Are Antibacterial Soaps Worth The Risk?

The FDA has recently released the results of a 40-year study on the use of anti-bacterial soaps and their ability to actually disinfect. The FDA has announced that they will require manufacturers to prove their claims that their disinfectant soaps work better than simply washing with regular soap and water, or take them off of the shelves by 2016. But why wait until then to make up your mind on these products?

In fact, there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA. 1

Antibacterial soaps contain triclosan, tricolocarban or similar chemicals to “disinfect,” but recent studies have shown that these chemicals can actually promote the growth bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and might have hormonal side effects as well. 

"I suspect there are a lot of consumers who assume that by using an anti-bacterial soap product, they are protecting themselves from illness, protecting their families," said Sandra Kweder, deputy director in the FDA's drug center. "But we don't have any evidence that that is really the case over simple soap and water." 2

A few things to consider based on these findings:

  • There is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular soap and water
  • The use of antimicrobial soaps may promote the growth of bacterial resistance to antibiotics
  • These soaps may interfere with hormone regulation
  • The amount of triclosan that is being put into our sewage systems may have toxic effects on algae production in rivers. 3

1.) http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378393.htm

2.) http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fda-says-germ-killing-soap-could-pose-health-risks

3.) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166445X10003292

 

Posted on February 18, 2014 .

Green Household Cleaners Can Outperform Non-Green Cleaners

Gone are the days of using harsh, toxic chemicals to get the job done. With recent technology in green cleaning chemical formulation, not only are some green cleaners able to match the performance of non-green cleaners, they have surpassed them. Here are the reasons why:

  • Massive companies see no need to change or improve the formulas of their household cleaning products; they already have the sales.
  • Small companies have the ability to change their formula multiple times quickly to constantly try new things and improve the performance of their cleaners.
  • New technology has allowed chemical companies to extract surfactants from eco-friendly sources that have great performance.
  • The understanding of how to clean things has grown greatly using science, chemistry, and logic, rather than using the harshest chemicals available

There is a common misconception that green cleaners cannot match their non-green counterparts. This is true of the old green household cleaning products, they have strong sales so they have no motivation to improve their products. Think about how far technology has come in almost every other industry, yet we still use cleaning products that were formulated in the fifties and sixties. How does that make sense?

There is a new company called BioWorx that has created a full line of chemicals that do indeed outperform the best green and non-green cleaners using eco-friendly, non-toxic chemistry Their cleaners are able to dissolve more soap scum, scale, and grime than the leading household cleaners. Not only do they achieve this, they don’t hide their results or their formulas either. All of the results of BioWorx lab tests are published on their website along with the ingredients, letting you come to your own conclusions.  BioWorx is dedicated to informing consumers that you don’t need to harm yourselves and the environment anymore just to have a clean kitchen and bathroom. Stop putting yourself, your family, and the environment at risk with toxic chemicals. 

Posted on February 12, 2014 .

Love the Scent of Your Favorite Cleaner? Think Again.

Many people love the fresh smell of a recently cleaned home, but what are you really smelling? If you're not using BioWorx, (we use only VOC-free scents in our products) than you may be smelling more than you think.

A study done by the University of Washington on scented cleaning products found a few things very disconcerting:

A study led by the University of Washington discovered that 25 commonly used scented products emit an average of 17 chemicals each. Of the 133 different chemicals detected, nearly a quarter are classified as toxic or hazardous under at least one federal law. Only one emitted compound was listed on a product label, and only two were publicly disclosed anywhere.

“We analyzed best-selling products, and about half of them made some claim about being green, organic, or natural,” said lead author Anne Steinemann, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs. “Surprisingly, the green products’ emissions of hazardous chemicals were not significantly different from the other products.” 

More than a third of the products emitted at least one chemical classified as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and for which the EPA sets no safe exposure level. 
Manufacturers are not required to disclose any ingredients in cleaning supplies, air fresheners or laundry products, all of which are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Neither these nor personal care products, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, are required to list ingredients used in fragrances, even though a single “fragrance” in a product can be a mixture of up to several hundred ingredients, Steinemann said. 

To view the full article click here.

Posted on December 18, 2013 .