Monday, July 20, 2009

Green Tip of the Week

More and more products are coming out on the market that purport having antibacterial properties, ranging from soap to socks to storage containers, and many actually do have antibiotic and antimicrobial additives. The CDC has deemed that these products are not demonstrably useful in a healthy household, as they were intended for use in hospitals, where germs and compromised immune systems are rampant. The widespread use of these soaps can actually be blamed for community-acquired MSRA outbreaks.

The American Medical Association is actively trying to persuade the FDA to regulate antibacterial products.

Enzymes that exist in the septic system are killed when we wash antibacterial soap down the drain, and the natural method of breaking down waste is killed with the enzymes.

Studies indicate that plain soap works better at cleaning your hands when used properly. It’s all in the scrubbing, people.


BeckEye said...

Agreed. Everyone is trying so hard to be germ free that they're all making it worse.

Megan said...

I resent the germ-free brigade, as I think we NEED germs. At least, that's what I tell myself when the dogs lick my daughter's hands.