Do Hand Cleaners Really Work?

We’ve talked about this before on this blog, the fact that hand sanitizers really don’t work and might, in fact, be doing more harm than good (See the post “That which is supposed to protect may be harming instead“).

Now the FDA is finally coming to the same conclusion and is stating that they want more data to ascertain the effectiveness and safety of hand sanitizers used in hospitals. The FDA is asking manufacturers of these products to provide more data to help them make more educated recommendations, data that most manufacturers probably don’t have yet, including data about the effects of long-term use.

The issue, according to the FDA is the fact that these sanitizers are being used more widely than ever before and that the antiseptics are being absorbed into the skin and therefore into the body. It is possible that this might results in an increase in cancer and hormone problems.

Also at issue is whether, as we’ve mentioned before, these antiseptics are, in fact, producing superbug bacteria that will no longer be so easy to kill.

You can read more about this story on the ABC News website.

Top Ten Things to Watch for at Home # 9

9. Under the sink

It really isn’t very smart, we collect all the most dangerous chemicals and put them down low where kids can get to them.

The truth is that most of us keep bleach, and all kinds of dangerous cleansers and detergents under the bathroom and kitchen sink. Children as young as those barely beginning to crawl can open these cabinets. To them it just looks like lemonade, ice-tea or Kool-Aid.

The Fix

  1. Obviously the first thing to do is to install child locks on all cabinets and drawers that children might get into. They are very inexpensive and easy to install and can literally save a life.
  2. The next solution is to make sure that the bathroom doors are kept closed when small children are present. The bathroom is simply too dangerous a place (razor blades, cleaners, detergents, toilets, bathtubs, etc…) to allow children to play in.
  3. The not so obvious fix but one that I personally recommend highly, is to simply get rid of all those chemicals. Chemical cleaners and detergents are not only dangerous for small children who might ingest them but also for you and everyone else. Additionally they are extremely dangerous to the environment. There are not only alternatives to chemical cleaners but these alternatives actually clean better. If you honestly are willing to look into it, you’ll be amazed to find that most of the cleaners you are using aren’t doing as good a job as you think that they are. Most surfaces that have been cleaned with cleansers so bacteria count to be right back to what it was prior to cleaning within 1 hour of cleaning.

    Three things are necessary for bacteria and germs to proliferate: Moisture, food and warmth. Unless you can completely remove one or more of these elements bacteria and germs will simply reproduce and they are better at reproducing than bunny rabbits are. Rather than try to explain cleaning without chemicals to you, I am going to refer you to and let them show you (By the way, although I use Enjo at home, I get no commissions from any sales of Enjo products. I am not endorsing their products for commercial gain. I simply know that it work and works well. We have eliminated all cleansers and cleaning chemicals from our home). Right on the homepage of you can see what I am talking about.

Have you found other ways to eliminate or reduce the chemicals in your home? Share them with us!