It’s easy enough to see we have an obsession, modern living seems to have us trying to swat every single bacteria we possibly can. Conventional wisdom has us thinking all bacteria are bad. That’s somewhat of a convenient oversimplification and it has many doggedly doing all they can to purge their world regardless.
Doing that has got to be good hasn’t it? According to the FDA “some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products — for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) — could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.”. Well you might be surprised to hear the FDA first proposed removing triclosan from certain products as far back as 1978!
Add to that there is little evidence these things are any more effective at averting illness than washing with plain soap and water.
- Antibacterial products get FDA safety challenge – Boston Globe (bostonglobe.com)