5. Makes You Prone to Allergies
If you are using antibacterial soap to protect your children from germs and bacteria, then think twice. A key ingredient, triclosan, has been linked to causing increased allergies in children.
Use of antibacterial soap can affect the development of a child’s immune system, making them more susceptible to certain allergies, especially hay fever.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that there is an increase in peanut allergy prevalence in children exposed to triclosan.
A 2011 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reports that triclosan may negatively affect human immune function and cause allergies or hay fever.
6. Damages Fetal Development
Triclosan can also cause developmental problems in unborn children, which can lead to birth defects and delayed development after the baby is born.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reports that triclosan may significantly slow the development of an unborn baby.
In this study, researchers tested the effects of triclosan on embryonic stem cells taken from human placentas following an uncomplicated term pregnancy delivered by caesarean section. It was found that triclosan greatly reduced the body’s ability to convert cortisol to cortisone, which is important for proper development of the fetus.
7. Causes Weight Gain
Whether you believe it or not, your antibacterial soap can be the reason behind weight gain.
It is the triclosan, an antibacterial agent, that can cause weight gain. This chemical is often used by farmers to increase the body weight of meat animals.
Plus, triclosan has endocrine-disrupting effects that can cause additional weight gain.
A 2013 study published in PLOS ONE found that individuals with higher amounts of triclosan in their urine were more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI). Increased levels of triclosan caused a 0.9-point increase in BMI in study participants.
8. Harms the Environment
Last, but certainly not least, use and overuse of antibacterial soaps laden with harmful chemicals has taken a toll on the environment.
The chemicals in these soaps get washed down into drains and ultimately into the water system.
A survey by the USGS Colorado Water Science Centre shows that small quantities of the harmful chemicals from antibacterial soap can persist after treatment at sewage plants, and are often detected in streams and other bodies of water.
These chemicals also appear to affect algae and marine life in dramatic ways.
A 2009 study published in Environmental Pollution surveyed bottlenose dolphins off the coast of South Carolina and Florida and found concerning levels of the chemical in their blood.
A 2010 study published in Aquatic Toxicology shows that once in the environment, triclosan can disrupt algae’s ability to perform photosynthesis.