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Antibacterial Soap does no better than plain soap against 20 strains of bacteria

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We wanted to share important parts from this Scientific American article from last Fall with you. Here the link to the full article:

Washing your hands with antibacterial soap containing triclosan – the most common microbe-killing ingredient used in these soaps – may be no better than ordinary plain soap, according to South Korean researchers.

Min-Suk Rhee and colleagues at Korea University, Seoul, say they have found compelling evidence that triclosan-containing soap is no better than plain soap. They believe their study is more accurate than previous work because they only used one variable – the presence or absence of 0.3% triclosan – and fixed all of the other factors which can affect the results.

“This adds to the extensive literature suggesting that triclosan does not provide a benefit when used in a "real world" setting compared to plain soap,”comments epidemiologist Allison Aiello at the University of North Carolina, US, who has published several studies that tested triclosan products in the real world.

Moreover, antibacterial soap products contain chemical ingredients, such as triclosan and triclocarban, which may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven. Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA says "New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits" There are indications that certain ingredients in these soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and may have unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern to FDA. Read more at FDA here.  


Brigit True Organics offers a wide range of pure Castile soaps made only with organic olive oil, lye/potash, herbal extracts and water. We do not use any antibacterial agents. See also our online listings with our complete ingredient disclosure.

We believe that making soap the old-fashioned way with pure, bio-degradable ingredients help us AND Mother earth stay clean and healthy.



For more on the topic check out Dr. Mercola's article, too. 

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