The idea behind antibacterial soap is that it is meant to be a better cleaner, as it gets rid of bacteria on your skin. Antibacterial properties are added by introducing different chemicals to soaps, which means they aren't completely natural.
There are other issues surrounding antibacterial soaps, especially when you compare them to natural alternatives. So are they really all they are cracked up to be?
We believe that natural is best and the fewer additives you can include in products, results in a superior product that makes the most of natural ingredients. But there is also evidence that suggests you shouldn't be using antibacterial soaps, or that there is very little difference between their benefits and those offered by traditional soap.
Here are some reasons why you may want to steer clear of antibacterial soap:
They aren't more effective than traditional soap
A huge number of independent studies, as well as more than 42 year's worth of research from the FDA has found no evidence to suggest that antibacterial properties added to soap - specifically triclosan - are any more beneficial than just traditional soap and water.
While many people may assume that they can protect themselves from illness caused by bacteria, there is no scientific evidence that conclusively proves this. Matters are complicated further by the fact that different companies have different methods of testing products, which means it can be hard to substantiate claims.
This means that normal soap and water is likely to be just as effective at cleaning your skin thoroughly. You could, therefore, make use of natural soaps - especially those that use natural antibacterials, such as honey - and avoid adding chemicals to your skincare.
Antibacterial properties create resistant bacteria
Just as the overuse of certain medications can make viruses resistant, so can delete antibacterial products can create bacteria that is resistant to them. Using lots of antibacterial products - from soaps to home cleaners - could result in bacteria that survives their use, which could lead to more illnesses.
Antibacterial chemicals could impact health
Some research has suggested that the chemicals used to add antibacterial properties to soaps could lead to a number of health issues.
Children who are constantly exposed to antibacterial products could be at a greater risk of developing allergies, according to research. This could include hay fever or more serious issues like peanut allergies. Scientists have speculated that this could be due to the fact they are unable to develop a strong immune system because they are exposed to less bacteria.
Some research has also found that the chemical triclosan interferes with muscle contractions in human cells, which is worrying considering the fact it can enter the bloodstream quite easily.
When you are adding antibacterial chemicals to soaps, they end up getting washed down your drain. Some chemicals remain present in the water even after undergoing sewage treatment, which means they can make their way into rivers and other natural water sources.
This could have detrimental effects on the environment in terms of water quality, animal life and plant growth.
What can I do?
If you want to avoid the issues that are created by antibacterial soaps, switching to a natural alternative is the best option. Our solid traditional soaps are full of natural ingredients without any chemical additives.
They are made out of specially selected oils, which makes them beautiful to use and highly beneficial for your skin. Using these instead of antibacterial soaps reduces your exposure to unneeded chemicals and helps the environment.