Who hasn’t used anti bacterial hand soap, dish soap, gel or hand spray? It’s now in every public restroom, alongside the regular soap, declaring it’s usefulness, even without water. With flu and cold season here, how’s a person supposed to keep their hands clean without all those chemicals?
Recent studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found amounts of triclosan in the subjects’ blood. The highest levels were found in adults, especially those with higher incomes. This is likely due to their ability to purchase these hand sanitizing products. Children had the lowest amounts in their blood. This should make us all think twice before using hand sanitizers.
Hygiene is a great thing; don’t underestimate the power of plain old soap and water. Killing bad bacteria is a good thing, but anti bacterial products don’t differentiate between good and bad. We need those good bacterias. Just in case you forgot, here are the CDC details on washing your hands.
*Wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
*Rub and scrub all surfaces of your hands and fore arms for 15-20 seconds.
*Rinse hands well under running water.
*Dry your hands with a clean towel or an air dryer.
Have you read the labels on your toothpaste and mouthwash? Several popular brands include triclosan in their dental hygiene products. You can use something as simple as baking soda and water to clean your teeth with zero side effects. My last quick trip to the grocery store ended with a discovery that every bottle and brand of dish soap, except for one, had triclosan in it. If you want to know what chemicals are in the products you are using, you really have to read your labels on everything. Several ‘natural’ products include this ingredient.
Soap and water is the least expensive way to keep your hands clean. Baking soda is far cheaper than toothpaste. Spend less, get clean hands and teeth. It’s a no-brainer.
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