Monthly Archives: February 2013

Green Tip Tuesday: Avoid Antibacterial Products

There are tons of consumer goods with antibacterial properties available on most department store shelves these days. However, they are unnecessary, and may even contribute to antibiotic-resistant super germs. It’s better to avoid them, and save antibiotics for when they are really needed.

Today consumers can buy antibacterial soaps and cleaners, cutting boards, storage containers, chopsticks, socks, slippers, sheets, mattresses and even toys. Many of these products contain the compound triclosan, which is also used in hospitals for its bacteria-busting power. The trouble is, many scientists are worried that such widespread overuse of triclosan is likely to render it useless, as microbes may develop resistance to it, as well as possibly other similar antibiotics.

Instead, green – er way is to wash your hands in hot soapy water for 20 to 30 seconds, and scrub surfaces regularly. You can use vinegar, baking soda and various off-the-shelf natural (often herbal-based) cleaners to kill bacteria when needed. ┬áBoth the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that you don’t need antibacterial soaps to stay safe and clean in the home.

Please comment and share your green tips!