does not contain any chemicals or pesticides. All of the ingredients are natural, with any plants or herbs that are used in its production being completely free from any kind of pesticide. So when you and your child wash their hands, you aren’t being exposed to unnatural chemicals that could be absorbed by their skin.
#4 Natural Antibacterial Qualities
Many of the natural oils that are found in natural and organic based soap contain antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of their own. These work as nature intended and are completely natural, so no risk of exposure to synthetic chemicals. Plus, the soap often includes the essential and organic oils that come with the plants used. Our Foaming Soap and Bar Soap certainly do! These help us to feel relaxed as well as help to protect our hands from bacteria.
#5 Environmentally Friendly
Natural organic based soap is also environmentally friendly. This is partially due to the fact that no pesticides and chemicals are used in its creation, but also because they are far more biodegradable than their antibacterial counterparts, and they do not contain synthetic chemicals!
Natural organic based soap is definitely the best way to go if you are looking for something that is gentle on skin and safe for your whole family to use.
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*To read the FDA article on antibacterial soap in its entirety, click here.