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Are Antibacterial Soaps Safe? – WSJ.com

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

This article in the Wall Street Journal hits home in so many ways. I’m a big fan of good hygiene, but we’ve gone way over the top. It’s time we reverse engines. Instead of being healthier as a result of being in a “cleaner” environment, all of these antibacterial/antimicrobial chemicals are actually making us more susceptible to illnesses and creating other nasty side effects, such as hormonal issues, birth defects, and superbugs. The FDA is now reevaluating their position on the whole subject and taking a closer look at these chemicals, which are seemingly in almost everything these days, even though many of them are already known to be harmful!

antimicrobialsAs mold remediation consultants, we are constantly – and I mean CONSTANTLY – pounding this drum. For some reason, everyone we talk to, including 99% of mold remediation contractors we have dealt with, think that we need to kill mold as part of mold remediation. This is simply untrue! Not only does it add an unnecessary step and expense, it can actually be quite harmful. Here’s a piece I wrote about this very thing. Check it out and let me know what your thoughts are!

In the meantime, throw out that antimicrobial soap. Let your kids eat more dirt. And forget that you ever heard that you should use bleach during mold remediation.

Don’t even get me started on the over-prescribing of antibiotics. It’s another facet of the same problem.

I’ll save that diatribe for a future post ;-)

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