Unfortunately, many anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitisers may actually be causing bigger problems than the ones they are preventing!
The looming threat of cold and flu season is enough to make anybody hot and clammy but before you throw that germ busting, hand sanitiser in your purse lets take a minute to break it down...
A number of health authorities are warning against its use! Triclosan is the main culprit here - read on to find out why.
WHAT IS IT?
As a synthetic anti-bacterial chemical, triclosan is often used in products labelled ‘anti-bacterial’, particularly hand soaps and hand sanitisers to prevent the spread of bacteria and fungi. It is a chemical that the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) lists as a pesticide i.e. not something you want to be putting on your skin or in your mouth!
Triclosan is present in 75% of the population’s urine- not the place you want a toxic chemical to be, right?
WHAT IS IT FOUND IN?
- Hand Sanitiser
DANGERS OF TRICLOSAN…
Can cause antibiotic resistance in bacteria which poses threats to your health and that of those around you as warned by the American Medical Association.
As an endocrine disruptor can...
- Imitate estrogen
- Increase risk of breast cancer
- Can implicate the reproductive system and reproductive health
Triclosan can cause toxicity in the liver and lungs and can interrupt thyroid function too!
When used in hand sanitisers, because sanitising products are often not washed off...
- It is left to fully absorb into the skin.
- CDC has found that it is present in 75% of the population’s urine- not the place you want a toxic chemical to be, right?
According to Dr. Mercola tests conducted by the University of California Davis have found this chemical to interfere with muscle function - including cardiac muscle function! This is just not a risk we are willing to take when there are such great alternatives!
If that’s not enough! Would telling you that Triclosan pollutes our rivers, lakes, oceans AND is toxic to our aquatic life (even after wastewater treatment) encourage you to ditch it? I hope so!
check out these great natural alternatives...
BONDI WASH ANTI-BACTERIAL HAND SANITISING SPRAY
If a sanitiser is a must this baby will kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria using only natural ingredients! It's also enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to nourish your skin.
100% PURE LIME & MINT HAND WASH
Another great natural alternative, this hand wash from 100% pure is non toxic and kills 99% of germs naturally, using potent anti-bacterial herbs! It's also packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and other anti-ageing nutrients for soft, hydrated, nourished hands.
WOTNOT's luxuriously soft and pampering facial wipes are a make-up bag essential that removes daily impurities and grime and gently wipes away makeup including waterproof mascara. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive.