It’s official – antibacterial soaps have been kicked to the curb!

5 safe & natural alternatives to antibacterial soap |

Wow, this is big! 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently put down a final ruling to ban the sale of many antibacterial soaps, after concluding that the risks outweighs the benefits.

In this article, I’m going to tell you a little more about the ban and what it means, and share five natural antibacterial options that are much better than than the nasties out there.

What’s the dirt on antibacterials?

Adding antibacterial ingredients to soap became a multi-billion dollar business. Consumers felt safer with the added protection it promises…

But when put to the test – manufacturers failed to demonstrate to the FDA that antibacterial ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water.

Here’s what the FDA says about antibacterials

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a written announcement.

“In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

What does the FDA ban mean?

Within one year, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to market soaps and washes that contain antibacterial ingredients like Triclosan, and 18 other chemicals that are not safe, and not effective.

Health experts have been actively pushing the FDA to ban Triclosan since 1978 – with growing concerns of interfering with children’s hormones and promoting antibacterial-resistant bacteria.

Finally, after nearly 40 years and a recent lawsuit – the FDA took some action.

“It has boggled my mind why we were clinging to these compounds” said Rolf Halden, a scientist at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, who has been tracking the issue for years. “They had absolutely no benefit but we kept them buzzing around us everywhere.”

Mae Wu, a senior attorney involved in the lawsuit that won this ban said “We call it stupid uses of toxic chemicals.” adding “There’s no reason to do it, and you could be hurting yourself and your family in the process.”

Woot, go get ’em, Mae!

Five Natural Antibacterials That Clean Your Skin

The FDA ban is a good first step. But, Mae Wu points out that these chemicals can still show up in your products.

The good news is that at home, you have access to natural ingredients that can keep you skin healthy and clean.

There is so much available to you and I love showing you new ways to simplify… so here are five natural antibacterials that clean your skin.

5 safe & natural alternatives to antibacterial soap |

Natural Soap

The saponins found in natural soap are effective at killing bacteria and disease-causing germs. For hand washing, the old rule is: lather up and rub your hands for at least 20 seconds  (on average people only wash for 6 seconds!) 

Tip: while you’re washing your hands: Sing row-row-row your boat three times – and then you’re done!


Was used by ancient Romans to treat battle wounds and infections. It helps your body fight infection and prevent the growth of bacteria.  You can also use  honey directly on your skin as a cleanser. It’s very good if you have pimples or breakouts.

Cinnamon and Clove

In the spice world, both cinnamon and clove rank highest in terms of antibacterial properties. You’ll find that many hot climate countries tend to use these spices in their food. They inhibit the growth of bacteria.

My Body Glow Oil from the SIMPLIFY Skin Autumn collection infuses both cinnamon and cloves – use it right after a shower.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar has been used in household cleaners, for it’s antibacterial properties. When properly diluted, a little apple cider toner can help to cleanse your skin and prevent breakouts.

Bonus: Scrubbing

It’s not all about killing bacteria, friction removes bacteria and cleans your skin. Make yourself a body scrub and use it once a week in place of soap. Coconut oil is a good choice for your scrub, it’s naturally antibacterial and wonder skin cleanser.

If you’re scrubbing your face, make sure you use very gentle, fine grains and don’t apply too much pressure. Your body loves a good scrub – go in circular motion moving from your limbs up towards your heart. It’s going to help stimulate your body to improve circulation and detox from the inside too!

Want to learn how to put all these natural ingredients together?

Recently, I launched my latest collection of natural skincare recipes, called SIMPLIFY Skin Seasons: AUTUMN.

It’s packed full of naturally cleansing, antibacterial and delicious smelling ingredients, made from whole foods, which you can use to make the most amazing luxury skincare products.

I’ll show you step-by-step with videos and recipes books, measuring guides and ingredient swap-outs how to get naturally clean and clear skin.

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  • Autumn Tea to hydrate your body and stimulate healthy skin
  • Salad Sprinkles to spruce up your Autumn salads with superfoods

Get your free starter kit today and kick bad skincare to the curb!

Militza xx

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Comments (12)

  • militza
    Harvey Reply

    Your site is good but it just talks about getting rid of chemical antibacterial soaps. But there is so much literature out there saying that we should not use any antibacterial soaps, especially shampoos/conditioners, because they also kill off the good and necessary for health bacteria, usually referred to as probiotics, that live on our skin. Doing so sets us up for a whole array of skin diseases. Here is just one of a host of sites:

  • militza
    lorrenainepeltier Reply

    Antibacterial soaps have the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The reason that the FDA is making manufacturers prove these products’ efficacy is because of a range of possible health risks associated with triclosan, and bacterial resistance is first on the list.

    It is always recommended to use only prescribed medicated soaps and buy always from reliable online stores like wallmart or mygenericpharmacy

  • militza
    lorrenainepeltier Reply

    The problem of diseases being spread by dirty hands is not just that antibacterial soaps aren’t doing as good a job as they promise it’s that the public is not washing their hands adequately enough, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Nowadays there aretoo many online stores but all are not reliable, they are selling cheap meds only but result is not concern for them, i am only visiting reputed online store like mygenericpharmacy.

  • militza
    lorrenainepeltier Reply

    Several antibacterial soaps available in the market contain triclosan and triclocarban. Marketing of over-the-counter consumer wash products containing both chemicals was banned by the USFDA in September, 2016.

    I am always buying doctor prescribed meds from mygenericpharmacy or any other online store.

  • militza
    Paul Alexander Reply

    In the meantime, there’s every reason to think that normal soap is still a great defense against infection—and it’s actually a method that can inform future strategies against bugs. While the classic combination doesn’t kill germs, it does mechanically remove them from your hands, with the help of a bit of chemistry. Basic soaps are composed of water-soluble fatty acid potassium salts. Imagine a negatively charged “head” that is hydrophilic, or water-loving. It’s attached to a long hydrophobic hydrocarbon chain. When you’re washing your hands, the tail grabs on to organic compounds like soil, food, bacteria, and viruses—and the head pulls all that stuff away from your skin, disrupting the microbe’s ability to latch on again. Now trapped in fat-on-the-inside, water-on-the-outside globules, the microbes get easily washed down the drain.

    I am always buying medicated products from mygenericpharmacy and amazon and i most relying on them.

  • militza
    lorrenainepeltier Reply

    No, we don’t need anti-bacterial soap. Not only do they kill the helpful bacteria, but very often the anti-bacterial ingredients are not very people friendly either. Normal, everyday soap is just fine.

    There are lots meds and solutions available online at amazon, ebay, walmart, mygenericpharmacy etc.

    Ariel Reply

    Would you recommend Castille soap? I am looking for a very effective natural antibacterial hand soap, thanks in advance.

  • militza
    Roz Reply

    I’m looking for an alternative to liquid anti bacterial body wash. Due to diabetes the warm weather forms bacteria.. Anti bacterial body wash alternative would be considered or naturals will be even better..

  • militza
    Juliana Ferris Reply

    I am looking for an alternative to liquid antibacterial hand soap for hand washing, it has to be strongly antibacterial but without the chemicals. If I add clove oil to liquid soap would that work I wonder?

  • militza

    I can attest to the use of Honey. I now no longer buy pimple cream, instead I use a small tinge of manuka honey on my spots and they shrink and heal very quickly with minimal scarring :)


    Hi Gem! Isn’t the best?! I love using it all over my face, it feels very soft and clean after!

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