In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave companies an allotted time to prove that antibacterial soap was better than regular soap and water. Failing to prove its superiority over soap and water, the FDA stated that over the counter antiseptic products that contained certain ingredients could no longer be marketed due to lack of proof that those ingredients were indeed more effective and safer.
The statement from the FDA specifically targeted 19 ingredients listed in antibacterial products that can no longer be used. It particularly goes after triclosan and triclocarban because research shows they can generate “drug-resistant bacteria and interfere with hormone levels.”
Janet Woodcock, the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research went as far as to say that some of the data suggest that “antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
The ruling does not impact hand sanitizers, wipes, or products using in health care environments.
Companies now have one year to completely remove those ingredients from their products or they must take those products off the shelves completely.
Soap companies are not pleased with the decision which many now having to redesign the thousands of soap products that tout antibacterial claims.
So how does this affect you?
Take a look at all of your soap and body washes. Do they say antibacterial? Look closer for triclosan and triclocarban to see if they appear in your products. You should stop using the products or finish what you have and switch to more natural products if you’re worried. In general, it’s a good idea to use natural products to avoid putting chemicals on our bodies with ingredients we can’t pronounce or don’t recognize.
One of the best natural antiseptics is turmeric. You can use it in your cooking as well as on cuts to stop any kind of bleeding. Either way, it’s safer than what’s currently in our soaps and body washes.