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September 09, 2012

Anti-Bacterial vs Plain ol' Soap

Maybe mom had it right in the first place, just use plain ol' soap and water to wash up...

According to this FOX News article, a chemical found in many antibacterial soaps has been linked to impaired muscle function. 

The culprit? Triclosan, a popular ingredient you are likely to find in your deodorant, mouthwash, kitchen utensils, and, you guessed it – hand soap.

According to the article, triclosan has been “linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish.” Not good news for you OR your friend, Nemo. And what’s worse, “the chemical has the potential to contribute to heart disease or heart failure.” 

So what is a well-trained bathroom user supposed to do?

Turns out there is no evidence to support claims that triclosan-infused soap is more effective than plain old soap and water. And while the FOX article recommends exchanging your heart-hampering, muscle-twitching soap for an alcohol-based hand wash, Better Life co-founder Kevin Tibbs (a formulation chemist with 17+ years of experience) tells us it’s been long known in the industry that you don’t have to kill to remove germs, you simply have to wash them away

In other words, good ol’ soap and water will do the job just as well as anti-bacterial or alcohol-based soap, AND you don’t have to deal with harmful chemical residues. 

Better Life products don’t include alcohol because it’s just not necessary. While we do support the wearing of red and the occasional raspy voice (we’re loud Cardinals fans), we prefer when it’s not due to a chemical-induced rash or respiratory damage.

Better Life's liquid soaps are multi-purpose. You can use them as a hand wash, face wash, body wash, shower gel or even shampoo. Heck, you could probably even use them to give Nemo a bath – without slowing his swimming!

Better Life soaps are:

  • pH balanced
  • Antioxidants vitamins A & E to protect
  • Soothing Aloe & Glycerin to hydrate
  • Biodegradable
  • Natural, plant-based soap
  • No SLS or SLES (sulfate free)
  • No Synthetic Fragrance or Dye
  • No Parabens or Phthalates
  • No Triclosan
  • No Animal Testing