Antibacterial Soap – Rubber Spatula – Toothpaste

What do Antibacterial Soap, Rubber Spatula, Whiting Toothpaste have in common? All of them may not function as safely as you have been told.

The Food Drug Administration, FDA said “antibacterial soap doesn’t really help that much, antibacterial ingredients like triclosan may spur antibacterial resistance.”

Elaine Larson, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University said “antibacterial soaps are ineffective at best, A decade ago she authored a double blind randomized clinical trial (the gold standard of study methods) comparing households that used antibacterial products to those without them. The result? There was no difference in the rates people got sick.

Stay safe: Elaine Larson said “Wash up with plain soap and water. Scrub well it’s the friction between your two hands that physically removes germs and sends the buggers down the drain.”

Hard wood V. Rubber spatula
Pull the spatula head off the handle before you wash. Forgetting to do so is one of the reasons the National Science Foundation, NSF declared the rubber spatula the number two dirtiest kitchen item. It was found to contain E. coli, yeast, and mold, not things you want to mix into your foods.

Stay safe: If your spatula is detachable, wash both pieces separately. If it’s a one piece spatula, you still need to take precautions because yeast can hide and grow in the joint. Make sure to give extra TLC to that section when washing.

Whitening toothpaste, more harm than good?
Clifton M. Carey, PhD, professor in the school of dental medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus said “Here’s the rub: you rely on toothpaste for fresh breath and fighting cavities, and many are designed to make your pearly whites white again. But just because whitening toothpastes are available over the counter doesn’t mean they’re completely harmless. Long term use of some of these toothpastes especially grittier ones designed to scrub off stains can wear away your enamel increase sensitivity.” (as well as directly causing tooth decay problems in later years.)

Stay safe: Look for whitening toothpastes with the American Dental Association’s ADA Seal of Acceptance, which is an indication that they gently polish teeth to remove surface stains. If your teeth feel more sensitive after beginning a new whitening product, stop using that product and see your dentist.

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