Studies have shown that triclosan alters the way some hormones work in the body. In September, companies had to remove this ingredient from their products. As of the New Year, triclosan has been officially banned from antibacterial soaps as it has been confirmed to be harmful in the hormonal cycle and linked to muscle weakness.
Additionally, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. In fact, “There’s no data demonstrating that these drugs provide additional protection from diseases and infections. Using these products might give people a false sense of security,” says Theresa M. Michele, MD, of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products.
It is important to note the FDA’s rule covers only antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water. It does not apply to hand sanitizers or hand wipes.
So the next time you wash your hands or your child’s hands, plain old soap and water looks like it’s the ‘clean’ winner.