Anti-bacterial Soap is a Registered Pesticide?

Should you stop using hand sanitizer? Did you know that the ingredients in hand sanitizer and antibacterial soaps are registered pesticides?  And that there are many dangers to it anti-bacterial properties?  In the video below we will investigate why I stopped using hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soap.

Products and brands that I changed to:

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When my children were young, I was using hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soaps by the gallons.  My kids were walking germ factories and always getting me sick.  Here are some bullet points from the video.

  • We use hand sanitizer because it is simple, quick, portable, and convenient
  • Most of all we are told it decreases infectious material on our hands.
  • As years progressed, I started getting allergies I had never had before. And was having issue losing weight.
  • I decided to clean out my house of hand sanitizer, soap with anti-bacterial agents, and lotions that were not plant based.
  • Outside of health care, evidence shows that hand sanitizer does not work that much better than soap and water.
  • Most contain
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Ethanol – used to be used as rocket fuel. But is also in distilled drinks.
    • N-propanol
    • Ones that contain 60-95% alcohol are flammable
    • Non-alcohol versions contain triclosan or triclocarban
  • The FDA says triclosan could carry unnecessary risks
  • Recent studies have raised questions about whether triclosan might be hazardous to human health, as studies on the compound are ongoing.
  • If you are a person who is frequently using hand sanitizer like lotion, you will want to know there are dangers
  • Some of the dangers are:
    • Antibiotic Resistance – meaning antibiotics will not work for you anymore or not as effected.
    • Alcohol Poisoning – believe it or not, some have tried to drink it to get drunk. A few squirts of hand sanitizer could equal a couple of shots of hard liquor.
    • Hormone Disruption –
      • The FDA says research shows triclosan may lead to hormonal disruptions and cause bacteria to adapt to its antimicrobial properties, which create more antibiotic-resistant strains.
      • Animal studies have shown that the compound could change the way hormones work in the body
    • Weaker Immune System
      • Studies have shown that triclosan can also harm the immune system
      • Researchers found that triclosan may negatively affect human immune function. Compromising the immune system can make people more susceptible to allergies, and more vulnerable to the toxic chemical Bisphenol A, which is found in plastics. In the study, children and teens with higher levels of triclosan were more likely to be diagnosed with hay fever and other allergies.
    • Toxic Chemical
      • Hand sanitizer that are scented are likely loaded with toxic chemicals.
      • Did you know that companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients in their scents? So, they are usually made from dozens of chemicals.
      • These synthetic fragrances can contain endocrine disrupters that mimic hormones and could alter genital development.
      • You should also look out for parabens, which are in many skin care products. They are used to preserve other ingredients and extend a product’s shelf life.
    • Remember that Skin absorption is a route by which substances can enter the body
    • Along with inhalation, ingestion and injection, skin absorption is a route of exposure for toxic substances and route of administration for medication.
    • Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Its pore absorbs whatever you put on it. If it wasn’t a good pathway into our blood system, there wouldn’t be patches we put on our skin to absorb medicine.
    • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
      • is quickly absorbed through the skin, and large amounts applied topically can be inhaled.
      • This may lead to alcohol poisoning and other problems.
      • There has been numerous of case reports that small children slipped into comas after a caregiver tried to reduce their fevers with alcohol. Other reports have described cases in which adults suffered cardiac and neurological problems after using alcohol-soaked towels to cool down or ease pain.
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4 thoughts on “Anti-bacterial Soap is a Registered Pesticide?

  1. I carry some in my purse, to use on the go when I don’t have access to soap and water, which is not often, so I’m not too worried. Lots of people think ‘anti-bacterial’ is good, but actually, some bacteria is good and necessary and wiping it out has weird consequences.

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