You’ve probably been swapping your antibacterial soaps for more natural products for a while now, but here’s a good reason to get rid of any last products in your home: They probably doesn’t work. And likely, they do more harm than good.
On Friday, the FDA issued a ban on triclosan, triclocarban, and 17 other chemicals commonly found in soaps and body washes with anti-bacterial labels. Companies who use any of these ingredients have one year to take products containing them off the market.
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, stated in a press release.
Beyond being ineffective, previous data has shown that these chemicals could be harmful, causing bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.
As you clear antibacterial soaps and body washes out of your home this weekend, try making your own natural face cleanser, or pick up any of these better-for-you beauty products (yes, soap is included!) for under $12.