Since school has been out my children have been playing outside in the backyard non-stop. They’ve been digging in the dirt, making mud pies, watering the gardens, and playing with our chickens, so as you can imagine, it’s pretty dirty. I’ll put it this way, there has been a lot of hand washing going on in my house lately.
Almost everywhere you go these days you’ll see anti-bacterial hand wash in the bathroom. I’m talking about the commercial products with synthetic anti-bacterial chemicals like triclosan. Triclosan is polluting our water and damaging aquatic life. It’s been discovered that it alters hormone regulation in animals (and possibly in humans) and may be a contributing factor to the newly forming superbugs. Even the FDA has stated on it’s website that there is a possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
The overuse of chemicals like triclosan is bad for the earth and the life it supports. Each time these products are used it contributes just a little bit more to the pollution and the ever expanding superbugs. In my opinion, it should be outlawed, but government agencies still claim there isn’t enough evidence to say it should be avoided.