“Is Antibacterial Soap necessary?”


It seems like this day and age that “Antibacterial” is on everything we put on our bodies. Everything from soap, lotion to the classic germ killer.

I have always believed that a little dirt doesn’t hurt. I grew up playing in the woods and getting filthy. These days it seems we are fighting “germs” not dirt.

Influenza Germ

I agree it is a germy world out there but do we really need antibacterial in everything we  use?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibacterial soaps are not necessary, but washing your hands thoroughly with ordinary soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to ward off infection.

The ingredients that kill the germs (usually triclosan or, less commonly, triclocarbon) need to stay on the surface for 2 minutes. Now realistically how many of us really sit there for a full 2 minutes and wash our hands?

I am guilty of not utilizing that amount of time, yet consider myself a good hand washer. I am a fan of bar soaps and hot water. I do not use antibacterial lotion on my skin. I feel that there are so many chemicals out there that I am exposed to, I can spare myself the extra dose.  I love handmade soaps! They smell amazing and I feel like I am putting a natural product on my skin.

I can name a good few hundred little school kids out there that don’t. I helped out at my kid’s school over the winter and saw first hand how quickly they “wash”. Granted they have Germ killer in their classrooms but they do not always use it. My kids wash their hands as soon as they get home. We try to keep the house germ free.

Another good point I read was that some scientists theorize that bacteria may develop a resistance to bacterial agents over time. Furthermore, some bacteria actually benefitus. The normal population of bacteria on our bodies not only eats our sweat, but also helps defend us against truly harmful, invasive bacteria.

I think many of us forget as we pour on the gobs germ killer, that many common diseases are viral in nature, and are therefore not prevented by antibacterial products.

So what did we learn?….. It is okay that not all your soap and lotion products contain “Antibacterial” in them.  Good ol’ bar soap hot water and a little patience will give you the same results. 🙂

 Let me know what your views are on this topic? To much antibacterial items? To few?  How do you feel it affects us being able to fight of germs?

Sources: http://health.discovery.com/

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I definitely don’t seek out antibacterial products, or go to any great lengths to avoid “germs”. I feel like we need a little dirt and mess in our lives–it a roundabout way, it keeps us and our kids healthy, because it is through those “little germs” every day that we can build our immune systems and stay strong enough to fight the “big germs”. I do, though, like to use soaps with tea tree oil in them, which happens to be naturally antibacterial. I just enjoy the smell and skin benefits of the tea tree oil, but if it happens to kill a few germs too, that’s an added bonus!

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    • I couldnt agree more! We need a little germs in our lives. I grews up playing in the dirt, eating it and loving being messy. I considered myself a healthy kid, and would like it if mine could do the same things. Sadly the “City” is not like the woods and they have to be more cautious about what they put in their mouths.

      I love tea tree oil and think its awesome to find natural healthy soaps that have antibacterial qualities in it. I will have to look for some of the soup you are talking about. Do you have a website or name for the soap?

      Thank you so much for your input!

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      • I do agree that the “outdoors” is different than it used to be. Luckily, we live out in the middle-of-nowhere of Michigan, so we’re relatively safe from city mess!

        I love the Dr. Bronner’s soap, but I am sure there are other brands, too. What I like about the Dr. Bronner’s is that it is one natural soap that you can use for just about anything. Using it for shampoo can help to keep away bugs, too. (Like the bees that love to chase you if you use a flowery-smelling shampoo, or even head lice, which is something to worry about when kids are school age, especially!) I’m sure that there are other brands out there that work well too!

      • Wow! That sounds like an awesome soap. I will have to try to find that online today! I love natural soaps and shampoos but finding them seems to be a task that is nearly impossible. Thanks for sharing your favorite with me. My boyfriend is going to finish the soap he made with olive oil and coconut oil when we get into the new place. I look forward to using that as well. I work outside at a plant nursery so dirt is a hitch hiker I bring home every day 🙂 Finding better ways to stay healthy are always on the top of our list! Thanks again for sharing!

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