- 15 Nov 2016
The US ban triclosan… how to remain anti-bacterial without it
As ambassadors for the natural and chemical-free, we’re excited that times are changing. With eco-consumerism on the rise and growing support for all things natural, nourishing and wholesome… we think the US ban on anti-bacterial hand wash could be a real game changer!
Since the inception of hand washes containing the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of triclosan, ‘removes 99.9% of bacteria’ has become a common statement in our modern lives. Bacteria targeted as the natural enemy, when in fact our skin is always colonised by bacteria, our natural flora, which is mostly harmless and even beneficial to our skin’s health.1
We believe in considering the origin and nature of the ingredients we introduce into our lives, but the ban on anti-bacterial hand soaps by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still came as a surprise, especially since the reason for the ban only identified that tests were unable to prove anti-bacterial soaps were any better than soap and water.2
The unproven effectiveness of the products is one thing, but without testing over time, there really is no way of knowing the long-term effects. Research by the University of Chicago found that using hand soaps containing triclosan could lead to a change in the microbiome inside the human gut, with other evidence identifying potentially toxic properties in a variety of organs.3
In a similar way to how bacteria evolved to withstand the use of certain antibiotics, doctors and research scientists are concerned that triclosan could play a part in driving antibiotic resistance.4
With such concerning research, is this ban the first step to change? Will regulations be put in place to remove triclosan from other personal hygiene and cleaning products? And if untested chemicals are regulated, how do we go about making changes and adapting our way of living?
We hope that at the very least manufacturers ask themselves if a chemical is necessary, and if there is a safer alternative…but until then, it’s down to us to seek-out kind and chemical-free alternatives… and when it comes to cleaning your home, we can firmly say chemicals aren’t necessary.
In light of the recent ban and forthcoming research into chemical products, we would like to bask in the brilliance of ENJO’s ingenious range of products. We aren’t exaggerating when we say ENJO offers a superior clean to chemicals and achieves a superior clean with nothing but water. Instead of using chemicals that ‘kill’ bacteria, the unique weave of ENJO’s ultra-fine fibres trap and remove bacteria from surfaces, and the best part, it doesn’t let them go until the fibres are washed in your machine.
A simple yet innovative technology that removes the need for cleaning chemicals from your home. So quite simply, you can remain anti-bacterial…but keep things chemical free. Here are three simple steps to becoming a chemical-free convert.
Take it one step at a time
Removing all of your current cleaning products could leave you a little lost. We are creatures of habit and permanent change for a healthier lifestyle takes time. Try making a change to one area of your home. Switch out our bathroom cleaning products and try ENJO fibre technology instead. ENJO’s Bathroom Bundle has all you need to convert your bathroom to chemical-free cleaning, and lasting up to three years’ offers great value.
Do your research
Before you switch to a ‘green’ or ‘natural’ product, remember the use of these terms aren’t regulated, so do your research first.
Research in the right places
Use trusted sources when you’re looking into kind and chemical-free alternatives. The EWG website has regular updates with breakthrough research and education so that consumers can make informed decisions to live life healthier.
1. Grice EA and Segre JA. The skin microbiome. Nat Rev Microbiol. 9(4):244-253;2011
3. Yee AL, Gilbert JA. MICROBIOME. Is triclosan harming your microbiome? Science. 353(6297):348-9;2016.